Monthly Archives: March 2013

Oligarchipelago

How have entrenched oligarchic and patrimonial systems in the Philippines prevented the creation of a truly democratic government and perpetuated unequal economic distribution? The nature of the Philippines’s political system is such that vested interests have guided policy favorable to a minority of wealthy families. As a result of political and economic exclusion of the […]

Le Corbusier: How A Utopic Vision Became Pathological In Practice

Le Corbusier, a French architect and urban planner, intended to design a city structure on principles of rationality, orderliness, and social improvement. How did the implementation of his ideas create the centers of decay and crime that were the mid-century American urban housing projects?

The Political Nature of Famine

Contrary to popular belief, famine is not merely a result of a dearth of food availability. Rather it is a result of the social and economic structuring in place at the time.

Globalization, Urbanization, & Slums

Overpopulation, slum conditions, and poverty are not always issues created simply by lack of resources or capital. As such, straightforward technical solutions cannot sufficiently address them. These wicked problems or “intractable social ills” are political and frequently a result of misappropriation. The neoliberal structuring of our global economy has brought its share of both wealth […]

The Crisis of Liberalism and the Increased Viability of Alternatives in Pre-WWII Germany and Britain

Why, before the Second World War, did Germany succumb to fascism when Great Britain remained a liberal-democracy? I will present a historical account of the ideological trajectory of Germany and Britain and explain why each nation went the route they did. What were the historical factors and conditions that caused the divergence between these two […]

Should We Negotiate With Terrorists?

Terrorism is largely thought of as an irrational act, a product of fanaticism and religious fundamentalism, but this is not the entire story. It can be a political tool employed by the militarily weak, who are unable to win in conventional warfare, to pressure stronger powers into acceding to terrorist groups’ political agendas. Effective policy […]