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August 2022

European, Politics

A New World Order?

An old dream that is not of this world! A “new order” has been the object of religious belief, philosophical debate or political manifestos for as long as man has been trying to make sense of the world around him. With the emergence of the “Enlightenment” and the seemingly limitless “progress” of science, the West may have thought for a while that rational answers would be found to all its questions; but reality has caught up showing that the sum of the mysteries remaining unsolved grows in proportion to our new discoveries and deeper knowledge. If the vast majority of mankind has, since the dawn of civilization, projected into another world their fears of the forces of nature and the…

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European, Politics

Enough is enough!

The media are full of scholarly, moralistic or “objective” debates aiming to inform public opinion about the drama of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. In order to give themselves an appearance of credibility, they all too often feel obliged to present the facts, either leaving each individual to make their own judgement, or by presenting contradictory assessments that poorly conceal the subjectivity of those who express them. The emblematic example of this phenomenon is illustrated by the recent report of “Amnesty International” which lists indisputable facts perpetrated in Ukraine, but which unilaterally authorizes itself to qualify them as “violations of international humanitarian law”, a privilege which belongs solely to judicial authorities. Although no one questions the reality of the facts reported, their…

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European, Politics

Solidarity

From an expression expressing brotherhood between human beings, “solidarity” has become the key to the survival of the species! What a magic word! It immediately arouses a warm feeling of belonging, benevolence, good conscience, commitment by encouraging the surpassing of oneself and implies a will to act towards a shared objective that transcends individual interests. A distinction must be made between its idealized form, which belongs more to the philosophical or religious spheres, and its pragmatic form, which concerns its implementation. “Idealized” solidarity is thus interwoven with the confrontation of moral values or legal norms such as “good and evil”, “individual versus collective rights”, or even refers to ethical or religious precepts such as “do not do unto others what…

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