Aspects of the Brexit Referendum – The One and the Many

This article was first published (with slight abridgements) in New View magazine Issue 80 July  – Sept. 2016 On 23 June this year Britain’s referendum on membership of the European Union (EU) resulted in a  dramatic decision to exit the European Union (EU), but the decision does not change certain fundamental underlying elements of our social and economic life today. The economic...
read more

Charlottesville August 2017: Where is the Truth?

This article was first published in New View magazine Issue 85 Autumn 2017 When people in Britain recall the summer of 2017 they may remember the two blockbuster movies showing that season which evoked nostalgia for a summer 77 years earlier – June – August 1940: “Dunkirk” and “Churchill”. On release exactly a year after the Brexit referendum, these two films reinforced the British...
read more

Individual – Nation – World

This article was first published in New View magazine Issue 84 Summer 2017 One of the major features of human development over the past 100 years has been the relationship between nationalism and what is variously called ‘internationalism’, ‘supranationalism’ or ‘cosmopolitanism’. First, the difference between these latter three terms should be clarified. Internationalism simply...
read more

1849 and 2017: Thoughts on ‘Globalisation’

This article was first published in New View magazine Issue 86 Jan. – Mar. 2018 It seems to this writer that there has been a certain similarity between the events of the years 1848 and 1849 on the one hand and those of 2016 and 2017 on the other. In 1848 and 2016 there was a widespread populist revolt across the western world against the existing Establishment which was severely shaken by...
read more

Helmuth von Moltke, der Krieg des Westens gegen Russland und das «neue römische Reich»

Erste Veröffentlichung (englisch) in: The Present Age  (Monatszeitung, Basel) Jg.2/Nr. 3 Juni 2016 In seinen Betrachtungen und Erinnerungen, die er im November 1914 in Homburg niederschrieb, machte Helmuth von Moltke klar, dass «die Niederwerfung Frankreichs im ersten Anlauf misslang, der schnellen Hilfeleistung Englands zu verdanken»(1) war. Der britische Außenminister Sir Edward Grey...
read more