The limits of tolerance
A religious worldview cannot expect the same kinds of tolerance as racial, gender, or sexual identities. Here’s why
Law in the Jungle
The ultimate ‘outsider’ space, the Jungle refugee camp in Calais became its own society, the no-borders idea made real
‘Here we are all the same’
The US Constitution guaranteed freedom of religion, but the fight for religious equality was only just beginning
How totalism works
The brainwashing methods of isolation, engulfment and fear can lead anyone to a cult. I should know – I was in one
Caste lives on, and on
Indian society deludes itself that caste discrimination is a thing of the past, yet it suffuses the nation, top to bottom
Children born with in-between sex development are subject to surgeries that many believe violate their human rights
When nations apologise
National apologies are a big deal: they acknowledge the past to help move everyone forward. No wonder they’re so hard
What do slaveholders think?
It is everywhere illegal yet slavery persists in many corners of the global economy. How do its beneficiaries justify it?
Is greatness finite?
The world feels caught between infinite possibility and limited resources. Thomas More and T R Malthus can help
Haiti, not the US or France, was where the assertion of human rights reached its defining climax in the Age of Revolution
Courage and free speech
Throughout human history there have been individuals who have been ready to risk everything for their beliefs
What kind of citizen was he?
Conventional wisdom sees Socrates as a martyr for free speech, but he accepted his death sentence for a different cause
In praise of Dewey
He knew how to protect democracy – not by rote and rules but by growing independent-minded kids. Let us not forget it