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English political philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588 – 1679) is widely held as the “father of political science.” His 1651 book Leviathan makes the case for why monarchy is the only political system that is consistent with human nature. He bases his argument on the following assumption about humans in “the state of nature” (what we…

The Politics of Human Nature

Human nature is one of those concepts that, like “common sense”, everyone knows what you mean but no one knows how it’s defined. Ironically, the most insistent proponents of human nature are often those who have benefited from the status quo in society and prefer people to remain just as they are. June 27 (the…

Liberation Ecology

Sunrise on the Maasai Mara, Kenya. Vearl Brown / Creative Commons From the beginning our human family has been on a journey. Born together, in eastern Africa about 100,000 years ago, our ancestors migrated to distant points around the globe. Our family scattered, communication was cut off and, in most cases, we forgot about them…