Power and its Abuses

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  • In the News... The Second Coming / Gary Bauslaugh

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
  • EDITORIAL: A Fragile Tapestry / Gary Bauslaugh

    Constitutions represent the aspirations of a nation, delineating the basic legal principles that ought to guide it. But what happens when a political leader chooses to ignore this estimable idea and do whatever he wants to do?
  • The Cubist Othello / Maurice Yacowar

    A noted film critic writes about one of Shakespeare’s best known abusers of power. The play, Yacowar argues, is based upon the collision of multiple perspectives, as was the Cubist art movement hundreds of years later.
  • Power makes the world go round / James E. Alcock

    “O, it is excellent to have a giant's strength, but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.” ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
  • Do Dogs Have Souls? / Mike Matthews

    Originally printed in HP #150: Mike Matthews takes a light-hearted look at an issue that seems to vex some non-humanists. The subject is raised again by one of our letter writers.
  • The Somalia Affair / John K. Dixon

    An inside look at a dark episode in the history of the Canadian military, and the Canadian government. Power was abused actively by our troops in Somalia, and passively by our government.
  • Believing Women / Trudy Govier

    We want to believe women who make claims about being abused by more powerful men, but the notion of always doing so is philosophically problematic.
  • Metal / John Gould

    A power struggle of sorts, between a mother and daughter, plays out in this short story.
  • Consequences of Abuse of Power, Limitations on the Usefulness of Law and the Politics of Humiliation / Janet Keeping

    Keeping writes about the limitations on the usefulness of law and the politics of humiliation.
  • Books Available for Review / HP

    One of the most rewarding functions of the book review team is to facilitate innovative thoughts that engage our readers. Your book reviews and suggestions for books to review make a valuable contribution to Humanist Perspectives. Can you help by reading a free book and composing a review of 500-1,000...