Entries by Guillaume Durocher

Aristotle: The Biopolitics of the Citizen-State, Part 3

Population Policies and Eugenics The Spartan sage Lycurgus instituted Greece’s most ambitious population policies. True to his communitarian foundations, Aristotle argues that population policies — notably concerning immigration, naturalization, and reproduction — are a fundamental element of statecraft and ought to be determined by what serves the interests of the society as a whole. Aristotle […]

Aristotle: The Biopolitics of the Citizen-State, Part 2

The ekklesiasterion, or assembly meeting place, of Messene, where civic debates were held Aristotle’s Republic of Virtue From these biopolitical premises, Aristotle wholeheartedly agreed with the communitarian ethos which the Greeks took for granted. As the philosopher explains: “the goodness of every part must be considered with reference to the goodness of the whole” (1260b8) […]

The Glories of Gandhara: Lessons for Identitarians

The Buddhist Literature of Ancient Gandhāra: An Introduction with Selected Translations Richard Salomon Somerville, Massachusetts: Wisdom, 2018 This is a fine book of translations of mysterious Gandharan Buddhist manuscripts. The context provided by Richard Salomon is excellent, providing a comprehensive overview of the little we know of ancient Buddhism and of the various sources: (enormous […]

Populism in the Liberal Mind: A Review of Brexit: The Uncivil War

I recently had the opportunity to watch Channel 4’s made-for-TV movie The Uncivil War, which recreates the story of the June 2016 British referendum on withdrawal from the European Union, commonly known as “Brexit.” Personally, I am not a fan of biopics and docudramas covering very recent history. More time needs to pass before we […]