For those of us living in similar industrialised countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia, it’s easy to think of strict gun control legislation as a foregone conclusion. However, implementing new legislation, particularly in a country where this is a highly controversial topic, is not as simple as it may seem to outside observers.
Stockholm’s municipal government is making recent headlines as it is expected to follow London and Paris in banning public advertisements deemed sexist or racist. The city’s effort to eliminate discriminatory or offensive advertising feels right in step with the rise of movements such as #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter. While many people see this forthcoming legislation as a positive reaction to the insidiousness of sexist and racist undertones in the media, others are questioning how far this censorship will go and whether or not it should be left to politicians to determine what is acceptable.
What can be learned from applying the Socratic method to this debate on acceptable forms of government censorship?
Whilst much of Europe reflected on the events of the 1917 Russian Revolution with apparent nostalgia, official commemorations in Russia were notably sparse. The day marking Lenin’s triumph over the Provisional Government has not been a national holiday since 2004 – when Vladimir Putin wiped it from the Russian calendar – yet this month the veracity of the President’s motives came under fire. What can we learn from applying the Socratic method to the debate surrounding the appropriate Russian response to this year’s centenary?