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Protesilaos Stavrou
EU policy analyst. Philosopher. Front end developer. Free/libre software contributor. // Refer to my website for the specifics.

Protesilaos Stavrou

The structural aspects of public health

2021-07-14 Public health has now become synonymous with how we cope with the pandemic. Though it is understandable that the focus is on containing the spread of the corona virus, it is important to remind ourselves of the underlying reality that renders COVID possible and potentially dangerous. The pandemic has exposed the systemic flaws of modern society, which can be summarised as (i) urbanisation, (ii) inconsiderate eating practices, (iii) lack of exercise in the...

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On the rainbow flag and EU value tokenism

2021-07-03 Writing for Social Europe in Beyond waving rainbow flags (2021-06-30), Evelyne Paradis notes the following about Hungary and Poland: The political machinations in both countries are as well-trodden as they are clear. The Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, and the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, want to create internal enemies to distract from their own failures and thereby maintain power. The internal enemy they have largely created is LGBTI people,...

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Comment on democratic legitimation

2021-06-25 I received an insightful comment on my video presentation about the nation-state, democracy, and transnationalism (2021-05-29), which inspired me to elaborate on my rationale for some of the issues raised therein. The comment’s author preferred to remain anonymous. The text of the exchange is reproduced verbatim and is shared with permission. Hi Prot. Thanks for this video. I share your concerns with the current trends in governance. If I’m allowed to...

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On the nation-state, democracy, and transnationalism

2021-05-29 Raw link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-eZW6FssJU In this video presentation, I talk about the nation-state’s claims on legitimacy, the concept of national sovereignty, supranational affairs, and their tension with democracy. What follows is the text of the presentation: #+TITLE: On the nation-state, democracy, and transnationalism #+AUTHOR: Protesilaos Stavrou (https://protesilaos.com) Hello everyone! My name in...

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Comment on collective autonomy

2021-04-26 Nathan Benedetto Proença added the following comment to the video of my presentation on Moral lessons from free software and GNU Emacs (2021-04-16). I think this is worth sharing, so I asked for permission to do so: Great talk, Prot! I do have a question. When you talked about “geeks vs normies”, you seemed to be talking more about emacs than autonomy in general. But talking about the general case, do you think it is normal to give up autonomy? I...

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On the contradiction of non-interventionism

2021-02-09 Reading Ludwig von Mises’ lecture notes on Politics and Ideas reminded me of the contradiction that is present in classical liberal thought or within certain libertarian circles: the idea that a government committed to laissez-faire is either (i) not political, (ii) somehow less political than its opposing forces, or (iii) political yet objectively correct. The contradiction takes the form of a deeply ideological yet ostensibly unbiased double standard where...

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On platformarchs, the demi-state, and deplatforming

2021-01-26 The rule of law with fundamental rights rests on the distinction between public and private spheres, while recognising common and personal goods (res publica and res privata). The rights of an individual are protected against infringements from other persons and are equally guarded against violations from the state: the apparatus that operates in the name of the public good. As such, a rules-based system that enshrines fundamental rights for its subjects has...

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On the appropriation of Europe

2020-09-28 On 21 September 2020, Christine Lagarde, the chief of the European Central Bank delivered a speech at the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly titled Jointly shaping Europe’s tomorrow. Lagarde’s theme was in line with what the title implies and what one has come to expect from central bankers, namely, how the ECB helps forward the agenda of a more powerful political centre in the European Union, casually passing the unprecedented upward wealth distribution that...

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On the underlying values of superhero culture

2020-09-17 Culture embodies values and imprints them in the collective conscience as models of acceptable or desirable states of affairs. To think of cultural artefacts as mere entertainment, a transient exhibition with no further consequences, is to ignore the social-political function they perform. This is more so for works that are conceived, designed, and delivered in a top-down fashion, where a handful of power elites wields the authority to effectively dictate the...

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Emacs: podcast manager with Elfeed+Bongo

Here I show how I combine Elfeed and Bongo to manage my multimedia feeds (podcasts, videos). Integration between various tools is one of Emacs' greatest strengths. The previous videos: + Bongo and my extras :: https://youtu.be/C711C2l5-eg + Elfeed demo :: https://youtu.be/oHfAht9uTx8 My Emacs configuration file, from where you can get my code: https://protesilaos.com/dotemacs

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