His students weren't the usual liberal-minded suspects--who represent a significant swath of Iran's educated classes, incidentally. He taught Mill to largely conservative-oriented students in an institution that cranks out apparatchiks for the Islamic Republic.
Thinking and smoking. Smoking and thinking. Thinking, smoking, and pacing the floor of her apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. This is how we see the gifted academic and profound socio-political philosopher, Hannah Arendt, prepare to write.
University of Illinois Chicago political scientist Kelly LeRoux and co-author Anna Bernadska recently published a study that shows a positive correlation between participation in the arts and engagement with civil society.
If state officials compose or construe laws based on a particular religious view, they are depriving citizens who do not share that view of the rights of democratic citizenship. That is why it is troubling to hear a public official speak the way that Mr. Labrador has done.