Why Homosexuality Benefits Society

Promoting and protecting LGBT rights benefits not only homosexuals but society as a whole. By fostering the rights of homosexuals, we can increase freedom, tolerance and creativity on the whole – thereby making our societies much more progressive. Can we pass this litmus test?

The more, the merrier...

It is the duty of every modern and free society to protect its homosexual population. States that discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation will be left standing.

Go the distance...

The debate about gay rights stretches far beyond marriage and adoption – it is a debate about freedom and human self-determination. Politicians should look at the economy to learn how to benefit from diversity.

Positive side effects ...

Increasing LGBT rights means decreasing intolerance, xenophobia and other discriminating behavior. The struggle for equality must therefore matter to us all.

Limits to love...

Vladimir Putin is right to oppose strengthening the rights of homosexuals. Some privileges should be reserved for heterosexual couples.

The Canary in the Mine...

Promoting equality for gays is not only morally right and necessary – it is also good for business.

Pragmatism and Plurali...

Sexual discrimination burdens both the oppressor and the oppressed. Even George W. Bush knew that.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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