RJ Smith

RJ Smith

RJ Smith is an Australian writer and academic living in Paris. He teaches criminal law at Université Paris Nanterre.

Zemmour’s Final Word

Zemmour’s Final Word

This year, May 5th marked the 200th anniversary of the death of Napoleon, France’s most famous historical figure and the greatest military leader of the 19th century. The response to the event was as sad as it was predictable. Bonaparte, much of the country’s Left cried, was a

RJ Smith
RJ Smith
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Politics
Pell’s Pyrrhic Victory

Pell’s Pyrrhic Victory

In an essay published on this site nearly two months ago, I analysed George Pell’s conviction for child sex offences alleged to have occurred in Melbourne, Australia, in December 1996 and February 1997. On Tuesday, Australia’s highest court unanimously ruled—along substantially the same lines as those explored

RJ Smith
RJ Smith
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Australia
Convictions and Doubts: The Case of Cardinal Pell

Convictions and Doubts: The Case of Cardinal Pell

On 9 January 2020, officials at the Melbourne Assessment Prison intercepted a drone flying over the prison grounds. Remotely piloted aircraft are banned within 120 metres of a correctional facility in the Australian state of Victoria to avoid the smuggling of contraband and other security breaches. This drone was not

RJ Smith
RJ Smith
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Australia
In Defence of the Past

In Defence of the Past

Auguste Comte (1798–1857)Auguste Comte was one of the most famous and admired thinkers of the early nineteenth century, but fell into obscurity in the course of the twentieth. This is a shame, because Comte’s philosophy is an optimistic one, and his methods are useful in resolving many

RJ Smith
RJ Smith
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