Editorial

Editorial

The Editorial is the purest expression of Stears' peculiar editorial stance. It analyses issues, drawing on theory and empirics to outline the competing assumptions for issues; each time drawing conclusions that can be elicited, so as to give a comprehensive yet indefinite picture.

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Editorial: First, You Must Believe

Editorial Board

Editorial Board

The Editorial is the purest expression of Stears' peculiar editorial stance. It analyses issues, drawing on theory and empirics to outline the competing assumptions for issues; each time drawing conclusions that can be elicited, so as to give a comprehensive yet indefinite picture.

Dear Nigerians,

'You must start with beliefs'. 

Margaret Thatcher's words, years after she resigned as Prime Minister, will always ring true for us as Nigerians. To the former Prime Minister of Britain, there is no such thing as society; just men, women and families. Society is just a collection of beliefs.

Dr Yuval Noah Harari, a popular historian, re-echoes this belief in beliefs. For humans to work together, he argues, whether as a modern state or a pre-historic tribe, we must hold steadfast to certain collective beliefs. For instance, nation-states are rooted in common national myths around identity, freedom, welfare, and constitutionality. This is what brings them together, even when the only connection between them is their geographical state of origin.

Likewise, legal systems are rooted in well-known beliefs about justice, equity, and punishment. This is why lawyers argue from the same set of assumptions about what the law should be, or what it is. It is these shared beliefs that facilitate human co-operation. It is these shared beliefs that unite people from around the world, simply, through ideas.

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