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 The Gadfly

About The Gadfly

The animal that inspired this page has ancient pedigree. In his Apology for the life of Socrates, Plato attributes these words to his teacher:


 "I am that gadfly which God has attached to the state, and all day long and in all places am always fastening upon you, arousing and persuading and reproaching you."

To be a 'gadfly' is to be a skeptic and an inquisitor, and it is in that spirit that we have created this magazine. It has no particular orientation besides an appreciation of thought for its own sake, on all subjects past and present. We wish to probe, laugh, discover and, most importantly, object. We hope our readers endeavour to do the same.


Railing against the constitutionality of government wiretapping, Louis Brandeis dissents from the majority in Olmstead v. United States, 1928.

"The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding"

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