Author Archives: lukeroelofs

What kind of thing is ‘hate’?

‘Homophobia’ looks like it’s a word for a kind of fear (likewise for ‘transphobia’, ‘fatphobia’, etc.); ‘misogyny’ looks like it’s a word for a kind of hatred (likewise for ‘misandry’). And ‘racism’ looks like it’s a word for some sort … Continue reading

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Links and random thoughts

A few posts I’ve read recently, liked a lot, and am sharing here: Libertarian Social Justice Warrior: A Surprisingly Coherent Position. Nicely lays out the case for people interested in social justice to appropriate, if not the label ‘libertarian’, at … Continue reading

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Why I’m anti-marriage, and why I got married.

A few weeks ago I got married, slightly to my surprise. My partner and I both dislike marriage as an institution, but our living situation changed in a way that made it financially and legally advantageous to have a marriage … Continue reading

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Rally to Close the Camps

Just a quick note to encourage any Australian readers to consider attending this coming Sunday’s rally against offshore detention of asylum seekers. There are events being held all over Australia but the Canberra one is at 1pm in Civic Square … Continue reading

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Heap of Links: Dutch Elections, Yet More ‘Racism-or-Economics’, and Healthy Fat People

Sadly I haven’t been posting as frequently as I had hoped to, and I’m not really posting today either, but I wanted to throw out some good links. First: The Dutch election seems to have helped the ‘Green Left’ more … Continue reading

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Peter Singer, Ableism, and the Argument from Marginal Cases

Later this month, Peter Singer is giving an invited lecture at my philosophy department; ironically, I learnt this on the same day that I read a comment thread on facebook that got more than a hundred comments, about whether Singer’s … Continue reading

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Still making progress

Just a quick link to a discussion of the marked decline of large-scale open armed conflict in the world. “Death tolls from wars in the 1970s and 1980s were 4–5 times higher than they are today. We are, despite reports of … Continue reading

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