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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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Follow-up on ‘Racism or Economics?’

A week or so ago I posted about a question I had seen asked by a lot of people dismayed by Trump’s election – ‘is it really about the economy? or really about racism?’ I claimed that this is really … Continue reading

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On the Supposed Logical Consequences of Free Movement

(Part 1 here). The other thing my Leave-voting friend said (echoing things I’ve heard in conversation from others) was this: “Secondly, if migration is a right and A Good Thing, then logically population will flow to the 1st world cities … Continue reading

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On Ownership of Territory and ‘Taking Back Control’

A Leave-voting friend who read my post last week emailed me some questions: “You say we don’t own our national territory, but an awful lot of people feel they want to, and in a democracy that means there is the risk–and … Continue reading

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Is it the economy (stupid), or racism (stupid)?

(The title is a riff on ‘It’s the economy, stupid!’) Why did so many people vote for Trump? Over the last year I’ve read a lot of articles and posts that, starting from dismay, take one of the following two lines: It’s unfair, patronising, and … Continue reading

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