Category Archives: Political Philosophy

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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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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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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Why migration is a right

Migration seems to be at the heart of the rising wave of right-wing populism: a major motivator for Brexit, a major campaign issue for Trump and the European Neo-Nazis who look to him for inspiration. I’m probably going to talk … Continue reading

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Bush is a War Criminal, but I don’t believe that Bush is a War Criminal

“Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been stripped of legal immunity for acts of torture against US citizens authorized while he was in office. The 7th Circuit ruling is the latest in a growing number…Criminal complaints have been filed … Continue reading

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Communism and Community

Is there a link between the meanings of ‘communism’ and ‘community’? My interest here is partly etymological, partly analysis of concepts, and partly pragmatic clarification of how words might best be used. I know this whole area is a quagmire, … Continue reading

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The Absence of Anarchy in the UK

So apparently my home-town is on fire. It’s all too easy to find people explaining how these events show their personal theories to have been right all along, so I’m going to do the opposite: explain why these events pose … Continue reading

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