We all know that AI is meant to be taking over the world and doing amazing things, things you would never dream of: finding facts, discovering our political weak-spots, and (most important) doing all those things that we used to think only people could do, like play chess, answer telephones, or - today's subject - … Continue reading Why I do not believe stories about AI
We have seen a large amount of startlingly fawning coverage of last night's Golden Globes ceremony. How everyone wearing black made a forceful political statement, how Hollywood showed how much in advance of Washington it is, how Oprah ought to be President and how the world had been saved and we could now all live … Continue reading On the Golden Globes: fashionable demagoguery
The most recent issue in DC Comics' Batgirl title (number 18, issued 21/12/2017) taught an unlikely lesson in political philosophy; possibly one that the author did not intend.
You don't have to be a racist or a nostalgist to thing Brexit is a good idea. There is, in fact, a very good case to be made that the EU is simply too rooted in the past for its own good, and that to remain would be to risk stagnation. It is time for Britain to divorce itself from this mess and continue to live in the world, leaving the continental powers to collapse into their smug hell of introspection.
Too much of the argument for and against Brexit has been taken up with specious claims about nationalism, internationalism, identity politics, living in the past, looking to the future, and so on and so forth. I think it is time to take another look, and see why it is that Brexit was inevitable, pretty much from the moment that the idea of a European Union (as opposed to an European Economic Community) was first mooted.
I am going to be controversial again. I was taken aback by this piece of argument on the subject of the matter of the day - no, I don't mean Brexit, or what it means to have a lunatic as President of the United States, but sexual molestation. It writer appears to think that the … Continue reading Male privilege bad; White privilege good
Immediately after the shocking result of Britain's 'Brexit' referendum, and the decision to leave the EU, many Britons, particularly those who had supported, or campaigned for, the 'Remain' cause were deeply depressed. I myself was one of them; I had contributed to he 'Remain' campaign, and was shocked and distraught at Britain's apparently perverse decision. … Continue reading After the referendum – competing views of Britain
It is often observed that private enterprise must, inevitably provide higher qualities of service than the state. It is also observed that for the private sector to provide basic services is somehow immoral, because to profit from serving people is wrong in some way. It is also observed that, though all of this may be … Continue reading Why the state should not be a service provider
I write a day after a massive protest in the Centre of London at which, in addition to causing considerable disruption and unpleasantness for those of us who merely live here, anything up to a quarter of a million people gathered to protest against - what? And here we run into problems that are the cause … Continue reading What do the protestors want?
Introduction As I fear was to be expected, my recent piece The New Objectification has received criticism to the effect that I am wrong in asserting that some (at least) women willingly embrace objectification, and seek to maximise their adherence to misogynistic models of woman. The criticism is that in saying that a socially excluded group … Continue reading More on objectification