Why I do not believe stories about AI

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


On the Golden Globes: fashionable demagoguery

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

A liberal case for Brexit

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.

Ethical / philosophical Brexit

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.

After the referendum – competing views of Britain

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