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With a title pulled from Immanuel Kant's famous statement that 'out of the crooked timber of humanity, no stra [Read More]

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Advice for new college students
A couple of years ago the Midwest conference of the Junior State of America asked me to be their keynote speaker. I still have no idea at all why they invited me - it seemed and still seems rather unlikely. I stupidly agreed, and then agonized about ...
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Best moment of the academic year
I invite other teachers or students to submit their own best moment of the academic year past. Mine was this. A small class—just 17 students. They had read Amia Srinivasan's "Does anyone have the right to sex?". Some of them hated it, because they th...
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Cutting the financial sector down to size
That's the provisional title I used for my latest piece in Inside Story. Peter Browne, the editor, gave it the longer and clearer title "Want to reduce the power of the finance sector? Start by looking at climate change". The central idea is a compar...
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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday photoblogging: Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore
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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Give children the vote
Looking at the array of ignorant and vindictive old men attacking Greta Thunberg and other young climate activists, the case for lowering the voting age is just about unanswerable. Anything that could be urged in justification of stopping 16 year old...
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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Ossian's Ride
[Caragh Lake: the epicenter of the future] In 1959 the famous British astronomer Fred Hoyle published his novel, Ossian's Ride. It was the wildest science fiction, depicting a future Ireland miraculously transformed into a technological superpower. V...
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Incarcerating Power of Stereotypical Beliefs
Freeman testified at trial that Abrahams was trying to stop him and Willingham from fighting, and that she hit Willingham in the face. Willingham, Freeman testified, then raised his hand as if he was going to hit Abrahams, but then lowered it to his ...
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Attribute To Stupidity That Which Qanon Inadequately Explains As Malice
So, this rich pedophile/trafficker in the rape of minors guy killed himself in what is ambiguously federal-run, NY-local jail. One imagines he did this to avoid the agony of his revolting crimes being discussed in court, inability to conceive 45 year...
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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Sunday photoblogging: U-Bahn, Hamburg
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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Who do I think I am?
I can't remember whether I have plugged this before—I suspect I have—but the radio version of Mark Steel's autobiographical one-man show, Who Do I Think I Am?, is available on Sounds for the next 17 days. It is just brilliant. Its the story of Steel'...
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

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