Where Does Power Lie in the UK? (Undergraduate Essay)

This is an essay I wrote for an 'Introduction to Contemporary Politics' class lead by Peter Handley. Unfortunately the above title is not the full title, and I had to incorporate the crypto-Marxist philosophy of Steven Lukes into my analysis as this was mandatory for the assignment. I lost some marks for not fully integrating… Continue reading Where Does Power Lie in the UK? (Undergraduate Essay)

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Should Social Equality Overrule Individual Liberty? (Undergraduate Essay)

This is an essay I wrote recently for my Social & Political Theory course. I got quite a good mark and I'm happy with it overall so I thought I'd share it. The course was centered on the ideas of  Liberty, Equality and Fraternity in modern political and social philosophy. We had a list of … Continue reading Should Social Equality Overrule Individual Liberty? (Undergraduate Essay)

Peter Tatchell and the Total State (2018), by Sean Gabb

Been very busy and have had very little time to write anything for the blog. However, this is definitely worth sharing. I agree that Tatchell is a bold and admirable figure (I link to him in the blog roll on my own site), however, I also agree that his total state proposals to brainwash school children are quite horrifying.

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Peter Tatchell and the Total State
Sean Gabb
13th January 2018

Peter Tachell
Source: Wikipedia

I have some respect for Peter Tatchell. He campaigned against the anti-homosexual laws before this was a safe thing to do. He has shown courage on other issues. This being said, I am troubled by his latest set of recommendations. Writing on the 8th January 2018 for The Friends of Europe blog, he declares that “equal rights are not enough.” It is not enough for people to be treated equally before the law. It is also necessary for children to be brainwashed into agreeing with him. He says:

To combat intolerance and bullying, education against all prejudice – including racism, misogyny, disablism, xenophobia, ageism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia – should be a stand-alone compulsory subject in every school. Equality and diversity lessons should start from the first year of primary…

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Combat Illiberalism (Jason Lee Byas)

An excellent article on how illiberal weeds can grow from sectarian cracks in libertarian circles. "Today marks the 80th anniversary of then-aspiring tyrant Mao Tse-tung’s “Combat Liberalism.” In that short pamphlet Mao outlines eleven ways that liberal attitudes might manifest themselves within an anti-liberal revolutionary movement like his. Broadly, Mao characterizes the liberal attitude as… Continue reading Combat Illiberalism (Jason Lee Byas)

Michael Gove and Harvey Weinstein: No Laughing Matter at the BBC

Sean Gabb deals with the BBC Gosteleradio, the nature of the controversy being ‘insensitive jokes.’

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Michael Gove and Harvey Weinstein:
No Laughing Matter at the BBC

Sean Gabb
27th October 2017

Every so often, I promise myself never to go on the broadcast media again. I think this is a promise I should now think of keeping.

Earlier today, the 27th October 2017, the Conservative politician Michael Gove compared being interviewed by John Humphreys to being taken into Harvey Weinstein’s bedroom. Everyone laughed until some radio presenter called Shelagh Fogarty set off a virtue spiral with claims that the joke “trivialised” victims of sexual assault. The ritual condemnations rolled in at once, and Mr Gove apologised.

Probably because no one else was willing, I was begged to go on BBC Radio 5 this evening and discuss the matter with Miss Fogarty on the Stephen Nolan Show. I finally agreed.

The points I made were these:

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Was Karl Marx Right About Anything (Tom Woods)

An interesting discussion of the premises of Marx that were not necessarily incorrect. Tom Woods expounds on an article written by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, who picks out five foundational statements on Marxism, explains in what way they're right, and how Marx distorted those truths and made them incoherent.

More Gun Laws Will Not Prevent Mass Killings (Peter Schiff)

Peter Schiff explains exactly why more gun control laws will not prevent tragedies like the Las Vegas mass shooting. He also speaks a little on some other contemporary issues, like Puerto Rico and Trump's new tax reforms.

Great Minds Think Alike: Peterson Meets Paglia

It is no overstatement for me to say that this is one of the most profound discussions I've ever listened to. If you only watch one video this year, make it this one. Absolutely essential viewing for everybody. Two of the greatest minds in the world connect. Absolute goldmine.

I Support the Dreamers

As people scramble to form economic arguments on both sides of this debate, I honestly think it's the wrong question to ask. To send so many young people "back" to countries that they do not know and have barely lived in is not constitent with the American notion of liberty. I try not to moralise… Continue reading I Support the Dreamers

My Orientation: Guiding Lights and Fellow Travellers

This is not intended as an article, but as a page to link-in from my about me page to update the scant introduction I wrote when I first set up the blog. This is an updated declaration of the various influences that coalesce to form my philosophical-political outlook, for anybody that's interested.   PRIMARY INFLUENCES… Continue reading My Orientation: Guiding Lights and Fellow Travellers