The Google Diversity Memo is the Counter-Culture Manifesto We Need

You've probably already heard about this controversy by now, but in case you're unaware, Google scientist James Damore was recently fired for writing an internal memo titled 'Google's Ideological Echo Chamber', (politely) criticising Google's diversity measures and recommending alternatives for maximising career opportunities for the under-represented (especially women). The reason that this was so controversial… Continue reading The Google Diversity Memo is the Counter-Culture Manifesto We Need

Religious Agitation and the Limits of Principled Libertarianism

I'm not a very “principled” person. I am in the sense that my actions are guided by a number of principles defined loosely and amorphously, but I'm not dogmatic, I don't subscribe to Kant's categorical imperative, I'm not a utopian or an idealist. I'm a realist and a pragmatist before I'm even a libertarian. I… Continue reading Religious Agitation and the Limits of Principled Libertarianism

Thoughts on the removal and destruction of statues and monuments

With the 'Rhodes Must Fall' campaign still making headlines, I'd like to give a couple of my thoughts on the idea of statue removal and the white-washing of colonial history. For those that don't know, 'Rhodes Must Fall' is a campaign for the removal of the statue of Cecil Rhodes, who was both a prominent… Continue reading Thoughts on the removal and destruction of statues and monuments

Libertarianism and Broadscale Collaboration

One of the most attractive things about the libertarian "movement", besides the obvious core values of liberty and individualism themselves, is the willingness to eschew dogma in favour of working in tandem with others that are also pursuing personal liberty, even when their personal end goals are radically different from our own. As I've been… Continue reading Libertarianism and Broadscale Collaboration

The British Constitution Part II: Reservations on a Written Constitution

There has been a small demand by some academics in recent times for writing or codifying the British constitution. While I have made an effort to familiarise myself with the literature of those proponents of the merits of written constitutions (Paine especially), I haven't found anything of enough substance to outweigh the arguments given by… Continue reading The British Constitution Part II: Reservations on a Written Constitution