Tag Archives: philosophy

Against the Plebiscite

Poor old Malcolm in the middle. He’s stuck between his quickly evaporating conscience and the conservative base of the Liberal Party. Too clever by half, he thought sticking with the proposed same sex marriage plebiscite (an official poll of all citizens on the question of same sex marriage) would enable him to successfully walk the […]

The Case against Private Schools

Education is a good like few others. In our society, we tend to say that if you want more of a good and you have the money to buy more, then that is your prerogative. If you want another car or TV and you got the cash then good on ya. Go for it. If […]

Why Liberty is a Left Wing Concept.

In my last article – A Defence of Generation Y – I hailed under 30s as the freedom generation. I copped a bit of flack from fellow lefties who see individual liberty as a right wing concept; something that lies at odds with solidarity and equality. Let me clarify why left wing people should care […]

A Defence of Generation Y

I am so sick of the unrelenting criticism of Gen Y that comes from old fogeys in articles like this one or in anything that comes out of Peter Hitchens’ mouth (he apparently believes that society itself will collapse once Gen Yers and the values they represent take over). So here is my defence of a […]

Why Ricky Gervais is wrong on Religious Violence

A basic truism of New Atheism is that religious commitment will inevitably lead to religious violence. Or, at the very least, they believe that the virtues of religion are soundly outweighed by its evils. Ricky Gervais, whose work I find extremely amusing in almost any other context, has become increasingly recognised as a soldier of […]

Mandela was a radical, and that’s a good thing.

Nelson Mandela was a radical revolutionary, for a time a secret member of the South African Communist Party, and inspired by Fidel Castro’s 26th of July movement he founded the MK (Spear of the Nation), a guerrilla group which set off scores of bombs and probably killed at least 100 people over the course of […]

The Responsibility to Protect

I have seen a lot of left wing commentary opposed to western military action in Syria. Here’s one example. Well, I really hope Bush hasn’t made all lefties isolationists. We live in a globalised world that is, as Marx recognised, divided yes by culture but largely by arbitrary national borders. As left wing people we […]

Voting Greens and the Moral Philosophy of Voting (Why I won’t vote Greens but why I can’t blame you for doing so)

In recent months and years I have heard many good left wing people say they just can’t in good conscience vote for the Labor party anymore (and hence will vote Greens). I don’t personally hold this view, but in this article I want to say that I understand this position. I understand because what’s right […]

The Morality of Eating Meat

I consider myself a vegetarian. I never cook meat for myself at home. When I’m out to dinner and it’s possible, I generally eat vegetarian. But my approach to eating meat might be called ‘flexible’ or, less charitably, plainly inconsistent. If invited to a dinner party where only meat is served, I will tuck in […]

Socrates explains racism

Socrates is enjoying some mid-week beers with a few friends. As a keen follower of the footy with an interest in ethics, Socrates has some thoughts on the exchange between indigenous footballer Adam Goodes and a thirteen year-old football fan. Although a number of weeks have passed, some people present feel they have not yet […]