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Category Archives: Racism

Social bully politics

I have previously articulated what I call the paradox of politics (or the paradox of rulership)–we need the state to protect us from social predators but the state itself is the most dangerous social predator. The paradox can never be solved, merely managed more or less well. The guardian delusion The delusion that one can solve […]

SCOTUS misreading history

While I am talking about the recent Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case, United States v. Windsor, I am not going to presume to tell the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) how to do US constitutional law. History is another matter. In the majority decision, written by Kennedy J, the following (pdf) appears: It […]

Against free markets

The term that is. There seem to be few usages that are a greater barrier to clear thought and debate than free markets. Whether used as a term of sneering abuse to create straw-person arguments or as a slogan of the right and proper, it is ready-made to close minds and abstract away from the issues […]

Apologies and the law: Alan Jones again

one thing I don’t need is any more apologies i got sorry greetin me at my front door you can keep yrs i don’t know what to do wit em they don’t open doors or bring the sun back they don’t make me happy or get a mornin paper didn’t nobody stop usin my tears […]

Weather With You

It is striking, sometimes, how one loses touch with bits of one’s past. I was reminded of this, last week, when I learnt that the Queensland Supreme Court has been completely rebuilt. The dingy piece of 70s ugliness where I did the Brisbane bits of my pupillage is, from what I can gather, no more […]

On going in aid

Few people like to think of themselves as bystanders to crimes of violence. We fondly imagine we will intervene if we see someone being mugged or assaulted, will defend our property from burglars, and generally protect those unable to defend themselves. This widespread but mistaken belief has been in evidence since this appalling incident on a […]

Ambiguous victory

The war aim of the victorious North in the the War Between the States was simple — that the Union not be divided. As Abraham Lincoln put it, the Union position was “We won’t go out of the Union, and you shan’t”. The Northern victory was, indeed, the Union victory. Freeing the slaves was a natural outcome […]

A chicken in the sex class

Apologies for the distinctly pomo headline, but it actually goes some way to highlighting the salient points in the latest gay rights stushie to engulf the United States. Yes, the chicken in the sex class stushie started simply enough… with (and in) a fast food chain. Playing chicken The fast food chain in question is […]

The mystery of the human and the trade-offs of control

What is the biggest difference in decision-making between buying equipment and hiring a person?  The characteristics of the equipment are much easier to discern. Sure, there can be hidden flaws in machinery and buildings. You may have to take the equipment for a test run, you may need some expert to have a look at […]

Race and the US Presidential race

Conservative philosopher-blogger Keith Burgess-Jackson had already predicted that, if Obama loses the November 2012 election, the Left will say it was because of race. Now some social science has popped up to support precisely such a claim. A study (pdf) has used racially-charged Google searches to estimate how much less Obama’s share of the popular vote […]