My hypothesis i…

My hypothesis is that progressives, conservatives, and libertarians view politics along three different axes. For progressives, the main axis has oppressors at one end and the oppressed at the other. For conservatives, the main axis has civilization at one end and barbarism at the other. For libertarians, the main axis has coercion at one end and free choice at the other.

Arnold Kling on the three languages of politics. HT: Ben Harrison

It is for your own good – in defence of paternalism

Classical liberals like myself, often feel that freedom is a virtue. While it is logically sound that we need good reasons for coercion, what about the cognitive-bias program which shows we are really bad at making decisions and dealing with probabilities?    The famous research of Tversky and Kahneman, highlighted that when faced with complicated… Continue reading It is for your own good – in defence of paternalism

What does a Rapist look like?

So what does a rapist look like? Thats the question for this essay to discuss. I’ve been following the Assange and Wikileaks cases very carefully. The superb Feminist columnist Laurie Penny wrote a blog poston Julian Assange’s Rape case. I think there are two disturbing factors in the ‘Julian Assange is a good man and… Continue reading What does a Rapist look like?

Wikileaks and Power

I’ve recently being following the recent Wikileaks story in a variety of Newspapers and the Website itself. Inconvenient truths have already been revealed in the past, examples include the Pentagon papers and the 1917 Bolshevik release of confidential Russian Documents. These are all seen by some as attacks on imperialism, and it doesn’t seem to… Continue reading Wikileaks and Power