Social and political issues

social and political issues

Peter Singer’s cold logic of doing good through philanthropy
Clive Hamilton | 25 July 2016
tags: effective altruism, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
A liberal critic savages the famous philosopher's ideas for changing the world

David Brown: the black leader America needs
Barbara Kay | 20 July 2016
tags: Black Lives Matter, Dallas police shooting
'We’re asking cops to do too much in this country.'

The social and economic costs of legal abortion
John D. Mueller | 18 July 2016
tags: abortion, economics, family breakdown
Abortion is the main cause of family breakdown, argues an economist.

The new normal of Aussie politics
Zac Alstin | 14 July 2016
tags: Australian politics, elections, political pessimism
Can you spot the pattern?

A free society is a moral achievement
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks | 13 July 2016
tags: anti-semitism, democracy, Liberty
Freedom is not safe space.

Meet Theresa May, Britain’s new prime minister
Victoria Honeyman | 12 July 2016
tags: Brexit, British politics, leadership
The Conservative contest is cut short.

Independent Britain has to fix its broken family culture
Carolyn Moynihan | 24 June 2016
tags: Brexit, family values
How Britannia can once more rule the wave.

Is it ethical to pay ransoms?
Margaret Somerville | 15 June 2016
tags: Canada, Philippines, ransoms, terrorism
Two Canadian men have been beheaded after the government refused to pay ransoms to Filipino terrorists.

Who owns the horror?
Zac Alstin | 14 June 2016
tags: homosexuality, Islamic terrorism, mass shootings, massacres, United States
49 innocent people have died. Why is the tragedy dividing the nation instead of uniting it?

The origins of Jihadism in Europe
Michele Brignone | 09 June 2016
tags: Islam, jihadi youths, nihilism
The French debate the nature of extremist militancy.

What Enlightenment thinkers would have made of Donald Trump
Anna Plassart | 08 June 2016
tags: demagoguery, democracy, Donald Trump, Enlightenment
18th Century thinkers had grave fears about the seductive pull of demagogues

Meanwhile, outside the school bathroom…
Carolyn Moynihan | 25 May 2016
tags: black America, men, unemployment
…millions of boys are preparing for unemployment and prison. Who cares?

Radicalisation, a weasel word that lets young jihadists off the hook
Ken MacIntosh | 05 April 2016
tags: jihadi youths, radicalism, responsibility
People cannot just 'fall' into terrorism; they have to jump.

Fondly remembering Mao: Western universities and ‘hemispatial neglect’
Barbara Kay | 16 March 2016
tags: ideology, Mao Tse-Tung, universities
Naming a scholarship after Mao is an ideological disorder.

Scalia’s impact on the Supreme Court
Brian Fitzpatrick | 29 February 2016
tags: Antonin Scalia, judicial activism, originalism, textualism, US Supreme Court
He was a powerful spokesman for the movement against judicial activism.

Trump: a Frankenstein of the Republican Party’s making
Liam Kennedy | 29 January 2016
tags: Donald Trump, GOP presidential field, Republicans
Can the GOP recover?

Flint’s water crisis is a blatant example of environmental injustice
Robert D. Bullard | 28 January 2016
Is dirty water good enough for poor and coloured Americans?

Militant suffragettes: morally justified, or just terrorists?
Janna Thompson | 18 January 2016
tags: democracy, Suffragettes, terrorism
Destroying property is hardly the way to show you are fit to govern.

Why did terror hit Jakarta’s streets?
Noor Huda Ismail | 15 January 2016
tags: Indonesia, ISIS, radical Islam
And what happens next?

#SOTU marks the end of the magic
Michael Cook | 14 January 2016
tags: Barack Obama, rhetoric, same-sex marriage, State of the Union address
More respect and less rancour? Start with yourself, Mr President.

Diagnosing the American illness
Justin Dyer | 07 January 2016
tags: American politics, Keynsian economics, Obama
What will politics look like after Obama?

Are these horrific mass killings really happening ‘daily’?
Robert Hutchinson | 07 December 2015
tags: mass shootings, statistics
Before panicking, look at the facts.

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