The policy policy

Australian Prime Minister for the Obvious has said that there should be a “zero tolerance” policy against bullying. In other news, a 13 year old Victorian girl who held a kitchen knife to the throat of a 12 year old girl – allegedly – is not to be charged by police, but has been cautioned. Read More…

Pope gets tax-paid visit to UK to denounce equality of gays before the law…

I am glad to see I am not the only person who finds this unconscionable… I hope the Grauniad won’t sue me for reposting their piece below the fold.

On fear and risk

I haven’t had a rant/sermon in a while. My parents’ generation went through the second world war, fighting tyrants and ideologies that sought to control our everyday lives; for which reason they are sometimes called “the best generation”. Their parents’ generation fought world war one and went through the Depression. The generation I am the Read More…

On preventive censorship versus punishment

In the last few years, there has been an increasing tendency of so-called democratic governments to increase the amount of control they have over their population, under the guise of various “emergencies”: terrorism, child pornography and of course a slightly more honest concern over property rights. Just today, the Australian attempt to mandatorily censor all Read More…

Punish the obsessive

John Wesley wrote, commenting on Acts 5:28: “They make laws and interdicts at their pleasure, which those who obey God cannot but break; and then take occasion thereby to censure and punish the innocent, as guilty.” It matters not that he was talking about the Sanhedrin; any authority will do as well. In the period Read More…

On the Gates arrest

I’m a long way away from this event which is taking up so much of the media’s attention in the States. So of course that means I have to say something about it.

Join the Pirate Party now!

As Pastafarians know, global warming is inversely related to the number of pirates in the world. But slightly more seriously, the Pirate Party in Sweden has gained a seat in the EU Parliament. They stand against the encroachment on individual privacy by the increasingly draconian Intellectual Property activists of industry. Their sudden success follows the Read More…

The US loses academic freedom?

Since we’re talking about law, here’s an interesting piece at Crooked Timber on the chilling effect on academic free speech a couple of recent court decisions, Garcetti v. Ceballos and Hong v. Grant may end up having. Although the courts did not intend for these decisions about whistleblowing to affect academic speech, it seems that Read More…

Evolution and the law

A new paper by Brian Leiter and Michael Weisberg entitled “Why Evolutionary Biology Is (So Far) Irrelevant To Legal Regulation” argues that evolution does not provide the legal system with any useful rules or guidance. Here’s the abstract: Evolutionary biology – or, more precisely, two (purported) applications of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, Read More…

The Demon Spencer

When I first started to read philosophy and history I heard about this demon. His name was Herbert Spencer, and he was famous for three things: 1. Incomprehensible prose 2. Coining “Survival of the Fittest”, and 3. Coming up with a “devil take the hindmost” laissez faire political philosophy that was called “social Darwinism”. I Read More…