The Family, Brexit and the Right Wing: George Lakoff’s ‘Moral Politics’ applied to Brexit

Introduction In this post, I want to summarise the key points of the book ‘Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives think’ by George Lakoff (1996). (Don’t worry, I’ll leave enough out to justify you buying the book.) In it, Lakoff explains how differences of perspective on the family can go a long way to explaining… Continue reading The Family, Brexit and the Right Wing: George Lakoff’s ‘Moral Politics’ applied to Brexit

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What should a democracy look like?

On Thursday 23rd June, the UK undertook a project of direct democracy: a referendum on its membership to the European Union. The result was a 51.9% vote for leaving the EU, a fact we should not ignore. It was a vote, on a day, saying a narrow majority of the British people who voted wanted… Continue reading What should a democracy look like?

Brexit and a response to Katie Hopkins

Like many countries, the UK has a few people the media loves to put a microphone and camera in front of and listen to their opinion, no matter how uninformed or lacking in nuance it is. One such person in the UK is Katie Hopkins. She was interviewed outside the Conservative Party Conference about her… Continue reading Brexit and a response to Katie Hopkins

A second Brexit Referendum?

Brexit means Brexit, don’t you know. Now that 52% of people have voted for Brexit (noun) we should now Brexit (verb). End of story. Or do you not believe in democracy?! But, what does Brexit actually mean? This meme of ‘Brexit means Brexit’ doesn’t actually tell us anything. “Brexit” was a word the media made… Continue reading A second Brexit Referendum?

Is Artificial Intelligence Entitled to Personhood?

AI is not alive. But, somehow it has the opportunity to live. Deepmind has produced art that sold for $8,000. AI can live in our computers or on the web and write sports articles and compose music. They seem to hold down jobs and be able to make critical decisions. The question of whether AI… Continue reading Is Artificial Intelligence Entitled to Personhood?

Should Governments Fix the Rates of Foreign Aid?

(This should stimulate an argument) Britain is continuing to not-quite discuss the issue of whether it should be a part of Europe. There are essentially three sides: yes, no and if we can negotiate a better deal for ourselves. But no side, yet, has been clear about the benefits of their view or the problems… Continue reading Should Governments Fix the Rates of Foreign Aid?