Should Today’s Generation Make Amends for Slavery

There are a few things about slavery trades over the last few centuries we can agree on: they are another blot on Western history’s rather questionable moral history, perhaps being the most obvious. That it was bad is rarely questioned. Sure, there are historical moral relativists who question whether we should hold old cultures to… Continue reading Should Today’s Generation Make Amends for Slavery

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Should the State Give ‘Basic Universal Income’

Basic universal income is the idea of the state giving unconditional, significant and regular income to its citizens. It is a socialist idea, you can’t get away from that. But the question is whether it is a good thing. I think there are both good economic and social reasons for a basic income. It worth… Continue reading Should the State Give ‘Basic Universal Income’

Why I’m still against Brexit: it’s undemocratic

As inflammatory as many people may take this, the day Article 50 is triggered will be the say that democracy was subverted in the 'Brexit' discourse. It will have been triggered on the back of an awfully constructed opinion poll, violations of the principles of democracy and contrary to how British democracy has functioned for… Continue reading Why I’m still against Brexit: it’s undemocratic

3 catastrophic problems with Robotic AI, and 2 solutions

The threat of AI can be summarised into three points, and each of those points assumes something slightly different about AI. There is an economic, political or physical threat from AI, directly. I have no intention of scaremongering in this post, but I do think these are questions that need to be talked about and… Continue reading 3 catastrophic problems with Robotic AI, and 2 solutions

Humans Need not Apply: what to do with mass unemployment

AI is a far reaching concern that stretches much further than an immediate need for a better understanding of where ethics come from. It goes to the heart of economics as well. Automation has reduced the number of manual labourers, which has permitted highly skilled specialisations in medicine, science, engineering, philosophy, technology, politics and more… Continue reading Humans Need not Apply: what to do with mass unemployment

Brexit (1) Leaving the European Union is leaving the European economy (and that’s bad)

The European Union is basically a trade agreement, with a few foreign policy rules thrown in. And the trade agreement is a good one: is outlines the bare minimum requirements to partake of the benefits of EU trade. It stops a member state selling out its environment and its people to undercut the European market.… Continue reading Brexit (1) Leaving the European Union is leaving the European economy (and that’s bad)