Essays

Essays

Jan 24th 2017

To be rich is a thing that many in our society spend their whole lives striving for. Not having to worry about money and indeed, splashing it on designer clothes, chains of diamonds and private planes is seen by some to be the ultimate dream.

Jan 16th 2017

This M. L. King Day, 2017 is an especially important time for us to celebrate and emulate the principled defiance of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Persistent, unapologetic – doggedly non-violent – Dr.

Jan 14th 2017

One of the greatest political challenges in the 21st century is coming up with a welfare system which is both effective and fair.

Jan 7th 2017
In the 2013 movie “Her,” Theodore Twombly, a lonely writer, falls in love with a digital assistant designed to meet his every need.  She sorts emails, helps get a book published, provides personal advice and ultimately becomes his girlfriend.  The assistant, Samantha, is A.I.
Jan 3rd 2017

It is 2017, and shortly the White House will be inhabited by an unscrupulous, corrupt narcissist who has shamelessly mobilized the Neo-Nazi fringe of the Republican Party to get into power.

Jan 2nd 2017

In this era of dramatic, rampant, and incessant political change, predictions about the future can no longer be based either on conventional wisdom or historical precedent.

Dec 31st 2016

On December 31 1937, Cambridge classicist and man of letters F L Lucas embarked on an experiment. He would keep a diary for exactly one calendar year.

Dec 19th 2016

The self-described “alt-right” represents what for many decades has been an offshoot of radical conservatism, mixing racism, white nationalism and populism. At its most extreme, we find virulently antiblack and anti-Semitic groups like the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi political parties.

Dec 7th 2016

Most explanations concerning the reasons that led Trump to victory in the US presidential election are unconvincing for two simple reasons: they brush off the issue of class and the rise of China in the global political economy. In fact, these two factors were key to his success.

Dec 6th 2016

In a well-known exchange in their first debate, Donald Trump castigated Hillary Clinton for retre

Dec 2nd 2016

Happiness has become a modern obsession. Searching for it, holding on to it, and wishing it on our loved ones have all become motivating forces for how we live our lives.

Nov 29th 2016

Americans have given the nuclear codes to that crazy uncle you have to sit through Thanksgiving with who watches nut cases like Alex Jones and red-facedly

Nov 29th 2016

The internet has transformed our lives. As of July 2016, around 40% of the world’s population was online – that’s nearly 3.5 billion internet users.

Nov 23rd 2016

The new National Security Adviser to incoming President Donald J. Trump, Lt.-Gen. Michael Flynn, has called Islam a “cancer” and maintained that it is a “political ideology” masquerading as a religion.

Nov 23rd 2016

Facebook is on the defensive after the elections, with accusations that it helped spread misinformation.  For days, Mark Zuckerberg was adamant that his network had not affected the election results, calling that 

Nov 22nd 2016

Earlier this month, Colorado voters approved a ballot that made it the fifth state to legalise physician-assisted suicide (excluding Montana, which allows it via court ruling

Nov 22nd 2016

Technology is advancing so rapidly that we will experience radical changes in society not only in our lifetimes but in the coming years. We have already begun to see ways in which computing, sensors, artificial intelligence and genomics are reshaping entire industries and our daily lives.

Nov 19th 2016

The spread of fascism in the 1920s was significantly aided by the fact that liberals and mainstream conservatives failed to take it seriously. Instead, they accommodated and normalised it.

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