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Two lawyers and a larrikin on life, law and liberty.



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A misconceived attack on libertarianism

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:52:49 +0000

Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay have produced a Manifesto Against the Enemies of Modernity. There is much to agree with in it but at least one part is thoroughly misconceived, which is the attack on libertarianism. Such an attack is a strange thing to read in such a manifesto, for if any ideology seems a product […]



The dissident right and the race thing

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 07:27:45 +0000

The blogger Zman provides a very useful summary of the dissident right: If you were trying to reduce the main points of the Dissident Right with a few bullet points, it would be: The people in charge have dangerous fantasies about the future of society and the nature of man The mass media is just propaganda for those fantasies […]



A comment on border walls

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 01:42:36 +0000

This is based on a comment I made here. The success of Israel and Hungary in putting up border barriers has been cited as evidence in favour of President Trump’s proposed Mexican border wall. A counter-argument raised against such citing is that those walls are much smaller than the Trump proposal. It is true that the US-Mexican border is 3,201km long, […]



Luke Cage: a view from Harlem

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:23:34 +0000

With the expansion in cable television, and the even more recent rise of online television, we live in a golden age of television. The range of TV series, including high quality TV series, available is unprecedented. Marvel v DC I have a weakness for police procedurals, crime shows and superhero shows (though not the animated versions). Among […]



The founding falsities of postcolonialism

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 02:29:48 +0000

In his discussion with anthropologist Philip Carl Salzman, evolutionary psychologist and YouTuber Gad Saad offers (at 8.48) the following: By the way, in terms of generative grammar, whenever when I see the word ‘post’ before anything then that raises a flag that it’s bullshit. So post = bullshit; postmodernism, postcolonialism, post-structuralism. So, maybe Chomsky can one day weigh in on why the introduction of post implies that we are […]



Vampire Diaries versus True Blood

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:33:28 +0000

I have long been fond of vampire stories, particularly films and TV shows. This is something of a cliche among same-sex attracted folk — intimate sharing of bodily fluids in intense, often apparently orgasmic, experiences manifesting desire incorporating folk of the same-sex by powerful beings who get others to conform to those desires: what’s not […]



Islam as philosophical dead end

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 02:36:45 +0000

Classical (622 to c.940) and early medieval Islam was a civilisation and period with a rich philosophical tradition. Yet Islam became a philosophical dead end, an example of how societies, indeed, an entire civilisation, can stop supporting philosophy as a significant autonomous realm of enquiry. Islam is a civilisation where religion swallowed philosophy, with consequences we are still […]



Origins of philosophy

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 02:07:10 +0000

This very short post by philosopher Stephen Hicks states that: *Metaphysically*, philosophy was born with Thales and the Milesians. *Epistemologically*, it was born with Parmenides and the Eleatics. The Milesian school began around 600 BCE on the coast of Asia minor. The Eleatic school began around 500 BCE about 1100 kilometers west in the southern Italian peninsula. He […]



Prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements in the High Court

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 11:06:00 +0000

So, y’all would have noticed that I don’t post much on this blog any more, but I still occasionally blog over at Opinions on High, the Melbourne Law School blog covering the decisions of the High Court of Australia, where I am one of the editors (along with Professor Jeremy Gans). I’ve just written a […]



It’s all happening

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 13:31:27 +0000

I’m not usually given to quoting Bill Lawry around these parts, but the last week has been somewhat…busy. For good reason, though. First, the Cato Institute published the entirety of my ‘Author’s Note’ from Kingdom of the Wicked, where – in an attempt to avoid having my writing horribly misinterpreted – I set out how I’d […]