Yasukuni Shrine and Political Theatre

Confucian tradition recommends honouring one’s ancestors even when they are criminals. South Korea and China should be familiar with this tradition and thus their reactions to Abe’s visits to Yasukuni Shrine is more political theatre than genuine offense.

Is this joke offensive?

My sister was in a play yesterday about a comedian. The comedian told a particular gay joke which my sister’s lesbian friend reacted to very badly (read angry). I don’t think the joke was offensive, but I may be missing something due to my privilege or something. The joke in question?

Riots!

While I was off watching a movie about people who had plenty of cause to riot, an actual riot occurred in Singapore where there isn’t really any cause for one. Apparently some people do not know who the enemy is because somehow they think attacking ambulances is going to solve problems.

Who owes you a living wage?

Jason Brennan, over at Bleeding Heart Libertarians argues that employers do not owe their employees a living wage. This is in the context of whether the government subsidises Wal-Mart by providing the welfare state so that Wal-Mart does not have to pay a living wage. But as Brennan argues this presupposes that it is already…