Taking stock of my weight-loss goals and my progress so far.
In Memoriam to Singapore’s first Prime Minister
Where Murali ties everything together.
If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha – Gautama Siddhartha
Because JamesK didn’t!
Murali pushes back against the apparently complete obliviousness of the League to the way taboos pertaining to purity work.
I got engaged today.
Burdens of proof are always symmetrically distributed
We don’t know and it doesn’t matter anyway.
I’ve had it up to here with people saying that the such and such people just want to control other people’s bodies. Not because such claims are false, but because they are trivially true.
So, you guys have a cruel and unusual punishment clause in your constitution. But I’ve got a few questions:
Something I discovered recently…
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.
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?
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.
Today/Tomorrow (depending on your time zone) is Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights
Does it count as rape when both parties are too drunk to consent?
If what the left really cares about is how the worst off are doing, why do they keep talking about inequality?
I presume that lots of movement conservatives are fine with promoting liberal democracy abroad. Then why are their enemies at home liberals and democrats?
Which is more important? Religious freedom or democracy?
Via Clark at Popehat. No dogs were harmed this time. Which is in and of itself an accomplishment for the police given that they raided an animal shelter. The comments are comedy gold.
Liberalism may not be the best according to radicals, but it is good enough and in fact our only hope.
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…
If sex is no different than any other kind of activity, why are sexual contracts uneforceable?
If it is not illegal to kill and eat cows, chickens and sheep, why is it illegal to screw them?
And now you know that too. And so do the cast of Fast and Furious 6.* Car prices in Singapore can be attributed to one very basic policy move: Artificial restriction of supply. So, wonky question for the league: If you’re the mayor of a big city, how would you handle traffic congestion?
One of the things that tells us whether we are actually thinking about an issue reasonably is whether there is any counterfactual that would change our minds about it. Given that we had a pretty angry conversation about this in Jason’s recent post, let’s hash things out here. Some of you are for legalising organ…
Over at Bleeding Heart Libertarians, Jason Brennan criticises cartoon libertarians. Brennan is right in that it is better for someone to disagree with you for good reasons than for someone to agree with you for bad ones. Why? Because before we can say whether it would be better if others voted for X (even if for…
Seriously! How is it that there are so many adults who do not know basic highschool chemistry? From WFTV
Ronald Dworkin died of leukemia on Valentines Day at the age of 81. He was the founder of the political philosophy Luck Egalitarianism as well as the founder of the jurisprudence theory Legal Interpretivism. As a legal positivist and a libertarian, I disagreed with him on a whole score of issues. Nevertheless, his views challenged…
I feel that this is just awesome. Seriously! It is only in this age have we been able to do anything like this. There is a certain beauty to one person doing by himself what used to require a whole choir.
This is the third post in a series on constructing the original position. The introductory post is here. Look here for the rest of the posts in this series. Previously, we established that some kind of initial contract or choice situation accurately modelled the moral reasons in favour of particular systems of social rules over other competing…
This is the second post in a series on constructing the original position. The introductory post is here. Look here for the rest of the posts in this series. A lot of things have happenned since the previous post and the post which I wanted to put up 4 days ago got delayed. There was a…
This is the first post in a series on constructing the original position. The introductory post is here. Look here for the rest of the posts in this series. The original position is first and foremost a contract or choice situation. In order to start justifying the original position or any similar device, we need to start justifying…