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2020 May

  • Equal Protections

    A recent post on Cory Doctorow's pluralistic blog had a really good take on the general worldview of "the right", describing it as "mafia logic". I'm going to quote a huge chunk of it here: This follows perfectly from the second definition. The purpose of the law is to protect the rightful rulers, so the law can't – by definition – punish them. And it is "mafia logic." Holbo was talking about Michael Gove – a UK Tory Minister – excusing his the Prime Minister's advisor Dominick Cummings repeatedly breaking the quarantine rules that Cummings is responsible for creating and

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2019 September

  • The following article made the rounds recently: I Quit Social Media for a Year and Nothing Magical Happened. It's interesting enough not only on its own, but also for the discussion generated around any piece about qutting social media. I will admit I've been flirting with the idea myself, but that's a topic for another day. Of particular interest to me at the moment is this comment about the article on Hacker News: My biggest issue with social media is less that it's distracting (IMO not necessarily an unhealthy thing) but that it has, for me, more than anything else

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2019 August

  • Marketplace Ethics

    I brought up among one of my friend groups this Reddit thread where the poster says they were able to buy hundreds of dollars worth of Magic cards from a garage sale for around $70. (Not gonna link to the original thread because it might seem like I'm shaming the OP.) Not that there's anything bad with such "garage sale finds", as it were. These things are posted every so often on subreddits especially those dedicated to some sort of collectible. I mentioned that while I would be very excited to find something like this in the wild, I might

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2019 April

  • Justice vs Vengeance

    via /u/haveanicedayreddit on reddit: The very fact that our nation's highest court is weighing in on the amount of cruelty we can inflict upon those we put to death suggests we've taken a wrong turn. And yet the very subject invites some to ask why we should even care about the feelings of rapists or murderers. Here's why we need to care. We need to care because our justice system demands it. Regardless of where we stand on the appropriateness of a death penalty, we must agree that the administration of any punishment must be done in the absence of

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2018 October

  • Capitalism

    In fourth year HS, we had an Economics subject, and back then I was fascinated with the idea of free market capitalism -- the free market, the invisible hand, the law of supply and demand, and the idea that through competition we are forced to adapt and become better and more efficient in order to survive. Capitalism mirrored the law of nature: the strong will survive. These days, I am much less enamored with the idea of capitalism. Not that I disbelieve that it makes us more efficient, but that ruthless efficiency has a cost. Like the law of nature

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