The Heritage Foundation Economic Freedom Index is bad

TLDR: The problem with freedom indexes is this. They are aggregates of separate variables, some of which indicate small government, others of which indicate what would uncontroversially be regarded as ‘good government’. It is the good government indicators, not the small government indicators, which actually correlate with GDP per capita- the measure that the Heritage … Continue reading The Heritage Foundation Economic Freedom Index is bad

Mistaken Identity and misunderstood interests: Haider and identity politics

I just finished “Mistaken identity” by Asad Haider, and like anyone who has just finished a good book I’m a proselytiser for it. My aim here is to draw out one thread of its multifaceted arguments, that the whole of the working class share a joint interest in abolishing racism in a way that is … Continue reading Mistaken Identity and misunderstood interests: Haider and identity politics

Carving up the philosophical terrain around personal identity a little differently

Warning: I haven’t studied personal identity since a single undergraduate subject, so I’m guessing this distinction already exists in the literature and I just didn’t find it with a cursory search, I claim no originality for this, and if someone can find a source, let me know so I can give credit. Many people are … Continue reading Carving up the philosophical terrain around personal identity a little differently

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the origins of religion

Obsessive Compulsive Disoder (OCD) is well known to interact with pre-existing cultural and religious beliefs and practices. I was interested in coming at it from the other direction- is there evidence that culture, particularly religious culture, has been shaped by OCD? Although I can’t prove it absolutely, I believe I there is enough evidence to … Continue reading Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the origins of religion