Technological unemployment isn’t the point

I. At the moment there’s a huge debate over whether or not advancing robotics and artificial intelligence is likely to lead to ongoing technological unemployment- a permanent increase in unemployment due to automation. For the most part though, I think this discussion over technological unemployment elides the scarier prospect- technological marginalisation. By technological marginalisation I … Continue reading Technological unemployment isn’t the point

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

Thinking about political persuasion from a left-Wing point of view

1. The American left cannot win without persuading large swathes of the right & centre There’s a comforting lie that some parts of the American left like to tell themselves. We don’t need to worry about convincing conservatives- we just need to get non-voters to vote. This has never rung true to me. What evidence … Continue reading Thinking about political persuasion from a left-Wing point of view

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