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Phil Hutchinson
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Once more, though it is no doubt pointless: 1. Economy. If you are tempted to believe the economy is in safer hands with the Tories than others, seriously, ask yourself why you believe that?! I'm tired of repeating myself, but here goes: We've had six reces...
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A Little Note on Placebo and Meaning
What are placebo effects? Some people think that "placebo effect" is the label given to cases of people believing they've recovered or perceiving their symptoms to have decreased or gone, when those people have received no medically active intervention: so,...
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General Election - Second Referendum
Identify the anti-Brexit candidate in your constituency and vote for them. (If there is more than one anti-Brexit candidate, identify the one with the best chance of winning and influencing their party policy) Persuade all anti-Brexit friends to do the same...
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Lessons
About 16 years ago, as part of the work I was doing for my Ph.D. thesis, I visited the Fortunoff video archive for Holocaust testimonies at Yale university. I was interested in the phenomenon of survivor shame. After 10 days of watching video recordings of ...
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Failure of a Research Programme
Liberal political philosophy has failed. It has failed not because of its politics, but because of its epistemology. Its politics of toleration and justice is still as important as it ever was, all progressive political projects must aspire to defending and...
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Bush to Trump
Since G.W. Bush came to power in 2001 things happened from which the left, reasonably, assumed they'd benefit.  The disasters of the illegal wars, Abu Ghraib, etc.  (with associated anti-war movement);  the financial crisis  (with associated Occupy movement...
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Apportioning Blame
Let's say you got two TV shows. One of those shows, made and broadcast by Network A, incites racial hatred and is watched by 60% of the viewing public. The other, made and broadcast by Network B, is watched by 30% and was kinda dull, middle of the road, con...
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Parable (after Stoker)
So, you're a progressive character and you notice that a range of servants, employees and one or two townsfolk are enabling the local blood-sucking undead count, from up at Castle Dracula, by shifting his coffin around during daylight hours, keeping his cas...
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