Category Archives: Society

Is destroying illegal ivory a really bad idea?

Governments around the world have in recent years destroyed their seized stockpiles of illegal ivory, egged on by the World Wildlife Federation which believes it sends a signal to gangs that kill Elephants and Rhinos for their tusks. In January, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Environment, Miscellaneous, Politics - international, Social, Society, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Turkish government handsomely rewarded for realpolitik

I visited Turkey in April last year, traveling through the country, witnessing the troubles of the leadership of the ruling AKP party: it had just lost a general election that left it without a workable majority in parliament and only … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Ethics, History, Immigration and refugees, Journalism, Miscellaneous, Political theory, Politics - international, Print media, Society, Terror | 9 Comments

Is Julian Assange about to get arrested? And what then?

Queensland boy Julian Assange seems set to walk out of the Ecuadorian embassy soon, hoping that the announcement by the UN human rights panel on the arbitrariness of his detention will protect him from being arrested. The baseline scenario is … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Ethics, History, Information, Journalism, Law, Libertarian Musings, Life, Media, Politics - international, Society | 28 Comments

Gay marriage rites

I think I am in favour of gay marriage, on balance, with some reservations. I would not wave placards in the street, or even change my vote on this issue.

Posted in Philosophy, Politics - national, Society | 100 Comments

The great globalisation slowdown mystery

Here’s something I only noticed while writing a short piece for INTHEBLACK magazine: the rise of globalisation is not only slowing down almost to a halt, but in some places (like the Netherlands) may have been slowing down since around … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Interesting Graphs, Society | 23 Comments

More metadata musing

In answer to my post earlier today about the data retention bill, frequent commenter Patrick Fitzgerald made a rather important point about the data retention zeitgeist: Embrace the panopticon Ken, buy yourself a webcam, attach it to your head and … Continue reading

Posted in IT and Internet, Law, Society, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Where are we with Geo-Engineering in 2014?

Geo-engineering is increasingly looking like the only politically viable way of averting temperature rises above 2 degrees in the coming century. This is for three interlocking reasons: i) Any mayor country can try geo-engineering on its own without permission from … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Environment, Ethics, History, Life, Politics - international, Science, Society, Uncategorized | 108 Comments