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The Last of the Libertarians

This book review was originally published by Arc Digital on August 31st 2020. As the world reels from the chaos of COVID-19, it is banking on the power of innovation. We need a vaccine, and before even that, we need new technologies and practices to help us protect the vulnerable, salvage our pulverized economies, and … Continue reading The Last of the Libertarians

Train-splaining a new world order

This article was originally published by The Critic on August 4th 2020. “We have great ambitions for night trains in France,’ said transport minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari in June. It was a curious statement. When it comes to infrastructure, the language of ambition is usually reserved for projects that convey scale, speed and technological prowess. Europe’s … Continue reading Train-splaining a new world order

Anti-racism and the long shadow of the 1970s

The essay was originally published by Unherd on August 3rd 2020. Last month, following a bout of online outrage, the National Museum of African American History and Culture removed an infographic from its website. Carrying the title “Aspects and assumptions of whiteness and white culture in the United States,” the offending chart presented a list of … Continue reading Anti-racism and the long shadow of the 1970s

Why I’m not giving up on my ego

This spring, I finally got round to reading Derek Parfit’s famous work, Reasons and Persons. Published in 1984, the book is often cited as a key inspiration for subsequent developments in moral philosophy, notably the field of population ethics and the Effective Altruism movement. (Both of which, incidentally, are closely associated with Oxford University, the institution … Continue reading Why I’m not giving up on my ego