Same-Sex Marriage: A Case for “Yes”

First published on The Conversation, 11 September 2017. [Note: This piece is specifically about the current process in Australia. It does, however, raise more general issues about the legitimacy and
First published on The Conversation, 11 September 2017. [Note: This piece is specifically about the current process in Australia. It does, however, raise more general issues about the legitimacy and [More]

Truth, Loyalty & Trump

Embed from Getty Images While the first hundred (or so) days of a president’s reign is something of an arbitrary mark, Trump seems to have ignited more controversy and firestorms than most
Embed from Getty Images While the first hundred (or so) days of a president’s reign is something of an arbitrary mark, Trump seems to have ignited more controversy and firestorms than most [More]

Fake News IV: The Role of the State

Embed from Getty Images While there has been considerable speculation about the impact of fake news on the election, the recent incident at Comet Ping Pong Pizza shows that fake news can cause real
Embed from Getty Images While there has been considerable speculation about the impact of fake news on the election, the recent incident at Comet Ping Pong Pizza shows that fake news can cause real [More]

Fake News III: Pizzagate

Embed from Getty Images While fake news is often bizarre, one of the stranger fake claims is that the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria was part of a child sex ring led by Hillary Clinton. This fake story
Embed from Getty Images While fake news is often bizarre, one of the stranger fake claims is that the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria was part of a child sex ring led by Hillary Clinton. This fake story [More]

Not conservative, reactionary: The flawed case against same-sex marriage

Russell Blackford, University of Newcastle The time has come for Australia to provide for same-sex marriages. This would reflect the countries with which we compare ourselves, including the US and
Russell Blackford, University of Newcastle The time has come for Australia to provide for same-sex marriages. This would reflect the countries with which we compare ourselves, including the US and [More]

Is BLM Responsible for Increased Crime?

Embed from Getty Images One talking point on the political right is that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is causally responsible for an increase in crime. This point has been made by such
Embed from Getty Images One talking point on the political right is that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is causally responsible for an increase in crime. This point has been made by such [More]

The Erosion of the Media

Embed from Getty Images A free and independent press is rightly considered essential to a healthy democracy. Ideally, the press functions like Socrates’ gadfly—it serves to reproach the state and
Embed from Getty Images A free and independent press is rightly considered essential to a healthy democracy. Ideally, the press functions like Socrates’ gadfly—it serves to reproach the state and [More]

Gun Control

The June, 2016 mass shooting in Orlando has thrown gasoline on the political fire of gun control. While people on the left and right both agree that mass shootings should be prevented, they disagree
The June, 2016 mass shooting in Orlando has thrown gasoline on the political fire of gun control. While people on the left and right both agree that mass shootings should be prevented, they disagree [More]

Trump & Authenticity

Embed from Getty Images Donald Trump has managed to relentlessly prove the political pundits wrong. While the idea of Trump in the White House was once an absurd joke, each passing day makes it ever
Embed from Getty Images Donald Trump has managed to relentlessly prove the political pundits wrong. While the idea of Trump in the White House was once an absurd joke, each passing day makes it ever [More]

David Bowie

David Bowie, the artist and actor, died on January 11, 2016. While I would not categorize myself as a fan of any artist, I do admit that I felt some sadness when I learned of his death. I must also
David Bowie, the artist and actor, died on January 11, 2016. While I would not categorize myself as a fan of any artist, I do admit that I felt some sadness when I learned of his death. I must also [More]