Browsing All posts tagged under »Ethics«

On Justice and Libertarianism

December 8, 2013


This is an ambitious post. In it, I aim to point out a fundamental and possibly insurmountable problem with libertarian ethics. I’ve been mulling this post over over for a while, but the recent Black Friday strikes and protests at Walmarts across the US provide excellent context for the argument I want to make. What […]

Speech as an act of violence

May 19, 2013


The vile, misogynist, hate-mongering trolls that plague the atheist movement have recently sunk to a new low. Last week, a guy named Justicar posted a video on Youtube in which he demonstrates how he used a photograph posted on Twitter by retired blogger Jen McCreight to find the location of her boyfriend’s house. Then he […]

Thoughts on Veganism II: Reflections on my Vegan Experiment

December 8, 2012


My vegan experiment is finished. From the end of October to about two weeks ago, I abstained from all animal products with the exception of honey, and I returned to eating meat about two weeks ago. I think that, in general, the experiment was highly successful  It provided a new perspective which changed my perspective on […]

Some Thoughts on Veganism

October 27, 2012


I’ve recently started listening to the Citizen Radio podcast, because it offers a perspective on American politics and general social justice issues that is both insightful and hilarious, and because my grocery store is often full of drunk undergraduates from whom I desperately need a distraction. This has lead to an interesting situation in which […]

Can a humanist be a conservative? Likely not.

May 6, 2012


Prominent are often quick to point out the political diversity of their movement. There is a lot of truth to this claim-atheists range across the political spectrum from Bill Maher to Penn Jillette and the late Christopher Hitchens, but a brief survey of the atheist movement shows that despite this diversity, the vast majority of atheists […]

Pro-Life rhetoric demeans us all.

April 27, 2012


I’ve avoided the abortion issue thus far for a few reasons. Firstly, the recent prominent political debates around abortion in Canada have centred around local questions of access which, while incredibly important, deal primarily with finicky policy issues that I don’t know very much about. The much more important reason for my silence on the issue is […]

A Philosophical and Financial Case for an Aggressive Estate Tax

February 15, 2012


The Occupy Movement is dormant for the moment. Cold temperatures and aggressive police forces have forced tents out of parks and financial districts in major cities around the world, but there are still rumblings. Occupy Oakland is still highly active,Rick Santorum was glitter-bombed by Occupy Tacoma yesterday, and there is a global general strike planned for May […]