I was scrolling through my social media feed today, and I came across a post from the hacker-related leftist page Anonymous, which confused me. It contained a British UKIP politician called Godfrey Bloom, on a right wing rant (in the European Parliament), about the problems with fairly conventional economic policy. This particular version of the speech has … More The left must learn economics.
2016 was the year in which fake news, spread by poor quality media sources, became a global concern. But what studies can you do to accurately, honestly tell you which big newspapers are truly lacking in journalistic standards? A good standard of journalism, for instance, will always look for two sources, or one certain … More How can you tell a better quality newspaper? Data has arrived in the most unexpected of forms.
The things that happened in 2016 are not irreversible, nor are they catastrophic, but they did see humankind begin a remarkable and almost universal descent from the reason and intelligence which we have spent centuries improving upon. That computer you’re reading this on, the clothes you’re wearing, the house you sat in…all of it came from … More 2016: the year the world declined.
As you drive to work, you likely listen to your radio, and hear songs written by well-known singer songwriters. When you arrive, maybe you check social media and learn the newest trending stories. When you go home, you watch the latest reality TV, punctuated by trailers for the next Hollywood blockbuster. This is real life; … More Forget fake news, we’re living fake lives. You can choose to take the red pill.
For years now, the split between left and right has been blurred. The left has classically tried to improve the lot of the poorer in society, and the right is classically focused on the economy – often said to help the richest. But the line, in the eyes of the electorate, has always been blurry. Never … More The Left/Right Split is Dead -Reason is the Future. Join us.
A lot has happened in the last decade. Labour took a hammering for the war in Iraq, the Conservatives (with the help of media moguls) have cleverly blamed the entire global financial crash on the left – despite it originating in the neo-Conservative policy of deregulation of banking – and the media have been willing … More Is Britain swinging to the far-right, and how do you stop it?
If you ask any employee what they think of their boss, you might get a different answer depending on all kinds of things. If you asked them just after an appraisal, in which constructive criticism was offered with regards to their phone manner, you might find it to be an awful lot more negative. The … More Are referendums democratic?
Whilst the world may now be a less violent place than ever before, there has been a recent and disturbing defence of discriminatory thinking. From entitled, yet hopefully isolated, cultures among American law enforcement, to presidential candidates who tend to believe women are objects for their own enjoyment. While these American examples are highlighted around … More How Trump and Farage implore belief in a post-truth world.
There were several obvious aspects to Thursdays vote: Wales and Northern England are more concerned about immigration than we thought, London, N. Ireland and Scotland were all aligned in their opinions, and big cities with the most immigration – like Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow and London – are less worried about it than more rural or … More 8 things you may not have noticed about the UK’s EU Referendum.
The world watched innocent Parisian’s slaughtered, in a land of refuge, liberty and equality. Bombs rained down in Syria, UK politicians applauded passionate calls for joining the war, and the United States again refused to agree stricter gun laws despite violent shootings in schools and cinemas. The US also unearthed one of the least kind, most … More 2015 was a tough year for humanity: here’s 5 ways you can change things in 2016.