Author Archives: Oliver

So Fair Trade Might Be Immoral?

And yet, it might not though! I’m not sure which way it goes. Say you have £10 to spend on chocolate. You can buy 4 bars of Fairtrade chocolate which will benefit an average of 4 farmers to the tune … Continue reading

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Not Another Parallel Between Religion and Socialism!

(Part 1.) A religious person cannot possibly live without a great deal of empirical knowledge. Similarly, socialism cannot exist without being funded by a great deal of capital, generated by a capitalist system. A side effect of having clever scientific … Continue reading

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Review: Carmen 3D

So this is old news for me but I wanted to write something about it. The other day, I saw Carmen at the cinema in 3D, a recording of a production by the Royal Opera House in London. Carmen’s a … Continue reading

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Some political philosophy (with added links)

This is going to be pretty condensed but I wanted to finally record some of my political/political-phil beliefs. I’m a consequentialist utilitarian. Any other place to start seems arbitrary. So there is no moral purpose outside of the wants of … Continue reading

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Review: Flowers for Algernon

This American science fiction by Daniel Keyes, published as a short story in the 50s and released as a novel in the 60s (that which I read), depicts the life of mentally retarded Charlie Gordon, subject of a revolutionary surgery … Continue reading

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We Need More Government!

Look at the world around us. It isn’t in its current state for a lack of government and control: it’s so clearly out of control. We need as much government and regulation as we can get. Because of this, I … Continue reading

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Review: The Presentation of Self In Everyday Life

So I finished that book by Erving Goffman! It was cool. It was about signalling (i.e. the actions we perform to make people think we are who we say we are) and the world around that sociological phenomenon. About how … Continue reading

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