A blog about politics, philosophy and current affairs written by James Armstrong, a Political Philosophy PhD student from the University of York.
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- Minimum Alcohol Pricing: Three reasons to oppose iton May 14, 2012 in Economics Politics alcohol abuse alcohol misuse alcohol price alcohol related diseases alcoholism binge drinking bullingdon club david cameron deleterious effects drunken antics effects of alcohol effects of alcohol consumption heavy industry market failure middle class negative externalities scottish government social crime supposition true priceThe Scottish government have just imposed a minimum alcohol price on drinks north of the border, and David Cameron has similar plans for England. The aim of these policies is to tackle binge drinking, which is said to be a peculiarly British disease.
- Gay Marriage: This is why the personal is political
- Economics in Action #3: Debt/GDP
- Some thoughts on the Queen’s Speechon May 9, 2012 in Politics anoraks balancing act central priority coalition government coherent narrative column inches corridors david cameron economic news fulcrum grist for the mill hodgepodge labour government national interest nick clegg radical reform room deals rose garden shoulder to shoulder youth unemploymentThis coalition government came together because there was a sense that the economy was in crisis. Back in 2010, David Cameron and Nick Clegg stood shoulder to shoulder and promised a government of “era-changing, convention-challenging, radical refo...
- Economics in Action #1: The Production Possibility Frontieron May 1, 2012 in Economics Politics british economy commodity curve economic situation factors of production fiscal policy hard choices important point liquidity trap monetary base monetary policy new money opportunity cost private banks production possibility frontier rapid expansion recession tough choicesAs politicians remind us constantly, politics is about making tough choices, often in no-win situations. There is no better way of illustrating this simple principle than by looking at something called the production possibility frontier, which maps...
- Economics in Action #2: The Debt and the Deficiton May 1, 2012 in UncategorizedThe most infuriating thing about economic debates, in any polity, is that many people don’t even know what they are talking about. It’s not just that they don’t understand a complex argument about the macroeconomic effects of loweri...
- A philosophical reflection on unhappiness
- The Religious Right: How can they presume to know the mind of God?
- Massive disparities in graduate earnings by subject
- A philosophical reflection on the abortion debateon Apr 13, 2012 in Philosophy Politics abortion debate assertion atheist disagreements fetus life begins at conception macintyre moral debate moral disagreement moral status political liberalism political resolution premise premises public reason religious conviction religious persuasion religious textMost people who are engaged in the pro-life side of the abortion debate do so because they hold deep religious conviction about the moral status of the fetus. They argue that life begins at conception because they hold a belief that this is the momen...
- Do small differences matter morally?
- Most people still blame Labour for the cuts
- Is there a right to Immigrate?