This week: how significant should significance be, lucky Aussie philosophers take on the world, Trump is only the start of corruption in the US, and getting to grips with white supremacist ideologies.
Welcome to Side View — a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: white terrorists, free speech and its discontents, and Plato's pooch.
Degrading the distinction between action and the consequences of non-action undermines all morality. Crikey's writer-at-large parses the moral arguments for offshore detention and the current bombing of Gaza.
Modern philosopher and public intellectual Alain de Botton has some nuanced ideas about philosophy, but he doesn't understand the modern newsroom.
The second part of Guy Rundle's examination of ideology, audacity and politics in Libya (head here for part 1). If you share the cause of a people’s revolution, and express solidarity with them, then a request for support from a legitimite leadership shines the light back on you.
In honour of the great other inventors and philosophers, Kevin O’Faircheallaigh attempts to create one all encompassing grand theory about Asia. Something better than "land of contrasts".
What exactly is the progressive movement fighting for these days? It's time for a new, clear vision for the Left and what it wants to rally for. What substantive changes are needed? asks Robert Merkel.
Philosophers don't spend so much time these days pondering the nature of God or existence and reeling off digestible nuggets of wisdom. So what do modern-day philosophers think about? And what should you talk to them about?