In Defence of Liberty

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Monthly Archives: December, 2014

2014 in Review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was … Continue reading

December 30, 2014

Distant Worlds, London 2014

In its third trip to London, the Distant Worlds tour played to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall.

December 22, 2014

Students and Council Tax

Students and council taxes are the subject of raucous consternation, given the exemption for full-time students. Following a successful motion at the Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Council, a … Continue reading

December 19, 2014

Torture and the CIA

A US Senate report found that the CIA engaged in “brutal” torture of al-Qaeda suspects. Composed by the Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee, the 525-page summary of the report … Continue reading

December 17, 2014

Between Liberty and Equality

‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’: these words stem from the French Revolution, and became the slogan of contemporary France. In modern liberal democracies, the grinding conflict between liberty and equality underlies many … Continue reading

December 15, 2014

A Link to the Past 12/12/2014

Articles of the Month Christina Annesley (Christina, Darling…?): I don’t think it can be considered feminist to bash Page 3 James Bloodworth (The Daily Beast): The Dark Side of Cuba’s … Continue reading

December 12, 2014

On Pornography and Censorship

As advent calendars rustled open, British-made pornography was quietly closed. A statutory instrument – the Audiovisual Media Services Regulation 2014 – came into force on December 1st. Age restrictions designed … Continue reading

December 10, 2014