The Blog (yes, THE blog)

a selection of articles – some of them might be entertaining, then again, some might not

Total Betrayal (3) – With Friends Like These

“The world does not become more stable when the US retreats. For all its faults, the founding code of the American Republic is the antithesis of tyranny. ‘Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness’; these values are dictatorship’s kryptonite.”

By Surrendering to the Taliban, America Has Betrayed the Afghan People (04/06/2021)

Note: Hopefully a version of this piece will be making its way on to The Oxford Blue website in the next few days. For readers of the blog, this is an early preview. ******** Last month, the Sayed Ul-Shuhada High School in west Kabul was attacked. 85 people, most of them female students between theContinue reading “By Surrendering to the Taliban, America Has Betrayed the Afghan People (04/06/2021)”

SATIRE ALERT: The Student Union Presidency – A Parable of Wokeness – By Russel Alanbridger (08/04/2021)

Dear reader, welcome. I bring glad tidings. Do you remember that orange man across the sea? Yes, that one. Do you remember how he lost an election and then tried to overturn the result? You do? Oh good. He didn’t manage it in the end. His loss is our gain. Because it turns out thatContinue reading “SATIRE ALERT: The Student Union Presidency – A Parable of Wokeness – By Russel Alanbridger (08/04/2021)”

Debra Soh deserves to be heard (19/02/2021)

This afternoon the sexologist, neuroscientist and journalist Dr Debra Soh will speak at the Oxford Union. Her inclusion on this term’s roster of speakers caused quite the furore when the Union’s term card was announced. Soh’s scientific, and now journalistic career has centred on such fraught, controversial topics as gender identity, sexual orientation, gender dysphoria,Continue reading “Debra Soh deserves to be heard (19/02/2021)”

The Medium is the Massage; the effect of technology on communication, forgiveness and politics. (15/12/2020)

‘The major advances in civilisation are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur’. A.N. Whitehead, mathematician and philosopher, co-author of the Principia Mathematica (1913). The Medium is the Massage (1967) opens with the above quote. It is no throwaway line. The book’s authors: Marshal McLuhan (words) and Quentin Fiore (graphics) hadContinue reading “The Medium is the Massage; the effect of technology on communication, forgiveness and politics. (15/12/2020)”

What does ‘American Psycho’ tell us about Donald Trump? (17th of July 2020)

In Brett Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel, his protagonist, the Wall Street lawyer Patrick Bateman, cares about very few people. He certainly does not care about his girlfriend Evelyn, and definitely not his co-workers, one of whom he chops to death with an axe. But there is one person that literature’s nastiest serial killer looks upContinue reading “What does ‘American Psycho’ tell us about Donald Trump? (17th of July 2020)”

I hope university teaches me to think, but I’m not so sure it will. (15th July 2020)

Oscar Wilde once said that ‘the Oxford manner’, is ‘the ability to play with ideas gracefully’. All being well with my (teacher assessed) A-Levels, I hope to begin my time as a student at Oxford this October. I couldn’t be more excited about this, but recent trends regarding the free exchange of ideas at universitiesContinue reading “I hope university teaches me to think, but I’m not so sure it will. (15th July 2020)”

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