The Federal Election: A Retrospective

As a disclaimer, today's blog is not going to be about philosophy, but rather a retrospective on the recent Canadian Federal Election and some of my thoughts on the matter. Last night, the election was a dubious celebration- primarily because we won't be facing 4 years of conservatives in power federally as well as provincially… Continue reading The Federal Election: A Retrospective

Reproduction at the End of the World?

It's election season in Canada. The memory of last year's storms and wildfires are strong. Finally, a young, white climate activist has come to visit us and to tell us that we simply aren't doing enough in regards to climate change. Think-pieces are appearing in the news around individuals who are choosing to not have… Continue reading Reproduction at the End of the World?

Standards of Living and Resource Allocation

Two giant steaming pots of soup are in the foreground, with a counter and a man standing in the left corner in the background.

When I solicit prompts for blogs here at Moral Guillotines, I get interesting and sometimes heartbreaking stories of individuals who want to do the right thing, but are unsure of what it is, or if it is enough, for instance, this: "One of my flatmates volunteers at a local men’s shelter and we’ve been puzzling… Continue reading Standards of Living and Resource Allocation

Privacy, Free Speech, Hate & Harassment

Scrabble letters on a pale beige background spell out the words "HI HATERS"

My partner recently brought the following case to my attention. As has been the case in recent weeks, it has to do with the upcoming Canadian election, and comes from CBC. The case is this: A far right nationalist, white-supremacist group is attempting to gain political party status. To do so, they need 250 signatures… Continue reading Privacy, Free Speech, Hate & Harassment

Rawls and Robots

John Rawls is perhaps the most influential political philosopher since Plato. His works (but mainly the flagship A Theory of Justice), have influenced government policy and thought throughout the world. In many ways, his ideas are great. He supports the idea that all citizens should have their basic needs met. He believes that inequality in incomes should… Continue reading Rawls and Robots

A Speech Against Doug Ford

Today, I attended the Ontario General Strike Protest against Doug Ford's government. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a video, but this is  a transcript of the speech I gave:   I am here because I want us to think today, about what the purpose of government is, about why we want to be governed.… Continue reading A Speech Against Doug Ford

On the Permissibility of Violence

In general, we think that violence is a bad thing. We think that we should not wage wars, we should not injure people, and we should not say mean-spirited things. This is because all these things are acts of violence on various scales, and because acts of violence cause harm to others, and sometimes, also… Continue reading On the Permissibility of Violence

The Ethics of Compromise

Welcome back to Moral Guillotines, and to 2019. The world is still a trashfire. BUT it is at least still a trashfire in interesting, philosophically relevant ways, which is something. Today, I was prompted to explore an area of ethics that I will call the ethics of compromise/negotiation. This is for a number of politically… Continue reading The Ethics of Compromise

When the Whole World is Drowning

So, the world is a trashfire. I mean, it seems like its been that way for a while, but in recent weeks the flames just keep getting hotter and closer to home. It seems like people are caring less and less about morality, and less and less about each other. Hannah Arednt wrote about the… Continue reading When the Whole World is Drowning

The Morality of Voting

So this is a couple weeks late, but I have feelings about the recent Ontario election. This isn't the place for them though. You can read them here instead. What I am going to talk about here is ethics & moral philosophy, because that's what this place is for. Now, I heard and saw a… Continue reading The Morality of Voting