Monthly Archives: November 2020

Churchill in Iceland

Today, 30 November, is the birthday of Winston Churchill, one of the greatest statesmen of the twentieth century. He was born at Blenheim Palace in 1874, the year in which Iceland celebrated her thousand years: The first settler, Ingolf Arnarson, … Continue reading

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The Real Thatcher: Not in The Crown

Most of us were brought up on fairy tales of princes and princesses, kings and queens, fairies with fluttering wings and witches riding on brooms, and of castles, dungeons and dragons. It is therefore not surprising that The Crown, the … Continue reading

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The Paradox of the Anti-Vote

In the U.S. presidential elections on 3 November, much of the votes cast were doubtlessly anti-votes. It was Trump who lost the elections. It was not Biden who won them. Many of those who voted for Biden did not do … Continue reading

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Nozick and the Experience Machine

Today is the birthday of Robert Nozick, one of the most prominent philosophers of the twentieth century. He was born on 16 December 1938 and passed away, prematurely, on 23 January 2002. When I was a graduate student at Oxford … Continue reading

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U.S. Election Results: Could Have Been Worse

The results of the U.S. elections on 3 November could have been worse. Pollsters and pundits had predicted a Democratic landslide, a blue wave capturing not only the Presidency, but also the Senate, in addition to the House of Representatives, … Continue reading

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