Why Does Moral Absolutism Work (Some of the Time)?

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Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam recently had a very cordial exchange on the merits of legalising prostitution – so cordial, in fact, that they were accused of doing Twitter fights wrong.Salam was making a reluctant case based on harm reduction, which followed a familiar pattern: “people are going to buy sex anyway, and legalising it will make things safer for those selling sex.” Douthat, in defending the Swedish model (where selling sex is not criminalised, but buying is) made two arguments. Th … [Read more...]

Mechanical Man: What’s the point of you?

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Over the weekend, we watched a little indy film that we liked a lot, The Giant Mechanical Man:The protagonists are both struggling, in large part because they are social misfits; in a world that demands you have your goals lined up, your sites set and your trajectories launched without a shred of doubt, they are not sure what they want, what they even like or what they think. All they know is they don't want to be part of all that doing and going unless it has an authentic relation to … [Read more...]


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