Monthly Archives: November 2016

On the death of Fidel Castro

The death of Fidel Castro has sparked and supercharged the debate about whether or not he was in fact a bastard. Those who think he was a bastard point to his human rights abuses, especially his treatment of gays, his propensity to lock up political opponents and his distaste for elections. Those who think he […]

You better not cry, you better not pout

At the end of the year, the Snooper’s Charter will enter into law in the UK. This will make your web history available to almost fifty different police forces and government departments, force internet service providers to keep a record of all websites you visit for up to a year, oblige companies to decrypt data […]

To defeat the forces of Trump, we must learn the art of friendship

We must build friendships with those who seem bigoted, to show them that our fight against inequality is also theirs.

The thing about human rights

Activists for human rights must stop believing in the obviousness of their arguments, and start arguing in a way that understands that people may not initially want them. Simply listing their track record is not enough. Emotions must be triggered.