The Yellow Vest Movement: How Neoliberalism Ends

December 6, 2018 Agrippa 0

The Yellow Vest movement that has convulsed France owes its origins to developments and processes unique to French society, however it also owes its origins to factors and structures operating at the global level. A ready indication of this is the solidarity and support that the movement has attracted across […]

Is Bad Philosophy a Hole in the Brane Inhibiting Progress in Physics?

August 16, 2018 Agrippa 0

“Scientists need philosophers of science like birds need ornithologists,” so said Richard Feynman yet Carlo Rovelli, one of the era’s more deeper thinkers boldly branching out beyond the sterile disciplinary boundaries, has written a most thought provoking paper on the relationship between philosophy and physics. The focus of the paper […]

Galen Strawson of Mind and Matter

July 5, 2018 Agrippa 0

Galen Strawson, Things That Bother Me: Death, Freedom, the Self, Etc, (New York, New York Review Books, 2018). It would be tempting to attribute Galen Strawson’s peculiar brand of naturalism to the hashish and the LCD, but readers of this site would know that I have long adhered to something […]

Corporate Power and the Failure of the Australian Labour Market

June 28, 2018 Agrippa 0

The Australian labour market increasingly exhibits the classical signs of market failure due to positive externalities. The best approximation to Paul Krugman in Australia is the economic correspondent for The Guardian Greg Jericho. Economic literacy is a critical component of citizenship in capitalist society, and the great value of Jericho’s […]

Fischer’s Theorem and the Mind’s Big Bang

May 10, 2018 Agrippa 0

Bobby Fischer described the evolution of his capability to play the game of chess by saying , after years of singular devotion, that “by the age of eleven, I just got good.” There’s something quite profound at work here, with import beyond the game of chess. Let me explain. Ian […]

Russia Reportedly Tests Nudol ASAT Weapon

April 5, 2018 Agrippa 0

Doubtless we have all seen the report of a sixth test by Russia of the Nudol, which the United States intelligence community assesses to be a direct ascent anti-satellite weapon or ASAT. The report comes to us courtesy of Ankit Panda of The Diplomat and is based on credible official […]

North Korea, the Negligence Doctrine and Catalytic War

February 22, 2018 Agrippa 0

Among nuclear weapon states there exists a subset that could be said to constitute a nuclear complex. A nuclear weapons complex consists of states that possess an intercontinental nuclear targeting capability, a capability that might see the states of the complex interact in advertent and inadvertent ways. North Korea, from […]