The Responsibility of Public Intellectuals in Holding Governments to Account | The Diffusion of Responsibility in Bureaucracy | The Connection Between the Holocaust & Welfare Cuts | Dedicated to Hannah Arendt

“The diffusion of responsibility is the phenomena whereby one considers that one is less responsible for some action when others are present- they absorb some of the responsibility or another might even be perceived to take it all, for example in cases where an authority is present. The government is not only not the bystander it wants us to think it is, but it has the knowledge and power to act so is responsible nevertheless. Public intellectuals, including social scientists, need to reinforce this idea or things will never change and we similarly act as irresponsible deferrers of responsibility. Those individuals responsible for disability assessments that label dying people fit for work, cut their benefits, and might as well just kill those they assess, should be vilified until held to account. As an extreme example, but using the same logic, if we don’t hold these people to account, then the Nazis who “just drove the trains” are not culpable for their role in the holocaust.” … More The Responsibility of Public Intellectuals in Holding Governments to Account | The Diffusion of Responsibility in Bureaucracy | The Connection Between the Holocaust & Welfare Cuts | Dedicated to Hannah Arendt

Why Plymouth’s “Socialists” are deluded | Commentary on another poor article by the local rag

A commentary on a terrible Plymouth Herald article about the delusions of the local Socialist Party Branch. One section showing how I was harassed last time I criticised the Plymouth Herald. A final section summarising my experiences of working with the Socialist Party last year. It’s all bad. … More Why Plymouth’s “Socialists” are deluded | Commentary on another poor article by the local rag

Capitalism: incentivising sensationalism, taking advantage of our biases and damaging our mental health | Plymouth Herald journalist in breach of ethics?

“[…] media outlets are implicitly encouraged to be sensationalist because it sells papers […] On November 19th I came across an article in the Plymouth Herald with the headline “Much-loved Plymouth headteacher [sic] took her own life after ‘inadequate’ Ofsted inspection”. I believe that this headline is misleading to the extent that the author is in breach of journalistic ethics […] to blame OFSTED would be to denigrate those suffering from serious illnesses…” … More Capitalism: incentivising sensationalism, taking advantage of our biases and damaging our mental health | Plymouth Herald journalist in breach of ethics?