Simon Duffy

Thoughts, Bemusements & Arguments

Simon Duffy

Thoughts, Bemusements & Arguments

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Simon writes on social justice, ethics and religion


Latest articles from the blog

Class, Democracy and Welfare

Class, Democracy and Welfare

An exploration of what it means to be middle-class and the dangers of allowing the welfare state to become subject to undemocratic forces.

Are We All Equal?

Are We All Equal?

What is the case for claiming we are all equal? How can we be equal if we are different? What does it mean to be an equal citizen? These are some of the questions I try to answer.

Easy Scottish Independence

Easy Scottish Independence

Scottish independence may be inevitable, but it won't be easy. Conflict and confusion are highly likely, but there's a solution: talk.

Where do Good Things Come From?

Where do Good Things Come From?

An alternative philosophical analysis of economics, towards a non teleological conception of the good.

Did Boris Johnson Really Invent Lying?

Did Boris Johnson Really Invent Lying?

Peter Oborne powerfully documents the lies of Boris Johnson in his book The Assault on Truth. But when did lying in politics really begin? Can the oligarchy that runs the UK really be expected to tell the truth?

The Greatest Novel of All Time

The Greatest Novel of All Time

Vasily Grossman's dilogy Stalingrad // Life and Fate is one of the greatest novels of all time.

Star Gazing

Star Gazing

Why has politics become some thing others do on our behalf? Why have we so cheaply abandoned citizenship and democracy? Why do we only align ourselves to the stars?

UBI and the Future of Work

UBI and the Future of Work

I was recently asked by a French journalist to give my views on how UBI might change our experience of work. I argue that UBI may be the key to rediscovering the true meaning of work.

Let's Get Real About Scottish Independence

Let's Get Real About Scottish Independence

Scottish is independence is inevitable. If we accept this then it will become easier for England to start to address the real issues it must confront.

Our Citizenship

Our Citizenship

A poem to honour the work of PFG Doncaster - the home of true peer support - and a community that knows that "our citizenship begins the moment that we claim it."

Food Banks or Basic Income

Food Banks or Basic Income

The Church needs to embrace Basic Income or be complicit with social injustice.

Colonialism 3.0

Colonialism 3.0

The UK is subject to colonial-style rule by its own leaders.

Citizenship and Basic Income

Citizenship and Basic Income

Thoughts on basic income and citizenship.

If the Game is Fixed - Change the Rules

If the Game is Fixed - Change the Rules

We should treat he results GE2019 as a severe emergency demanding radical action.

Why a New Centre Party Will Fail

Why a New Centre Party Will Fail

Efforts to build a new centre party are doomed to failure.