Simon Duffy

Thoughts, Bemusements & Arguments

Simon Duffy

Thoughts, Bemusements & Arguments


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The Limits of Centralisation

3rd October 2011

Citizenship must be rooted in local experiences of active engagement.

The Paideia Proposal

26th September 2011

The Paideia Proposal was an educational reform plan proposed by Mortimer Adler in the USA.

Democratic Welfare Reform

21st September 2011

The struggle for democracy offers us a parallel to the struggle for welfare reform.

Mr Pye and Do-Goodery

19th September 2011

Mervyn Peake's novel ‘Mr Pye’ is a wonderful fable on the perils of do-goodery.

One Value of Diversity

14th September 2011

We each need the difference of one another.

Not from Benevolence

10th September 2011

Our duty to look after our own interests is right and proper.


8th September 2011

Lessons from ‘The Declaration of Independence’.

The Centre of Totalitarianism

7th September 2011

A quote from Hannah Arendt on the importance of concentration camps to totalitarianism.

Science and Humanity

6th September 2011

The important judgements about society, about ourselves and about others are moral judgements.

Towards a View from Nowhere

5th September 2011

We don't always understand what is in the interests of other people nor can we always trust our own values or ideals.

Do Not Harvest to the Edges

2nd September 2011

Biblical Social Justice Theory.

Citizenship in the Welfare State

1st September 2011

We need to move away from models of public policy that treat citizens as if they were merely subjects.

Sufficiency is Wealth

Sufficiency is Wealth

30th August 2011

The idea that sufficiency is equal to wealth may seem paradoxical.

Perhaps His Blood is Redder

27th August 2011

We are not worthy to judge. Only God can judge. So we must presume our own unworthiness: we must put ourselves last.

The Prince and the Rooster

26th August 2011

The best support lifts people up as equals - not from above, not from below - but alongside.

Three (or Four) Kinds of People

24th August 2011

This story reveals a theme which runs through moral philosophy. Are we motivated to act rightly because of duty itself or because of external influence or fear?

The Mohawk Prayer

22nd August 2011

A prayer for forgiveness.

Medical Power & Personal Health Budgets

22nd August 2011

The modern doctor evokes respect and awe, mixed with some fear and suspicion.

Make Learning Fun for All

19th August 2011

The following lessons are shared by experts in inclusive education - committed to ensuring that disabled children play a full part in classrooms, schools and the whole educational experience.

The Fictional Economy

10th August 2011

One of the most frightening things we do as human beings is to hurt ourselves with fictional entities.

Six Blind Men of Hindustan

6th August 2011

It may be that the treatment for attitude is experience. But what do we each experience?

Churchill and the Persians

4th August 2011

Churchill observed "America will always do the right thing... but only after exhausting all other possibilities." 

The Gift of Equality

31st July 2011

We can only share with each other the gift of equality when we realise the ultimate emptiness of the other person's power over us.

Turning Wealth into a Desert

30th July 2011

An aphorism.