A picture of Thomas Piketty in front of a bookcase

Why are taxes on capital income lower than taxes on labour income?

If we want to raise the share of national income going to labour, we could start by not taxing labour income more heavily than capital income. Read the full post »
A Google Driverless Car

Google and the Trolley Problem

Driverless vehicles will be guided by algorithms programmed in advance. How should they weigh up the risks to the lives of other road users and the passengers in the car? A blog post in which Philippa Foot meets Isaac Asimov. Read the full post »
Toby Ord

Giving what we can [Development Drums podcast]

My guest in the latest Development Drums podcast is the moral philosopher Toby Ord.Toby has made a commitment to give away the majority of his lifetime income to charities working in the poorest countries.

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Doonesbury on abortion

Doonesbury on abortion

This Doonesbury cartoon is causing some American newspapers either not to run the series, or to move them to the op-ed pages.

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Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner

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The 'precogs' in Minority Report

Imprisoning people for crimes they might commit

I suspect most people in Britain think that detention without trial is a problem limited to dodgy dictatorships and Guantanamo Bay.  In fact more than 3,000 people are being held in prison in Britain on the basis that they might …

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