Author: Adam Fitchett

Augmented reality allows simulated objects to be superimposed on the real world. (Photo: www.affinityvr.com)

In Defence of the Unreal

Thanks to the rise of augmented reality, we’ll soon be living in a highly simulated environment. This is nothing to fear. High quality augmented and virtual reality technologies are on the cusp of going...

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Three Cheers for 2016

When people chalk up 2016 as a bad year, they are lacking a fundamental sense of perspective. 2016 has been a fantastic year! This is not a sentiment you will hear expressed very widely;...

Whilst Reagan stoked a revival of the US's classical liberal tradition, Trump has snuffed it out. (Photo: Salon)

Bye Bye Miss American Pie

Donald Trump’s election victory is the death knell for the founding ideology of the United States. On 9 November 2016, Donald Trump, to the astonishment of virtually everyone (including, most likely, the man himself)...

The fierce battle between "Blairites" and "Corbynites" is irrelevant to most of Labour's traditional supporters. (Photo: The Guardian)

Get These Parties Started

The United Kingdom needs an entirely new set of political parties to represent the real divisions in today’s society. To the surprise of no-one, Jeremy Corbyn fended off Owen Smith’s leadership challenge, cementing his...

Michael Gove (centre) in the Sky News studio, where he made the infamous remark about experts (Photo: Zimbio)

Brexit, Brains & Building Bridges

Vote Leave’s revolt against established experts was not a revolt against knowledge or critical thinking, but against elitism and the centralisation of power. “I think people in this country have had enough of experts,”...

The Swiss have a highly successful system of direct democracy. (Photo: www.wikipedia.org)

More Referendums, Please

Direct democracy, when done well, can empower the people and bring greater stability to a representative system. Democracy, like all good things, should be restricted to moderate doses. This has been the dogma of...

The EU referendum involves a very special kind of decision: ultimate power is at stake. (Photo: www.cicero-group.com)

Stand Up and Be Counted

We need representative democracy, but when ultimate power is at stake, it is the people who must decide where it lies. Unless you’ve spent the last twelve months with your fingers in your ears,...

Ted Cruz and John Kasich, the Trump-fighting duo. (Photo: ABC News)

Trumping Democracy

In their quest to stop Donald Trump’s candidacy, the Republican establishment have played into his supporters’ narrative and handed him the moral high-ground. Donald Trump may be a divisive figure, but he has a...

John Whittingdale MP, who finds himself at the centre of the latest political "scandal" (Photo: The Guardian)

Politicians’ Private Parts

Sex, spanking, scandal – John Whittingdale’s relationship with a dominatrix hit the headlines last week. So what? You could be forgiven for thinking that privacy is dead. In an age where people choose to...

A newspaper, probably delivered using child labour. (Photo: CNBC)

Wrong on Rights

The European Committee on Social Rights’ verdict on children’s paper rounds is laughable, and will only distract us from tackling more serious human rights issues. It has become a cliché to moan about absurd...

Cologne Culture Clash

What happened in Cologne is the latest symptom of a Europe that sorely needs to reassert its basic cultural values. On New Year’s Eve 2015, the German city of Cologne was the scene of...

Marine Le Pen, leader of the Front National. (Photo: The Telegraph)

Right Side Up

Radical right-wing parties are on the rise in Europe, but they’re not all as extreme as their opponents make them out to be. Marine Le Pen’s Front National topped the polls in the first...

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn. (Photo: www.insidehousing.co.uk)

War is not Helping

The road to war is paved with good intentions. We want to help, but instead cause death, destruction and destabilisation. Shortly before MPs voted in favour of air strikes in Syria, shadow foreign secretary...

Don’t Let Homeopathy Poison the NHS

Homeopathic “remedies” shouldn’t be offered on the NHS for the same reason “intelligent design” shouldn’t be taught in schools. In 2016, ministers will consider whether or not to blacklist homeopathic treatments. Such treatments are...

Recep Erdoğan, President of Turkey and former leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) (Photo: Guardian)

Turkey’s Troublesome Turn

Turkey is heading down a dangerous path. What happens next will have significant implications, not just for the Turkish people, but for anyone that wants a future of peace and freedom. Turkish politics has...

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