Author: Michael Sonne

Why gender quotas are wrong

First, I would like to offer my congratulations to the newly-elected SO, Rory Hughes and the returning officers. If there was a sentiment that could capture this past week’s melodrama, it would be John Lydgate’s pithy statement: “you can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” However, one can’t begrudge one for following the idiom, faint heart never won fair lady. Thus, the policy of “some sort of quota for women in our SU elections” comes...

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Getting to Know You: Bryan Biggs

My interviewee and the building in which he is the artistic director have a lot of accolades to them. Bluecoat is the oldest building in Liverpool city centre and the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also the UK’s first arts centre and 2017 marks the 300th anniversary of its existence. The 4th of February marked the launch of 300 days of celebration, in which the story of this enchanting building will be told. One way in which this story is being told already is through Public View. This exhibition brings together works by 106 artists who have exhibited at...

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In defence of millennials

Mark Twain once remarked that “all generalisations are wrong, including this one.” Twain’s sentiments offer an insight into how we humans refer to one another. It is often the case that generalisations are taken into everyday usage, and their meaning is taken as jest. However, in a digitalized, information processing, interconnected age, generalisations can lose their meanings. The meaning becomes distorted and becomes accepted as a recognised truth. An example of this occurred recently. The video in question was shared by MTV Australia and its title is ‘Our generation summed up/This guy just NAILED what it is to be a “Millennial.”...

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The Guild was right to defend freedom of speech and take down the petition

The Pro-Life Society was accepted by the Guild. Upon its acceptance, it faced a petition calling for it to be banned. This furore was largely caused by a misunderstanding and mischaracterization of what the society was about and what being ‘pro-life’ actually entails. The Guild then removed the petition citing the education act which states and I am paraphrasing here, ‘you aren’t allowed to ban something because you disagree with it’. It is the ideal behind the society that I wish to defend. That ideal is free speech. Free speech is an interesting philosophical and political issue. It is...

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How should the left respond to Trump’s victory?

Most know the story of Francis Fukuyama’s end of history. It was meant to signal the marching of liberal democracy into a new age. The fall of the Berlin wall was the symbolic death of communism, leading to the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union. The equally poisonous ideology of fascism was defeated in Germany and Italy. This new age would be one in which the two horrific wars previous would never occur again. What in reality did it herald? It depends on viewpoint. For some, the free movement of capital and persons is a virtue. Both of which are...

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