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Chris Bertram

Sunday photoblogging: Llanberis

by Chris Bertram on January 17, 2016

Llanberis,  Snowdonia

Sunday photoblogging: Washington Monument with plane

by Chris Bertram on January 10, 2016

Washington Monument with plane

Sunday photoblogging: the centre of attention

by Chris Bertram on January 3, 2016

The centre of attention

Monday photoblogging: Anfield taxi

by Chris Bertram on December 28, 2015

With the time of year, it is hard to remember which day of the week it is. So here, one day late, is a shot in our cab on a rainy night after watching Liverpool beat Leicester 1-0.

Anfield taxi

Sunday photoblogging: cinema in Pirenópolis, Brazil

by Chris Bertram on December 20, 2015

Cinema: Pirenopolis, Brazil

Sunday photoblogging: Braunton Road, morning sun

by Chris Bertram on December 13, 2015

Braunton Road, morning sun

Piketty, Rousseau and the desire for inequality

by Chris Bertram on December 9, 2015

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century tells us a great deal about the evolution of inequality in wealth and income over a long period and how that distribution is likely to evolve unless we intervene. What Piketty does not do is to tell us why inequality is bad or why people care about inequality, although we can glean some knowledge of his personal beliefs here and there. In what follows I draw on some aspects of Rousseauvian moral psychology to suggest that the reasons people care about inequality matter enormously and that because some people value inequality for its own sake, it will be harder (even harder than Piketty thinks) to steer our societies away from the whirlpool of inequality. [click to continue…]

Sunday photoblogging: Windmill Hill, Bristol

by Chris Bertram on December 6, 2015

Houses in Windmill Hill, Bristol

Istanbul - Medusa Head in the Basilica Cistern

Sunday photoblogging: Steps in Ortygia, Sicily

by Chris Bertram on November 22, 2015

Steps in Ortygia

(co-written with Sarah Fine, Lecturer in Philosophy at King’s College London)

Only two months ago Europeans were shocked by the picture of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian refugee lying dead on a Turkish beach. Then, there was a profound sense that more should be done to help people fleeing Syria’s civil war. Now, in the immediate aftermath of the ISIS murders in Paris and with unconfirmed reports that at least one perpetrator may have travelled through Europe disguised as a Syrian refugee, there are loud calls to close our doors. For some of Europe’s politicians, such as UKIP’s Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen of France’s Front National, and the new right-wing Polish government, enough is enough: refugees trying to get to Europe should be stopped and nobody should be resettled here. There are demands for Schengen to be abandoned, together with current rules about freedom of movement within the European Union. In the United States, a similar debate is playing out, as a number of Republican governors, Presidential candidates and members of Congress push back against President Obama’s plans to welcome thousands of Syrian refugees. With so many in Europe and across the world outraged at the atrocities in Paris, these voices will be seductive, but if heeded they will lead us towards policies that would be profoundly mistaken and counterproductive.

Clamping down on refugees fleeing the region will not prevent acts of terror. In the European case, if ISIS and similar organisations wish to engage in further attacks, they do not need to bring anyone in from Syria to do so. The perpetrators who have been positively identified turn out to have been lawful residents of France and Belgium.
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Sunday photoblogging: Paris

by Chris Bertram on November 15, 2015

Paris café at night

I’ve no words to add to what others have written. Solidarity and care for the dead and those who mourn them and for the wounded and those who care for them are the most important thing right now. Here’s a picture of ordinary life, people in a café.

Sunday photoblogging: Bristol – The Floating Harbour

by Chris Bertram on November 8, 2015

Here’s one I took on Friday night. One of the swing bridges that connect the north and south of the city is closed for repair, so there’s a temporary replacement for cyclists and pedestrians that takes you much higher than usual and affords a different vista of the water.

Bristol's Floating Harbour- the Balmoral

Sunday photoblogging: fountain at Colmar

by Chris Bertram on November 1, 2015


Sunday photoblogging: another boat at Gruissan

by Chris Bertram on October 25, 2015

Boat at Gruissan