Joseph Miles
Joseph Miles is a second year reading PPE at Wadham College, Oxford. He regularly contributes to Oxford student papers.

Entries by Joseph Miles

This House Believes That Popularity Is Enough to Justify A Platform

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 9:11 AM

This is an abridged version of a speech that the author delivered on the 20th November 2014 at the Oxford Union in favour of the motion, "This House Believes That Popularity Is Enough To Justify A Platform".

Good evening, fellow members of this society. It is a pleasure to be...

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The Independence Referendum Has Brought Out the Worst of the SNP

(71) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Had you asked me four years ago, I would not have had a particularly strong opinion on the SNP. They were popular among the Scots after all, having won an overall majority in a system designed to stop that from happening. They seemed to be managing the most autonomous region...

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Why I'm Voting NO to NUS

(5) Comments | Posted May 18, 2014 | 8:00 PM

How do you think the NUS works?

I ask because I'm still none the wiser. As far as I'm aware, we send delegates from OUSU to the NUS who aren't actually obliged to vote in any way unless OUSU specifically binds them to. These delegates then go to NUS conference...

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Obscurity Is the Enemy of Philosophy

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 8:47 PM

"The spoken word unites the objectivity of the corporeal sign with the subjectivity of gesture, the articulation of the latter with the self-awareness of the former."
- Hegel

"A real subjection is born mechanically from a fictitious relation [...] He who is subjected to a field of visibility, and...

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Dialogue Must Be a Spur to Activism

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Whiteboards have become the most crucial weapon in the battle for social justice since Tumblr was invented. It has become a fortunately common practice in academic circles to stand in some picturesque part of your university holding a whiteboard with either a pro-social justice claim inscribed thereon, or an example...

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The Ukraine Crisis Raises Uncomfortable Questions About Territorial Legitimacy

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 8:49 PM

This month, the political situation of the Balkans apparently travelled back in time by 50 years. The rejection of a pro-Russian government in a former satellite state was followed by swift military action on the part of the Russians in order to re-assert dominance in the region, accompanied by a...

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'Blurred Lines' Highlights the Dangers of Academic Rather Than Active Feminism

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 5:11 AM

Blurred Lines confirms that Newton's Third Law is as accurate in popular culture as it is in physics. Every time someone plays the song, an article or blog post or Tweet will automatically materialise denouncing its flagrant sexism. Between the soft-porn masquerading as artistry, the frankly disturbing promise of "something...

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Vengeance in the Guise of 'Justice' Must Be Resisted

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 6:39 PM

Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends.

Note: the following piece contains...

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Should Tommy Robinson Speak at the Oxford Union?

(29) Comments | Posted July 7, 2013 | 8:00 PM

This blog first ran as a comment piece in Oxford's Cherwell student newspaper, where it appears here

The Oxford Union has a proud and illustrious history of inviting far right bigots to speak within its hallowed halls. Both Nick Griffin and David Irving were booked for the same...

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