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In the last blog post, I criticized the idea that Intellectual Freedom is an origin. Intellectual Freedom as origin is mixed confusingly with Intellectual Freedom as outcome, which can also be criticized from a social justice perspective. But I want to stay on the topic of IF as origin here,...

One thing I’ve figured out in my research on intellectual freedom is that two competing notions are hidden beneath what is presented as a clearly defined legal and moral concept. Intellectual freedom can be understood as both an origin - something which naturally pertains to individuals, must be protected and...

I’ve written about library values on this blog many times before. Basically, I’ve questioned whether our espoused values are anything but rhetorical public-relations tools, whether they enjoin actual behaviours on the part of library workers (this holds true for “professional ethics” in an unregulated profession as well), and how they...

One of the questions asked about the Marxist theory of ideology is this: if social relations determine our thoughts, ideas, values, opinions, etc; how do we account for the fact that new ideas arrive, some people do think differently, etc. One of the more orthodox Marxist answers to this is...

the COVID-19 crisis has brought the question of the role of the state back into sharp focus. Under neoliberalism, the state is reduced to an almost Robert-Nozick-style minimum, its role simply to steward the economy (almost exclusively through fiscal policy and free trade negotiations alone). The neoliberal state is a...