Darian Meacham
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Darian Meacham is a philosophy lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol where he specialises in bioethics, philosophy of Nature, and political philosophy. Originally from Boston (USA), he studied in Montreal and Belgium, where he still lives in easy shouting distance from the European Institutions. When not philosophising or polemicising he’s on the trail of the elusive perfect filet Américain through the restaurants and brasseries of Brussels.

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The Case Against Black Pete

(2) Comments | Posted 6 December 2013 | (12:05)

On Thursday December 5th the fantastic state-funded nursery of my 2 year old child was visited by Saint Nicholas or, as he's known in Belgium and the Netherlands, Sinterklaas or simply "de Sint". The Sint spread merriment, distributed biscuits and oranges, and generally terrified the children (there were a lot...

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Getting Clever About Smart Drugs: A Few Remarks for Students, Parents and educators.

(1) Comments | Posted 28 July 2013 | (22:34)

A spectre is haunting Britain - imported from America of course - the spectre of 'Smart Drugs'! Soon every university student in the country will be hooked on Adderall or Modafinil and cramming for exams until the cows come home, just like their overly ambitious counterparts across the Atlantic. Students...

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Does Privatisation Threaten Democracy?

(3) Comments | Posted 29 December 2012 | (00:47)

In the past month or so the privatised Belgian Postal Service (Bpost) has lost two items of mine. One was a registered letter containing important documents, the other was a Christmas gift for my daughter. Let's just say, I am not exactly a believer in Bpost's new snappy...

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A Progressive Wish List for the EU Budget (Part 1)

(2) Comments | Posted 3 December 2012 | (15:01)

Should social democrats (like myself) be quietly thanking David Cameron for delivering us an early Christmas gift by blocking the passage of a bloated and wasteful EU budget? Not quite, if Santa Cam has his way this gift will be a Trojan Horse. Cameron would much rather see the EU...

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Some People (May) Choose to be Gay, Get Over It

(2) Comments | Posted 21 November 2012 | (13:20)

The good lumberjackish folk of Maine, Washington, and Minnesota recently felled a few more trees in the great forest of ignorance that is the case against giving gays and lesbians equal civil rights - namely the right to marry. The people of Minnesota more trimmed than felled, voting...

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White Guys Want Stuff Too!

(0) Comments | Posted 8 November 2012 | (13:17)

In the midst of the total post-election meltdown that swept through the Fox News studios on Tuesday night, one lone pillar of reason stepped forward from amidst the chaos and hand wringing to explain just what had happened and why.

That pillar was Bill O'Reilly: "It's not...

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What We Can Still Learn From Lance Armstrong

(8) Comments | Posted 3 November 2012 | (00:00)

Way back in the day, like before 10 October, when USADA released their full report damning Lance to sporting hell, a kid could be forgiven for asking him or herself WWLAD (What Would Lance Armstrong Do?) when facing a tough ethical conundrum. Sure he might have taken EPO, synthetic testosterone,...

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