Tom's curiosity shop

Thomas Prosser
A heterodox analysis of politics
Created 25 Aug 2021
  • Merry Christmas!
    22 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Dear all, There’s no essay this week or next week, but I just wanted to wish everyone a happy Christmas (or however you’re spending the holidays). Having started this Substack over three months ago, I...
  • Liberal democracy may not be ended with a gun, but on a Zoom call
    15 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 6 0
    Historically, homes and workplaces are not political domains. This reflects technological and administrative limitations, intrusion being practically difficult. The rise of the modern state entailed g...
  • The biggest secret in political science
    08 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 0 4
    All occupations have secrets. Reading the insider accounts of footballers and barristers, one notes how the realities of these professions differ from received wisdom. Academia is no different, the fi...
  • How liberalism collapses
    01 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 2 3
    Some say that liberalism is finished. According to this view, economic and political crises have debilitated liberalism, nativism and social justice liberalism succeeding the ideology. This raises que...
  • How bad have universities got?
    24 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 3 2
    Universities are increasingly accused of bias. According to critics, high concentrations of liberals entail groupthink and discrimination against conservatives. Announcing the establishment of the Uni...
  • The return of concealed opinions
    17 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 4 0
    In certain conditions, humans conceal their opinions. Sometimes, legal restrictions underpin this, governments forbidding certain political or religious beliefs. In other cases, social censure is deci...
  • Why civilizations move through stages
    10 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    The Dawn of Everything is an impressive book. Authored by anthropologist David Graeber and archaeologist David Wengrow, the work disputes the ‘stagist’ view that human societies develop linearly. Acco...
  • Why the left can’t redistribute anymore
    03 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Left-wing support bases have changed. Following the rise of sociocultural classes and decline of industrial classes, the support bases of left-wing parties increasingly consist of wealthier voters. Th...
  • Why don’t liberals support free speech anymore?
    27 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 4 0
    Liberals are losing confidence in freedom of speech. Though freedom of speech continues to be an important liberal value, many liberals worry about harm to individuals. This is particularly so among y...
  • Family values
    20 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Last week, Patrick O’Flynn wrote an article which underlined the lack of attention to family policy across the main parties. O’Flynn was writing about Britain, yet this phenomenon occurs across the We...
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