Xavier Symons

Xavier Symons

Xavier is currently completing his masters in philosophy at Sydney University. He is also deputy editor of the online bioethics magazine BioEdge (http://www.bioedge.org).

Articles by Xavier Symons

What if we could weed out bad eggs before they hatched

What if we could weed out bad eggs before they hatched

13 Feb 13 Australian politics is in a mess: backstabbing, corruption, sexting, disloyalty. It’s impossible for party leaders to predict the evil lurking…... Read more

Tony 2.0 might need to iron out some glitches

Tony 2.0 might need to iron out some glitches

09 Jan 13 Meet Tony Abbott 2.0. He’s a modern, sensitive guy. A family guy. A liberal Catholic. He cares for women. He’s…... Read more

Banning confession does nothing to protect kids

Banning confession does nothing to protect kids

20 Nov 12 Politicians and social commentators were up in arms this week over the Catholic sacrament of confession. In a furious media…... Read more

Peter Singer doesn’t deserve an Order of Australia

Peter Singer doesn’t deserve an Order of Australia

15 Jun 12 On Monday, Peter Singer added yet another medal to his trophy cabinet – an Order of Australia. He was given…... Read more

The campus spat scaring the life out of liberal democracy

The campus spat scaring the life out of liberal democracy

07 Jun 12 Most people would agree that free speech is worth protecting, even if it leads to despicable Neanderthals standing before a…... Read more

Crummy artist left to pick up the scraps

Crummy artist left to pick up the scraps

11 Aug 11 You can call a controversial comic’s work an ‘artwork’. But this doesn’t change its shocking subject matter. American cartoonist Robert…... Read more

Great rhetoric doesn’t make a great leader

Great rhetoric doesn’t make a great leader

01 Aug 11 UPDATE: US President Barack Obama has announced that a deal has been signed to raise the debt ceiling, saying “the…... Read more

Q&A is the equivalent of intellectual McNuggets

Q&A is the equivalent of intellectual McNuggets

20 Jul 11 Mainstream media holds a mirror up to society. If we take a look into that mirror, we see what is…... Read more

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From: Hasbro, go straight to gaol, do not pass go

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