Tuesday, 4 January 2022

An article for Lib Dem Voice!

I am thrilled to have written an article for Lib Dem Voice, setting out my proposals for a new electoral system.  It can be read by clicking this link.

Monday, 20 September 2021

A letter in the Economist!

 I am delighted that a letter of mine was published in the most recent edition of the Economist, one of the world's finest publications.  The letter can be seen below, and you can also click on the video below to hear a professional broadcaster reading my letter in the audio version of the article:

Loyalty oaths are not a novel, “woke” development at the University of California. Loyalty oaths were imposed on its employees in the 1950s, when a right-wing state legislature got caught up in the Red Scare and tried to flush out closet Marxists. This utterly failed. To put it mildly, there are quite a few Marxist dons in California’s university system today. In a twist of irony Ernst Kantorowicz, a scholar of medieval studies and strident anti-communist, lost his job when he refused to take the McCarthyite oath on principle. Woke oaths will fail, too.  elijah granet San Diego
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Friday, 9 July 2021

Elijah Granet MCIArb!

 I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been admitted as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the premier organisation of professionals working in alternative dispute resolution.  I will henceforth be using the post-nominal letters 'MCIARb' with pride!

Below is a facsimile of my certificate (please note that the actual certificate remains the property of CIArb):

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Sunday, 4 July 2021

A letter in the Observer

 I was very pleased to have a letter in today's issue of The ObserverIt may be read by clicking this link (scroll to the bottom after doing so) or by looking at the image below: 

The many sides of autism Your article, “‘We don’t need to be cured or fixed’: writers speak out on autism”, was a manifestation of the privilege that those with high-functioning autism (myself included) enjoy. My autism, by random luck, does not prevent me from taking part in the world of language but there are many autistic people who are utterly unable to communicate, and thus cannot give chatty interviews. Why was there no mention of these voiceless?  To take another example, in the UK, autism is reason enough to deprive someone of their liberty; there are thousands of people whose autism has deprived them of their legal capacity, and who are otherwise detained for their own protection. Do these people not need a cure or treatment, or are they simply to be left to rot?  Like those interviewed, I regard my autism as an asset, but constructing a myth of autistic people as a “model minority”, based on a self-selecting group of high-functioning individuals, is to erase and marginalise the countless people rendered profoundly vulnerable, incapacitated, imprisoned or dead on account of their autism or consequences stemming from it. Elijah Granet San Diego, California
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Saturday, 3 July 2021

Winning a prize!

I was delighted to be part of the winning team, along with my friends Saša and Lissy, of the Liquid Legal Institute's Oath of Justitia prize, for designing a Hippocratic oath for the twenty-first century legal profession.  (We also won an ancillary prize for hte best "deployment plan" for our oath)   Winning this global competition is a huge honour, and I look forward to seeing our winning oath published in a forthcoming journal article.