The (im)morality of war
One of the most intelligent writers I know (and an all-round good egg) Ken MacLeod discusses the lie of attempting a moral justification for killing civilians, as well as noting uncomfortable similarities between current events and the manuscript he has just handed into his publisher (which I can’t wait to read). Ken sometime picks up a reputation for using his novels as a sopa box for left-wing politics, but this simply isn’t true. Yes he often does have politics, especially left-wing politics in his work, but he doesn’t preach at folks and any political/social system is a part of the novel, not a mere device to push his own beliefs. Besides, his material is intelligent, erudite, inventive and elegant and he is genuinely a writer who I look forward to with each publication.