About

Welcome to Unpopular Essays, borrowed – without permission – from a collection of essays written by one of my favourite thinkers, philosopher Bertrand Russell.

Russell was a steadfast contrarian, who encouraged rigorous thought and argument, a kind of analytical Buddha, who famously stated:
1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
2. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
3. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement.

… and numerous other provocative thoughts.¬†

I started Unpopular Essays in 2016, ¬†initially as a platform to explore racial justice and prejudice from a white person’s perspective – issues that had concerned me since my South African childhood – but it has become a space to investigate, doubt and probe a much wider range of topics.

As well as being an essayist, I am mother to a toddler, an investigative researcher, a freelance journalist and author of two books – Lost Where We Belong (buy it here) and Secret Johannesburg (buy it here).

Contact me at clairest.bell@gmail.com