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The Shadow of Charlie

The Shadow of Charlie

After the Charlie Hebdo Massacre in January 2014, Glossy News published many Hebdo-related pieces; and even later on, as well! Some of the material was commentary; but we also had our usual funny ‘fake news’ stories, and various other humorous material. See the reading list following today’s anniversary editorial on Charlie Hebdo.

Quite a variety, as you will shortly see! Continue Reading

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Were You Born with a Self-Censorship Filter?

Were You Born with a Self-Censorship Filter?

I do have an civility filter, albeit an imperfectly cultivated one. But I don’t so much have a self-censorship filter.
And I look around, and I see so many other people with a public voice, and I can see that most people do indeed have such a filter. And I ask…
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Labour Expulsions and Boozhee Anarchy: What Do They Mean by Anti-Capitalism?

Labour Expulsions and Boozhee Anarchy: What Do They Mean by Anti-Capitalism?

Despite it all, the Trots and Tankies trying to infiltrate the Labour Party don’t seem to be having it all their own way in recent times.
At least according to the following article and quote.

On the basis of my experience, only one conclusion can be reached: a section of the right wing of the Labour Party has formed a clandestine network of individuals at all levels of the Party; and this network is working to expel anyone who is organised to fight against capitalism.

http://www.socialist.net/my-mp-plotted-to-expel-me-from-the-labour-party-and-i-have-the-evidence.htm

But if a word means everything, it means nothing!
I’m not really sure what they mean by anti-capitalist? Continue Reading

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Austrian Burqa Ban: Liberalism Back in Action

Austrian Burqa Ban: Liberalism Back in Action

This is a good liberal, secular policy that will set similar standards and guarantees of liberty for everyone.
In an idea world, you wouldn’t ban clothing.
But by this point, the risks of not banning them are greater still. Continue Reading

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Brief Open Letter to All My Fellow Liberal Extremists

Brief Open Letter to All My Fellow Liberal Extremists

Show me a Nazi who deserves a punch, and I will show you someone else who DOESN’T (like Julie Bindel or Peter Tatchell), and who will end up getting punched.
I have no love for Nazis like Richard Spencer, but let’s be smart.
For God’s sake, don’t start legitimizing vigilante action.
The Nazis themselves started that shite with the SA and SS.
This is a slippery slope running down an endless abyss with no bottom.
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Excuses for Religious Fundamentalism Also Apply to the Soviet Union

Excuses for Religious Fundamentalism Also Apply to the Soviet Union

Why do the pure evil bought-and-paid bourgeois MSM only give negative coverage about the Soviet Union? Communism is not monolithic. You’re all essentialists! Anyone who was a true Marxist wouldn’t hurt innocent people. You never get to hear any positive news; Zionism and capitalism are to blame.

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Glossy News Classics X: Dexter Sinistri’s “Kim Jong Un Can Fix North Korea, And Here’s How”

Glossy News Classics X: Dexter Sinistri’s “Kim Jong Un Can Fix North Korea, And Here’s How”

Since the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, Kim the third has struggled to establish what kind of leader he is. If he’s smart, or even just sagely selfish, he’ll open the country and become the richest man on the planet.

The black market is growing there and it threatens to overtake the legitimate, state-controlled markets. The difference is that there are no taxes collected from the ever-growing black market, regardless of how many bribes are collected daily to look the other way. Continue Reading

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Peering Through the Net

Peering Through the Net

Please remember that the great sages of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and most faiths, still have a great deal to teach people.

Try and put aside any metaphysical prejudices you may have (or indeed fear of such!) and don’t let the words be a barrier.

Liberals can read Marx or Mao and sift through whatever is inessential in the ‘semantics.’ Continue Reading

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Acceptable & Unacceptable Collectivism

Acceptable & Unacceptable Collectivism

“Gay community” good, Russian nationalist homophobia bad.

“Jewish community” good, Nazi stormtroopers bad.

“Muslim community” good, BNP bad.

“Transgender community” good, GOP God-botherers bad. Continue Reading

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European Court of Justice: No Headscarf Ban, No Pandering to Religions

European Court of Justice: No Headscarf Ban, No Pandering to Religions

This is just stupid clickbait from the Whitetop BBC!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-39264845?SThisFB

Regardless of the unduly inflammatory headline, it’s about the wearing of “any political, philosophical or religious sign.” Continue Reading

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Trots Vs Tories: Is this the Only Possible Option?

Trots Vs Tories: Is this the Only Possible Option?

In a well developed economy, you can’t have wealth without reasonable distribution. You can’t have reasonable distribution without wealth.
This leads to only one reasonable conclusion:

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Who are Really Stigmatizing Legal Migrants? It’s the Apologists for Illegal Immigration.

Who are Really Stigmatizing Legal Migrants? It’s the Apologists for Illegal Immigration.

If Leo Strauss were with us today, he’d add Reductio ad Trumpium to his Reduction ad Hitlerum.
Trump’s Obama/Bush-like executive overreaches are a cause for serious concern, and it would not surprise me if this measure was also one such. And yet, a lot of the people sanctimoniously moralizing about his stance on illegitimate migrants have no legitimate policy alternative to offer.
The only people entitled to criticize his strategy on immigration are people who support the rule of law, and who draw the appropriate distinctions between legitimate and illegitimate migrants.
An illegitimate migrant is not a ‘victim.’
An innocent legitimate migrant who has been attacked is the kind of person deserving compassion or empathy.
It sickens me to see so much hypocritical virtue-signalling over illegitimate migrants when the UK has recently seen some hideous attacks (including brutal assaults and arson) against LEGITIMATE migrants.
It’s a pity people won’t get their priorities in order. You can speak up for legitimate migrants or you can speak up for illegitimate migrants, but you can’t do both.
Speaking up for illegitimate migrants blurs the distinction between legitimacy and illegitimacy, thus making legitimate migrants look somehow guilty by association with illegitimate ones.
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Who are the Real Individualists in UK Politics?

Who are the Real Individualists in UK Politics?

The ‘economic individualism/economic collectivism’ dichotomy is so idiotic, I wish it could be binned, preferably along with those who propagate it.

Welfare and the NHS, designed to relieve and alleviate the suffering of real people, rather than of meaningless abstractions, are much less ‘collectivist’ concerns than the Tory veneration of ‘the economy’ and ‘the national interest.’ Continue Reading

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Are Secular ‘Islamophobes’ the Only True Friends Muslims Have?

Are Secular ‘Islamophobes’ the Only True Friends Muslims Have?

Suppose I told you this was the result of a conversation I had with a dear friend?
Let’s call her Fatima.
Suppose that, however, were only a pretext for a dialogue I imagined myself?
Never mind.
One way or another, we are here…
And we are here now.

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ONE TONGUE JOHNNY:
It’s interesting that the people who are often most capable of taking a dispassionate and objective view of Islam, recognizing its merits and demerits in context, with rigor and nuance…
FATIMA:
Oh, here we go!
ONE TONGUE JOHNNY:
Are secular liberals and libertarians (either atheists, agnostics, or people with a loose and critical attachment to religion)….
FATIMA:
What? Are you serious?! Continue Reading

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Demagoonery

Demagoonery

If demagoguery plays to our prejudices and fears, then demagoonery adds our gullibility and a dearth of honest information to the mix. Here’s an example:

During Obama’s second term the stock market did a little 50 point dipsy doodle. One side blasted out, “Market Tumbles in Response to Obama Economic Disaster.” The other side said, “Small Market Correction Shows Economy is Healthy”.

When the same thing happened two years later under a different administration, the people who thought the first 50 point dip was a healthy sign now proclaimed it a harbinger of doom. The other side who hinted we were headed for a crash now claimed it was the sign of a robust economy. Nothing but demagoonery.

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Fighting Hate with Hate

Fighting Hate with Hate

I recently got a bad headache and had to lie down. It snuck up on me while I was researching the word fascist. The reason for my interest in fascism was Yvette Felarca.

She’s a special kind of crazy. People who take things way too far are either deeply admired or deeply despised. Yvette feels if you don’t take things way too far, nothing will ever get done. Continue Reading

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New MIT lab wants to cure autism

New MIT lab wants to cure autism

In the occasionally some news is good news department, Gadfly is happy to report that there’s a new kid on the block, a new lab at MIT started with a private donation, that has expressed a desire to find a cure and prevention for autism.

Hock Tan and Lisa Yang, parents of two autistic children and MIT alumni, have donated 20 million dollars for this laboratory.

In another article they state they want to erase the devastating effects of autism and want a world free of the burdens of autism.  Continue Reading

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