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Evening Standard’s Editorial on Students & Immigration: Prudence or PC Rhetoric?

Evening Standard’s Editorial on Students & Immigration: Prudence or PC Rhetoric?

A recent editorial from the Evening Standard is interesting both on account of one key strength, and one key weakness.

First of all, the good news.

The article does warn against a one-sided immigration policy. Continue Reading

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Russia’s Appalling Wifebeating Laws: The “Politics of Distancing”

Russia’s Appalling Wifebeating Laws: The “Politics of Distancing”

Some months ago, the Russian parliament watered down the laws on wifebeating; something which is very difficult for a civilized person to understand. Continue Reading

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A Friedmanite Fancy: Freedom of Speech & Servitude of Speech

A Friedmanite Fancy: Freedom of Speech & Servitude of Speech

You can either have hate speech laws or you can have freedom of speech, but you can’t have both. Continue Reading

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Racism? Bourgeois, All Too Bourgeois

Racism? Bourgeois, All Too Bourgeois

Middle class racism is not one whit less prevalent or less pernicious than working class racism.
It is merely more subtle, more decent, more refined, more… respectable.
Working class racists will say ‘Bloody Pakis coming here, taking our jobs, raping our women.’

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Is There a Historical Muhammad? Let’s Not Be Dismissive of Progressive Muslims!

Is There a Historical Muhammad? Let’s Not Be Dismissive of Progressive Muslims!

Regardless of my edgy satire on Islam and Islamism, and my love for Charlie Hebdo, I actually have no opinion on the historical Muhammad. Continue Reading

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Spinetingling Quotes: Literal or Figurative?

Spinetingling Quotes: Literal or Figurative?

‘Spine-tingling’ is a great phrase, that can either be a metaphor, or a literal phrase.

But do any of you know of sayings that genuinely send a tingle down your spine? Continue Reading

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Random Thoughts (I): Hitler and the Nazis

Random Thoughts (I): Hitler and the Nazis

The Chinese writer Lu Xun used to write essays called ‘Random Thoughts,’ although random is also translatable as ‘miscellaneous.’
This is quite a good thing to do. Here are a few thoughts which are only loosely bound together; they do, however, center around a few important themes. Continue Reading

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Whose Side Are You On, Boys? An Uncomfortable Challenge

Whose Side Are You On, Boys? An Uncomfortable Challenge

I once commented on the Liberal Democrats Facebook page: Continue Reading

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A Modest Proposal: On the Arbitrary Character of Speech Laws

A Modest Proposal: On the Arbitrary Character of Speech Laws

Offense is both subjective and objective.
Harassment is both subjective and objective. Continue Reading

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4 Signs You Need Some Help With a Move

4 Signs You Need Some Help With a Move

Is there anyone who hates the moves? Staying at one and the same for years can make us absolutely indifferent to all things around us. This is why it is recommended to change living places once in awhile. At least within one city or town. Living in Riverside does not give us a lot of chances for going for something new even if we change the area. Continue Reading

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Strong Women May not be PC, but They are Very Real

Strong Women May not be PC, but They are Very Real

Have you ever noticed there is a PC taboo (sometimes explicitly stated, sometimes more explicit) over the phrase ‘strong woman?’ Continue Reading

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If You Think Therapy is a Scam, You’re Absolutely Batshit Crazy

If You Think Therapy is a Scam, You’re Absolutely Batshit Crazy

It’s really unsettling how there’s all this one-sided criticism of psychiatrists and therapy. OK, some people have had negative experiences, but there’s no one-size-fits-all approach.

Some people like CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Some find DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) encouraging. Others stick with some form of psychoanalysis. Continue Reading

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Liberalism is the Philosophy of Intolerance: & Rightly So (Meme)

Liberalism is the Philosophy of Intolerance: & Rightly So (Meme)

Once, on the Liberal Democrats Facebook page, I said: Continue Reading

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Moral Absolutism is Non-Negotiable (Meme)

Moral Absolutism is Non-Negotiable (Meme)

This is based on a comment on my Medium account (user name: One Tongue Johnny. Please follow!)

I am a ‘moral absolutist’ about Holocaust denialism.

I am ‘dogmatic’ about the Holodomor.

I am ‘inflexible’ about Bush’s warmongering. 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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“Liberals are So Intolerant!” Hm?

“Liberals are So Intolerant!” Hm?

Yes, liberalism is ‘intolerant,’ and will not tolerate the intolerant.

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