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HERO Talks to Benson and Stangroom *

May 2nd, 2006 | Filed by

Both talk a lot of nonsense.… Read the rest

Alexandra Simonon Says Walter is Wrong *

May 2nd, 2006 | Filed by

Opposing cultural relativism as Euston group does is a strong commitment to women’s rights everywhere. … Read the rest

Natasha Walter Frets at Maleness of Euston *

May 2nd, 2006 | Filed by

So unlike the gender parity everywhere else.… Read the rest

The Royal George

May 2nd, 2006 1:42 am | By

Okay, what does Bush mean by it?

President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution…Legal scholars say the scope and aggression of Bush’s assertions that he can bypass laws represent a concerted effort to expand his power at the expense of Congress, upsetting the balance between the branches of government. The Constitution is clear in assigning to Congress the power to write the laws and to the president a duty ”to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Bush, however, has repeatedly declared that he

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Cakes are Rich, but People Are…Prosperous *

May 1st, 2006 | Filed by

Rich people don’t like to call themselves rich.… Read the rest

The Science of Happiness *

May 1st, 2006 | Filed by

New BBC series.… Read the rest

Examples of Bush’s ‘Signing Statements’ *

May 1st, 2006 | Filed by

Congress might as well just not bother.… Read the rest

Bush Asserts His Right to Ignore Laws *

May 1st, 2006 | Filed by

Claims power to set aside any statute passed by Congress that conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution.… Read the rest

Raymond Tallis on Mary Midgley’s Owl of Minerva *

May 1st, 2006 | Filed by

The tendency to narrow philosophy to a technical exercise is one she has vigorously opposed. … Read the rest

Blasphemy Rocks

May 1st, 2006 1:30 am | By

Someone should have said this long ago.

Something terribly important has been missing from discussions orbiting around the Mohammed cartoons…What’s been missing has been an acknowledgment that blasphemy isn’t just something that must be tolerated. It’s something that possesses a special political value of its own. Blasphemy, in short, is a good thing. It’s something admirable, noble, and, yes, even respectable.

Actually…now you mention it…somebody ought to start a magazine called Blasphemy. And mean it.

It must be stated and stated unequivocally that it’s no more improper in healthy democratic discourse to ridicule religious figures and ideas (even core ideas) than it is to criticize and mock (other) politically important figures and ideas…Formally speaking, in democratic discourse there’s nothing

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One for the Dictionary

May 1st, 2006 1:14 am | By

Here’s something I’d like to know. Why do people keep calling Galbraith an ‘unapologetic’ liberal? Why is being a liberal something one is expected to apologize for?… Read the rest

Gustave et Marcel

May 1st, 2006 12:58 am | By

Those French – they’re witty bastards. Flaubert for instance. I picked a Penguin selection of his letters off a shelf this morning, for no particular reason, I just caught sight of it and felt like browsing in it – I opened it at random – at a letter to Louise Colet in which he talks about Musset, with whom Colet had just begun an affair. (Page 185)

I have been thinking a great deal about Musset. And I think that in the end it is all just Affectation…Men sentimentalize over everything, and most of the time the poor women are taken in by it. It was only to make a good impression on you that he said: ‘Try me. I

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When the Morning Stars Sang Together

May 1st, 2006 12:57 am | By

I like this item of Julian’s, too. He asks what is meant by ‘being religious’.

Yet logos and mythos do not exhaust the meanings of religiosity. There is a third sense, one which I believe is more important and more widely held. This is the idea of having a religious attitude. Attitudes are…deeply important to how we live, for they determine our entire orientation to the world around us. Among the primary religious attitudes are those of awe, reverence, gratitude and humility. What each have in common is that they capture a sense that there is something greater than us, which commands us, and which we cannot control. And it is the perceived absence of these attitudes in atheism

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May 1st, 2006 12:01 am | By

The Archive

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Hitchens on the Euston Manifesto *

Apr 30th, 2006 | Filed by

Even the obvious has now become revolutionary.… Read the rest

The Righteousness of Blasphemy *

Apr 30th, 2006 | Filed by

Not just something that must be tolerated, blasphemy possesses a special political value of its own. … Read the rest

John Kenneth Galbraith *

Apr 30th, 2006 | Filed by

The Affluent Society one of those rare works that forces a nation to re-examine its values. … Read the rest

Pseudowisdom from Freud *

Apr 30th, 2006 | Filed by

‘We want a strong man’ – that’s deep.… Read the rest

Saudi Arabia Attempts Reform *

Apr 30th, 2006 | Filed by

If women start driving, it will lead to adultery and kidnap.… Read the rest

You Can’t Do Both *

Apr 30th, 2006 | Filed by

It’s a sin to shag a sheep and then eat it.… Read the rest