Reports of rapes, harassment and forced marriages from emergency camps.… Read the rest
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Wow. Cool. Look – Huxley.
Let us understand, once for all, that the ethical progress of society depends, not on imitating the cosmic process, still less in running away from it, but in combating it. It may seem an audacious proposal thus to pit the microcosm against the macrocosm and to set man to subdue nature to his higher ends; but I venture to think that the great intellectual difference between the ancient times with which we have been occupied and our day, lies in the solid foundation we have acquired for the hope that such an enterprise may meet with a certain measure of success.
The things one can find on the Internet. (Is it, or is it … Read the rest
Excellent. Hazlitt again. Say what you will about the Guardian – they do have a good books section, and they do keep having articles on Hazlitt. More than you can say for the New York Times!
I’ve said it before so why not say it again (especially since the article is saying much the same thing). Hazlitt is the most inexplicable case of undeserved literary obscurity that I know of in the case of an Anglophone author. Absolutely the top one. To be sure, there are Elizabethans and 17th century people who are well worth reading, who don’t get read all that much any more – Sidney, Nashe, Browne, Burton. But the barriers to reading them are easily … Read the rest
Right. Let’s get down to it. With some help from Polly Toynbee.
But here the usefulness of faith ends, for it is mainly the power of the religious lobby that forces people to die in pain and indignity due to beliefs on the nature of life and death shared by very few. For 20 years now, every poll on the subject shows that 80% of people want the right to be helped to die at a time and in a way of their own choosing. But that kind of “choice” is not on the agenda.
And furthermore, even if the beliefs were shared by very many, even if they were indeed universal, they would still be both wrong (in … Read the rest
Jared Diamond and Richard Posner on collapse and catastrophe.… Read the rest
Dying people beg for a quick injection, in vain.… Read the rest
Pictures, heart medicine gone, but flag remains. A miracle.… Read the rest
Why were suspects arrested then?… Read the rest
Florida judge rejects governor’s bid to become Schiavo’s legal guardian.… Read the rest
There is no legal case, says Reagan solicitor general.… Read the rest
Ultra-Orthodox rabbi tries to reconcile science and the Torah, is denounced for his pains.… Read the rest
Oh, Florida, Florida, Florida. What is your problem.
I mean for one thing there’s this winner.
Republicans on the House Choice and Innovation Committee voted along party lines Tuesday to pass a bill that aims to stamp out “leftist totalitarianism” by “dictator professors” in the classrooms of Florida’s universities…According to a legislative staff analysis of the bill, the law would give students who think their beliefs are not being respected legal standing to sue professors and universities.
Students who believe their professor is singling them out for “public ridicule” – for instance, when professors use the Socratic method to force students to explain their theories in class – would also be given the right to sue.
Is that a … Read the rest
This is a dispiriting read. They win. Bullying wins, death threats win, force wins, violence wins, pushing people around and beating them up and killing them wins. Interesting situation, isn’t it. People who have some capacity for moral reflection and awareness make some effort not to oppress and dominate and bully other people; people who don’t, don’t; so the people with some capacity lose to the people who have none. Familiar paradox. People who don’t give a rat’s ass about the freedom and rights of anyone but themselves are, of course, at a similar sort of advantage over people who do. People who think, like Callicles in the Gorgias, that people who can win because they’re stronger should … Read the rest
Students will have legal standing to sue teachers who use Socratic methods.… Read the rest
Florida legislators to decide what serves ‘legitimate pedagogical purpose.’… Read the rest
They received death threats after criticising behaviour of militant Muslim immigrants. … Read the rest
As courts continue to reject appeals, Florida governor talks of protective custody.… Read the rest
Challenge to second-class status greeted with refusals and threats.… Read the rest
Militias in Basra force women to wear hijab, close shops selling alcohol or music.… Read the rest