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Laura Bush and Identity Politics *

Oct 16th, 2005 | Filed by

It’s sexist and elitist to think Harriet Miers is not ideal Supreme Court nominee.… Read the rest

October Bulletin from Middle East Women *

Oct 16th, 2005 | Filed by

News related to women’s rights from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Australia, Germany, more.… Read the rest

Nick Cohen on One Woman’s War *

Oct 16th, 2005 | Filed by

Maryam Namazie’s obscurity remains baffling. She ought to be a liberal poster girl.… Read the rest

A S Byatt on Self-Portraits *

Oct 16th, 2005 | Filed by

Iris Murdoch believed Rembrandt’s self-portraits were a philosophic attempt on the truth.… Read the rest

Cosmopolitanism Forever

Oct 15th, 2005 9:07 pm | By

Roger Scruton (yes, Roger Scruton – he’s not always rhapsodizing about the joys of fox hunting) makes a good point.

The danger that democracy will degenerate into a tyranny of the majority was clearly expressed by Alexis de Tocqueville and John Stuart Mill. Both of them recognised, however, that democracy is not some kind of new departure which repudiates all that had gone before, but a system of government built upon a specific legal inheritance. Barnett & Hilton rightly refer to the rule of law and individual rights as the first of their principles of democratic government. These were historical achievements of the European legal and judicial systems. They preceded democracy and have not been replicated everywhere. Until they

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Mixed Reviews of Pinter Nobel *

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Stoppard, Frayn, Hitchens, Redgrave C.… Read the rest

Students Drop Bad Role Model Smith *

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‘This isn’t an attack upon Adam Smith as a person.’ Whew!… Read the rest

Adam Smith Students Change Name *

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Newly named Jennie Lee College Students’ Association refuses to use Smith’s name in correspondence. … Read the rest

A Scientific Theory is Not a Guess *

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A scientific theory is a machine that produces sensible explanations. … Read the rest

Delusions Come in Waves *

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Mumbo-Jumbo confronts hydra-headed threat to intellectual and scientific foundations.… Read the rest

The Prospect List is a Stupid List *

Oct 15th, 2005 | Filed by

It’s not about the best or the most important public intellectuals, but the most famous ones.… Read the rest

Roger Scruton: Democracy or Theocracy? *

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Secular government is the sine qua non of democracy, and theocracy is its natural opponent.… Read the rest

Iranian Women Bloggers *

Oct 15th, 2005 | Filed by

Why don’t women in villages ‘endanger Islam’ by not wearing the hijab?… Read the rest

UN Withdraws Non-essential Staff From Darfur *

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Increase in violence has made most of west Darfur off-limits to aid agencies. … Read the rest

Medievalism Rampant

Oct 14th, 2005 6:54 pm | By

Polly Toynbee says it.

The bishops have no right to restrict our right to die…This week’s debate on Lord Joffe’s bill on assisted dying for the terminally ill turned into a remarkable battle between the forces of the enlightenment and a barely disguised medievalism. Who rules here? God or man? How loud the voice of religion sounded in this, the world’s most secular nation. So much religious thinking still permeates every aspect of public life as, somehow or other, the religious occupy disproportionate positions of power wherever you look – from prime minister and half the cabinet to the head of the BBC.

That’s one reason pious cant about ‘ceremonial theism’ won’t fly. It’s never safe to assume that … Read the rest

Gray on Grayling on Descartes *

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Shows Descartes to be more interesting than the closeted introvert in standard histories of philosophy.… Read the rest

Liberals Must Return to Their Paleo-liberal Roots *

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There’s a faction on the left whose sympathies lie with nostalgic fascists. … Read the rest

Bouyeri, Hofstad Network, Burqa Ban *

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Acting out of ‘religious conviction’ is not necessarily problem-free.… Read the rest

Battle Between Enlightenment and Medievalism *

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Religious thinking still permeates public life as the religious occupy positions of power.… Read the rest

Only Greater Rights for Women Can End Poverty *

Oct 13th, 2005 | Filed by

Report calls for government action to free women from poverty and ignorance their cultures impose.… Read the rest