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Euphemism Piled Upon Euphemism

Jul 31st, 2005 2:20 am | By

Identity, eh. Identity, identity, identity – how sick we all are of hearing about it. The hell with identity. Get over it – you are what you are, never mind what your precious ‘identity’ is, just get on with it, do something useful, make a difference, forget about your darling self for five minutes, think about something more interesting.

Eve Garrard says a few words on this subject at Normblog.

Human rights are an indispensable part of a morally decent society (though the eager embracing of victimhood is not, and there’s no doubt that the discourse of human rights has, along with multiculturalism, encouraged many to regard the status of victim of rights-violation as the most attractive one going,

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The ‘Spiritual’ Inspiration for Mass Murder *

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Cheerleaders and recruiters.… Read the rest

Inequality Does Matter *

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Low status and subordination cause stress and pain.… Read the rest


Jul 29th, 2005 8:53 pm | By

Hmm. Should I do the charitable reading thing? Or should I just yell is Peter Singer nuts?

Let’s try the charitable reading. He mis-spoke. He left out the qualifying phrase. He forgot a crucial adjective or two. He – um – lives in a hole in the ground and has all his news filtered by hooded agents of a secret international organization?

Singer sought the clash with neo-con America, partly to revive a career that was going stale. True, when he was appointed Ira W de Camp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University in 1999, Bill Clinton was in the White House, but still Singer had been lured from the relatively liberal milieu of academic Melbourne because he thought

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Death Threats From ‘Pro-life’ Groups *

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Peter Singer on the lack of radical critique of the status quo in the US.… Read the rest

Part Two of Aatish Taseer’s Interview *

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‘Until an Islamic government makes treaties with these people, the world, for me, is an enemy.’… Read the rest

Aatish Taseer Interviews ‘A British Jihadist’ *

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A few have rallied under a banner which brings an intense sense of grievance.… Read the rest

All Four Suspects Reported to Be in Custody *

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Following armed raids in London and Rome. … Read the rest

Thirteen Million Women

Jul 29th, 2005 1:44 am | By

It looks as if women in Iraq are in big trouble.

With the approach of the 15 August deadline for completing the new constitution, the role of women in society has become a political battlefield. It pits secular Iraqis against newly powerful religious parties who want a greater role for Islam written into the document…Under Saddam Hussein, Iraq had some of the most secular legislation in the region. But all that could change, with hardline Shia members of the national assembly pushing for the country to be named the Islamic Republic of Iraq.


A strict interpretation of Islamic law would mean that the evidence of a woman in court would count for only half that of a man. And

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It’s an Outrage

Jul 28th, 2005 8:08 pm | By

A reader tells me I’m wrong in the Flexible Labour comment – that Muslims (from the Indian subcontinent) were not recruited to move to the UK in the 50s, and that I have them confused in that respect with West Indians, who were. Okay. I did look it up before posting, in a reference book I happened to have handy (the Oxford Companion to British History) which did say people were recruited from the subcontinent, because I thought I thought that was the case but wasn’t sure. But one reference book can always be wrong.

I also apparently didn’t make my meaning entirely clear – probably because I knew so well what I meant that I didn’t notice it wasn’t … Read the rest

Subjugation of Women Not On in UK *

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Maybe ‘alienation’ comes from challenge to traditional feelings of male superiority.… Read the rest

A New Dictatorship in Iraq? *

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Of mullahs over women.… Read the rest

Three People Talking About Philosophy [audio] *

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Talking about arguments for God mostly.… Read the rest

How to Make a Revolution in Historical Linguistics

Jul 28th, 2005 | By Merlijn de Smit

Pick your myths carefully. Your battles won’t be won in the scholarly community as much as on the opinion pages of the Sunday newpapers, so you will need to develop a fine nose for the political relevancy of your “research”. Particularly historical linguistics is interlocked with identity politics to such an extent that you might consider making this your stomping ground. But choose the right kind of historical linguistics. A solid piece of research that draws theoretically interesting conclusions about the semantics of the perfective aspect of Old Church Slavonian will have people questioning the wisdom of financing academia with taxpayers’ money. A piece of total junk connecting nation A with glorious past civilization B will, if you play your … Read the rest

Impossible Dreams

Jul 28th, 2005 1:34 am | By

The Christians are coming, the Christians are coming. Well, at least, a dozen or so of them are, to part of South Carolina. And they got plans, dude.

In the South Carolina of their dreams, abortion would be illegal. The Ten Commandments would be proudly displayed. Public schools would be a thing of the past. Taxes would be severely limited, and property rights would be paramount.

Doesn’t that sound like paradise? Doesn’t that just sound like a little corner of heaven right here on earth? The Ten Commandments would be proudly displayed. Cool. So no graven images then – no graven images of anything in the sky, or on the earth, or in the water. No stars, no fish, … Read the rest

The Netherlands After Bouyeri Conviction *

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Van Gogh murder has made people afraid to speak.… Read the rest

Foucault and Laing and the Asylum *

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Unfortunate consequences.… Read the rest

The Power of Ideas – Especially Bad Ones *

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The power of an ideology that is not social, economic, ethnic, nationalist, or political.… Read the rest

Liberal Academic Plays Golf Shock *

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And there are others. No names, but that queer theorist, that Marxist analysis guy…… Read the rest

Loonies Move to S. Carolina in ‘Christian Exodus’ *

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Hope to establish ‘Biblical’ state. Even Bob Jones staff think they’re a bit much.… Read the rest