Picture Of The Day #7

Christianity: Santa Claus For Grown Ups

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Celebrity Culture Meets Identity Politics

Is victimhood culture is eating itself?

It has been a difficult couple of months for those of us who dislike both the monarchy and celebrity culture. The media has been so full of the wedding of ‘Prince’ Harry Windsor to American C-list actress Meghan Markel that it has been almost impossible to avoid. I suppose it was inevitable that a son of the proto-Kardashian Diana Spencer would be the one to merge the tawdry and dysfunctional British royal family with Hollywood celebrity culture. I have written on several occasions about my dislike of dislike of the royals – Another Mouth To Feed and Is Anyone Else Bored Of This? (with Update) – but the media have outdone themselves in their cloying sycophancy regarding the nuptials of a cable telly ‘star’ and the sixth(!) in line to the throne.

 

Some of the coverage of this wedding reminded me of a story about Dr Samuel Johnson, the eighteenth century writer behind the first English dictionary. When a couple of aristocratic ladies congratulations him on not including any ‘obscene’ words in his dictionary, Dr Johnson responded “What, my dears! Then you have been looking fro them?” The racism industry is so big in British journalism, government and academia that numerous people depend for their livelihood on finding racism in the most unlikely of places.

 

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The Future Of Turkey

The end of Erdogan’s dream?

Since I started this blog in January 2017, I have repeatedly made two points about politics in the second decade of the twenty-first century. The first point is that, broadly speaking, all religions are the same and, like the late, great Christopher Hitchens, I believe that religion “poisons everything” it touches. This is especially true of the three Abrahamic monotheisms which have far more in common that their most demented sectarians would acknowledge. They all worship an aggressively male deity who watches and judges your behaviour and who will sentence you to an eternity of pain and suffering if you dare to break one of his petty rules.

 

The second point I have made is my distaste for the racist and divisive cult of identity politics that has been embraced by people across the West who loudly proclaim themselves to be ‘progressives.’ Politicians, journalists and campaigners who are vociferous in their condemnation of racism, homophobia and sexism have often found themselves supporting people who are deeply racist, disgustingly anti-gay and disturbingly misogynistic. Practices and attitudes that would be roundly condemned if they took place in the UK, the United States or elsewhere in the West are excused as ‘cultural’ and opposition to them as ‘colonialism’ or ‘imperialism.’ If female genital mutilation, forced marriage or ‘honour’ killings were being carried out by Westerners I’m pretty sure the usual ‘progressives’ would be up in arms. But as both perpetrators and victims tend to be non-white and non-Western, there is little outcry. One might be tempted to label this as ‘the racism of low expectations,’ if one were of the Everything Is Racist type that rules at Jimmy Saville House. Whatever it is, and I am reluctant to use accusations of racism with the scattergun abandon some commentators do, it betrays an extraordinarily patronising attitude towards non-white non-Westerners.

 

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Quote Of The Day #48

Christopher Hitchens

“Only one faction in American politics has found itself able to make excuses for the kind of religious fanaticism that immediately menaces us in the here and now.  And that faction, I am sorry and furious to say, is the Left.  From the first day of the immolation of the World Trade Centre, right down to the present moment, a gallery of pseudo-intellectuals has been willing to represent the work face of Islam as the voice of the oppressed.  How can these people bear to reread their own propaganda?  Suicide murderers in Palestine- disowned and denounced by the new leader of the PLO- describe as the victims of disperse.  The forces of Al-Qaeda and the Taliban represented as misguided spokespeople for anti-globalisation.  The blood-maddened thugs in Iraq, who would rather bring down the roof on a suffering people then allow them to vote, pictured prettily as ‘insurgent’, or even by Michael Moore, as the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers.”

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Quote Of The Day #47

Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Moynihan’s Law: “The amount of violations of human rights in a country is always an inverse function of the amount of complaints about human rights violations heard from there. The greater the number of complaints being aired, the better protected are human rights in that country.”

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