In Defence Of Disagreement Part Two

Intelligent debate not insults

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In Defence Of Disagreement Part One

Intelligent debate not insults

I started this blog in January 2017 and have written over a hundred posts since then. In my first ever post I gave three reasons for adding yet another voice to the cacophony that is the internet…

1/ the general coarsening of debate in the second decade of the twenty-first century;

2/ the seeming triumph of emotion over fact;

3/ the return and apparently unstoppable advance of aggressive, authoritarian religion and the scarily right-wing religionists who demand RESPECT for their beliefs.

This post is my way of summarisng what I believe after nearly a year of writing this blog before I take a break over the Christmas and New Year period. I am sure my impending visit to the UK will give me lots of things to write about in 2018. The unfortunate truth is that the things I objected to in January are still the prevailing problems in politics in the Western world. Continue reading “In Defence Of Disagreement Part One”

Identity Politics And Solipcism

The narcissism of ever smaller difference

Australia has voted this week to legalise same sex marriage. Or rather, the results of a voluntary, non binding postal survey have been announced. In the survey, 62% of the 80% of people who voted chose to back the right of same sex couples to marry. This is a crushing victory by any standards. In comparison, on only four occasions in nearly two centuries of popular voting for the US presidency has a candidate gained more than 60% of the ballots cast. The Anglophobic racists of the Scottish Nazi Party swept the board in Scotland in the 2015 general election, winning 57 out of 59 parliamentary seats with 50% of the vote. Both Leave (52%) and Remain (48%) would have killed for 62% of the vote in the 2016 EU Referendum. As poorly-evolved primates who are about half a chromosome away from being chimpanzees, human beings have a natural tendency towards conflict, disagreement and in-group bias. It makes me laugh when I see statistics about how 99% of people in Saudi Arabia are Muslims or read the intemperate rantings of right-wing foamers in the Daily Mail about how the ‘silent majority’ supports them. The former is clearly indicative of an extremely repressive society and the only answer to the latter is ‘No, it doesn’t.’  I repeat, 62% of any vote is a crushing victory. But it is still not enough for some people. Continue reading “Identity Politics And Solipcism”

The New York Attack Update #2

The strange priorities of the media and the Establishment

The Halloween attack by jihadist Sayfullo Saipov has been quietly forgotten by the world’s media (see here for my first post and here for my first update). Meanwhile, the Hollywood and Westminster sex scandals continue apace, dragging ever more people into its ferocious maw of guilt by accusation. As I write this sentence, not one single person has been charged as a result of the accusations that have been all over the media for the past several weeks. The latest person to be accused of sexual harassment is comedian Louis CK, a man of whom I know very little. On the other hand, Sayfullo Saipov is facing federal terrorism charges. I thought that the warped priorities of the media and the Western Establishment could not surprise me anymore – but I reckoned without the Guardian. Continue reading “The New York Attack Update #2”

Niall Ferguson And Unpopular Opinions

Is Islamism the totalitarian threat of our times?

I am a big fan of the historian Niall Ferguson and I am impressed by his readiness to attack the sacred cows of both ‘progressives’ and ‘conservatives.’ In The Pity of War (1998) he put forward the unpopular view that Britain, and in particular its dithering foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey, was to blame for the hideous slaughter of the First World War. Had Britain made it clear that it would fight alongside France and Russia, Ferguson argues that Germany would not have launched its attack on Belgium. In Empire (2002), which was provocatively subtitled “How Britain made the modern world,” he argued that the British Empire was not wholly evil, an opinion guaranteed to have the average Guardianista fainting into their organic muesli. And in 2014, on the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, he argued on television and in print that Britain would have been better off staying out of the war and allowing a German victory. This would have resulted in a situation not dissimilar to today – German economic domination of Europe – and it would certainly have been better for the Jews of eastern Europe to have been conquered by Imperial rather than Nazi Germany. Continue reading “Niall Ferguson And Unpopular Opinions”

The New York Attack Update

The strange priorities of the media and the Establishment

I shall not gloat that I was right in just about every one of my predictions about Sayfullo Saipov’s attack on pedestrians in New York. I will admit to being surprised at just how quickly this latest attack by a jihadist maniac has dropped off the radar – quicker even than the failed bomb attack at Parsons Green underground station. The past week has revealed is the strange priorities of the media and those who rule us. Continue reading “The New York Attack Update”

Quote Of The Day #32

Michel Onfray

“They are those who believe that Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance and love and do not want to hear about an Islam of war, intolerance and hatred… The collaborator wants to see only the first [type of] Islam by believing that the second has northing to do with Islam. These collaborators are the Islamo-leftists.” Continue reading “Quote Of The Day #32”