Of Curmudgeonly Interest This Week

What's caught Lushy's jaundiced eye this week? 29 January, 2017 I'm introducing a new feature at A Devil's Curmudgeon: a wrap-up of a handful of items that have particularly caught my eye during the week. Some will be new, some not. But all, I think, will be worth reading, watching, or listening to. Universities are …

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For Who’s A Jolly Good Fellow?

John Lewis may be a "Civil Rights Icon", but that shouldn't make him immune to criticism. The Three Cheers fallacy occurs when people are too enamoured of a person's reputation to critically think about exactly what they're saying. "Never be a fan," Christopher Hitchens said - because when people start worshipping, they stop thinking. Exclusive …

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So You Want The Freedom To Be A Racist

A common counter-attack from the left against free speech arguments is that, "you just want the freedom to say racist things". This argument always annoyed the hell out of me, because I sensed intuitively that it was missing some vital point. Then it occurred to me that "freedom to" implied a fundamental problem in how the …

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Abbott Derangement Syndrome: A Warning from the Antipodes

The Australian experience of recent years should stand as a warning to the new American administration. My latest piece for the Connor Post. Tony Abbott is a politician who, while certainly not without his faults, inspires in his enemies a level of hatred that is little short of deranged. A devastating campaigner who despatched a lacklustre opposition, …

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