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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Stop Listening To Hollywood

Hollywood celebrities seem to regard it as their God-given right to constantly hector we ignorant masses on the proper way to vote. But what, exactly, is the source of their unshakeable moral authority? Apparently, nothing more than the ability to read someone else's words and fake a few emotions. My latest for Whale Oil blog. …

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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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