Gettin’ Punchy With the Pontiff

My latest for Whale Oil blog The Public Sphere and the Private Domain in the Free Speech Wars This post for Whale Oil blog was originally intended to be a much longer article for my A Devil's Curmudgeon, but I necessarily edited it down for brevity. Mostly I cut some material from the second part, …

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Of Curmudgeonly Interest This Week – 20 February 2017

A bit of a break I've been travelling on family business, so I missed last week's post of Things Interesting. Here's a couple that I did manage to catch. The Age of Civilizational Self-Loathing Many years ago, I worked in a printing factory. The storeman was a lovely, gentlemanly Indian named Alastair. Talking on the …

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Making Rods For Their Own Backs

My latest for Whale Oil blog Purveyors of narrow-minded identity politics fail to grasp the strength of truly liberal democracies, which is that their laws and institutions are crafted for the benefit and protection of everybody. Groups who, when in power, shape political weapons to bully and harass their opponents into submission are invariably dismayed …

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Of Curmudgeonly Interest This Week – 6 February 2017

What's Lushy been reading this week? 6 February 2017 Riots and Rejection of Free Speech at UC Berkeley Once again, Some Black Guy nails it: 2o17, the year that you're a fuckin' Nazi if you just dislike illegal immigration, y'know, if you just dislike people breaking the law, if you just have a differing opinion …

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The journalistic sin that festers in open sight

The idea that "Everyone I don't like is Hitler" is a common social media meme, but there's a more insidious instance of this thinking that is promulgated by the supposedly "curated" media - the almost reflexive habit of labelling anyone who deviates from the received centre-left wisdom as "far-right", which is as much to say, …

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