Punching a Girl in Berkeley Isn’t Heroic

Punching a girl, without provocation, even from Antifa, isn’t at all heroic. This is apparently an unpopular opinion in some circles, but one must stick to one’s principles even when, especially when they’re unpopular, if they’re to be worth anything at all. Do read on ...

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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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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A Parliament of Cry-Bullies

The campaign against the promised same-sex marriage plebiscite is anti-democratic and infantilises its opponents. It's also sadly symptomatic of what gay-rights activist Andrew Sullivan calls "the obvious and ugly intolerance of parts of the gay movement". The bizarrely anti-democratic idea that the possible hurt feelings of one segment of the polity should override the democratic process is the authoritarianism of the offended.