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Attack ideas, not people

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Je meurs en adorant Dieu, en aimant mes amis, en ne haïssant pas mes ennemis et en détestant la superstition. I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition. Voltaire Returning to the subject of […]

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“Free speech”, featuring elitist lies and censorship of the oppressed

posted by Harry J. Bentham

L’histoire nous libère des entraves History frees us from the shackles Henri-Irénée Marrou In a place of elite commentary and closed exclusive media with no reader engagement, is there freedom of speech? Image used at my column based with Iran’s […]

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The case for Assad: democracy is ideal, but the situation in Syria is far from ideal

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Hélas! tout est abîme, — action, désir, rêve, Parole! Everything, alas, is an abyss, — actions, desires, dreams, Words! Charles Baudelaire Even as the war in Syria (more like the war on Syria, as squabbling foreign powers try to plot the country’s […]

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The American Sniper is lower than a criminal thug

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La grandeur du crime est la seule différence qu’il y ait entre un conquérant et un brigand. The magnitude of the crime is the only difference there is between a conqueror and a robber. Jean-Paul Marat Governments and their hit-men aren’t […]

Billions on “democratization” buy new dictators for the people of Egypt and Ukraine

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Il arrivera, donc. ce moment où le soleil n’éclairera plus. sur la terre. que des hommes libres. et ne reconnaissant d’autre maître que leur raison. It will happen, then, in the moment the sun is brightest upon the world, that […]

The war on terror is over: we lost

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La guerre est toujours le premier vœu d’un gouvernement puissant qui veut devenir plus puissant encore. War is always the first wish of a powerful government that wants to become even more powerful. Maximilien de Robespierre The war on terror […]

Charlie Hebdo’s freedom of speech was never violated, it simply had consequences

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Ce que l’on conçoit bien, s’énonce clairement, Et les mots pour le dire arrivent aisément. What is well designed, is expressed clearly, and the words to say it come easily. Nicolas Boileau The concept of freedom of speech seems to […]

Recommendations from the Order: Robert Wei’s politics and culture blog

posted by Harry J. Bentham

L’hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend à la vertu. Hypocrisy is an homage that vice pays to virtue. François de La Rochefoucauld I have a new viewpoint article due to appear at Press TV soon, but in the […]

To be or not to be Charlie Hebdo: when being a politically correct coward is brave

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Au bout d’un ou deux siècles d’exploitation se produit une véritable émaciation du panaroma culturel With one or two centuries of exploitation comes a thorough emaciation of the cultural landscape. Frantz Fanon All of us regret the tragic loss of life in the […]

On the Cards: antistatism as a sound political life, not another ideological house of cards

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Toutes les fois que je donne une place vacante, je fais cent mècontents et un ingrat. Every time that I fill a high office, I make one hundred men discontented and one ungrateful. Louis XIV Anarchism is many things, and […]

United States of Asphyxiation: exceptional torture, or torturous exceptionalism?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Vous dites que vous êtes mon juge, avisez-vous bien de ce que vous faites, car en vérité, je suis envoyée de par Dieu et vous vous mettez en grand danger. You say that you are my judge. I do not […]

Snowden’s actions put 007 at risk. Also, who cares?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Le Mal est dans la chose même et le remède est violent. Il faut porter la cognée à la racine. The solution to evil is violent. We must take the hatchet to the root. Jean-Paul Marat The heads of the National […]

NATO: casting a nuclear shadow over humanity, subverting peace in our time

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La politique, quand elle est un art et un service, non point une exploitation, c’est une action pour un idéal à travers des réalités. Politics, when it is an art and a service, not an exploitation, is about acting for […]

ISIS isn’t Islamic, as the Lord’s Resistance Army isn’t Christian

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Sans la logique, on a des opinions, on a pas de croyances. Without logic, we have opinions, we have no beliefs. Prosper-Olivier Lissagaray Above: Joseph Kony and top officers from his “Lord’s Resistance Army”. Would the Christians who think Islam is a violent […]

The Ottawa Shooting: will Canada die too, or discover it doesn’t exist?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Je n’admets ni la notion de maîtrise ni l’universalité de la loi. I admit neither the notion of a master nor the universality of his law. Michel Foucault My most recent publication is an essay at ClubOfINFO, titled A Viral […]

Turkey’s targets in Syria and Iraq: Kurdish “terrorists”?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La foi que j’aime le mieux, dit Dieu, c’est l’espérance. The faith that I love the best, says God, is hope. Charles Péguy First, I would like to alert readers to my full bibliography page at Beliefnet, with a complete […]

Emaciation, intervention, aggression: Syria

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Au bout d’un ou deux siècles d’exploitation se produit une véritable émaciation du panaroma culturel With one or two centuries of exploitation comes a thorough emaciation of the cultural landscape. Frantz Fanon In considering a new opinion piece for my Press TV column at […]

Hollande’s Syria comments: evil or stupid?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Bachar al-Assad est l’allié objectif des jihadistes Bashar al-Assad is the de facto ally of the jihadists (fighting to oust him) Francois Hollande Normally, I preface my posts on this blog with something wise from great French politicians and scholars, […]

ISIL is whose fault?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Aime la vérité, mais pardonne à l’erreur. Love truth, but pardon error. Voltaire In considering what will be the subject of my September article at my Press TV column, I have quite a selection of subjects to choose from. The first […]

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Russian aggression, or a war no-one cares about?
La haine est un sentiment fatiguant. Hate is a tiring feeling. Éric Delcroix In the harebrained first Crimean War and subsequent Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, Britain's history is full of examples of citizens being easily led into fevered nationalism over distant international affairs

posted 11:30:47pm Mar. 21, 2015 | read full post »

Attack ideas, not people
Je meurs en adorant Dieu, en aimant mes amis, en ne haïssant pas mes ennemis et en détestant la superstition. I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition. Voltaire Returning to the subject of Islamophobia and the detractors of that particular

posted 11:00:05pm Mar. 20, 2015 | read full post »

Islamophobia: does Pamela Geller injure the Lifeboat Foundation's credibility?
Je ne suis pas la rose, mais j’ai vécu avec elle. I am not the rose, but I have lived near the rose. Benjamin Constant There are a number of issues on my mind today. The first has been the Lifeboat Foundation. I am a member of this organization, listed on its futurist advisory board. H

posted 11:00:53pm Mar. 14, 2015 | read full post »

Whistleblowers unleash the fire of militant disrespect against our rulers
Il est dangereux d’avoir raison dans des choses où des hommes accrédités ont tort. It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong. Voltaire Snowden was a titan. With individuals such as him, what need for "movements" or "groups"? From my space over at Th

posted 11:00:20pm Mar. 13, 2015 | read full post »

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