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Should people stop being born? (beliefs)

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Focusing on rather unusual beliefs, I’d like to look at one that isn’t as unusual as you might think. The idea that people should not have kids. Should people consider the economic costs of having a family? Sure. No-one should bring […]

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Is ignorance a choice? Too much information

posted by Harry J. Bentham

You may have heard the phrase, “in the age of information, ignorance is a choice”. The quote is attributed to Donny Miller, a Christian spiritual writer. But is it true? Is ignorance a choice, or is something else going on in […]

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Will of the universe: does an impersonal god exist?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Fitting for this site, let’s talk about belief – my belief. At times, I am convinced there is a will of the universe. Call it a type of fatalism. I believe when people talk of God, they are in fact talking […]

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Human nation under one language… the future?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

A borderless world, a human nation, a global patria*, a world government. These terms will attract you either fervent supporters or legions of enemies, but they are part of the steamroller of history. There is an inevitability to them. Zoltan […]

Who are your influences? (belief, philosophy)

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Who are your influences? This is a question I have decided to think about recently, and I encourage you to do the same. Our ideas aren’t purely credited to us. We are all part of an almost infinite continuum of […]

RE: Immanuel Wallerstein on nations

posted by Harry J. Bentham

In response to an excellent commentary by my favorite modern academic, Immanuel Wallerstein, I would like to answer an essential question raised. The question is worded in alternate ways, as follow: Is it left to be internationalist, one-worldist, or is it left […]

Charlie Hebdo and your freedom to hate it

posted by Harry J. Bentham

One of the biggest and most pointless arguments made by Islam-haters is that Muslims oppose “freedom of expression”. Today we get artists, musicians, etc. trying to be as offensive as possible, who cry out that conservative elements of the public or […]

Clash of civilisations refuted

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The Les Politiques blog refutes the idea of a ‘clash of civilisations’ as asserted by International Relations theorists such as Samuel P. Huntington. In short, the article posted there appeals against the idea of an inevitable clash between political, military […]

Syrian opposition’s hopeless peace

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Although the Syrian conflict needs to end, I agree with other analysts that the current uninspiring peace talks are probably not the solution.  One side, the “rebels”, is dramatically losing the battle and it seems like they are only negotiating […]

Cologne attackers were not Muslims

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Interestingly, there are efforts in media and the blogosphere (an example here) to portray some debauched, drunken molesters in Cologne, Germany as “Muslims” and represent their behavior as if it’s something condoned in Islam. I believe their behavior was not typical […]

Saudi Arabia’s not-so-Sunni world

posted by Harry J. Bentham

More than ever, the monarchical government of Saudi Arabia is portraying itself as the saviour of the Sunni world (the Sunnis being the largest denomination of Muslims, for readers unfamiliar with this topic). Don’t buy into the idea that a narrow, unrepresentative monarchy can […]

Armed militants took over, nothing to see

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Although many unfortunate happenings are taking place in the world at this very moment, and I cannot possibly manage to talk about them all, I want to focus on a more bewildering one in this post tonight. It has come to a lot […]

Lies about Islam being in perpetual warfare

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Because others insist on repeating wrong ideas, allow me to repeat what I know to be correct. In Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere there is not a “sectarian war” among Muslims in any sense. The inflammatory remark that […]

Racism is growing with perceived political failings

posted by Harry J. Bentham

It is now difficult to deny that racism is growing in a number of Western countries, and racist politicians who would have been considered corrosive or marginal to society only a decade ago are currently on the verge of being elected […]

Neo-Ottoman Empire as a thorn in NATO’s side

posted by Harry J. Bentham

I want to commentate a little here, to offer my thoughts on Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet over Syria. The jet downing highlights the problem that Turkey sees ISIL almost as an ally rather than an enemy. Turkish officials […]

ISIL, a gullible plaything of powers

posted by Harry J. Bentham

It is clear that ISIL, rather than being a grand revolutionary force trying to overturn the mistaken conquests like the Iraq War by the US in the Islamic world as it claims, is no Islamic state but a plaything of various other countries. […]

Evolution is immoral, but it’s still real

posted by Harry J. Bentham

A point made by many proponents of the Biblical creation story over modern scientific explanations for the diversity of life will use the argument that evolution lays the basis for an “immoral” view of the world. Supporters of the accepted scientific model […]

Theocracy is not necessarily bad

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The word “theocracy” tends to elicit negative reactions in the English-speaking world. Shall we conclude theocracy is always bad, or that theocracy is sometimes good? Theocracy is a model of state governed by authority from an allegedly divine source. All government is built upon idolising documents, flags, ideas […]

Synbio scientists more than playing God

posted by Harry J. Bentham

It is a fact that science now has the capacity to introduce whole new species. The means of such creation is synbio, synthetic biology. To people with conservative ideas about humanity and nature (James Hughes would say bioconservative) the rapid development of synbio […]

Going back to the Christian Crusades is a farce

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Politicians who try to portray the world in terms of an epic struggle between Western “modernity” and Islamic “medievalism” will achieve nothing but send us back to the Christian Crusades. Defenders of Europe as a Christian continent are incredibly naive about their own […]

Defend the Constitution from “Muslims” (and aliens)

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Ben Carson wants to defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic (except himself) Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s remark that a Muslim can’t be President of the United States has attracted a set of defenders. They’re ready to stretch […]

Hole in the wall of separation: churches get raided endlessly by the NSA

posted by Harry J. Bentham

The illegal confiscation of all our email and phone call data by the US National Security Agency (NSA) isn’t just unconstitutional within the United States, but is a direct threat to the ability of religious traditions to continue. It is a […]

Ahmed deserved to be arrested for being a Muslim?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Que voulez-vous enseigner avec votre exemple? Qu’il ne faut pas tuer. Et comment enseignez-vous qu’il ne faut pas tuer? En tuant. What do you want to teach with your example? That thou shalt not kill. And how do you teach […]

Saudi Arabia insists on sectarian war within Islam

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Après le pain, l’éducation est le premier besoin du peuple. After bread, education is the first need of the people. Georges Danton Saudi Arabia and its supporters are obsessed with saying there is a sectarian war within Islam. While there […]

Do moderate Islamic politics have a future in Europe?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

J’ai un but, une tâche, disons le mot, une passion. Le métier d’écrire en est une violente et presque indestructible. I have an object, a task, let me say the word, a passion. The profession of writing is a violent […]

How to defeat or tame an ISIL

posted by Harry J. Bentham

O Liberté, que de crimes on commet en ton nom! O Liberty, how many crimes are committed in thy name! Madame Roland What I am about to argue may seem crazy, but events in the Middle East have become so […]

Islam is part of the West now, live with it

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Tous les arts ont produit des merveilles: l’art de gouverner n’a produit que des monstres. Most arts have produced miracles, while the art of government has produced nothing but monsters. Louis Antoine de Saint-Just One type of misinformation that should […]

The toll of tolerance?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Tout le genre humain n’est qu’une famille dispersée sur la face de toute la terre. Tous les peuples sont frères, et doivent s’aimer comme tels. All human kind is but one family, dispersed over the face of the whole earth; […]

Is “Internet” spelled with a capital “I”?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

La première maxime de votre politique doit être qu’on conduit le peuple par la raison, et les ennemis du peuple par la terreur The first maxim of your policy ought to be to lead the people by reason and the […]

“Islamic State” is too good for its own Prophet?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Ce qui embellit le désert, dit le petit prince, c’est qu’il cache un puits quelque part. What makes the desert beautiful is that it hides, somewhere, a well. Antoine de Saint Exupéry The so-called “Islamic State” infesting Syria and Iraq, […]

A pluralistic or secular constitution doesn’t attack a religion, but protects them all

posted by Harry J. Bentham

C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre: c’est de la folie. It is magnificent, but it is not war; it is madness. Pierre Bosquet This blog’s primary focus is religion and politics. Either subject is inherently controversial, but no […]

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 […]

The L’Ordre blog visits YouTube

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Ainsi, presque tout est imitation. Thus, almost everything is imitation. Voltaire This post is dedicated to a new medium that I am once again going to use to share my thoughts. That’s right. I have published videos to YouTube in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

We are all of the Mont Order

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Nous sommes tous montagnards, vive la montagne! We are all Montagnards, vive La Montagne! Slogan used in an address to the Jacobin Club, 1793 In order to make the facts clear on a subject that I have unfortunately avoided since early 2013, I […]

My aims at the L’Ordre blog

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Qui plume a, guerre a To hold a pen is to be at war. Voltaire After accepting the rare opportunity to blog with Beliefnet, I have named this blog L’Ordre. This is French for The Order, because the main topics I’m going to be addressing here relate […]

Previous Posts

Play with fire, play God, and play your part
We all "play God" or "play with fire" at some point. What we do affects people's lives, even their chances of longevity. But are these things really so bad? Had your ancestors chosen not to play with fire, life might not be nearly so ...

posted 11:12:19pm Apr. 30, 2016 | read full post »

Should people stop being born? (beliefs)
Focusing on rather unusual beliefs, I'd like to look at one that isn't as unusual as you might think. The idea that people should not have kids. Should people consider the economic costs of having a family? Sure. No-one should bring up ...

posted 11:46:29pm Apr. 24, 2016 | read full post »

Obsessed with equality: my techno-utopia?
While not under any illusions that it will go viral, I've recently been narrating my techno-liberation thesis Catalyst to produce the audio book promised in the last post. Here is what I've done so far. I put together a YouTube video ...

posted 10:49:23pm Apr. 23, 2016 | read full post »

Technology is a liberator, especially when it's risky
As I said in the last post, the results are not always fantastic, but technology throughout history achieves a lot more good than bad. That's my argument in my thesis, Catalyst, from back in 2013. Each time I look back on that book authored ...

posted 11:55:25pm Apr. 17, 2016 | read full post »

Is ignorance a choice? Too much information
You may have heard the phrase, "in the age of information, ignorance is a choice". The quote is attributed to Donny Miller, a Christian spiritual writer. But is it true? Is ignorance a choice, or is something else going on in our overcrowded, ...

posted 9:43:58pm Apr. 16, 2016 | read full post »

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