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Remembrance Day: are poppies offensive?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Nous sommes donc en guerre les uns contre les autres We’re all at war with one another Michel Foucault The poppy: a symbol of patriotism, exclusion, bygone values, xenophobia, bigotry, volksgemeinschaft (“national community”), war, monarchy, etc. Now more than ever, the […]

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Born in the Wrong Century?

posted by Harry J. Bentham

C’est une sphère infinie, dont le centre est partout et la circonférence nulle part. It is an infinite sphere whose center is everywhere and circumference is nowhere. Blaise Pascal In my publishing this week, most notable were an op-ed at Press […]

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US Empire hates Scottish independence

posted by Harry J. Bentham

Toute oppression crée un état de guerre. All oppression creates a state of war. Simone de Beauvoir Image from Voltairenet The US, like the UK’s Conservative government, clings to an outdated adversarial worldview based on the old-fashioned wartime alliances of the Twentieth Century […]

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Scottish independence ‘Yes’ makes huge gains

posted by Harry J. Bentham

A la base de notre civilisation, il y a la liberté de chacun dans sa pensée, ses croyances, ses opinions, son travail, ses loisirs. At the root of our civilization, there is the freedom of each person of thought, of […]

The Union is archaic

posted by Harry J. Bentham

On doit des egards aux vivants; on ne doit aux morts que la verite. We should be considerate to the living; to the dead we owe only the truth. Voltaire Just over a month from now, on 18 September, Scotland will […]

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A pluralistic or secular constitution doesn't attack a religion, but protects them all
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 results are more controversial than when the tw

posted 11:00:51pm Mar. 28, 2015 | read full post »

Cage's point about MI5 terrorizing Muslims is credible
Sous un gouvernement qui emprisonne injustement, la place de l'homme juste est aussi en prison. Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the place of the just man is also a prison. Henry David Thoreau The human rights group Cage has taken a lot of fire for saying Mohammed Emwazi, als

posted 11:00:21pm Mar. 27, 2015 | read full post »

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 »

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