Tag Archives: Politics

Nagle, Angela: “Kill All Normies. Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right.”

Irish writer Nagle, after publishing some interesting articles, raises further interesting questions here. Given how Christian morality, dominant for two millennia, has largely evaporated in the West, it was understandable that multiple new forms of ethics would plug the gap. … Continue reading

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Hitchens, Peter: “The Abolition Of Liberty”

During a recent exchange with a good friend, I criticised Sam Harris for the logic that he employed to form his position on the longstanding conflict in Israel. You can read my thoughts on that here: https://orbitalmick.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/sam-harriss-inexplicable-defence-of-israel/ As we conversed … Continue reading

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Jason Brownlee, Tarek Masoud, Andrew Reynolds: “The Arab Spring. Pathways of Repression And Reform”.

The Middle East was thrown into a tailspin on 17th December 2010 when 26-year-old Tunisian Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest against the repression in his native country.  The protest spread to Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Syria and … Continue reading

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Goldacre, Ben: “Bad Science”.

Guardian journalist Ben Goldacre set out, in his 2008 Bad Science book, to destroy a number of prominent lies, myths and fabrications about commonplace scientific practices. Perhaps it is because the world has evolved considerably since the book’s publication, but … Continue reading

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Pappe, Ilan: “Ten Myths About Israel”

Ilan Pappe takes a sledgehammer to the official narrative that the Israeli state wants people to believe. “Narrative” is a kind way of saying blatant propaganda. That many academics and intellectuals fall for complete fabrications of history that belie the … Continue reading

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Lichtheim, George: “A Brief History Of Socialism”.

George Lichtheim details the history of the word “socialism”, from its 1827 appearance in Robert Owen’s Co-operative Magazine through to its far broader use in the 1970s. Like so many political words and concepts, the term has been rendered somewhat … Continue reading

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Shehadeh, Raja: “Palestinian Walks”.

Through a series of what Palestinians call “sarhat”, or hill walks, Raja Shehadeh tells the tale of how his native Ramallah in the West Bank has changed over time. In his youth, before the 1967 occupation, he wrote of the … Continue reading

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