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Civilization and its Malcontents

Civilization and its Malcontents

  • July 12, 2017
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In the conservative-far right lexicon, few words have the same emotive power as ‘civilization’ – a term that usually equates with ‘Western civilization’ or simply ‘the West.’ It’s one of those words that automatically gives depth and gravitas to the hollowest and tinniest of human mouthpieces.

Use it enough and you instantly begin to sound a...

In the evening when The Sun goes down

  • February 16, 2012
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I have to say that I can’t really get too exercised about the supposed threat to press freedom posed by the arrests of senior Sun journalists, on the basis of information given to the police by News International’s crisis management team.   In fact I can’t help finding it quite pleasing to watch these...

In the sewer with Colonel Gaddafi

  • October 22, 2011
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Does anyone feel that dragging a wounded man, albeit a dictator from a sewer, and then beating and shooting him in the head is an essentially vile act that has  nothing to do with law or justice?

Not Hilary Clinton, who quipped in an interview with CBS News on Gaddafi’s death that ‘ We came,...

Pundits

Pundits

  • August 10, 2011
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Stunned and clearly scared out of its wits by the shocking events of the last few days, ‘decent’ British society – or at least those who claim to be its mouthpieces – is dreaming of vengeance and retribution.  Comments sections on websites and newspapers are thick with talk of plastic bullets, water cannons, vigilantes and...

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