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Out of Ireland – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Extremism, Poetry

Out of Ireland we have come, Great hatred, little room, Maimed us at the start. I carry from my mother’s womb A fanatic heart. W. B. YEATS, REMORSE FOR INTEMPERATE SPEECH

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Politics as the Systematic Organisation of Hatreds – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 16th, 2012 · No Comments · Democracy, Politics, Power, Quotes

Politics, as a practice, whatever its pretensions, had always been the systematic organisation of hatreds. HENRY ADAMS

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Labor Tribalism – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 16th, 2012 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Politics, Power, War

Like a true Labor tribesman, Kelty was deeply attached to the traditions of the clan—including the traditions of loyalty to friends and savagery to enemies. I said to him once that all Paul Keating’s worst enemies seemed to be former friends. He reflected for a moment or two and replied that it was much the [...]

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“The Fall of Yugoslavia”, Misha Glenny

February 16th, 2012 · No Comments · Ethnicity, Multi-culturalism, Uncategorized, War, WW2

From the beginning of the conflict in Croatia, one question above most others has exercised minds inside and outside the country: what causes this depth of hatred which has provoked atrocities and slaughter on such a wide scale over such a short period of time? In retrospect, it seems clear that the wars of the [...]

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Hatred and History – “Disgrace” – J.M. Coetzee

December 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, African, Crime, Fiction, History, Literature, Revenge

Halfway home, Lucy, to his surprise, speaks. ‘It was so personal,’ she says. ‘It was done with such personal hatred. That was what stunned me more than anything. The rest was … expected. But why did they hate me so? I had never set eyes on them.’ He waits for more, but there is no [...]

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Power and Colonialism – Shooting an Elephant from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

October 20th, 2011 · No Comments · Colonialism, History, Humanism, Morality, Power

In Moulmein, in lower Burma, I was hated by large numbers of people—the only time in my life that I have been important enough for this to happen to me.

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Take a Good Look at Yourself and Turn Your Hatred Inward – Anthony Burgess – “A Clockwork Orange” 

February 9th, 2011 · No Comments · Quotes

The only alternative was to do as my mother had instructed and take a good look at myself. This was an old trick, designed to turn one’s hatred inward, and while I was determined not to fall for it,

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