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The Ugliness of Left Wing Women? – “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

November 10th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Ugliness of Left Wing Women? – “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell · Communism, Economics, History, Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes, WW2

Those who struggle against society are, on the whole, those who have reason to dislike it, and normal healthy people are no more attracted by violence and illegality than they are by war. The young Nazi in ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE makes the penetrating remark that one can see what is wrong with the left-wing movement […]

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“Remembering the Spanish War” from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

October 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on “Remembering the Spanish War” from “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell · History, Spanish Civil War, Totalitarianism, WW2

I know it is the fashion to say that most of recorded history is lies anyway. I am willing to believe that history is for the most part inaccurate and biased, but what is peculiar to our own age is the abandonment of the idea that history COULD be truthfully written. In the past people […]

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Gandhi and Extreme Pacifism – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

October 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on Gandhi and Extreme Pacifism – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James · Extremism, History, Ideology, India, Non-Violence, Pacifism, Policy, Politics, War, WW2

Moorehead also recorded an unsettling insight into the intransigence of Gandhi. Challenged about the possible effects of relying on passive resistance to dissuade the Japanese, Gandhi was forced into his fallback position of averring that not even the Japanese could kill every Indian. Moorehead, who already had some idea of what Nazi Germany and the […]

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Asylum Seekers in Australia – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

October 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on Asylum Seekers in Australia – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James · Culture, History, Humanism, Immigration, Multi-culturalism, WW2

Apart from gumption, courage and determination, what the illegal immigrants have that the legal applicants haven’t is money. No doubt the illegals have made great efforts to save it. Nevertheless, they’ve got it. If you reinforce the principle that illegal immigrants can pay a people smuggler to put them in a position where the Australian […]

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Real Sell Outs – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

September 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on Real Sell Outs – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James · Art, Culture, History, Hypocrisy, Philosophy, WW2

Sartre, whose underground activities had never amounted to anything except a secret meeting on Wednesday to decide whether there should be another meeting the following Tuesday, not only claimed the status of Resistance veteran but called down vengeance on people whose behaviour had not really been all that much more reprehensible than his own. The […]

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Hitler’s Eyes are on Corio – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 30th, 2011 · Comments Off on Hitler’s Eyes are on Corio – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin · Australian, Australian Labor Party, Australiana, Campaigning, History, Politics, Security Policy, War, WW2

Early in 1940 a federal by-election was created in Corio when Menzies appointed one of his senior ministers, R.G. Casey to the newly created post of Australian ambassador to the United States. Menzies was pleased to have removed on of his leadership rivals, but the ploy backfired. In the by-election the voters ignored his fatuous […]

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The Absence of Institutional Authority – “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters”, Jason Stearns

August 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Absence of Institutional Authority – “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters”, Jason Stearns · Africa, Bureaucracy, Colonialism, Congo, History, Politics, War, WW2

instead of being a story of a brutal bureaucratic machine, the Congo is a story of the opposite: a country in which the state has been eroded over centuries and where once the fighting began, each community seemed to have its own militia, fighting brutal insurgencies and counterinsurgencies with each other. It was more like […]

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SNOOT 2 – “Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays” – David Foster Wallace

July 10th, 2011 · Comments Off on SNOOT 2 – “Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays” – David Foster Wallace · Writing

There are lots of epithets for people like this—Grammar Nazis, Usage Nerds, Syntax Snobs, the Grammar Battalion, the Language Police. The term I was raised with is SNOOT. The word might be slightly self-mocking, but those other terms are outright dysphemisms. A SNOOT can be loosely defined as somebody who knows what dysphemism means and […]

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Elementary Questions of Morality – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt

April 29th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Genocide, History, Humanism, Morality, WW2

What we have demanded in these trials, where the defendants had committed “legal” crimes, is that human beings be capable of telling right from wrong even when all they have to guide them is their own judgment, which, moreover, happens to be completely at odds with what they must regard as the unanimous opinion of […]

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The Banality of Evil – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt

April 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Banality of Evil – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt · Genocide, History, Morality, WW2

I also can well imagine that an authentic controversy might have arisen over the subtitle of the book; for when I speak of the banality of evil, I do so only on the strictly factual level, pointing to a phenomenon which stared one in the face at the trial. Eichmann was not Iago and not […]

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