Cool Observation of Mass Hysteria

Cool Observation of Mass Hysteria

When the so-called “Leader of the opposition” opposes protest against a new unelected head of state, out of respect for the previous unelected head of state, you know you live under totalitarianism. Except almost all dictatorships do at least have the form of an election. Indeed, some of the worst dictators in modern history have…

Westerners Think They Are Free-Thinking Individualists and It’s Effing Adorable

Westerners Think They Are Free-Thinking Individualists and It’s Effing Adorable

Listen to a reading of this article: ❖ The Times has published an article titled “Lady Gaga embodies everything China fears,” subtitled “The singer’s uncompromising individuality makes her a serious threat to the mass imposition of cultural conformity through censorship,” and its contents are exactly as horrifyingly idiotic as you would imagine. Here are the…

Elon Musk Isn’t a Threat to Society’s Health. All Billionaires Are

Elon Musk Isn’t a Threat to Society’s Health. All Billionaires Are

The most dangerous thing about Elon Musk buying Twitter outright for $44 billion is the rapidly spreading notion that his controlling an influential social media platform is dangerous. It is, but not for any of the reasons his critics assert. The current furor is dangerously misguided for two reasons. First, it assumes that one billionaire…

Rachel Riley Libel Ruling is the Latest Judicial Attack on Political Speech

Rachel Riley Libel Ruling is the Latest Judicial Attack on Political Speech

Assaults on the right to speak, and to think, are coming thick and fast. But the significance – and coordination – of all these developments is being largely missed. Those who try to open up a little space – in politics, academia, and journalism – to think critically about our society and how power is…

The CIA, Empty Assurances and Assange’s Defence

The CIA, Empty Assurances and Assange’s Defence

The second day of appellate proceedings by the United States against Julian Assange saw the defence make their case against the overturning of District Court Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s January ruling.  Any extradition to the US, she concluded, would be so oppressive to the publisher as to render it unjust under UK extradition law.  Before the…