Archive for November, 2014

Modern democracy as spivocracy

Modern democracy as spivocracy

November 29, 2014 at 11:38 am 3 comments

Generally speaking, a watershed between the right and the left in politics is formed by the Enlightenment.

People I’d describe as real conservatives detest it, while those on the left feel exactly the opposite.

John Major kindly explains what it means to be British

John Major kindly explains what it means to be British

November 17, 2014 at 8:34 pm 0 comments

Sir John, who, I don’t mind admitting, is my political, moral and intellectual idol, hit the nail on the head the other day, with Ukip being the nail and Nigel Farage the head.

Ukip, explained my idol, “is peddling sheer nastiness” that is “profoundly un-British in every way”.

The sexual revolution  Brave New World or hell repackaged?

The sexual revolution Brave New World or hell repackaged?

November 17, 2014 at 7:55 pm 0 comments

November 2013 marked fifty years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but also the passing of Aldous Huxley and C. S. Lewis, each prophetic in his own way.

Huxley’s most famous work Brave New World (1932) predicted that people would be bred like animals and graded according to their pre-destined place in society. As we will see, the idea had already been canvassed in fiction, and the Eugenics Society was busy working on the scientific breeding of humans. But has Huxley’s ‘brave new world’ come to pass?

Lies, damned lies and immigration statistics

Lies, damned lies and immigration statistics

November 16, 2014 at 8:08 pm 0 comments

Arithmetic and statistics are useful tools for liars. A little massaging here, a little bending there, and suddenly a lie sounds plausible. When it comes to liars in our government, they don’t have to distort their sums to make a false point. All it takes is applying arithmetic to issuesRead More

The price of restraint is death

The price of restraint is death

November 11, 2014 at 6:23 pm 0 comments

Yesterday afternoon a young woman stood by the side of a road holding up a sign. It read “Gush Etzion”. Those two words summon up spittle-flecked rants about Zionist settlements from the anti-Israel left.But for Dalia, it was just home. And then it wasn’t. Dalia caught a ride to aRead More