“You’re no Liberal!”: when is it Right to Play the Label Game?

“You’re a closet right-winger!”

“This is fundamentally illiberal!”

“[X] is now a conservative position!”

 

You’ve all heard it. It’s everywhere — the semantics, the bickering over terms and self-identities, the casting of your opponent out of your camp. Who is right, and does it even matter? I think it’s worth taking a closer look what I hereby dub the political Label Game, and examining exactly what it is, how valid people’s self-identities are, how much and what kind of intellectual diversity can be had under a particular ideology, and what bearing it has on the argument.Read More »

Mathematical Evidence Sargon of Akkad is not Forced to Pander to the Right by his Evil Sweeping Majority of Alt Right Patreon Subscribers

Goodness am I glad I know how to change the U.R.L.

It’s a hot day, and one so far filled with *gulps* manual labour, and my brain has ceased functioning; if I die tomorrow it’ll be because THE SUN IS A DEADLY LAZER. I’ve got a lot of things on my to-write list at the moment, from responses to short essays to that awful long analysis of Donald Trump’s presidential style I’ve been putting off for months now, but today I can’t really be bothered. I want to do something to cool off but I can’t engage my brain for something hard. What I’d like to do is just document more permanently a bit of maths I found myself autis diligently working out, to counter one of the sillier accusations the usual suspects are known to make.Read More »

Book Review: To Your Scattered Bodies Go

Introduction

I maintain this blog largely because I enjoy writing, and because pursuing the hobby helps me consider things, form my views, vent, document, etc. Obviously one can apply such a technique to many different aspects of life, and indeed, the more I think about it, the more I realise I write about a lot of things, or at least want to (I am not always able). I thought I’d expand a little into criticism, literary and cinematicRead More »

Reflections on #G.E.2017

“Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking” — Clement Attlee

Oh Theresa, Theresa, Theresa . . . You had one job! Theresa May, ignoring the better judgement she had earlier in her premiership, decided to press ahead with what proved to be an abortive bleach-fest of an election, ran a campaign that would make Ramsay MacDonald wince, squandered any chance she had of crushing the Labour Party, lost her majority entirely, and just about managed to cling on by allying with a gang of uber-conservative religious leprechauns whose most useful policy suggestion is likely to be remedying the winter fuel shortage by burning Catholics.

She still has no mandate, the leader of the opposition is still a terrorist sympathiser1 and his party is still infested with literal communists of one variety or another; the only thing that’s really changed, thinking about it, is the country has now objectively become a global embarrassment, as if it wasn’t already. Juncker might as well invade Poland, for all we’re in a position to do about it. STRONG AND STABLE STRONG AND STABLE . . .

Seriously though, this is a time for introspection, consideration. This election rewrote traditional thought in a number of ways and undermined a lot of assumptions we all had. There are lessons to take away.Read More »

#TeespringAreTrash and why Kekistan needs you

Reblogged in defence of free expression.

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MEN ARE TRASH a tshirt read – and presumably was sold and some of the profit passed onto the hateful little girl that made it. Interestingly she is not the girl in the photograph, though the fact that girl is wearing that shirt does kinda imply she agrees with the message at least some what. Obviously this hateful message being sold by Teespring was something I was interested in making fun of. So I did. I made a response tshirt.

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Obviously inspired by the original, which you can see below:

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I noticed last night that my shirt had disappeared from the store mysteriously. I made a tweet about it and went to bed. I woke up to Teespring responding to my tweet. Insisting my joke about hate speech was hate speech in and of itself. Which obviously it isn’t.

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I mean at best, they can say because I’ve got “men…

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Post Shit Stream

I recently became quite busy, and I’m going to continue to be quite busy for a couple of months. No, I have not abandoned the blog, and much less the Internet, as Twitter followers should know. I also have quite a few post ideas in the back of my head, which I’m getting through slowly, and some larger projects too.Read More »

Antifa: what is it and what Has it Done?

There isn’t much use archiving videos, I’m afraid.

“Antifa” has been in the news a lot lately. It is a group or movement that has been around for a while, but made headlines recently in the United States since the end of the 2016 election. “Members” (you’ll see about the quotation marks in a minute) have come into the news for punching and otherwise assaulting various people, setting things on fire, denying commentators their platforms, marching around in uniformed formation complete with balaclavas, and most recently starting and then getting beat in various riots, notably at Berkeley. There’s one question that no one has really addressed, however: what exactly is Antifa?

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Election: I’m Slightly Confused

Yeeeeeeeeee! British politics again!

Prime Minister Theresa May has decided to call a snap election on the 8 June 2017. I’ll be honest and say that this surprised me: I wasn’t expecting it because she’s insisted pretty firmly she didn’t want to do it, and it caught me off guard because for reasons I’ll get into I don’t think it’s sensible, from the perspective of the Tory Party. There’s fifty days, which is longish by British standards.Read More »