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Obvious Schnippet

“Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you want them to understand.”

Frantz Fanon,
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Lost And Found Schnippet

“I am beyond Left and Right, as I am Good and Evil.”

Gabriele d’Annunzio more »

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Self-Herding Schnippets

What Orwell didn’t get was what Aldous Huxley did get (as Neil Postman long ago pointed out). This was that the real danger to freedom was and is that not enough people will care about it, because they have come to love their own servitude, and mistake that servitude for sovereignty. “Nobody tells me what to do with my own body,” they declare, while allowing all kinds of people to do all sorts of awful things with their minds. Postman wrote in Amusing Ourselves to Death: “What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. …In 1984…people are controlled by inflicting pain. In [Huxley’s] Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.”

Peter Hitchens more »

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Timely Schnippet

Free Speech is, therefore, the very best proof of good government; it is like the coldness of a dog’s nose. Men whose conscience is void of offense before God and man, and who are busy with their work, do not give a damn what fools and knaves are saying about them.

Aleister Crowley

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Real Enemy Schnippet

What we are seeing — either through leaks — or through events on the ground is the full exposure of the “US Empire.

False claims to sell “divide and destroy” imperialist wars masked as “humanitarian interventions” — and false claims to get “official enemies” sanctioned.

Policies on the ground which aid the very terrorist groups we are being told our governments implacably oppose. Countries which pose no threat whatsoever being defamed as countries which threaten the entire world. Atrocities being blamed on the “other side” without evidence. A refugee crisis of Biblical proportions caused by Washington’s policy of endless war.

The scale of the deception has been enormous- but now the evidence is there for all to see. There really is no excuse for anyone to say, “we really don’t know what the US is up to.” We know what the US is up to — and it’s absolutely bloody awful.

As bad as things are today though, they could get even worse…

Neil Clark more »

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Auld Enemy Schnippet

… Scotland is now, in some ways, a very different country to England, perhaps more different than at any time in the post-war era. It has a very strong, positive sense of itself, it is an increasingly open, progressive place. A country which, by and large, feels it is going forwards, not backwards. Here, despite everything there is to be depressed about, it feels like the best days still lie ahead and I’m not sure that is a belief widely held elsewhere.

Many of us who choose to live here look south of the border and increasingly feel removed from the dominant political and social culture and find Scotland, for all its obvious faults, a more tolerant, optimistic and egalitarian place. The EU referendum result only served to underline how far apart the two countries are drifting, not just politically, but perhaps even more decisively, culturally. Indeed, it wouldn’t be hard to find a substantial number of people here who feel choices are being made for us that are at odds with what we want as a country…

John Nicholson more »

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