Morality and political dogmatism

Political differences are generally based on moral priorities being ranked differently. Moreover, issues which are high on a particular group’s or party’s agenda are issues upon which divergent opinions are not allowed: the party line must be adhered to on pain of excommunication. Such attitudes are profoundly illiberal. They characterized Christian and Jewish and Muslim … Continue reading Morality and political dogmatism

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Past and present

If we ignore the past we disrespect ourselves. We are to future observers what past generations are to us, and, if we have no interest in the lives or achievements of our forebears, we are implicitly condoning a similarly dismissive attitude to our lives and achievements on the part of future generations. Not only that, … Continue reading Past and present

China’s rise and the US dollar

In a recent interview Louis-Vincent Gave talked about the impending showdown between China and the United States, suggesting that China has a better than even chance of success in their attempts to combat the hegemony of the US dollar. https://youtu.be/ZRejBgjCRYU?t=13m40s At the heart of China's strategy is the Belt and Road Initiative (see map below) … Continue reading China’s rise and the US dollar

The media and the Skripal poisoning

The Skripal poisoning saga is a useful test case for deciding to what extent (if at all) the mainstream media is complicit in promoting a false narrative designed to demonize and isolate Russia. Immediately after the poisoning story broke, and before any proper investigation could plausibly have taken taken place, the British government publicly announced … Continue reading The media and the Skripal poisoning