Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Lukewarm War…

The Cold War, to a great extent a farcical display of bumbling and brutality, was at least about something. The Soviet Union represented nationalisation while the United States defended the free market. The Soviet Union supported dictatorships while the US … Continue reading

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Great Gambles of the Twenty-First Century…

In many ways the 21st Century is a fortunate time to be alive. We have money. We have food. We have shelter. We have medicine. We have little risk of dying in battle or being murdered. Yet this relative peace … Continue reading

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Cheating is Still Bad…

I don’t want to sound too cynical but love? It isn’t perfect. Relationships? They are hard. This has always been the case. Even in more traditional times a lot of marriages survived because of privately or implicitly acknowledged unfaithfulness. This … Continue reading

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Seven Signs of Bad Conspiracy Theories…

I’m very open to a bit of conspiracy theorising. Yes, I know my MKUltra from my COINTELPRO. I still doubt that Megrahi did the Lockerbie bombings. World Trade Center 7 did look weird as it came down. I even suspect … Continue reading

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Tip-toeing round the foreign church I take a timid photograph And wander up the aisles in search Of interesting epitaphs. I gaze about the gold and brass Statues of angels, Christ and kings And look around chromatic glass To see … Continue reading

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The McMahons and the American Dream…

I cackled at this Republican’s analysis of the reaction to Linda McMahon, wife of WWE chairman Vince McMahon, being made Donald Trump’s head of Small Business Administration. In a way he’s right. The McMahons are geniuses. They built a multi-billion … Continue reading

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The Extreme Centre…

What does it mean to be “moderate” or a “centrist”? As far as I can tell it means to support supranational institutions, globalisation, mass immigration, social liberalism and some sort of Wilsonian interventionism. This is “moderate” only because it has … Continue reading

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