Category Archives: Narrative and Taboo

It’s Scriptural, and Therefore Insoluble

  Better late than never, I suppose. A Bangladeshi-born psychiatrist says the ABC plays a role in radicalising young Muslim teenagers by over emphasising how they are victims of discrimination. Tanveer Ahmed, a cultural Muslim who moved to Australia when … Continue reading

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Reality Winner, Reality Terror

I thought that this was quite a good satirical summary of the weirdness of the Reality Winner story. While reading it, this line grabbed me: Start with her name: “Reality Winner.” Then let’s tick off the other boxes: lesbian bodybuilder, … Continue reading

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Climate Change – Me, Trump, SWP, The Narrative and Thomas Bayes

On May 23, this letter appeared in the Australian Financial Review: Can we risk denying climate science? On March 9 this year Scott Pruitt, the new head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, said there was “tremendous disagreement” about the … Continue reading

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Slothful Induction and islamic Terrorism

One reason for recently taking a new role in Europe was to see the place before the muslim invasion made it impossible to move around safely. I think I’ve left it too late. The place was already sinking when I visited for … Continue reading

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‘Wonderlands of inanity’

A good article by Kevin MacDonald on why academics fear alternative viewpoints.

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Narrative and Taboo

Trump’s backing away from the positions that got him elected continues apace: Trump frequently used the phrase “radical Islamic terror” on the campaign trail to describe Islamist extremists and militant groups, but the term has historically been avoided by presidents, including … Continue reading

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Leftist’s Action, Liberty’s Reaction

I’ve been observing developments on the left-side fringes of US politics with a growing sense of anxiety, driven in equal parts by bewilderment and deep concern. The most recent election has removed the masking slogans of tolerance, harmony and diversity, … Continue reading

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Nietzschean ‘Ressentiment’, 21st century style

Ressentiment is a reassignment of the pain that accompanies a sense of one’s own inferiority/failure onto an external scapegoat. The ego creates the illusion of an enemy, a cause that can be “blamed” for one’s own inferiority/failure. Thus, one was thwarted … Continue reading

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‘Fake News’: moral rhetoric in the face of strategic weakness

The ‘fake news’ happening in the US is interesting. I’m always caught on the back foot by these things. I know that it’s a general rule that people who desire control over others will seek to control what they read … Continue reading

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Narrative as the fabric of modern reality

Quotation from Tim Price, writing at the Mises Institute blog: Yuval Harari, in his excellent history of mankind, Sapiens, points out that just about everything in the infrastructure of the modern economy is either some kind of narrative or myth. … Continue reading

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