Day: August 30, 2019

Economics Of Migration Alan Manning

Author of article on “the case for colonialism” withdraws it after death threats and social-media mobbing; academics are mostly silent

Why Evolution Is True

In today’s political and social climate, trying to defend colonialism is just asking for trouble—in fact, even for death threats. That’s what happened to associate professor Bruce Gilley at Portland State University, who recently published an article—actually, a “Viewpoint”, the academic equivalent of an op-ed, but refereed like a regular article—called “The case for colonialism” in a journal called the Third World Quarterly. If you go to the link, though, you won’t find the article; you’ll find this:

According to Andy Ngo, who’s been reporting this in Quillette, Gilley’s article said this:

First published on September 8, “The case for colonialism” argues Western colonialism has created net-good in some instances, particularly through establishing governance, institutions and infrastructure. Gilley argues that nations who embraced and built on their Western colonial legacy, for example, Singapore, have fared better than those who followed anti-colonial nationalist ideologies. The article also…

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Orwell & John Stewart Mill: Limitations Of Pacifism

William Holland

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.  The decayed and degraded state of moral and spiritual feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.  The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept free so by exertions of better men than himself.”  John Start Mill

“Intellectuals in society such as our own, it is not unusual for an intellectual to feel no attachment to his own country.  This type is mostly deeply cynical, disaffected.  Most strike a pretense of imitativeness or sheer cowardice.  Most are members of religious sects or humanists who have not bothered to think of the consequences.  The real though unadmitted motive is pure hatred for Democracy and liberty.”  George Orwell

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The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue by Frederick Forsyth (2015)

Books & Boots

The chief reporter was the veteran Frank Keeler, a terrific journalist who became my mentor. He was a stickler for accuracy, dunning into all cubs he ever mentored his personal philosophy: check, check and check again. Then write. I still do. (p.107)

This is a very entertaining, amusing, informative and life-affirming book. What a great life Forsyth has had and with what brio he sets it down in his brisk, non-nonsense style.

The challenge of autobiography

We think and feel and speak and interact with other people all the time in a myriad of complex ways. Just writing down everything that happens in a day would be challenging, because so much of our interactions have a long history of interactions preceding them, and ramify out in all directions. So if describing everything that happens in a day would be challenging, how do you go about writing about your entire life

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Iowa Climate Science Education

This piece spells out the cost of Angela Merkel’s decision to make Germany have net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

“People remember 2011 and Markel’s rash decision to prematurely abandon nuclear power. When the German chancellor believes that Germans want to save the world, she decides very quickly, whatever the cost. Only votes and public mood counts.  Economic or other rational considerations no longer play any role – just like her decision to open the border for all and sundry. And now the jump onto the climate bandwagon because of demonstrating pupils and singing Protestants”.

“The Chancellor’s new promise to achieve the last ten percentage points of CO2 reduction (from 90% to 100%) increases the additional energy costs from 4,600 to around 7,600 billion euros by 2050. This is an astronomical figure: it is more than double the amount of all goods and services produced in Germany in 2018″. This is…

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New Commonwealth Religious Freedom Laws

Law and Religion Australia

The Commonwealth Attorney-General has released Exposure Drafts of a package of Federal Bills designed to improve religious freedom protections under Australian law, along with associated explanatory information. The legislation responds to the recommendations of the Ruddock Panel into Religious Freedom, released late in 2018. Public comment has been invited by 2 October, 2019.

The main item is the Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 (“RDB”), which broadly replicates the existing pattern of anti-discrimination laws enacted by the Commonwealth, but picking up for the first time at the Federal level the “protected characteristics” of “religious belief or activity”. Two ancillary Bills propose consequential amendments to other legislation, add some specific matters to be taken into account in objects clauses for other discrimination laws, and slightly amend or clarify the laws on charities and marriage.

The RDB is a lengthy document (68 clauses over 52 pages), with some complexities that will need to be…

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