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The lost generation (born 1883-1900)

Looking back from an epoch that is sure to be noted in history as an unprecedented time of luxurious peace and prosperity, it is difficult to imagine what it must have been like for a generation which entered its adulthood during the era of WWI. 

Those of this generation who survived the ‘Great War to End all Wars’ would also experience the indiscriminate culling of populations by the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which took more lives than had been lost in the war itself.  The Lost generation would go on to see the stock-market crash of ’29 and . . .

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The red line of chemical weapons

After the United States, France and Britain intervened in Syria’s civil war this past weekend over Bashar al Assad’s use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians, the question which is repetitively raised is why draw the ‘red line’ over these weapons and not over civilians dying by other horrible means such as bombings, shootings or beheadings?  Aside from being against international law as agreed by Geneva Protocol (which Syria signed in 1968), what about the use of chemical weapons makes everyone erupt into loud, moral convulsions of horror?

It’s an understandable question and one worthy of some . . .

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Syria: the makings of a sustained ‘foreign entanglement’

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The atavistic impulse to tear down history

The quest to remove American monuments and memorials is a curious assault on America’s complex history.

A whole slew of monuments have already been removed, some have been relocated to less prominent places where fewer people will see them.  Christopher Columbus, General Robert E Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson, Supreme Court Justice Roger Tayney and monuments to various confederate soldiers have already been dismantled and hauled away. After yesterday, the list now includes President William McKinley, who fought against slavery and the confederacy, but has nonetheless been condemned because he enacted territorial expansion resulting in . . .

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A world where men are not angels

Outside of Western civilisation, it seems that psychopaths easily rise to power.  I put this down to  the virtue of a system which requires men to have to make their cases by the strength of their arguments to win voluntarily given votes.  This superior system serves as a bulwark against the type of man who seeks to make a case through violent means.

When I look back over the last one hundred years of world leaders who acted insufferably, I see Kaiser Wilhelm II, Enver Pasha, Vladimir Lenin, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Hideki Tojo, Josef Stalin, Chiang Kai-Shek, Idi . . .

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The philosophical side of politics

It is worth noting that politics is interesting only in as much as it pertains to philosophy, for it poses an important question:  in what way should people be governed? Note the should. That word automatically supposes a value judgement about the topic.   

It seems that in our time, philosophy is too hard a subject matter for people to be much enthused about.  Politics is often the only branch of philosophy where regular folks feel comfortable vociferating about the ‘rights and wrongs' of ideas or issues as they come up in the world of public opinion.  But human beings are . . .

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A couple of brilliant battle-axes

To hear a female academic elevate the virtues of men and capitalism is as rare as finding a unicorn, yet Paglia consistently and correctly acknowledges that the vast, life-enhancing infrastructure of the modern world is indeed a ‘male epic.’ Only a seasoned battle-axe worth her salt would make such an acknowledgement in today’s rabidly anti-male culture. Paglia clearly points out that the countless roles women now have in the work-force have only been made possible by men.  Men have fought and died for our civilisation, men do the hair-raising tasks of building skyscrapers out . . .

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Obama: an extraordinary apprising

I hope someone in the audience records how many anti-Trump quips Obama will drop during his forthcoming engagement.  I also hope someone will record how many times he’ll use the terms “diversity” and “racism” as if the two concepts are not inextricably bound now.  Yes, Obama had an extraordinary impact on the world for sure - extraordinarily divisive - especially in terms of the extraordinarily weak position he left his country in after his party stunningly lost the election.  The only thing NZ should be learning from this extraordinarily anti-American ex-president is how not to govern a country . . .

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The gift of colonialism

Colonialism has become the filthiest word in our modern lexicon; it is now more socially acceptable to publicly extol the virtues of sodomy than of colonial rule.

It is hard to imagine the world without colonisation, since from time immemorial civilisations have extended their reach not only to perpetuate further trade and wealth but also to share culture and gain new allegiant territories for growing populations . . .

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Satire died a quick death in New Zealand

Being a free-speech enthusiast, the freedom to offend is important to me, since without it, there can be no satire, no edgy tongue-in-cheek humour, no taking the piss, nor robust debate about any topic where one group of people may be subject to getting their sensitive little feelings hurt.  It’s a hill I’m willing to die on.

So, I entered this muddy fray to tell Renae to pull her dopey head in. You can imagine the response on a thread populated by Facebook Maoris – it got ugly very swiftly.  But in my own mind I . . .

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