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I stepped from the curb into a rivulet that ran right down to the Underground station at the road’s end, and then skimmed the water into...

344. The clinging (VI)

The Glastonbury Festival started in 1970 as a free event held in the Somerset countryside, no more than 1,500 people attended that first...

343. Abundance (VII)

Let us take a look at Dawkins from the perspective of Dawkins. Yesterday, I noted that when Dawkins spoke about “selfish genes” he used a...

The selfish meme

What is The Selfish Gene (1976)? It is not a journal article, a presentation to a learned congress, a technical bulletin, nor is it even...

342. Conflict (VII)

People attach different meanings to the word “politics”, so that there is a disagreement over what it means before we have even started...

341. Enthusiasm (V)

“Why do you do your job?” “I dunno, got to make a living. Got to make money.” This is the answer many people give, and it is an answer...

340. The taming power of the great (VI)

A fairly common view expressed on the right is that the right is opposed to “-isms”, to ideology. The right has common sense, instinct,...

339. Return (IV)

In 2009, Bowe Bergdahl, a minor American soldier, walked off his base into the Afghan mountains; he intended, so he said, to walk to...

337. Influence (IX)

Throughout my life, Rudyard Kipling has been targeted to have his name effaced from university walls or his books removed from libraries;...

336. Increase (IV)

A common problem is how to generate topics to write about; more broadly, this question could also be taken to include how to resolve...

Apartheid

The people who suffered most and continue to suffer from the racial segregation system known as apartheid are the Boers, the people for...

335. Revolution (VII)

The Americans have left Kabul. This is bad news for Americans, for the wider West in general, because any military defeat—especially a...

334. Limitation (VI)

The English occultist Aleister Crowley is infrequently mentioned today, but he enjoyed a significant influence on the mid-1960s...

Freud and politics

“Freud? Freud? Oh, nobody believes that stuff anymore—it’s completely discredited. It’s not scientific. You can’t test it...” For...

333. Approach (VI)

I once knew a man who decided to take part in a motor race to Mongolia, while everyone else used cars he decided to use a somewhat...

Dogs

There was once a town where certain prominent citizens—widely agreed to be intelligent, enlightened, and benevolent—came to believe that...

332. The taming power of the great (V)

If you hold inegalitarian views or think that hierarchy is in some way innate to social relations, you must be prepared to consider that...

Democracy

Paradoxically, those people who advocate for elitism are often to be found among those who celebrate “the people” or even...

331. Grace (IV)

“Transsexualism? That’s nothing to do with real feminism. The radical promise of feminism was lost in 1968 after…” If you have followed...