Friday, September 20, 2019

A note on humanism

Much of what George Orwell said was deeper than he knew. Yet he complained about quite superficial inversions of terms—“war is peace, freedom is...

Matters of life and death

It has been argued that those who would consider the assassination of Julian Assange, because he has effectively become an “enemy combatant,” are uncivilized....

Being philosophical about Kenya

It is the “age of science”—I say this facetiously—which means the age of numbers. Lots and lots of numbers are collected, then used to...

How not to enforce order

Having advertised myself as a “connoisseur of riots” in Wednesday’s column, I now come rather late to the tasting, a full week after milling...

Uncover the lamp, and let it shine

Another year has passed, in the liturgical calendar, and it is again “Christian New Year.” Let’s begin by simply mentioning the fact that today,...

Even if our efforts seem in vain, we labour still

Much of our labour is in vain, or certainly appears to be in vain. On the eve of another Labour Day, this thought presses...

The people are not nothing

Looking, through the dusk screen of the media, at the events in Burma, one feels a cold and pointless rage. The vicious regime that...

Mad vanities

Which 88 percent of the economy would my reader most like to kiss goodbye? I ask this question only as a practical matter, after reading...

Spaceman

People of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment. This is our time.” This is what Barack Obama said, to a crowd of...

What we fight for

We have two important anniversaries this week: tomorrow is the 20th of the massacre in Tiananmen Square. Saturday will be the 65th of D-Day....

A victory for the people

We take it for granted up here in Canada that our political class should tell us how to spend our own money in election...

Kafka comes to Canada

It is hard to say whether the decision announced Wednesday by Athanasios Hadjis, the quasi-judge of the Canadian “Human Rights” Tribunal, is a victory...

We’re scared of shadows

While it is true that the Dow Jones Industrial Average rather plunged this week—one of the deepest dives since Charles Dow invented the index...

Ruled by legalistic minds

First, let’s kill all the lawyers. I hasten to specify, this is a quote. And to add that some of my best friends are...

In Iran, you win or you die

Everything is on the line in Iran, at present—not only the future of the Iranian regime, but also of the Middle East, and by...