Monday, 20 February 2017

Thoughts for Monday


Yascha Mounk, in Slate
For much the same reasons that old-fashioned flip phones proved an important tool for African rebel leaders, Facebook and Twitter have given radicals in North America and Western Europe an important tool in their fight against the democratic consensus.
...The same phenomenon is in the middle of transforming the media landscape. Until a few years ago, a small elite of writers, editors, producers, and news anchors effectively decided what views were mainstream enough to be given a hearing. This may sound sinister, but it served an important purpose. It allowed the journalistic class to contain false claims and to refuse to publish racist articles. It also meant that critics who rejected polite political discourse had trouble breaking in. Building a distribution network was expensive, so they couldn’t do much beyond writing angry letters to the editor (which those newspapers could decline to print).

Brendan O'Neill
The decision to carpet bomb Cambodia was made at a breakfast meeting in the Pentagon in March 1969. So it was christened 'Operation Breakfast'. Nixon was informed of the plans when he returned from a church service and he gave the go-ahead right away. He declared himself "really excited". That night American airplanes dropped 2,400 tonnes of bombs on Cambodia. In one night. The whole thing was kept secret.
Stop calling Trump a uniquely wicked president. It's embarrassing.

Mark Steyn
It's not just that our children are ignorant of the glories of Western civilization, it's that we are actually teaching them to hate those things.

Peter Hitchens
The Labour Party no longer care about the poor and the Tory Party no longer care about the nation.

Cyril Connolly
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. 


  1. I've still to hear anyone in "The Resistance", address the lack of moral outrage directed at Obama while he was drone striking weddings in Yemen. No riots, no mass protests, no speeches at award ceremonies, no accusations of fascism, tyranny or suspicion that Hitler has reincarnated as an American business man/tv show host.

    There was some outrage but it was the baseline outrage. The same amount of outrage when the local football team loses a match or when people's favourite character gets killed off.

    Not the end of the free world type outrage we see now.

  2. You will find this of great interest Paul:

    1. Yes excellent. I think Franklin Roosevelt was the last president to mention Jesus Christ in public (in a radio talk during the war. Our dear Queen of course does in her Christmas broadcasts - (it is Christmas after all and she is head of the Church of England.