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June 25, 2007

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AntiCitizenOne

The problem is worse in that always favouring a middle compromise encourages more extreme behaviours.

I think this is linked to the rise of women voting. The tendency to fear disagreement and crave group consensus above the best decision might be the death of western society.

Cambias

So she favors letting them cut Rushdie's head halfway off?

Ophelia Benson

[picking self up from floor]

That's one of the best lines of the week.

TDK

I think this is linked to the rise of women voting.

Interesting idea.

We have certainly moved to an era when emotionalism is valued as much as if not more than rationalism. How you feel is valued highly - how you behave less so.

I wouldn't blame woman for this though so much as feminist-separatism+moral-relativism. A bit harsh to claim that woman have a monopoly on stupid ideas.

AntiCitizenOne

TDK,

I didn't claim that.

georges

The question was "is the knighthood for Salman Rushdie an insult to Muslims worldwide?". Only Christopher Hitchens addressed that question directly, pointing out that Tariq Ramadan had said it was purely a matter for the British who they give awards to, and that the Pakistan protests are primarily about domestic quarrels in that country. Hitchens also gave a list of Arab and Middle Eastern writers who have supported Rushdie. So the only possible correct answer to the question asked was "no".

It's interesting that Al Queda blowing up 1000-year-old Shia mosques in Iraq is apparently NOT "an insult to Muslims worldwide".

If Buddhists can respond peacefully and calmly to the Taliban blowing up the Bamiyan Buddhas - an insult to Buddhism, and intended to be understood as such - can't Muslims learn to take a calmer attitude to people who write novels they haven't bothered to read?

David

AntiCitizenOne,

“The problem is worse in that always favouring a middle compromise encourages more extreme behaviours.”

Well, yes. I suppose this whole mindset, of which Williams is just one recent example, has an obvious analogy. If the school bully comes and demands your lunch money it’s not a good idea to hand it over in the hope he won’t come calling again. It’s not “sensitive” or principled or high-minded; it just invites further demands from ideologues and thugs who recognise weakness when it smiles at them, sheepishly.

Brendan_2

Via B&W as well. Very funny!

http://newphysicstest.notlong.com/

AntiCitizenOne

Brendan_2

Can something be very funny , yet very depressing at the same time?

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