The Ranting Kraut

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Archive for November, 2008

Euro-Feminism: an initiative for centralised social engineering

Posted by rantingkraut on November 28, 2008

Der Spiegel, a German weekly, reports that French feminist Gisèle Halimi proposes a rule for centralised feminist legislation in the European Union. A team of researchers has worked under her direction to identify the most pro-feminist examples of legislation in a number of EU countries. Her proposal: all EU countries should be forced to adopt those laws flagged up on her feminist wish list.

Thus all countries would have to adopt Read the rest of this entry »

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Middle Eastern Wisdom and a Debate on Islam

Posted by rantingkraut on November 26, 2008

According to Ayatolah Khomeini: „The sweat of a camel that eats unclean substances is unclean.“ For more Islamic wisdom, see here.

On a somewhat related note, Robert Spencer has posted the first part of a debate with Daniel Peterson on the subject “Islam threat or not?” The first part looks interesting and, unlike some in the comments section, I am not yet ready to conclude that Peterson is an idoit [sic].

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Torture by Taser – Coming to Britain? Part 2

Posted by rantingkraut on November 25, 2008

More than a year ago, the first tasers were introduced in the UK. I anticipated then, that their use would gradually become more widespread. Unfortunately this seems to be so.

Back in 2007, a number of specialist units were equipped with tasers. Now “their use will be extended from small units of dedicated firearms officers to up to 30,000 police response officers across the country. “ (source) In other words, we are gradually approaching the practice of the US in this respect. For an update of what that looks like see here or here.

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The Economist on the ‘Idealism of the Lynch Mob’

Posted by rantingkraut on November 24, 2008

… it is not always the worst or most culpable people who are targeted for blame or offered up to appease it; it is sometimes the weakest and most expendable instead. And too often the blamers are cynically opportunistic. The Baby P case has instantly been adduced as “proof” that the welfare state, or local councils, or unorthodox family arrangements, are hopelessly delinquent. (Oddly, some of those now crying out for the government to engineer families and emasculate councils have, in the past, demanded that the government be less intrusive and nannying, and that Whitehall give more power away.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Hazel Blairs and the BNP

Posted by rantingkraut on November 22, 2008

Hazel Blairs almost seems to appreciate the threat the BNP could pose for the Labour Party. The BBC quotes her today as saying that all parties must work hard to win back disaffected voters:

She says other parties had to work to win back voters on “ignored” estates.” (source)
She is probably right when she fears that the BNP could become more of a problem for the Labour Party, although I think she got it wrong when she thinks the issue is just a handful of ‘forgotten estates’. The core Read the rest of this entry »

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Is gender equality legislation counter-productive?

Posted by rantingkraut on November 21, 2008

In Sweden, three-quarters of working men are employed in the private sector, and two-thirds of working women are employed in public services. This industrial segregation of men and women results in massive occupational segregation, and a pay gap no lower than elsewhere in Europe – contrary to Swedish claims. A study by the International Labour Office shows that the Nordic countries have the highest degree of sex segregation in occupations among all OECD countries. The United States has the lowest level within the OECD group, and China has the lowest level in the world. Women are far more likely to reach top management in the US than in Sweden: the glass ceiling is thicker in Sweden, and seems to be a direct consequence of Read the rest of this entry »

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The Tyranny of Nice

Posted by rantingkraut on November 20, 2008

For those who haven’t followed the Ezra Levant / Mark Steyn saga, this short book may be a revelation, to others a useful reference. Pete Vere and Kathy Shaidle have detailed the role of Canada’s Human Rights Commissions in suppressing free speech, covering the case against Ezra Levant, for daring to re-print the Muhammad cartoons in the Western Standard and against MacLeans for printing excerpts of Mark Steyn’s “America Alone”. They also mention the prosecutions (successful in one case) against Christian anti-gay activists for publicly voicing their dislike of homosexuality and a number of less well known cases, such as the one in which a Barkeeper was required to allow patrons to smoke Marijuana on the premises on human rights grounds while simultaneously being barred from doing so Read the rest of this entry »

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Relativism as anti-intellectualism

Posted by rantingkraut on November 19, 2008

“… the left has long been the welcoming home of fashionable postmodern nonsense like deconstructivism and moral and cultural relativism. Under these doctrines there are supposed to be different kinds of “logics” (male logic, female logic, &c.) and none is more valid than the other. All of them are simply clever masks for a brutal competition for wealth and power. This is a profoundly anti-intellectual strain of pseudo-thought which avoids the need to take any arguments seriously, because such ideas can simply be accused of corruption. (…)
These ideologies masquerade, unconvincingly, as intellectual movements, but they are simply attempts to ignore ideas, or to shoot them down with reactionary appeals to political dogmas. They treat the world of thought with the same contempt as a street thug, except that they phrase his appeal to violence in more clever terminology. In the end it is the same: power over thought, force over reason.
” (Timothy Sandefur)

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Real Human Rights

Posted by rantingkraut on November 18, 2008

The essential point is that the most basic rights, those of freedom of thought, speech and expression, belong to the individual. That is why we call them intrinsic or human rights. They are rights that inhere in our basic status as human beings. They are our most profound rights, belonging to our character as human beings. And, for that reason, we neither multiply them trivially nor dilute their force and meaning by placing them in piecemeal cohabitation with less fundamental Read the rest of this entry »

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Regulating the web?

Posted by rantingkraut on November 17, 2008

New Labour’s Barbara Follett is quoted in the Guardian as saying that the internet needs to be regulated “the sooner the better”. She wants an ‘age identification card’ for online access and pre-screening of user generated contents uploads. Don’t expect things to stop there. Once the mode of delivery is regulated in a way to facilitate official oversight, expect directive regulation of contents Read the rest of this entry »

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