The Ranting Kraut

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Archive for July, 2009

The more Big brother watches us, the less he seems to see

Posted by rantingkraut on July 29, 2009

The title of this post comes straight from Ross Clark’s book on the surveillance society: “The Road to Southend Pier”. In many ways, this is a worthwhile book, showing how the surveillance state –frighteningly omnipresent in theory- is in reality breathtakingly inefficient at takling crime in the conventional sense while creating new, spurious offences.

One passage seems ill thought through though: “For those Read the rest of this entry »

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Muslims and Dhimmis in Britain

Posted by rantingkraut on July 19, 2009

The Economist –back in May—offered some strange musings on the fate of Britain’s Muslims:
The unhappiness of British Muslims is easy enough to explain: their living standards tend to be low and relatively few of the women work.” (source)
Hmmm… these two demographic data are presented in juxtaposition as if they were simply two external negative influences from which Muslim households tend to suffer. Could it be that one leads to the other? Could it be that households who, on average, have fewer second earners also tend to have lower household incomes?
Where the low female labour market participation is driven by religiously conservative lifestyle choices I struggle to see how this unhappiness should be seen as anything Read the rest of this entry »

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