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72 Minutes

Yet another mass killing, this time in Las Vegas, with 58+ dead. But this one is a bit puzzling. They’re almost always carried out by Muslims shouting “Allahu Akhbar!” But not this time, it appears. It’s being reported to have … Continue reading

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On Minding Your Own Business

FT: Catalonia’s president has signalled that the region is on course to declare independence from Spain in the coming days after more than 2m people defied attempts by Madrid to halt Sunday’s referendum to back independence. Carles Puigdemont said that … Continue reading

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Bullying and Browbeating

I seem to remember that when some Scots started calling for Scottish independence, the British government’s response was not to crack down on Scottish nationalists, but instead it was to give Scotland a referendum to let Scots decide what they … Continue reading

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The Decline of Democracy

Something I noticed a couple of days back. AP: State and federal environmental regulators have issued a blanket waiver for Florida electricity companies to violate clean air and water standards for the next two weeks. The Environmental Protection Agency announced … Continue reading

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Losing Freedoms

In conversation in the Smoky Drinky Bar last night, TwentyRothmans remarked that he was thinking of leaving England, in part because he didn’t think the English had it in them to resist the loss of freedom they were experiencing. I … Continue reading

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Political Societies as Coalitions Of Subcultures

Political societies are coalitions of diverse subcultures or movements. And so I’ve been trying to remember all the cultural movements that I’ve seen arise over the past 70 years, and which were overlaid on top of the pre-existing culture, which … Continue reading

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Something’s Gotta Give

I feel I’ve been fighting a war for the past 10 years. I’ve been fighting it ever since English smokers like me were swept out of our pubs and cafes and restaurants like we were dirt on the floor. And … Continue reading

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