This is a reprint of an earlier column which, due to a recent discussion here, bears repeating: You cannot reason someone out of a stance he was not reasoned into. A Leftist is not someone who has an alternative political philosophy to yours, or different reasons. He is someone who, in the realm of politics, […]
A boorish reader takes me to task for speaking the plain truth bluntly. He greatly surprised me by backing away from his boorishness for a moment, and, to return his courtesy, I owe him an answer to his question. This is the statement he doubted, saying this had nothing to do with Marxism, and saying […]
Someone with the socialist yet anarchic name of Bakunin writes in with a link to an anonymous accuser who is linked to a second anonymous accuser: It’s not social justice. It’s basic human decency to speak out against a man who says: “In any case, I have never heard of a group of women descended […]
I think we have the answer to the question we have been pondering here these last few days. It is not a complete answer, but it will do for now. One of the few people on the Internet with a human name, Mr Hess, writes as follows: (Quoting me) “I would like someone to volunteer […]
Part of an ongoing discussion. Regarding the debate over atheism and nihilism, a reader with the military but vandalistic name of Stilicho comments: “The question here is whether the honest atheist who believes in an absolute and objective standard of morality is committing a logical contradiction?” It comes down to whether you think that an […]
A reader with the servile, dovish yet doglike name of Malcolm the Cynic writes and says: I am not saying Stoicism is nihilism, but rather that it will lead to the same place whether it wants to or not. Nihilism is just more honest about it. (Not that I think stoics are actually lying, just […]
I note a particular oddity in the ongoing debate about the legitimacy of the Hugo Award slate. For all the ink that has so for been spilled over it — including more than one libelous article hurredly retracted — no one is actually talking about it. No one is talking about the merit of any […]
One of these following images is true, and the other false. You must serve one. There is no neutral position, no Switzerland, in this war, and no way to evade nor escape the choice. Look. Look at these two worlds. Use your damnable eyes.