Saturday, December 01, 2007

New Student Protest Tactic?



An interesting new tactic Muslim groups are using to disrupt speeches at universities that they don’t agree with. Everyone just gets up and walks out at a designated moment. Personally, I am all for this.

If you really dislike the speaker and want to make a scene, this is a way to both respect their rights of speak (unlike the screaming and pie throwing you have seen in recent years) and make your protest point. Everyone wins, except all the idiots who never want to have their theocratic beliefs challenged.

(Via OCBlog)

Friday, November 30, 2007

Guiliani and McCain Spot On


Update:

Apparently, this woman who asked the question was once an intern for CAIR. What a great moderate voice CNN picked to speak on behalf of the nation.
There are some fine points addressed in this recent post on the moral justifications for the war in Iraq.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

More from Anti-Speech Activists


(UPDATES in the Comments section)

This is getting a bit tired, but here is another speaking engagement disrupted by “activists.”
“Hundreds of protesters disrupted a debate on free speech at Oxford University on Monday, throwing eggs and staging a sit-in to try to prevent convicted Holocaust denier David Irving from speaking.”

I have taken issue with sites I adore, like Harry’s Place, taking the stance that the Oxford Union should never have allowed an asshole like Irving to attend their campus. I personally don’t fear idiots of any stripe, and I have no problem with them speaking at these types of events, as long as they are forced to answer real questions about their positions. It is in these moments that their ugly and irrational nature is exposed, and that is a detriment to their cause. They live off the idea that they are oppressed and martyred, and by not allowing them their basic right to speak within a liberal society, it only plays into their desired narrative.

I am a firm defender of liberal democracy, and I want it placed in every nation and in every community across this very earth. And when it comes to free speech, I agree with Courtney at the neo-Jacobin, that speech should always be free. If we start to tell one group or one idea that they are not allowed this right, then we have rescinded the very idea of liberty in a universal sense.

These racist idiots should be confronted with the best weapon our species has ever created: reason. They may not be the most debatable figures available, but by allowing them to expose themselves for what they are, they will crush themselves under their own bullshit.

Long live freedom, and may it ring across every university.

Update:
SnoopytheGoon from Simply Jews gave me the heads up to a piece over at Norm Blog that finds fault with the argument I am making here. Definitely worth a read.

Martin Rowson on Labour’s Problems



The above drawing is by Martin Rowson, a great political cartoonist for the Guardian. I don’t always agree with his politics, but just take a look at that picture! Truly awesome.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Another great post from Marko Hoare concerning “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq.
I supported the US-led military intervention to oust Saddam Hussein and the Baathist regime in Iraq and, like most people who did, I have had plenty of second thoughts about it. But I can say, hand on heart, that I never felt the question of ‘weapons of mass destruction’ was in any way relevant to whether the war was justified or not. The Baathist regime may not have possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction according to some technical criteria, but it certainly possessed what I would call ‘weapons of mass destruction’, meaning weapons capable of destroying masses of human beings. In the Rwandan Genocide, between 800,000 and a million people were killed mostly using technologically simple weapons, above all the machete. This is several times more than were killed by the atomic bombs that hit Japan in 1945.

Russia’s Slide



How quickly things turned to this in the once promising Russia. Russian police have detained opposition leader and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov.

He and other critics of President Vladimir Putin were arrested as police broke up a rally in Moscow organised by Mr Kasparov's Other Russia coalition.
Police moved in when protesters tried to march to the election commission, which had barred Other Russia candidates from next week's election.

President Putin's supporters are widely expected to win the 2 December poll.

Other Russia brings together a broad coalition of mainstream politicians, leftists and nationalists, all of whom are opposed to the Kremlin.

RIA Novosti reported on Kasparov's arrest after police originally denied that the opposition leader had been detained.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Not Equal in Korea

A fellow expat here in Korea named Michael Hurt has a distressing story about how the Korean legal system treats foreigners.

If you are being harassed and attacked by some drunk racist, don’t bother calling the police, because it is you who will be going to jail.