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Ancient history

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As we know, many people have their political opinions frozen in time when they’re young, and it’s almost impossible to change them. A case in point is Tom Harris: How on earth did we get to a point where the fight for freedom of expression is one that is owned entirely by the Right-wing of […]

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The ACLU is dead, long live the new ACLU: the FSU

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On the cusp of the Free Speech Union’s launch here’s a really timely interview by Tom Slater at Spiked with Ira Glasser: Glasser, 82, is one of the most important civil-liberties advocates of the past 50 years. He was executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1978 to 2001, helping to turn it […]

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The Free Speech Union

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I’m going to be part of the Free Speech Union. It’s going to be a proper Union with legal representation for its members. There will also be lots of talks and events. I encourage you all to join up, it’s where the official fightback starts. Here’s the director, Toby Young, talking about it to Free […]

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Twitter and Gab

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I’ve decided to revive my Gab page, which has been lying dormant for many months. It’s here: https://gab.ai/hectordrummond And my Twitter page is still going strong: https://twitter.com/hector_drummond There are three problems with Gab, though. The first is that the layout and typography don’t work as well as Twitter. I was kind of hoping they’d have […]

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Mencken didn’t say it, Hislop

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In the comments to yesterday’s post about Ian Hislop’s article Sam Duncan says: “It was HL Mencken, the great American satirist, who said we should afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.”   No it wasn’t. It was Finley Peter Dunne, and it wasn’t an instruction or recommendation; he was mocking the self-importance of newspapers […]

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James Gunn’s unemployment insurance

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Luckily for James Gunn – unlike Toby Young – he took out unemployment insurance. Here’s some of his unemployment insurance on display on Twitter: Link: https://twitter.com/jamesgunn/status/1016904897021612033 Link: https://twitter.com/jamesgunn/status/1012471044320313345 Link: https://twitter.com/jamesgunn/status/1018900378912296961 Social media

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More on James Gunn and Toby Young

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Some more thoughts on the topic of yesterday’s post. Toby Young has just published in Quillette an account of his downfall, called ‘The Public Humiliation Diet’. The ‘Political Assassination Diet’ would perhaps be a more appropriate title. Despite what some people on both sides of the fence are saying, James Gunn’s career isn’t over at […]

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Expanding the ‘approved beliefs’ sphere a tiny bit

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There’s a New York Times article by Bari Weiss about the so-called ‘intellectual dark web’ — ie. intellectuals saying perfectly reasonable things that would have been regarded as normal ten years ago, before the screaming campus garbage babies took over — that’s got a lot of attention recently (attention meaning the left having another ‘fainting […]

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Chucking pies at the left

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This is another great rant from Jonathan Pie (as acted by Tom Walker). But the problem all along has been liberals like him not understanding what the hard left is about. (It was the same after the February revolution in Russia.) “Where are the artists, the writers, the comedians?” Don’t hold your breath waiting for […]