Music: The Unasked Questions

I have never met anybody who didn’t like music to some degree, with the exception of deaf people, and even deaf people are exposed to the “of course you like music” propaganda (by music teachers, naturally). The point of this rant is not that the desire to listen to music is alien to people and has been created by evil manipulators but that the option to care for music to a reasonable degree is not given to people, especially the young.

England, My Lionheart (2016)

I was born in England. I’m English. Thoroughly. Completely. I was born English, raised English I speak English and I have no ambition to be anything other than English, living as an Englishman, speaking English and living with English freedoms under English law.

Imperial Karma

I am not guilty of imperialism, I have never had an opportunity to express support for the concept, I was born far too late to share any responsibility for what happened. The only issue of colonies and empire that has come up in my adult lifetime has been the Falklands War. In this story it is easy to see who the imperialists are, the Argentinians who would like to see their nation grow by tacking …

Eugenics

Eugenics need not involve any killing of any kind. While the fastest way of attaining a particular genetic goal would involve lots of breeding and culling the less successful this strikes us as unacceptable for greyhounds let alone people. But until a goal is decided upon and the value of the goal assessed the idea of anybody being in the way of the great noble experiment doesn’t even begin to arise. Killing people is wrong. You don’t have to set this aside to see some prospects of a purpose in selective breeding of our own species.

Islam and the Cure for Ignorance

I am a profoundly ignorant man and the more I disagree with people the more I demonstrate my ignorance. This seems to be a commonly held position among those who disagree with me. They can’t believe I am stupid so they have to believe that I just don’t know what they know, because if I did then surely I would believe what they believe. My ignorance can be cured by getting me to read their little book.

I get hundreds of comments from Muslims decrying my ignorance telling me that I don’t understand their religion. This is not true. I don’t agree with their religion. I understand it just fine, and better than they do.