THE ADVANTAGES OF PRETENDING-TO-BELIEVE OVER BELIEVING

I find it amazing how many people in western Libya, who supported Gaddafi when it looked like he was going to able to hold Tripoli, will have having not supported him when it became clear that he wasn’t. (I also find it amazing that tense-grammar in English is rich enough that I could have expressed … Continue reading THE ADVANTAGES OF PRETENDING-TO-BELIEVE OVER BELIEVING

TRAVIS PATRON AND BERNIE FARBER

The application of Travis Patron’s newly minted Canadian National Party for tax-deductibility status, and the opposition to that status from Bernie Farber’s Canadian Anti-Hate Network, is the perfect test-case for just how far the rest of us are prepared to go in our tolerance of intolerance. But that said, that’s not what I find most … Continue reading TRAVIS PATRON AND BERNIE FARBER

SHOOTING ITSELF IN THE FOOT

The #MeToo movement may be having its intended - and perfectly laudable - effect of discouraging some bad male behaviour. But it may also be having a less-than-laudatory autonomous effect, that of cutting women off from perfectly innocent and otherwise invaluable one-on-one interactions. For example, a gubernatorial candidate in Mississippi has recently announced – and … Continue reading SHOOTING ITSELF IN THE FOOT