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More green ink on Kelly

So control of the oil supply and the UK and US's 90 year long history of destabilisation in the region have nothing to do with it. Anybody who takes Mr Rentoul's spin seriously lacks any capacity for independent thought.

Child database scrapped

Like the "The Age of Absurdity" by Michael Foley, Affluenza by Oliver James, The History of Childhood, Attachment Theory by John Bowlby etc. I've read dozens of books on social, environmental, economic and psychological issues. However, what you probably meant are officially approved social work handbooks that teach you that without the guidance of social workers and constant surveillance, hundreds of thousands of children and women would be victims of abuse. That approach is entirely top-down. Why should...

The lower level of the fourth dimension

What about your suitability as a filing clerk, let alone political commentator of the Independent? Should we trust the judgement of anyone who thinks the ruling elite in this country is somehow immune from the laws of human nature. Throughout history cliques and cabals have conspired to maintain power. Of course, the overall picture can only be understood in environmental, social and economic terms, but believe me governments and multinationals conspire to hide their little dirty tricks campaigns. The US...

Restrepo: Is this the greatest war film ever?

That is a rather silly comment. You have accepted that violence is a normal and inevitable part of human nature that cultural progress will never overcome and at the same time you have restated my point by offering justification for violence. Sure if you call your enemies Nazis, paedoes or terrorists, you can always justify violence. Nonetheless, unlike NuLab, I do believe in the right to self-defence, but would never see momentary defensive action as a form of entertainment. Have you never heard of the...

Restrepo: Is this the greatest war film ever?

Self-righteousness knows no bounds. The last time I visited a bookstore 1/2 of the books in the history were dedicated to WW2 and most extremely one-sided, good guys and bad guys. Anyway official figures clearly show UK arms expenditure rose sharply as early as 1935 under the National Government (with over 500 seats) of Stanley Baldwin. I very much doubt the UK would have declared war over the Soviet/Nazi partition of Poland if they had not been assured that US would enter that war within two years. The...

Historical fundamentalism

First, I have little sympathy for Tea Party fanatics, astrologists, creationists or alchemists, though I guess I'd support their freedom of speech. However, one wonders why we should accept lessons from someone who have failed to learn the most basic lessons of the last 15 years and fails to address the real reasons for the US/UK occupation of Iraq. I really don't know who's more dangerous. As Mr Rentoul has often cast doubt on higher estimates of Iraqi death toll caused by the US/UK invasion, I guess we...

Rewriting History

A few months after Coalition forces successfully secured control of Baghdad and toppled a statue of Saddam Hussein in Fardus Square before the world’s media, Tony Blair referred to way future historians will remember the liberation of Iraq. It is certainly possible to construct a version of history in which the US and UK armed forces liberate a country condemned to years of tyranny by a murderous despot and then proceed to build the foundations of a new liberal democracy extending both wealth and...

Combatting Extremism

Years of conditioning have led us to believe our benevolent leaders and entrepreneurs want to protect us from all sorts of political extremists, commonly defined on the outmoded left-right spectrum or in terms of religious fundamentalism. That our leaders themselves may be extremists seldom dawns on the collective imagination of media pundits. Could we not describe our government’s commitment to ever greater surveillance as extremist, given that the UK has Europe’s highest density of CCTV cameras and...

Scientific Orthodoxy and Scientific Fact

Open letter to George Monbiot ... I just read your recent piece (3 May 2007) on Alexander Cockburn's anthropogenic climate change scepticism and his reliance on one scientist. Let me first state that broadly speaking I'm with you on this one. Irrespective of our exact scientific interpretation, it seems obvious that the exponential rise in humanity's overall impact on our planet's delicate environment (consumption and population) has had some effect whose full impact only future generations will...

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