Populism Versus the Media

In this respect, British journalists have much to learn from their US counterparts. Since the Brexit vote, the British press has not, for the most part, stepped up to try to save our democracy from being swamped by majoritarian sentiment. On the contrary, most of our printed tabloids and even one of our more traditional newspapers – which used to regard itself as a paper of record – have reinforced populist prejudices, much as Fox News has done in the US.

Source: Populism Versus the Media by Chris Patten – Project Syndicate

Not too hard to understand which newspapers Chris is writing about.

Mike Pence’s promises to the EU are meaningless

The Trump administration has drawn unflattering comparisons with George Orwell’s 1984. If Trump is Big Brother then Pence is his little brother; a sunken-eyed giggling crony egging on the school bully.

http://www.euractiv.com/section/all/news/the-brief-mike-pences-promises-to-the-eu-are-meaningless/

An entertaining insult, but still fucking depressing.

Elitist

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Wiley Miller nicely sums up what seems to be a common defense against those who criticise Trump and Brexit.

Dilbert creator Scott Adams is the worst blogger

Most importantly, Adams and Trump both offer the working class cheap, stupid, and forgettable entertainment that placates dissatisfaction for a moment before a swift return to late-capitalist dread. We deserve better.

Source: Dilbert creator Scott Adams is the worst blogger | The Outline

Ouch! I can’t say that I agree with every word of this. I have stopped reading Adams’ blog, but I still read Dilbert.

The Virtues of Free Speech

Michael A. Sherlock (Author)

Free speech must include the right to offend. Granted, there are limitations upon free speech which do serve valuable and necessary functions – such as the prohibition against incitement to violence, or the prohibition concerning the deliberate causing of a panic that would likely result in imminent injury, etc – yet such limitations are not a valid basis for arguments that seek to increase restrictions on free speech. Put simply, the existence of common-sense limitations on free speech in no way testify to the alleged benefits of restricting speech that offends or hurts people’s feelings. Feelings should never be placed above fundamental human rights, particularly when the human right in question is the primary mechanism by which societies and cultures progress. George Bernard Shaw penned upon the lips of one of his fictional characters, “All great truths begin as blasphemies”. The validity of this noble and enlightened sentiment has been…

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Reality is Subjective

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Prickly City

Mine too!