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Senior judge warns over 'shaming' impact of legal aid cuts | Law | The Guardian
Last year, Amnesty International said the cuts were far worse than anticipated and had created a “two-tier” system that denied the poorest people access to justice.
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9 days ago by asterisk2a
(3935) 35 Minutes on YouTube Demonetization - YouTube
Conservative corporate totalitarian times. Monopoly and monopsony. &! politics hit - - J&N, The Young Turks // 'anti-liberal democratic people democracy' policing content
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9 days ago by asterisk2a
How Europe's far right fell in love with Australia's immigration policy | World news | The Guardian
Espersen has studied Australia’s Pacific solution in detail, so I pushed him: where would your Nauru be? “Morocco is a very good example of a country that would possibly do it for an amount of money,” he claims. And Danish staff could run the camps. “We would run the things ourselves and pay the Moroccan authority a fee. We would also make it possible for their local grocers or butchers to come and deliver goods … There will be excellent service, I can assure you.” In the Danish right’s offshore paradise, there would be education, too. Nobody will be “living in ratholes”, he promises. [...] As with Australia and its offshore centres, what happens in Libya stays in Libya while Europe washes its hands of responsibility. If the flow of migrants surges again during the next war or climate crisis, the clamour for offshoring will only grow louder. And if the Australian model is adopted more fully in Europe, then there will be no hope for legitimate refugees to claim asylum through legal channels, and more of them will seek illegal paths to Europe.
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10 days ago by asterisk2a
iTunes -- Delingpole with James Delingpole: Brendan O'Neill
'Brendan O'Neill - editor of Spiked; world's soundest Marxist' -- "If you say speech is violence, you justify violence in response to speech."
discourse  elitism  technocracy  illiberalism  politicalcorrectness  thoughtpolice  totalitarianism  1984 
6 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Anonymous Conservative -- Antifa Protestor Says Violence Against Right Is Not A Crime
'I can deal with astonishingly irritating shit, and my amygdala probably lights up as much as many people’s would with a minor headache. As with all of r/K, it is a mixed blessing, and a commentary on my history of exposure to irritations. -- But the Antifa chick’s amygdala is so weak and atrophied that if a conservative merely espouses some K-virtue like freedom or patriotism, it is so amygdala-shocking, her amygdala will light up the same as our’s would if we were physically attacked in a life-threatening incident. -- Given that, it makes sense from a cognitive neuroscience perspective that she feels that way. -- Of course from a practical perspective, there is no living with a woman like that, or letting her run your country. Amygdalae like that are how somebody criticizes her leadership and suddenly you turn around to find a mass grave filled with a few hundred thousand men, women, and children. -- We have a major turning point approaching. Hopefully we will navigate our way to the right path easily, but have no illusions – we are coming astonishingly close to the edge of the cliff, considering this is America. It is amazing to think we can come this close to the edge and see this kind of dictatorial philosophy emerge in the land of the free. -- It is the terrifying power of free resource availability.'
rkselectiontheory  faggotry  illiberalism  totalitarianism  joycamp  genocide 
8 weeks ago by adamcrowe
The Orwellian war on history by Brendan O'Neill
'Everyone’s smashing statues. From Islamic State hotheads sledgehammering ancient artefacts in old Mesopotamian cities to plummy students at Oxford demanding the removal of busts of old colonialists, waging war on the past is all the rage. -- A Year Zero mentality is on the march. People seem hellbent on wiping out history, making it invisible, and starting society all over again, cleansed of the likenesses of dead people of whom they disapprove. -- This fury against monuments is presented as good and radical. The statue-smashers say they simply want to erase the faces and names of people who did bad things to show how far society has progressed and to make minority groups feel more comfortable when they’re out in public. -- In truth, there’s nothing good in this mob-like erasure of history. It’s a reactionary, even Orwellian, movement. The urge to ethically cleanse public life of “bad history”, to shove down the memory hole any bust or tribute to past folk whose values make us bristle today, is intolerant, illiberal and profoundly paternalistic. -- ... Year Zero agitation has been gaining ground for a few years. Students at Oxford want a bust of old British colonialist Cecil Rhodes removed. They describe the statue as “problematic”, a word PC zealots use in the same way Islamists say “haram”: to indicate something is wicked and should ideally be extinguished. -- One of the protesters against Rhodes says, “There is a violence in having to walk past the statue every day.” There’s a medieval feel to this, this idea that even things made of stone have great power and evil in them. -- For an Oxford student to describe a statue as an act of violence really is similar to the Islamic State hammer-wielders’ belief that pre-Islamic icons have the power to pollute men’s souls and thus must be destroyed. -- Anyone who thinks this policing of the past will stop once all statues of Confederates and colonialists have been knocked down is in for a shock. -- In the US, the Year Zero mob has turned its sights to statues of the great Thomas Jefferson (he owned slaves). And this week Yarra council in Melbourne decreed that it would no longer refer to January 26 as Australia Day, out of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. -- So a historic fact – the arrival of the First Fleet into New South Wales in 1788, the basis of Australia Day – is made unmentionable. It’s unremembered, erased, as surely as Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four must erase old newspaper reports about events that now embarrass the party. Today’s cleansing of images of history smacks of the dark antics of that fictional Ministry of Truth. -- The history erasers claim they only want to show how fair our societies now are. Rubbish. This isn’t about making the present better, it’s a projection of political correctness into the past. It’s the punishment of historical figures – even good historical figures, such as Jefferson, and good historical events, such as the settlement of Australia – for not sharing our exact modern world view. -- And it reeks of PC paternalism. The idea that minority groups can’t cope with seeing statues of dead people who did some dodgy things is an affront to their intelligence and autonomy. It infantil­ises them, even suggesting they will feel physically wounded by history: after all, “there is a violence” to these statues. -- It’s disturbingly ironic: this treatment of certain groups as fragile, as needing to have public life sanitised on their behalf in the way a new mum might baby-proof her home, is riddled with some fairly racist assumptions of its own. -- ... The logic of the Year Zero crew is that we should see only historical figures they approve of (if there are any). They police history with an eye for policing what we citizens can see and by extension think about the societies we live in. -- It’s a low, brutal form of censorship, and we should have no truck with it.'
illiberalism  paternalism  totalitarianism  memoryhole  minitrue  recdep  politicalcorrectness  goodthink  thoughtpolice  facecrime  miniluv  joycamp  1984 
9 weeks ago by adamcrowe
YouTube -- Freedomain Radio: Google Memo: Aftermath | Jordan Peterson and Stefan Molyneux
Peterson: "The radical left is obviously terrified of diversity [competition], in its real sense, because as soon as anybody claims that diversity [competition] is materially real, which is instantiated in biology to some degree, they have a fit about it and escape into their social constructivist nonsense claiming that everything has to be a consequence of culture [victimhood]. The reason for that is that they are totalitarian [crab bucket] inclined."
rkselectiontheory  faggotry  illiberalism  totalitarianism  StefanMolyneux 
9 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Spiked -- Hands off the Sun! by Brendan O’Neill
'...Anyone who believes in press freedom ought to be alarmed by this abuse of power by MPs, who are scandalously using their electoral clout to try to chill the press. The first alarming thing about the letter is its hyperbole. Like all aspiring censors in history, the 107 signatories must turn what was merely a point of view about potential problems relating to Islam into the embodiment of evil, something likely to damage community life and stir up violence. Just as censors of old insisted degenerate art would pollute men’s souls, and sexual literature would propel the populace into a frenzy, so the 107 censorious signatories claim Kavanagh has contributed to an ‘atmosphere of hostility’, used ‘Nazi-like terminology’, and given the impression that a ‘Final Solution’ is required for Muslims. Erm, calm down? -- ... Kavanagh doesn’t say anything racist or caricaturing about individual Muslims. He talks about Islam and Muslim culture. The rash response by those 107 MPs is really an attempt to ringfence Islam itself from stinging rebuke or just everyday criticism. Under the guise of protecting individual Muslims from harm, they’re really seeking to protect the ideology of Islam from blasphemy. This makes their letter even worse: not only are they using their political authority to try to stymie press discussion — they’re doing so to the medieval end of ensuring that a particular religion and the culture it might or might not have a role in fostering never be subjected to the same level of criticism as other belief systems. -- Then there’s their call for action. This should worry us all. They want the article taken down and Kavanagh taken down too: the letter asks the Sun’s editor to think about whether ‘Mr Kavanagh’s brand of bigotry fits with your vision for the paper’. Who do they think they are? For 350 years Britain has had a press largely free from state interference, independent of the political class, and yet here we have a significant section of the legislative arm of government — a sixth of it — issuing dire warnings to a newspaper. The arrogance and disregard for historically hard-won liberties are astonishing. And the precedent set is a potentially lethal one: if politicians get the idea that they can bully the press whenever it says something they don’t like, then we’re all in trouble.' -- How many fingers, Winston?
UK  illiberalism  statism  totalitarianism  minitrue  threatnarrative  1984 
9 weeks ago by adamcrowe
Anonymous Conservative -- Leftists Are Going Soviet
'..."A sociologist might point to a decline in social trust over the past few decades—they have ways of measuring this—and speculate about its bearing on political speech. One wonders: Who am I talking to? How will my utterances be received? What sort of allegiances are in play here? In the absence of trust, it becomes necessary to send explicit signals. We become fastidious in speech and observe gestures of affirmation and condemnation that would be unnecessary among friends. -- The more insecure one’s position (for example, as a middle manager who senses his disposability, or a graduate student who hopes for admittance to the academic guild), the more important it is to signal virtue and castigate the usual villains. In some settings these performative imperatives lead us to mimic the ideologue. But from the outside, mimicry may be indistinguishable from the real thing. This uncertainty heightens the atmosphere of mistrust, as in the Soviet world where one could never be sure who might be an informer. Such informers need not be ideologues themselves, just opportunists." -- What they are seeing is the amygdala aspect of the r-selected ideology. As the r-strategy grows, the ability of their amygdalae to endure in the presence of adversity diminishes, and they grow ever more frantic to shut off the angst. This is common to leftism, because all of leftism is an adaptation to ease, and a consequent inability to tolerate adversity. -- As a result, everywhere leftism grows, you find an ever more panicked group of neurotics, to whom life is completely expendable in the pursuit of total and complete validation of their every r-strategist urge. It is all inability to endure in the face of even the most minor amygdala-stimulation. -- More and more, I think the decision point that determines your path is your immediate response in the face of that first hint of a stressor. If you fear the sensation itself, it creates a feed-forward mechanism that spins up the amygdala to unbearable levels. Once you fear the fear itself, you will rapidly approach a place where you will do anything to turn it off, and it will not matter how minor the initial stressor is.'
rkselectiontheory  politicalcorrectness  facecrime  totalitarianism  1984 
10 weeks ago by adamcrowe

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