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So it’s farewell then, Dr Ratzinger

The foul stench of religious cant emanating today from the airwaves and pages of the world’s press is nauseating, but it should subside within a day or two. In the meantime, best that those of us who hold religion in contempt make the satirical most of the “shock” resignation of Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger from his […]

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Of slippery slopes and greasy poles

Of the many obituaries of Christopher Hitchens published today, few are worth reading. With some of them, my impression is of copy hastily hacked up long ago, with the scribes muttering over their afterwork pints, ‘For God’s sake, Hitchens, just die already, or my editor will lose interest and bin the piece I spent all […]

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So long Dude!

The Dude is no more, and I am without words to describe my reaction to the death of this fellow drink-soaked popinjay. My New English but London resident friend Katy Evans-Bush has done an excellent job of celebrating the life of Christopher Hitchens, and without resorting to the journalistic clichés that you will find in […]

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When not arguing with the spectre of death…

Christopher Hitchens may be battling for life, but note how his writing continues to be ‘out there’, and not fixated on himself and his own sorry condition… “It is our innate solidarity, and not some despotism of the sky, which is the source of our morality and our sense of decency.” “[T]he pattern and original […]

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Sacrificing The One

There’s bloodthirsty hysteria across the Pond, and tub-thumping rhetoric in Britain’s supposedly ‘decent-left’ blogosphere. All over an egomaniacal white-haired if not white-catted journalist and hacker come real-world Neo who thinks of himself as the saviour of open government and civil society, and defender of the people against the dark forces of a conspiratorial state. A […]

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The Dude on Death (and life)

British television viewers were treated yesterday to a Newsnight special, in which the normally grumpy puss presenter Jeremy Paxman conducted a half-hour interview with Anglo-American writer Christopher Hitchens. The subject of Paxman’s almost reverential piece is the original drink-soaked trotskyite popinjay for war: a journalist and essayist famous for being one of the leading ‘new […]

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Sven-Eric Liedman on the enchantment of religion

Following my criticism last month of Jürgen Habermas’ essay on the dialectic of secularisation, and my conjecture at the author’s own spiritual journey, I had some email correspondence on the matter with John and Anja of Obscene Desserts. As part of that John pointed me toward a series of essays published by Eurozine. This was […]

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Meeting Baroque, in Hackney

Yesterday I finally got to meet another of my blogging heroes, and did so in a restaurant on her home turf in Hackney, east London. US born and raised, but London resident for the last 20 years, Katy Evans-Bush blogs under the name Baroque in Hackney. Katy is an accomplished poet, and active in the […]

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Global warming, the Nobel Peace Prize and the corruption of scientific and political debate

You’ve no doubt heard that the former next president of the United States has been awarded a half share in this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The other recipient is the entire UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). I congratulate Rajendra Pachauri and his IPCC colleagues on this well-deserved recognition of their invaluable work. I […]

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