What the CIA did not tell us about its War on Terror

12 Sep, 2021 at 11:04 | Posted in Politics & Society | 1 Comment

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Finansretoriska rådet — en mental härdsmälta

12 Sep, 2021 at 09:25 | Posted in Politics & Society | Leave a comment

Hassler: S har ett dåligt arbetslöshetsmålEtt roligt klipp cirkulerar på John Hassler, professor i nationalekonomi och ledamot i Finanspolitiska rådet.

“Vi blev utskällda efter noter av finansministern”, säger han och tittar sorgset in i kameran.

Tydligen blev Magdalena Andersson (S) inte så imponerad av de politiska slutsatser som Finanspolitiska rådet överlämnade 2015. Hassler är fortfarande sur. “Finansretoriska rådet” kallade hon dem.

Efteråt behövde de stackars professorerna en “debriefing” med John Hasslers ordval.

Begreppet “debriefing” kommer ursprungligen från det militära och är en form av krisbearbetning som förebygger posttraumatiskt stressyndrom efter skarpa insatser.

Tänk svenska specialförband på Kabuls flygplats, poliser som jagar terrorister efter Drottninggatan eller våra veteraner från internationella insatser.

Och Johan Hassler.

Jag har faktiskt lite svårt att hålla mig för skratt.

Anders Lindberg/Aftonbladet

Islamo-gauchisme à l’université — fantasme ou réalité ?

10 Sep, 2021 at 23:08 | Posted in Politics & Society | Leave a comment

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China’s crackdown on ‘effeminate’ behaviour

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Immanuel Kant quote: Freedom is independence of the compulsory will of  another, and...

Adorno’s speech against fascism

10 Sep, 2021 at 16:59 | Posted in Politics & Society | Leave a comment

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September 11, 2001

9 Sep, 2021 at 15:28 | Posted in Politics & Society | Leave a comment

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Impotence must eventually bring about what good will ought to have done but did not do: that each state becomes so organized internally that it is not the head of state, whom war really costs nothing (since he wages it at another’s cost, namely that of the people), who has the decisive voice as to whether there is to be war or not, but instead the people, which pays for it.

Immanuel Kant

Understanding intersectionality and identity politics

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When I speak of 'negative dialectics' not the least important reason for  doing so is my

Dialectic of Enlightenment

2 Sep, 2021 at 15:20 | Posted in Politics & Society | Leave a comment

Dialectic of Enlightenment: 15 (Verso Classics): Amazon.co.uk: Adorno,  Theodor W., Horkheimer, Max: 9781859841549: BooksEnlightenment, understood in the widest sense as the advance of thought, has always aimed at liberating human beings from fear and installing them as masters. Yet the wholly enlightened earth is radiant with triumphant calamity.

Whereas the unconscious colossus of real existence, subjectless capitalism, inflicts its destruction blindly, the deludedly rebellious subject is willing to see that destruction as its fulfillment, and, together with the biting cold it emits toward human beings misused as things, it also radiates the perverted love which, in the world of things, takes the place of love in its immediacy.

What we had set out to do was nothing less than to explain why humanity, instead of entering a truly human state, is sinking into a new kind of barbarism.

La liberté — le principe et la realité

28 Aug, 2021 at 12:20 | Posted in Politics & Society | 1 Comment

Dans de nombreux pays, et particulièrement en France avec les nouvelles manifestations du samedi, des oppositionnels se regroupent autour d’un slogan clair et mobilisateur : la défense de la liberté, supposée menacée par la montée d’un autoritarisme étatique, voire, pour certains, d’une dictature sanitaire. « J’ai le droit de ne pas me faire vacciner, c’est ma liberté ! »

Vaccination anti-covid : Protection imposée contre liberté restreinteFace à cette importante minorité ancrée dans ses convictions, médecins, scientifiques, journalistes ou politiques, malgré la solidité quasi irréfutable des arguments en faveur du vaccin, non seulement ne parviennent pas à convaincre ceux qui ne veulent rien entendre, mais de plus sont eux-mêmes envahis par un malaise qui rend parfois leurs propos hésitants. Car il n’est jamais aisé de prendre position contre la liberté individuelle dans une société qui l’inscrit comme un principe fondateur …

Les nouvelles conditions du débat dans la société des convictions personnelles portent au contraire à des prises de positions extrêmes, intransigeantes et passionnées, spécialement dans les mouvances complotistes antisystème. Or ceux qui croient ainsi lutter au nom de la liberté ne font qu’accentuer les clivages et renforcer les tenants d’un autoritarisme plus marqué.

Il serait sans doute urgent de comprendre que ce si beau principe de la liberté individuelle s’exerce en fait dans un périmètre infiniment plus étroit que ce que nous imaginons ; il faut arrêter de rêver et regarder la réalité en face.

Jean-Claude Kaufmann/Le Monde

Was Kant a racist?

22 Aug, 2021 at 12:28 | Posted in Politics & Society | 6 Comments

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Cancel culture — an Orwellian perspective

20 Aug, 2021 at 19:26 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Cancel culture — an Orwellian perspective

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present  controls the past. - George Orwell | id: 5371

Sapere aude!

20 Aug, 2021 at 10:06 | Posted in Politics & Society | 1 Comment

An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment? - Immanuel Kant - Ljudbok  - BookBeatEnlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed nonage. Nonage is the inability to use one’s own understanding without another’s guidance. This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one’s own mind without another’s guidance. Sapere aude! “Have the courage to use your own understanding,” is therefore the motto of the enlightenment.

Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why such a large part of mankind gladly remain minors all their lives, long after nature has freed them from external guidance … Those guardians who have kindly taken supervision upon themselves see to it that the overwhelming majority of mankind — among them the entire fair sex — should consider the step to maturity, not only as hard, but as extremely dangerous. First, these guardians make their domestic cattle stupid and carefully prevent the docile creatures from taking a single step without the leading-strings to which they have fastened them. Then they show them the danger that would threaten them if they should try to walk by themselves. Now this danger is really not very great; after stumbling a few times they would, at last, learn to walk. However, examples of such failures intimidate and generally discourage all further attempts …

Dogmas and formulas, these mechanical tools designed for reasonable use — or rather abuse — of his natural gifts, are the fetters of an everlasting nonage …

Enlightenment requires nothing but freedom — and the most innocent of all that may be called “freedom”: freedom to make public use of one’s reason in all matters. Now I hear the cry from all sides: “Do not argue!” The officer says: “Do not argue — drill!” The tax collector: “Do not argue — pay!” The pastor: “Do not argue — believe!” Only one ruler in the world says: “Argue as much as you please, but obey!” We find restrictions on freedom everywhere. But which restriction is harmful to enlightenment? Which restriction is innocent, and which advances enlightenment? I reply: the public use of one’s reason must be free at all times, and this alone can bring enlightenment to mankind.

Immanuel Kant

To all my brothers and sisters in Afghanistan.

Was aus dem Arabischen Frühling wurde

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Baudrillard

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A pedophile writer is on trial — and so is the French academic elite

10 Aug, 2021 at 20:12 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on A pedophile writer is on trial — and so is the French academic elite

MeToo has finally reached France. That’s good news.

Jean-Paul Sartre, Roland Barthes, Simone de Beauvoir, Gilles et Fanny Deleuze … Jack Lang … André Glucksmann, et bien d’autres encore; tous font partie des 69 intellectuels français qui, aux côtés de l’écrivain Gabriel Matzneff … ont signé une tribune publiée le 26 janvier 1977. D’abord dans Le Monde puis dans Libération pour défendre trois hommes incarcérés depuis plus de trois ans pour avoir abusé sexuellement de mineurs de moins de 15 ans.

‘Trois ans de prison pour des caresses et des baisers, cela suffit !’ écrivaient les signataires.

Ils demandaient la relaxe des trois hommes au prétexte que les enfants n’avaient pas été victimes de la moindre violence, mais, au contraire, qu’ils étaient consentants.

Le 23 mai 1977, dans les pages “Opinions” du Monde, 80 intellectuels français parmi lesquels Jean-Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, Simone de Beauvoir … Jacques Derrida … signent un autre texte pour demander que la loi décriminalise les rapports sexuels entre les adultes et les enfants de moins de 15 ans.

 Cécile de Kervasdoué et Fiona Moghaddam

beaIt has to be said that Beauvoir’s interest in these matters was not purely theoretical … She was dismissed from her teaching job in 1943 for “behavior leading to the corruption of a minor.” The minor in question was one of her pupils at a Paris lycée. It is well established that she and Jean-Paul Sartre developed a pattern, which they called the “trio,” in which Beauvoir would seduce her students and then pass them on to Sartre …

Beauvoir’s “Lolita Syndrome” … offers an evangelical defence of the sexual emancipation of the young … Beauvoir posits Bardot as the incarnation of “authenticity” and natural, pure “desire,” with “aggressive” sexuality devoid of any hypocrisy. The author of “The Second Sex” is keen to stress sexual equality and autonomy, but she also insists on the “charms of the ‘nymph’ in whom the fearsome image of the wife and the mother is not yet visible.”

Andy Martin/New York Times

Dans son ouvrage à paraître le 7 janvier, la juriste Camille Kouchner décortique les mécanismes du silence qui entoure ce crime. Elle accuse son beau-père, le politiste Olivier Duhamel, d’avoir infligé des violences sexuelles à son frère …

Spotlight | La Familia Grande, Camille Kouchner | Éditions du Seuil -  BookBlast® Diary

Pendant vingt ans, la fille de l’universitaire Evelyne Pisier et de l’ancien ministre Bernard Kouchner a tenu sa promesse et gardé le secret de son jumeau. A la fin des années 2000, elle le convainc tout de même de le révéler à leur mère. Nouveau cauchemar : « Evelyne » reproche à sa fille d’avoir tardé à la prévenir. « J’aurais pu quitter [ton beau-père]. Maintenant il est trop tard », accuse l’universitaire. Cette femme non conventionnelle, si généreuse et féministe – à la façon de Mai 1968 –, prend le parti de son mari, Olivier Duhamel.

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