Kränkthetspladdret på våra universitet

7 Feb, 2023 at 10:48 | Posted in Politics & Society | 1 Comment

Det handlar om en gästföreläsning på masterprogrammet i sexologi vid Malmö universitet … Gästföreläsaren visade rasistiska nidbilder, som så kallade blackfaces och yellowfaces, och använde flera gånger n-ordet.

Är kränkthet ett värre virus än coronaviruset? | ulsansbloggTill saken hör att ordet och nidbilderna var en del av en medveten pedagogisk strategi. Eller som tre ansvariga vid universitetet skrev i ett svar på en insändare i Sydsvenskan:

”Avsikten med den presentation som nämns var att illustrera hur samhället djupt präglats, och fortsätter präglas, av rasistiska stereotyper …”

Men en grupp studenter väljer att missförstå. De väljer att inte tolka föreläsningens exempel som problemet med stereotyper utan påstår sig vid upprepade tillfällen ha stött på rasism under utbildningen. De skriver om ”en signal om att Malmö universitet är en plats där diskriminering och minoritetsstress urskuldas och tillåts”.

Lättkränktheten har definitivt nått Malmö.

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Det är, inte minst i universitetsvärlden, oroande när en grupp studenter tar sig rätten att störa och avbryta undervisning bara för att de tycker sig vara “kränkta” och “diskrimineras”. Dessa lättkränkta individer tystar andra individer i en värld där det borde vara en självklarhet att bejaka och vara öppen för att kritiskt diskutera och på ett respektfullt sätt förhålla sig till andras åsikter och försanthållanden.

För mig är detta en källa till ständig irritation. Varför? Jo — främst — därför att dagens imbecilla tyckmyckentrutade kränkthetspladder är en skymf mot alla de som verkligen blir kränkta i vårt samhälle. Genom att urvattna begreppet ‘kränkthet’ till en totalt intetsägande psykologiserande fras med betydelse ‘jag tycker detta är jobbigt och gillar det inte’ förlorar det den kraft och betydelse det en gång med rätta haft.

Mitt eget råd till studenter som inte klarar av att förhålla sig till bilder och ordbruk på ett vetenskapligt sätt — fundera allvarligt på om universitetsstudier verkligen är något för dig! Är man så känslig att man inte vågar utsätta sig för det eventuella obehag vetenskaplig prövning av försanthållanden och fakta kan leda till, bör man inte ägna sig åt universitetsstudier.

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Biggest joke of the century

6 Feb, 2023 at 11:52 | Posted in Politics & Society | Leave a comment

The Liz Truss memes are unforgiving after says she was 'brought down by the  left-wing economic establishment' - The Big Issue

Hovern’ engan

30 Jan, 2023 at 14:52 | Posted in Politics & Society | Leave a comment

Wars, conflicts, and other crises have left more than 30 million children displaced from their homes in the world today.

More than 10 million children are refugees or asylum-seeking.

“Whatsoever You Do to the Least of My Brothers You Do unto Me”

Identity politics and enlightenment

9 Jan, 2023 at 16:14 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Identity politics and enlightenment

The Age of Identity PoliticsThere has developed in recent years an impassioned debate about the Enlightenment, which both supporters and critics present as a peculiarly European phenomenon. For the one, it is a demonstration of the greatness of Europe; for the other, a reminder that its ideals are tainted by racism and colonialism. Both miss the importance of the non-European world in shaping many of the ideas we associate with the Enlightenment. It was through the struggles of those denied equality and liberty by the elites in Europe and America that ideas of universalism were invested with meaning. It is the demise of that radical universalist tradition that has shaped the emergence of contemporary identity politics.

There have always been identitarian strands among antiracists, from 19th-century “Back to Africa” movements to Négritude in the 20th century. Only in the postwar world, however, have they come to dominate and to be seen as progressive. The reasons lie in a myriad of social and political developments, from the erosion of class politics, to the emergence of culture as the primary lens through which to understand social differences, to the growth of social pessimism, that have helped marginalise the universalist perspective.

The embrace of identity politics by the left has ironically opened the door for the reactionary right to reclaim its original inheritance, allowing racism to be rebranded as white identity politics. We have come full circle: the politics of identity that began as reactionary claims about a racial hierarchy has been regrasped by the reactionary right in the name of cultural difference.

Kenan Malik

Hero of the year 2022

23 Dec, 2022 at 11:04 | Posted in Politics & Society | 2 Comments

Review: Biography of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky outside Kyiv, on April 4, 2022.

Sveriges riksdag år 2022

21 Oct, 2022 at 10:52 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Sveriges riksdag år 2022

Tre profiler som visar att SD inte är ett parti som andra – Sydsvenskan

I sanning en vacker syn — klimatförnekaren Elsa Widding (SD) talar i Sveriges riksdag under det att evolutionsförnekaren och vice talman Julia Kronlid (SD) andäktigt lyssnar.

Herre du min milde! Och detta grodors plums och ankors plask ska man behöva åse och höra år 2022. Man tager sig för pannan.

Iran — eine religiöse überlackierte Kleptokratie

8 Oct, 2022 at 11:39 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Iran — eine religiöse überlackierte Kleptokratie

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Honour the brave

7 Oct, 2022 at 15:04 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Honour the brave

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To my freedom fighting brothers and sisters in Ukraine.

Never give in. Never give up.

Women’s fight for freedom

24 Sep, 2022 at 10:12 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Women’s fight for freedom

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Courage is a capability to confront fear, as when in front of the powerful and mighty, not to step back, but to stand up for one’s rights not to be humiliated or abused in any way by the rich and powerful.

Courage is to do the right thing in spite of danger and fear. To keep on even if opportunities to turn back are given. Like in the great stories. The ones where people have lots of chances of turning back — but don’t.

Dignity, a better life, or justice and rule of law, are things worth fighting for. Not to step back — in spite of confronting the mighty and powerful — creates courageous acts that stay in our memories and mean something — as when women today in Iran and around the world burn their headscarves and cut their hair in protest of the Iranian government’s restrictions on social freedoms.

Gedenken an Michail Gorbatschow

7 Sep, 2022 at 21:06 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Gedenken an Michail Gorbatschow

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Leninpriset? Nej tack!

6 Sep, 2022 at 13:14 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Leninpriset? Nej tack!

Vem blir glad av Leninpriset? – Jönköpings-PostenFjorton gånger har priset delats ut, blott tre gånger har nâgon tackat nej: Göran Palm (2012, då det i stället gick till Sven Lindqvist), Susanna Alakoski (2013, hon ville inte förknippas med diktatorn Lenin) och Åsa Linderborg (2016, Myrdal gick emot styrelsens val av Linderborg som då tackade nej).

Alla andra pristagare, däribland Mattias Gardell, Sven Wollter, Sven Lindqvist, Mikael Wiehe, Roy Anderson och de senaste åren författaren Nina Björk och journalisten Kajsa Ekis Ekman har inte spottat i prisbucklan.

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Ayn Rand — a perverted psychopath

30 Aug, 2022 at 23:40 | Posted in Politics & Society | 5 Comments

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Now, I don’t care to discuss the alleged complaints American Indians have against this country. I believe, with good reason, the most unsympathetic Hollywood portrayal of Indians and what they did to the white man. They had no right to a country merely because they were born here and then acted like savages. The white man did not conquer this country …

Since the Indians did not have the concept of property or property rights—they didn’t have a settled society, they had predominantly nomadic tribal “cultures”—they didn’t have rights to the land, and there was no reason for anyone to grant them rights that they had not conceived of and were not using …

What were they fighting for, in opposing the white man on this continent? For their wish to continue a primitive existence; for their “right” to keep part of the earth untouched—to keep everybody out so they could live like animals or cavemen. Any European who brought with him an element of civilization had the right to take over this continent, and it’s great that some of them did. The racist Indians today—those who condemn America—do not respect individual rights.

Ayn Rand,  Address To The Graduating Class Of The United States Military Academy at West Point, 1974

It’s sickening to read this gobsmacking trash. But it’s perhaps even more sickening that people like Alan Greenspan consider Rand some kind of intellectual hero.

Alan Greenspan isn’t just a bad economist. He’s a bad person. What else can one think of a person that considers Ayn Rand — with the ugliest psychopathic philosophy the postwar world has produced — one of the great thinkers of the 20th century? A person that even co-edited a book with her — maintaining that unregulated capitalism is a “superlatively moral system”. A person that in his memoirs tries to reduce his admiration for Rand to a youthful indiscretion — but who actually still today can’t be described as anything else than a loyal Randian disciple.

As shown in Reich’s video, Ayn Rand and her objectivist philosophy have more disciples than Greenspan. But as Hilary Putnam rightfully noticed in The Collapse of the Fact/Value Dichotomy (Harvard University Press, 2002) it’s doubtful if it even qualifies as a real philosophy:

It cannot be the case that the only universally valid norm refers solely to discourse. It is, after all, possible for someone to recognize truth-telling as a binding norm while otherwise being guided solely by ‘enlightened egoism.’ (This is, indeed, the way of life that was recommended by the influential if amateurish philosophizer – I cannot call her a philosopher – Ayn Rand.) But such a person can violate the spirit if not the letter of the principle of communicative action at every turn. After all, communicative action is contrasted with manipulation, and as such a person can manipulate people without violating the maxims of ‘sincerity, truth-telling, and saying only what one believes to be rationally warranted.’ Ayn Rand’s capitalist heroes manipulated people all the time (even if she didn’t consider it manipulation) via their control of capital, for example. Indeed, the person who says, ‘do what I want or I’ll shoot you,’ need not be violating any maxim concerned solely with discourse. But it would be a mistake to use such examples as objections to Habermasian ‘discourse ethics.’

In her diary from 1928, Ayn Rand approvingly quotes a statement made by William Edward Hickman – “What is good for me is right.” Rand is enthusiastic and writes: “The best and strongest expression of a real man’s psychology I have heard.”

Later she models one of her heroes  – Danny Renahan – after Hickman. Renahan is portrayed as

born with a wonderful, free, light consciousness — [resulting from] the absolute lack of social instinct or herd feeling. He does not understand, because he has no organ for understanding, the necessity, meaning, or importance of other people … Other people do not exist for him and he does not understand why they should.

Who was this  Hickman that so inspired Rand?

Hickman was a notorious bank robber, child kidnapper and mass murderer. One of the most hated and heinous criminals in U. S. history.

How people like Alan Greenspan and Paul Ryan — not to mention all modern-day ‘objectivist’ disciples — can consider Ayn Rand “one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century” is beyond comprehension. It’s sickening.

Hegel — wenn der Geist aufs Ganze geht

28 Aug, 2022 at 08:26 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Hegel — wenn der Geist aufs Ganze geht

Verso Books on Twitter: ""no one finishes reading #Hegel"  http://t.co/TYjsmsYa7U" / TwitterGeorg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel ist unbestritten einer der wichtigsten philosophischen Denker der Neuzeit. Aber — 250 Jahre nach der Geburt des deutschen Philosophen kann man sich fragen: Was bleibt von Hegel? Wer war er? Was wollte er? Und wie würde er unsere Gegenwart und Zukunft fassen?

To Ukraine with love

5 Aug, 2022 at 16:51 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on To Ukraine with love

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To my brothers and sisters in Ukraine.

Werden wir immer dümmer?

26 Jul, 2022 at 16:27 | Posted in Politics & Society | Comments Off on Werden wir immer dümmer?

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