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Index: Currente Calamo

Closing down the bear pit.

Michael Blackburn: ‘Social media have allowed everyone, including the psychotic and moronic, a platform from which to displays their views. That’s always going to be a bear pit. The fact that the financially-failing Guardian has found itself crushed under the weight of free speech is not in itself a great loss. The real danger is that all the other available outlets will be censored or shut down and nothing springs up replace them. ‘

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Meet the fantasists.

Michael Blackburn: ‘A friend and I once tried this at university. A student my companion vaguely knew but didn’t like started talking to us in the pub. He asked us what we were both up to. Possessed by a spirit of mischief and without thinking I immediately said we’d both packed in our studies and and begun training as Formula One racing drivers. He believed us. My friend knew something about cars so could come up with a few choice engineering details. I just added stuff about blondes and pitstops. It was so easy.’

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Double-stink of Cologne.

Michael Blackburn: ‘So much then for these anti-women feminists. They are apologists for a religion that not only despises women and subjugates them to second class status but also violates and murders them. They are advocates for a belief system that attacks the very principles which provides them with the money, education, freedom and opportunity to preen themselves in public on your impeccable correctness.’

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The Great Renaming.

Michael Blackburn: ‘“The point is not to use names given by whites to others,” says Ms Gosselink. That’s despite the fact that it was whites who created the paintings in the first place and then gathered them together in collections. And whites who, presumably, are deciding at this very minute to give those non-white people different names from the ones the whites gave them originally. But white is the new pejorative in our culturally “aware” society, and liberal guilt is as popular as ever.’

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Labelling our way to safety.

Michael Blackburn: ‘During this time the EU has been wracked by financial and economic crisis, a huge rise in unemployment, a surge in Islamic terrorism, and the absolute failure to control mass immigration from outside the continent. All of this is a result its own policies and none of it came with an official pictographic warning label on its packaging.’

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The great liberal death wish meets the great Islamic death cult.

Michael Blackburn: ‘The liberal intelligentsia vigorously promote this weirdly de-Christianised Christianity that’s been pumped through the sludge of secular hip psychology to produce a tearful, self-pitying, intellectually dishonest passivity. Evasion of the truth is paramount. Diversion of guilt is essential. Avoidance of strong Western cultural beliefs is forbidden.’

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Scruton and ‘the nonsense machine’.

Michael Blackburn: ‘It’s a compliment to the quality of Scruton’s writing that he makes this journey through the execrable inanities of modern leftism enjoyable, informative and often amusing. He’s happy to be vitriolic. I like his spearing of Eagleton, for instance, who passes “all art and literature through the grievance mangle, so as to squeeze out the juice of dominance,” which is reminiscent of Harold Bloom’s description of the leftist literary project as “the School of Resentment”.’

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Famous feminist outed as not a trans cocker.

Michael Blackburn: ‘Those banging the trans drum are certainly making their voices heard these days – nobody seems to be gagging them – and it’s about time they extended to others the great tolerance that is given to them. They may think themselves the apex of civilised progressive thinking, but they’re as likely to fall foul of a new generation of self-righteous offence-takers as Greer is.’

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Facebook tax FAQs.

Michael BLACKBURN: ‘So it comes down to the fact that it’s really not the amount of tax that is collected from a company and its employees that matters to the progressives, but that the company should be seen to be handing over a slice of its earnings to the state. Corporation tax in this world view is a punishment for making profit, ie, from being successful.’

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Spitters and splitters.

Michael Blackburn: ‘Spitting at people who hold differing political views from your own, then, is OK, as is shouting abuse and throwing eggs. OK, that is, if you are on the same side as the protestors (and even if you receive some of that abuse yourself inadvertently, the mob not being very clever at identifying its targets).’

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Phoney warriors and the food wars.

Michael Blackburn: ‘This is the left splitting from top to bottom and from left to right. It’s fracturing, fissuring and turning in upon itself, from Corbyn and his clapped-out revolutionaries to the phoney class warriors with their intimidatory street “parties” and bloody bongos. Between them they have turned the comedy knob up to 11, going into a frenzy over cupcakes, brown sauce and Coco Pops with almond original milk at £3.40 a bowl. They’re a joke, but they’re so self-obsessed they don’t even know it.’

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Corby and the left: All the rage.

Michael Blackburn: ‘Corbyn has definitely introduced a sense of difference between the major parties. He’s done it in a very entertaining way because he’s a mountebank socialist throwback with ancient ideas that have failed consistently in the past and are currently failing in Venezuela. With Corbyn in charge there’d be no competence of any sort and it would be a case of all hands to the pumps. You can see what’s coming.’

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Foreign aid for Britain.

Michael Blackburn: ‘Neither the media nor the politicians (with a few exceptions) have given a moment’s thought to the consequences of this influx: nothing about the strain on housing, schools, public services, health care, etc, and absolutely nothing on the cultural consequences. Television correspondents are eager to talk to immigrants but not to local people affected by what’s happening to their countries. I think they probably know they wouldn’t get the kind of positive reaction they’d like.’

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George and the dead squirrels.

Michael Blackburn: ‘George [Monbiot], as you may know, is against modern farming practices – most of the time, it seems, against anything modern – and doesn’t like animals being reared for food. Animals that have lived happy, free lives in the wild outdoors and are then shot, mown down by motors or otherwise deprived of life, that’s a different matter. Hunted meat avoids the “ethical problem”, apparently, and George would like us all to live on this sort of food.’

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Reading and un-reading.

Michael Blackburn: ‘there’s PostCapitalism by Paul Mason, erstwhile Business Editor on BBC’s Newsnight, and currently Economics Editor on Channel 4 News. Unlike Jones he looks like he’s been around a bit. To Greece, mainly, where’s he’s covered that country’s chaotic exposure to the reality of having to pay back borrowed money while living in the madhouse of the Euro.’

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