A Prison of Rules: Transitioning to Semitised post-democracy

The age we’re living in is one in which we transition from democracy to bureaucracy. The essence of bureaucracy is rules; static; superficially inflexible; but vulnerable to covert manipulation. The essence of democracy is judgement; dynamic; adaptable; continuously refined. Just as many European states are nominal monarchies where the monarch has been deprived of any real power, the new techno-bureaucracies will preserve the external forms … Continue reading A Prison of Rules: Transitioning to Semitised post-democracy

Jews rally to defend “bank robber” Muslims

As ever, when the Muslims are under pressure, Jews step up to defend them. Boris Johnson’s daft remarks have sparked a debate about the burka. And Jews are piling in on the Muslim side. Yesterday a rabbi was at it. Today the Jewish Chronicle weighs in. Jewish journalists are even making a connection with the faux “anti-Semitism” attacks on the Labour party.   Now Muslims … Continue reading Jews rally to defend “bank robber” Muslims

Paving the road from Ankara

  Back when I was a left-winger, my original concern about Islam started with Turkey and thinking about the possibility of it joining the European Union. From there, as my knowledge deepened and I confronted the ignorance, naivety and intolerance of the Left, I transitioned away from them towards the right and then the ultra-right. The prospect of Turkey joining the EU, it seemed to … Continue reading Paving the road from Ankara