Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Douglas Murray on AfD and the misuse of the word Nazi

From Douglas Murray's piece in the Spectator about AfD. 

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I agree with it, and think it well worth you reading, though what most strikes me is the bad grammar on the part of as brilliant man who went to Eton and Oxford. 

Sunday, 24 September 2017

AfD are not extremists but the real Christian Democrats

The German exit polls show the expected victory for the Christian Democrats and a stronger showing for the AfD, whom the BBC mistakenly calls far right, following the lead of the party's opponents.

They misuse the expression often. They use it for the Austrian Freedom Party and have done since the 1980s, even though the only thing right-wing about Freedom Party is opposing immigration. Which, along with scepticism towards the EU, is most of AfD's platform, though AfD has, regrettably, added populist stuff about not allowing more mosques to be built and started saying very tactless things like 

"We have the right to be proud of the accomplishments of German soldiers in two world wars".
Not wanting more mosques, though it might be deplorable, is not enough to make them far right. The BBC and the media should study Sir Oswald Mosley and the American Nazi Party to see what the extreme right is like.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

The Muslim rebels in Rohingya are few and have a jihadi link

Please read this article from Asia Times, a serious source of intelligent analysis, by Bertil Lintner, a respected Swedish journalist who has been writing about Burma for nearly four decades. Mr. Lintner explains how the Muslim 'Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army', which may only number 500 men, deliberately stages attacks intended to incite bloody reprisals from the Burmese army.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army uses local villagers when it attacks the army to give the impression of large numbers. Terrible reprisals are then visited on local people, whom it hopes will thereby become radicalised.

Islam, Europe and Christianity

“It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest.”
Pope Francis, May 2016

Friday, 22 September 2017

Jordan Peterson and the transgender wars

'Because thoughts aren’t like that,’ he says. ‘People mostly think by talking. Not only do they think by talking, but they correct their thoughts by talking. If you deprive people of the right to think, then you doom them to suffering. You doom their stupidity of its right to die. You should allow your thoughts to be cast away into the fire — instead of you.’

A very interesting interview with Professor Jordan Paterson, a Jungian and Christian, who is in trouble for many offences, including refusing to use the preferred gender pronouns of people "who don’t identify with their biological gender". He sounds fascinating and brave.

At this point, to my astonishment, Peterson begins to weep. He talks through his


Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.

Doris Lessing

Do in thy lifetime what, in the hour of death, you will wish you had done.

Goffines Devout Instructions.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

It is every migrant’s dream to see the tables turned

It is every migrant’s dream to see the tables turned, to see long lines of Americans and Britons in front of the Bangladeshi or Mexican or Nigerian Embassy, begging for a residence visa.

Suketu Mehta, Indian-born New York-based author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Jeffrey Ketland is right

"I'm reasonably sure that the driving force behind every SJW is "purity": a kind of moral purification, reminiscent of the original Puritans. This Puritanism is visibly central to the pervasive, ultra-toxic American Ideology of "social justice", with all that it entails: purification rituals, denunciation of deviance, mass hysteria, ostracism of imagined witches, etc.

"Who aside from the original Puritans were so obsessed with purity? The Jacobins. The Bolsheviks. The Nazis. Mao's Red Guards. The Brotherhood. American feminists and SJWs."

Let's keep Hitler out of it

ALL references to Hitler in political discussions should be ignored. The harm that man continues to do 72 years after his death is incalculable.

May trying to 'seize power' like Hitler, Vanity Fair editor says

Trump argues for healthy national egoism

"Trump's UN 'hate speech' criticised"
The BBC headline shows their disapproval, but I think it was a good speech (though I have some big caveats), praising 'independent sovereign nations'. No wonder the BBC hated it.

I liked these words
"In America we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone."
He praised nation states. He probably doesn't know the phrase 'healthy national egoism', but this is what he believes in and think makes for peace. The liberal wars of recent years certainly didn't.

Wonderfully, he talked of the great harm mass migrations do to the countries the migrants leave and enter.

More quotations

“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”

Donald Trump speaking at the U.N.

From The Times Diary

Reporting on the Rohingya: “The Tip of a Huge Iceberg of Misinformation”

This article gives another side of the story of the Rohinga that we are told - I have no idea where the truth lies but I had searched in vain on the net for another side. 

The tube bombers were refugees

The suspects in the latest London tube bombing, which could have killed many people were it not for the criminals' ineptitude, are two refugees.

What a shock.

One of the suspects was arrested because he continued to wear the distinctive red hat caught by the TV cameras. Thankfully, these people are not intellectuals.

What do we do? More police, more restrictions on extremism on the net? 

No, Great Britain urgently has to amend our adhesion to the Geneva Convention on

Do evil people know they are evil?

I think from my experience that evil people usually know they are evil. 

On the other some evil people like Lenin and Stalin (Stalin was certainly a psychopath, though Lenin and Hitler are more complex) think they are doing bad that good may come of it.

Was Genghiz Khan who killed forty million (about a tenth of the world's population) evil?
He probably thought he was a hero. How would Homer have judged him?

I wrote some thoughts on evil people here.

Most evil people are psychopaths and psychopaths are well aware that they are very

5 immigration quotations

"We've massively overestimated our ability to bring people in and massively underestimated how much they will change us."

Douglas Murray

“Yes, God loves the English … but in their own land.”

Saint Jeanne d’Arc under interrogation

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Three quotations

If you’re BORIS-NORIS then you’re reckless, and act without considering the impact of your behaviour.

(A Glossary of Dorset Dialect, 1863) 

Four quotations

Replying to 
Until Brexit vote Scottish nationalism looked like winning in the end. Now it doesn't. 2015 was dangerous moment. Now it has passed

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The whole purpose of propaganda is to make the obvious seem obscure, or offensive.

Douglas Murray, 'The Strange Death of Europe'

By 2015 more British Muslims were fighting for Isis than for the British armed forces.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Top ten enclaves

Here is an interesting list of enclaves made by John Rentoul, maker of fascinating lists. I had only known about one of them, Llívia, in Spain but surrounded by France. When the Treaty of the Pyrenees of 1659 gave all villages north of the Pyrenees to France the Llívians adduced evidence that Llivia had been accorded the status of city by a Roman Emperor. It therefore remained in Spain. It is Catalan, as are the villages given to France.

This is interesting:

Since the rationalisation of the India-Bangladesh border last year abolished Dahala Khagrabari, the world’s only third-order enclave (a piece of India inside a piece of Bangladesh inside a piece of India inside Bangladesh), Baarle’s second-order enclaves are as complicated as it gets – there are pockets of the Netherlands inside some of the Belgian enclaves. The border is so complicated, said Robert Kaye, “they operate a front-door rule where the country of your front door determines which law applies”.

Sunday, 17 September 2017


Gerald Brenan:

The only test of work of literature is that it shall please other ages than its own. 

Kristian Niemietz (@K_Niemietz):

There should be a German word for "a person who is notionally on the right, but who spends most of their time talking leftie drivel".

Jonathan Spyer:

A hollowing-out of European culture has taken place over recent years. The elites of the continent are united by a set of joint perceptions deriving from a shared experience of

'There are more beheadings than there used to be but, on the plus side, there's a much wider range of cuisine'

I am watching this absolutely fascinating (and very alarming) interview with Douglas Murray on the Mark Steyn Show. So should you. 

Two of the best thinkers we have.

Both men fear that we are seeing the early stages of a war in Europe.

Mark Steyn, inimitably, says that we are in the torture dungeon but the safe word doesn't work. I am unfamiliar with sado-masochism, but I get the joke. If it is a joke.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

The recent past is a foreign country

I wrote this on 16 June 2016, just before the murder of a pro-EU Labour MP, Mrs. Jo Cox, by a man who shouted out, as he did so, "This is for Britain".

I firmly expect Great Britain to vote to stay in the EU next Thursday, but let's all enjoy every single blissful moment of these halcyon days when our German and other European rulers think we might leave. This is the last moment when Great Britain roused herself to become a free country. After we vote to stay in, it will probably resemble what Claude Cockburn's tutor told him life was like after Oxford: just a long slow slope to the grave.

Bertrand Russell said ‘Collective fear stimulates herd instinct and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd’. I see a lot of this coming from the In camp who seem almost to hate or despise the Outs. Especially they seem to hate UKIP and despise the working classes. The viciousness is born of fear. I find it disgusting but it is what politics and democracy are about.

Whatever your views on Brexit what a great argument this referendum is for lots more referendums. Though of course there is not really very much room in the EU for referendums.

The opinion polls today show Leave up to 7% ahead of Remain and the bookmakers, who are always the best place to look to find out what's going on, today give Leave an astonishingly high 30% chance. I give it a lot less (5-10%?) but what does impress me is that the polls are swinging towards Leave, despite the attempts of the government the IMF and most of the establishment to terrify electors with (continued here).