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Archive for the tag "Enlightenment"

Democracy – Dancing for Joy?

About 300 years ago, like a smouldering kapok pillow, a massive revolution began its slow burn.  A scientific revolution. A social political revolution led by great minds. Newton, Spinoza, Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau,  Diderot, d’Alembert, Montesquieu. Hume. Robert Burns. Thomas Payne. The Age of Enlightenment surged on and rational, egalitarian thought swept everything from its path. Except religion, of course. You’ve got to give […]

David Hume

  David Hume, hero of the Enlightenment, father of skepticism, linchpin of democracy and human rights and freedoms, Happy 300th Birthday! Sir Roger has some understanding of how Hume felt when he said this: “Here am I who have written on all sorts of subjects calculated to excite hostility, moral, political, and religious, and yet […]

New! Ted Robinson on Education

Sir Ken Robinson PhD is inspiring and hilarious. His first TED talk is the most popular ever. This one is an animation of the RSA talk that he gave this year.

David Cameron on Transparent Government

The similarity between British PM, David Cameron’s, statement on government transparency and Wikileaks’ current activity is delightful but he doesn’t get it.

Jefferson Says

Sir Roger’s readers are impatient to hear what Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father of the American experiment would have said about the Wikileaks matter.

Wikileaks Cablegate and Hunter S. Thompson

What has changed, what the fuss is really about, is that the US Government has lost the most precious protection of a professional liar: plausible deniability.

FFS! [Oh for Goodness’ Sake…]

Cherie Blair, wife of the notorious war criminal, suspended the sentence of a man who broke another man’s jaw in a bank queue, because he is “religious”.

Stephen Fry

I have no quarrel with individuals who have faith. But damned if I’m going to have the battles won by the Enlightenment abdicated by a new Dark Ages.

LOLCats with a Vengeance!

It’s enough to make you want to just give up and forget it all and look at some funny cat video.

Rights of Man

John Howard is against a Bill of Rights and that’s enough for us. The little shit has always been so wrong that anything he is against is certain to be right

Burma Railroaded : .mp3 version

Sir Roger has gathered an enormous, highly professional cast to enact his latest post – “Burma Railroaded”- for the ears of his loyal audience.

Burma Railroaded

This stylised footstamping over Burma’s treatment of Suu Kyi by international dandies playing an archaic game by pre-Enlightenment rules makes us sick.

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