Thinking Out Aloud

Blog URL:http://lorenzo-thinkingoutaloud.blogspot.com/
Blog Tags:books, history, medieval, analysing bigotry, sexuality, economics, religion, philosophy, public policy
Country:Australia
State/Province:Victoria
Location:Melbourne

A blog of book reviews, occasional film reviews and posts on matters of interest



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It is a commonplace that the victors write history. But which victors? The victors that are claimed to write history are normally taken to be those who win wars and other conflicts. But just because one side wins a war or conflict, it does not follow...

During a post on how the US Democrats need to get their act together for the good of the United States, IT guru and long-time blogger Eric. S. Raymond makes the following observation about constant harping on about racism:It is irrelevant whethe...

If you assume some factor is behind everything, it is very easy to find it everywhere you look—you just project it onto phenomena. Marxists assumed everything was driven by class dynamics and—surprise, surprise—they found it everywhere they loo...

We humans are excellent at motivated reasoning: taking a preferred framing and using it to "explain" events. The more highly educated we are, the better we are at it.We homo sapiens are also a profoundly cultural species. In particular, we are morali...

It has become something of an analytical commonplace to see the rise of populist nationalism (or national populism)--the development of nationalist parties in Europe, the Brexit vote in the UK and The Donald winning the Electoral College (and thus th...

Multiculturalism has become a sacred marker of progressivism: one absolutely has to be in favour of multiculturalism, or one is not a good person. A person seriously critical of (let alone hostile to) multiculturalism is, in fact, outside the moral p...

As one contemplates the rise in anti-immigration parties in Europe, and the fraught politics of immigration in the US, it is very striking how little political angst Australia's very high level of immigration has caused. True, the nationalist On...