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Dave Spart Speaks

By Anastasia , published on Oct 18, 2011

I was amused to see that Private Eye, Britain’s leading satirical magazine, Britain’s only satirical magazine, is now fifty years old, an event celebrated at a bash recently in London’s Guildhall. Once the most irreverent publication on the newsstands it’s become – The horror! The horror! – a national institution, something of a kiss of death for a publication that is noted for it’s brilliant lampoons of all sorts of people, from pompous politicians to talentless celebrities.

I’ve been reading it on and off for years. It was a regular source of amusement when I was at school, the most... (more)

Tags: humour, left-wing politics

The Jasmine Begins to Rot

By Anastasia , published on Oct 16, 2011

I’ve been writing about the Arab Revolution since the outset in a mood of sustained cynicism. It’s not that I don’t want the people of the Middle East and North Africa to be able to breathe free, to live in a spirit of tolerance and understanding, brought on by a mood of mutual respect, respect for the rights of others; it’s just that I don’t think they are capable of it; they have no mature civic tradition, just a long legacy of intolerance, often murderous in nature.

On my personal blog at the beginning of February I wrote Reflections on the Revolution in Egypt (http://anatheimp.blogspot.com/2011/02/reflections-on-revolution-in-egypt.html... (more)

Tags: egypt, intolerance, persecution, jasmine revolution

“The Jews are our Misfortune” – the Ugly Face of Protest

By Anastasia , published on Oct 13, 2011

What is secular cult of the Jew? Haggling. What is his secular god? Money. Well then, emancipation from haggling and money, from practical, real Judaism would be self-emancipation of our age. The Jew is perpetually created by civil society from its own entrails.

Who do you think wrote that? Perhaps if I tell you that the author also referred to a another writer, one he did not like, as a ‘Nigger Jew’ you might have a better idea. Adolf Hitler, do you think, something possibly lifted from Mein Kampf? Or perhaps it was the delightful Julius Streicher, expressing himself freely in the pages... (more)

Tags: anti-semitism, anti-capitalism, wall street protest

Tidying Thomas

By Anastasia , published on Oct 11, 2011

Thomas the Tank Engine, I confess, was one of my formative influences when I was little. I loved the simple little tales of W. V. Awdry about railway folk, tales that helped with my early reading.

No pre-school Christmas would have been complete, moreover, without seeing Thomas on video, all voiced by Ringo Starr. But I wasn’t being delighted and entertained, you see, I was being indoctrinated; for, according to Professor Shauna Wilton, these stories are not only sexist but they also present a ‘conservative political ideology.’ Ah, so that’s where my politics come from; I’ve long wondered... (more)

Tags: culture, political correctness, popular culture, children's literature

The Junk Politics of Chomsky

By Anastasia , published on Oct 9, 2011

There he is, the voice of that new phenomena - Noam Chomsky, the voice of anti-capitalist, anti-business America; the voice of the huddled masses yearning for public doles. Yes, he is the old symptom of a new disease.

Insofar as the benighted Chomsky can be identified with anarchism, he shares the same intellectual confusion of others who fall into this category; people like Emma Goldman, who was seemingly unable to distinguish between democracy and fascism.

According to the view Chomsky puts forward in American Power and the New Mandarins, the United States, his own homeland,... (more)

Tags: noam chomsky, anarchism, holocaust denial, anti-capitalism

Bloody and Rare

By Anastasia , published on Oct 6, 2011

Ann Coulter’s Treason –Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism is not for the timid. Let me put it this way: if it was a steak it would be rare and bloody, enough to send vegetarians (aka liberals) into immediate and irrecoverable shock!

It was one of the books I took with me on vacation, recommended to me by an American friend, another right-wing blogger. It’s the first book of hers that I’ve read and I’m so glad I did, not just because of the subject matter but because she writes in an engaging if highly partisan manner. I found her both informative and amusing,... (more)

Tags: liberalism, book reviews

The Sound of the Roaring Wind

By Anastasia , published on Oct 4, 2011

I’ve always known that the politics espoused by Green parties were fraudulent, that they advance programmes which would require not just deindustrialisation but a major winnowing of the population. They would require, in other words, some form of democide. Oh, not them and their tofu-eating set, just the ‘others’, the outsiders, the unnecessary people. It really is time that we put the whole of the wretched Green movement under closer scrutiny, time we exposed the hypocrisy and the lies.

Matt Ridley has made an excellent start in an article published by the Spectator earlier this year.... (more)

Tags: climate change, taxation, green politics

Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Solution

By Anastasia , published on Oct 2, 2011

He’s a man of peace, Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian authority, the man who came to town last week, to the United Nations, to plead for the recognition of a Palestinian state. A man of peace and a moderate, a man with whom it’s possible to do business; at least that’s how he is perceived by so many Western governments, an altogether better prospect than the wild men of Hamas, the terrorist thugs who control the enclave of Gaza, the other face of Palestine.

Ah, but let’s have a closer look at this man of peace, let’s put him under the spotlight, let’s see what the Israelis... (more)

Tags: terrorism, israel, antisemitism, palestine

Key to the Past

By Anastasia , published on Sep 29, 2011

You are doubtless familiar with the story in all its depressing details from Schindler’s List and other movies touching on the Holocaust. The swoop comes without warning: people are rounded up, Jewish people, prior to being incarcerated in the most degrading places, held under the most inhumane circumstances; men, women and children being ‘processed’ prior to facing some indeterminate fate. So, what’s new? We’ve seen it all before; we know how utterly heartless the Nazis could be, lacking in all human sympathy.

Still, familiar or not, one never quite gets used to the horror in the... (more)

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Lady P’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame

By Anastasia , published on Sep 27, 2011

Journalists often refer to the subject of stories as ‘unlikely heroes.’ Personally I think that all heroes are unlikely, ordinary people who behave in an extraordinary way in exceptional circumstances.

This surely applies to 45-year-old Pauline Pearce, a grandmother, jazz singer and local radio activist. Born in Barbados in the West Indies, she now lives in the London district of Hackney. She was there that night in August as a tsunami of madness passed over the city. She was in the street as hooded thugs demolished her neighbourhood, taking what they could get from where they could... (more)

Tags: london, riots

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