The scorning of William Connolley.

I think we’ve all had that pleasant surprise when something totally unexpected just drops out of the sky and into your lap. That happened to me last weekend when a creature called William Connolley attempted to comment on a piece I’d written about the Bengtsson scandal. If you’re unfamiliar with him, he’s infamous for editing thousands of … Continue reading

The Age of Unenlightenment.

That slick expression you’re entitled to your own opinions but not your own facts, now has a deeper meaning in this latest stage of the post-enlightenment. If your facts plainly contradict someone else’s orthodox beliefs, then you are simply being “unhelpful” or even “harmful” and should therefore be suppressed. That’s to be done not by … Continue reading

About Henry.

“So, wotcha think about this King Edward the Confessor geezer?” he asked. It was Henry blagging his way through some history homework for the only teacher he ever made any effort to please. The teacher used to let him hide in the book cupboard at the head of the history classroom when the Deputy Head … Continue reading

An island adrift in a sea of good intentions.

This is a guest article by one of our regular commenters, Blackswan. It’s a short history of their homeland, Tasmania, and a longer history of the damaging impact of environmentalism upon it. As usual, it was all done with the best of intentions. —-<0>— In the 12th century Saint Bernard of Clairvaux is credited with the … Continue reading

Conflation, confusion and conditioning.

Much time is spent on the web categorising the fallacious arguments alarmist use into classical debating errors with impressive Latin names. That’s all good stuff as far as it goes, but the propagandists use a number of shady techniques which because they rely more on group psychology rather than a structured argument, don’t quite fall neatly … Continue reading