Posts by Martin Lindberg

  • Busytown: Tell You What: A Nonfiction Giveaway!,

    A rather depressing list now that I look at it:
    Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty
    The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi
    Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber

    Also some autobiographies:
    Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson
    Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie

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  • Hard News: Terror panics and the war imperative, in reply to BenWilson,

    He was referring to Key’s real power, and intention, of putting our troops in there, who will most likely very soon be involved in killing ISIL people, after which a retaliation is very much more likely.

    Should we (as in: not ISIL) really be so worried about any potential retaliation that we do nothing?

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    Can we make this compulsory reading in all schools ?

    Doesn’t it seem at odds with the gist of Emma’s original post to suggest that a particular belief should be made compulsory reading in schools only because you agree with it?

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  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    Well, this is all fun and games till someone loses their faith.

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  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    Man is the world of man – state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world. (…) Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. (…) The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. (…) Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower.

    Karl Marx - Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, 1843

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to UglyTruth,

    The law of nature I’m referring to

    Oh I see, it's the law of nature that says kids must attend Bible class at school.

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to UglyTruth,

    I’m only interested in English common law, as it applies to NZ

    And English common law dictates that kids must attend Bible class? Sounds like rubbish to me.

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  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    I'd prefer a rational theist to an irrational atheist.

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  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher,

    I assume Jamie Whyte is subscribing to the same newsletter as Alabama Republican Congressman Mo Brooks.

    “We should not be dividing anybody based on national heritage or race. Rather, we should be bringing us all together. That’s what the melting pot ideal of America is all about. A person’s skin pigmentation is something acquired at birth that has absolutely nothing to do with the merits of the person of how one should vote.”

    Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks Doubles Down: Democrats ‘Waging a War on Whites’

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  • Hard News: Good news for self-powered travellers, in reply to Kevin McCready,

    borders on religiosity

    I think I detect something religious about helmets and door zones right there.

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