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Just Saying

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Written by janeh

May 28th, 2013 at 9:52 am

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  1. Ah. The voice of reason. It’ll never fly.


    28 May 13 at 12:36 pm

  2. Who needs Facebook when you can get this sort of thing in the mainstream media.



    28 May 13 at 1:06 pm

  3. Mique, I thought that was a column written by a humourist, but when I looked at her other column, I began to think she must be serious.

    Anyone remember the old book “Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche” (and perhaps Pratchett’s take on cats, in which he comments “Real cats do eat quiche. And giblets. And butter. And anything else left on the table.”?


    28 May 13 at 1:27 pm

  4. From what I can see, she’s serious.


    28 May 13 at 1:45 pm

  5. I’ll bet the Indignant Ones have their own Facebook moderators lined up. Suitable trainers for the moderators at the very least, I should think. There’s good money in being offended these days.


    28 May 13 at 2:11 pm

  6. Thanks Mique. Every now and then I consider the advantages of vegetarianism. Then I read an article like that one and go out looking for a steak. The Vegan diet may or may not reduce the risk of cancer, but it clearly does dreadful things to the higher brain functions.


    28 May 13 at 2:20 pm

  7. And just when some of us are beginning to despair about the younger generation’s ability to recognise and, hopefully, correct some of their parents’ and contemporaries’ intellectual and moral atrocities, along comes something like this:



    29 May 13 at 1:07 pm

  8. I go away for an 8 day holiday and Jane makes 7 posts!

    I’m too tired to post about feminism or bureaucracy or big government but I’d like to throw out an idea.

    Has a belief in “social justice” become a substitute for a belief in God? The proponents of social justice seem just as fervent as missionaries and there seem to be as many varieties of social justice as there are religious sects.


    30 May 13 at 6:50 pm

  9. I don’t know that there are many varieties of social justice, but it’s a term you find a lot of religious folk using as well as the non-religious ones. Some people may well use it as a kind of substitute god.

    Personally, I’d always dismissed the concept as yet another attempt to shape society by focusing on structures and not people. However, a year or so ago I went, initially reluctantly, to a talk by someone engaged in social justice work in what we used to call a third world country. To my surprise, I found out that in that case, it involved working under the leadership of local people trying to use local laws and existing social structures to assist girls and women who wanted to leave the brothels they’d been forced into. This seems an admirable activity to me, and far more useful that many of the other social justice activities I’ve heard of; the ones that involve trying to change the economic and legal system in broad general ways that seem to me to be based on little more than the usual belief that we can create the perfect human and the perfect society with the appropriate laws.


    31 May 13 at 5:39 am

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