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Monthly archives for "February 2015"

British Values

Ray Drainville

Professional arsehole (and historian) David Starkey states that the true set of British values includes “queueing, drunkenness, nostalgia, loving pets, self-loathing, wit and eccentricity”.

NYC 1981

Ray Drainville

A new documentary on New York in the year 1981: “A Most Violent Year” (see the trailer, below). I used to go into the city a lot in the 80s: it was insane, feral, abrasive, and I loved it. I looked forward to every imminent visit. I look forward to seeing this. It’s funny how one can feel nostalgia for the madhouse.

The Theatre of Terror

Ray Drainville

How does terrorism work? Yuval Noah Harari writes the best analysis I have ever read on the subject. It’s all about exploiting a flaw in modern governance: “The legitimacy of the modern state is based upon its promise to keep the public sphere free of political violence… After centuries of bloody struggles, we have crawled out of the black hole of violence, but we feel that the black hole is still there, patiently waiting to swallow us again.”