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Free speech?

In the United States and the United Kingdom, there have been protests in universities, against certain speakers coming to address the student bodies.   Steve Latham   In particular, erstwhile feminist fore-runners have been surprised at becoming the victims of ‘no platform’ policies. This has resulted in people, like Germaine […]

Sex education, Muslims, and pluralism
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Sex education, Muslims, and pluralism

Parkfield Community School in Birmingham has been the scene of angry protests by, largely Muslim, parents against a new educational programme introduced by Headteacher Andrew Moffat.   Steve Latham   “No Outsiders”, a curriculum designed by Moffat, is intended to teach tolerance of all lifestyles, and is in line with […]

Facing environmental extinction
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Facing environmental extinction

A United Nations report has been released, summarising available research about the environment, and warning that we face a dire future.   Steve Latham   It follows a British Government report, which made the first governmental admission that we face a “crisis”. Climate change and species extinction are two closely-linked […]

Spirituality lite
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Spirituality lite

Spirituality is big business. Advertisements abound for retreats on Greek islands, with yoga on the beach, and pampering sessions in the spa.   Steve Latham   Designed to help us chill, relax from the stress of everyday life, this is contemplation reframed for the ‘me generation’. But this canny marketing […]

The social mass of atomic particles
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The social mass of atomic particles

There has been a reaction against theories of mass society. These theories postulated that under both Capitalism and Communism, the individual was subsumed into the generalised mass.   Steve Latham   Modernity and industrialisation would, it was claimed by the Frankfurt School, regardless of regime, impose mass control through the […]