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  • in reply to: Russian Tensions #253144
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    Thank you, Zugzwang, for your detailed reply.

    in reply to: Russian Tensions #253127
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    Now that Trump is bound to win, after recent events, how do we see the Ukraine situation, and the NATO build-up in Europe, panning out?

    in reply to: Banned books in US. #253112
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    I don’t know. If it’s already the case now, Trump will only give the Christian nuts further licence still.

    in reply to: Banned books in US. #253109
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    From The New York Times:

    A Fast-Growing Network of Conservative Groups Is Fueling a Surge in Book Bans

    Some groups are new, some are longstanding. Some are local, others national. Over the past two years, they have become vastly more organized, well funded, effective — and criticized.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/12/books/book-bans-libraries.html?smid=em-share

    In US most book are banned for racial and sexual content.

    in reply to: General election #253066
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    A Trot reading Hoxha? Hoxha would have had him shot on sight!

    in reply to: General election #253056
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    They thought they had a real choice and voted Johnson to beat Corbyn. My local Labour-voters voted Tory that year. But now they’re happy to vote Labour again, now Corbyn is gone.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/SgisG7ANzQYnefLWA

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    in reply to: General election #253042
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    Then how come the Christchurch Tory incumbent kept his seat?

    in reply to: General election #253029
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    As expected, the Tories won a landslide in my area.

    in reply to: General election #253027
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    “St Francis of Assisi never made a speech on the doorstep of number ten.”

    If he had tried, he wouldn’t have gotten the respect he got from the pope.
    He’d have been dragged off as a homeless bum.

    in reply to: The rise of the US Christian right. #252944
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    Then what’s with the claim that 42% of Americans are Young Earth creationists?

    in reply to: The rise of the US Christian right. #252935
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    Well, i don’t know what is the case with Indonesia. Muslim fundamentalism? South Korea is perplexing. It’s mostly Catholic, i thought, and Rome cunningly got out of the creationism/evolution conflict in the 1950s thanks to its Jesuitical mastery of difficult situations. So Rome “accepts” evolution.
    The biggest surprise for me is India. Hinduism should have no problem with evolution and nonhuman/human kinship, and i believe most Hindus don’t. But Modi’s govt seems to. Bizarre.

    I have a theory as to why the US is obsessed with creationist Christianity, and it goes back to the 1600s.
    My theory is that when English puritans went to America, it removed them from the political environment in England which had created their movement. In America they faced a totally different environment, akin in their imagination to Genesis. In England puritanism developed politically and became deism and finally rationalism. In America it could not develop, but fossilised as Christian fundamentalism.

    It goes hand in hand with the wild frontier vs God’s “chosen” and hence also the obsession with guns, hunting, Old Testament justice and suspicion of “city folk.”

    Long since migrating to the towns in order to “correct” sinners and convert them, it is primarily an anglophone movement, and the Asian and African countries which also host it are the mostly anglophone ones.

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    in reply to: The rise of the US Christian right. #252932
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    None of this is why evolution is being banned from schools. The reason is that creationists would want it banned whatever name it was given.
    The word “evolutionist” is just as open to misinterpretation, and Darwin didn’t like it.
    I will continue, with Dawkins and Gould, to call myself a Darwinist, as we call ourselves Marxist – another word that absolutely festers with misinterpretation, and by most people too.

    in reply to: The rise of the US Christian right. #252928
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    in reply to: The rise of the US Christian right. #252926
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    Subject for The Socialist Standard: Is Darwin still valid?

    The state boards that have discontinued the teaching of evolution haven’t done so because of post-Darwin discoveries. They’ve done it because they find human kinship with other animals repugnant. (Indian official: “No one ever saw a monkey become a human!”)
    The scientists of every country nonetheless work with the realities of natural selection, in spite of schoolboard pundits.

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    in reply to: The rise of the US Christian right. #252925
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    So, because he came before later discoveries, which do not refute his theory of descent through modification in the least, Darwin is to be rejected?

    So we might as well not mind the evangelists, who, after all, do not have a problem with DNA?

    There’s nothing about DNA in Marx either, and Kepler never mentioned quantum mechanics, so he is now void too.

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