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  1. Comment on Educational Underachievement-Part 1: Are Protestants getting left behind in education? The statistically based answer is an emphatic ‘No’
    on 16 April 2014 at 5:38 am

    The statement :

    “But what must be established from the outset is that the religious background of children should form no part of a schools or community based programme seeking to ensure that all of our children……realise their full academic potential through our education system.”

    is not acceptable.

    If religious background is a factor, or a source of community strength it is entirely sensible that it forms part of such a program. You can’t stick your head in the sand and say I don’t like it, everyone should ignore it.

    If you were to say that “there should not be posturing of political programs based religious background disadvantage where no such disadvantage exists” then I can agree. But that’s not what was said.

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  2. Comment on Friday thread: Perhaps ‘War’ brings a properly social benefit after all?
    on 12 April 2014 at 5:46 am

    I disagree with his comment about government being the peaceful influence on society. Modern Government has been responsible for more violent deaths than all other sources combined, and that’s not even counting legislated abortion facilitated by the state.

    As stated previously, when you destroy the economic order you allow a flurry of economic activity where people are rewarded for their enterprise because they do not have the structural power-blocks in society limiting their rise.

    Witness US and Australia. Also after the war Germany, Japan, South Korea, Britain, France etc.

    Witness Europe after the Black Death that killed about a third of the population.

    Suddenly in these situations labour is very important and there are opportunities to be well rewarded for your efforts, thus the economic spurt.

    Of course if a people are totally destroyed then any economic opportunities fall to colonisers.

    Also if a beaten people are kept down continuously by an outside power this continues the blocking of economic opportunity.

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  3. Comment on Sinn Fein’s Demographic war for constitutional change is useless without middle class
    on 7 April 2014 at 4:21 pm

    If you’re looking for national success, I don’t think Government are going to provide it. From what I see, Government now is all about handing out welfare and tinkering on the edges of the economy. They’re more likely to make things worse than better, I can’t blame lots of the electorate for staying home. They probably worked it out years ago.

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  4. Comment on There is nothing like a Dame-Australia re-introduces Royal Honours #auspol
    on 2 April 2014 at 5:56 pm

    There’s no doubt that Australians in general are not in favour of the return to such titles.

    But there’s also no doubt that there is at the moment strong dislike among the people of the former ‘progressive’ Labor/Green government and its policies.

    I think the second fact outweighs the first and Tony Abbott is baiting the opposition in calculation that while it is not popular, it is not unpopular enough to the people who would consider voting for him.

    The left side of politics in Australia has recently been hammered not just in the Federal election but in just about all state elections also.

    Most of the media are vehemently against him and his conservative views on a range of issues but have to wear the fact that the people turfed out ‘their’ preferred party in election after election across the country.

    Abbott’s success in stopping the asylum gravy change together with key appointments and changes to the Human Rights Commission, Education Reform, Climate Change funding, National Broadband Network Rollout, racial vilification laws and the Royal Commission into Trade Union corruptions are a clear indication that Australia is under new management which some don’t like.

    At the moment there is also a huge move to defund the politically correct public broadcaster, the ABC due to its perceived left wing bias.

    I don’t think the titles will last long after Abbott goes but perhaps at the moment it is a way to get the opposition and media into a ‘progressive’ angry rage so as to rally support among the electorate for other changes mentioned above.

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  5. Comment on Anti austerity socialists take a beating in French town hall elections…
    on 1 April 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I should add that the recent decision of TCD to remove the Bible from its crest is a perfect example of attacking individual culture in favour of a false sense of broad-mindedness and IMAGINED universalism.

    Russia and China are now moving in exactly the opposite direction having learned ‘forward thought’ as TCD called their decision, actually takes community and society backward.

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  6. Comment on Anti austerity socialists take a beating in French town hall elections…
    on 1 April 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I think great social breakthroughs are possible when like minded people in specific cultural communities work together for the betterment of all in the community.

    Because of its international outlook the socialists tend to be anti-community in the sense that it doesn’t like the specific links people have which are common to a particular group.

    Whether it be schooling, national unions, supra international unions (EU), religious groups, ethnic cultural practices, racial commonalities the socialists tend to prefer to dismiss, weaken, undermine and break these up in favour of an international focus where often community bonds and commitment are not existent.

    It is far from certain that trying to break the bonds of community that have been so successful in creating social advancement is creating a better world.

    The better course of action I believe is for socialists to stop attacking individual communities which are the basis for ‘real lived’ social contracts and instead find a way where communities can work with each other in respect with emphasis on the opportunity to make communities more fair and compassionate and self sacrificial.

    Many western workers have become relatively richer in certain Western communities and the in the international socialist mind thus no need to have their wealth redistributed to others around the globe. This also breaks the bonds of communal trust, self interest and responsibility to your neighbour that has been so strong in cultural communities to improve society.

    The emphasis shouldn’t be in attacking strong communities but understanding some cultural practices are better than others, and go get in the trenches of other cultural communities to improve those cultural practices.

    Socialists need to stop treating particular different cultures as something that needs to be attacked and in the REAL sense understand that cultures are important sources of social advancement and provide strong society.

    Socialists actually need to be BROAD MINDED enough to work with different cultures instead of BELIEVING that culture is backward and something that needs to attacked in favour of the IDEA that somehow an international culture will emerge out of nothing.

    In the end, the limited socialist view of what a human person is and their position in community creates cultural wastelands such as the of former communist countries who went backward, not forward.

    It is interesting as well that those countries that are mono-cultural or have stable and long standing communities working together in community year on year are leading educational achievements and economic growth.

    Britain for example has just engaged 100 teachers from Shanghai in the hope to improve the mathematical outcomes of its own students. I believe it will fail on the very point of cultural difference. Not just that cultures are different but the changed Western culture of children is now a problem that retards their educational performance.

    If you look at those countries who purposely persecuted individual culture in favour of the false idea of a ‘strong successful international socialist culture emerging’ such as Russia and China; they are now two countries where there is a greater concentration on building up internal non socialist culture(s) in an effort to ‘recapitalise’ strong communities that are needed for better outcomes.

    We should also learn from their previous mistakes.

    Culture counts. Destroy separate cultures in a false idea of broad-mindedness and you destroy the steps needed for progress.

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  7. Comment on Russia, China, Crimea, Xinjiang and Putin’s Risky Gambit
    on 30 March 2014 at 10:54 am

    Harry, I think the trick is to just keep telling ourselves we are progressive, enlightened and on the right side of history.

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  8. Comment on Alliance is diversity in action by Lauren Mulvenny
    on 28 March 2014 at 3:26 am

    ,,,,,,”The desire to build a united Northern Ireland, free from the old orange and green tribal politics, which together they believe only Alliance can deliver……”

    So if you are quite comfortable identifying with a green or orange community and having respect for each other, what does it actually mean that Alliance are looking to free Northern Ireland from YOU and YOUR community. That sounds extremely aggressive, not to mention out of date.

    Tribal politics has produced power sharing and a gradual receding of the constitutional politics and increased social harmony. I don’t want an Alliance Party pretence that such an achievement can be ignored and Northern Ireland must be ‘freed’ from long standing communities, who are seen only through the prism of negativity.

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  9. Comment on Russia, China, Crimea, Xinjiang and Putin’s Risky Gambit
    on 28 March 2014 at 3:09 am

    If Russia is ever going to be a major power again it has to reverse the cultural, fiscal and social decline of a weak birth rate.

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  10. Comment on United Ireland’s struggle against gay rights wins RTE damages
    on 5 February 2014 at 7:56 am

    Equality is a subjective concept that when applied universally makes a mockery of itself.

    Someone (group) has to decide which two other groups should be treated equally and on which basis.

    As Aristotle said way back in the day – “There is Nothing So Unequal as the Equal Treatment of Unequals.”

    To force other people to do this against their own ‘free and rational thought’ should be a crime.

    To get the state to force people to do this against their own ‘free and rational thought’ smacks of why the Progressive Left can never create a free and civil society.

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