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  • Europe's contempt for other cultures can't be sustained

    A continent that inflicted colonial brutality all over the globe for 200 years has little claim to the superiority of its values

    Is the argument over the Danish cartoons really reducible to a matter of free speech? Even if we believe that free speech is a fundamental value, that does not give us carte blanche to say what we like in any context, regardless of consequence or effect. Respect for others, especially in an increasingly interdependent world, is a value of at least equal importance.

    Europe has never had to worry too much about context or effect because for around 200 years it dominated and colonised most of the world. Such was Europe's omnipotence that it never needed to take into account the sensibilities, beliefs and attitudes of those that it colonised, however sacred and sensitive they might have been. On the contrary, European countries imposed their rulers, religion, beliefs, language, racial hierarchy and customs on those to whom they were entirely alien. There is a profound hypocrisy - and deep historical ignorance - when Europeans complain about the problems posed by the ethnic and religious minorities in their midst, for that is exactly what European colonial rule meant for peoples around the world. With one crucial difference, of course: the white minorities ruled the roost, whereas Europe's new ethnic minorities are marginalised, excluded and castigated, as recent events have shown.....

    Europe's contempt for other cultures can't be sustained

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    LOL, ex-communist Martin Jacques, now a free market convert.


    Martin Jacques: embittered British Stalinist pronounces on death of the “left”

    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2004/de...jac1-d15.shtml



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    • #3
      Well ya voltaire, if you had been caught waxing lyrical on behalf of Tony Blair, wouldn't YOU have become bitter?

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        LMAO good point lol



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        • #5
          Jeezus. Commie one and Commie, too.

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          • #6
            You think Tony Blair's a commie?



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              It seems his opponents favor "death to you" speech. How can you despise the BNP and favor other ass holes who stand for the same thing?

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              • #8
                Sorry, you've lost me.

                Who do you think supports whom, and who says what?



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