Browsing All posts tagged under »Terrorism«

Anders Behring Breivik and Capital Punishment

July 26, 2011


Now that the smoke has cleared and we know that Friday’s attacks in Norway were committed by a Norwegian ultra-nationalist, the inevitable excited discussions about his punishment have begun. The first thing to note here is that this question, while it is certainly being asked in workplace lunchrooms all over the Western world, is the exclusive […]

An Obituary for the Word ‘Terrorist’

June 19, 2011


Writing about the popular perception of fascism in 1944, George Orwell said the following: “It will be seen that, as used, the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, […]