How can we distinguish violence driven by ideology from sociopathic rage?

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Analysis and perspective come together in this article for the UK’s Guardian newspaper, by author, academic, and broadcaster, Kenan Malik, in the wake of last Wednesday’s terror attack in central London. Continue reading

The Muzzling of Satire?

It was Australian actor, author, and comedian extraordinaire, Barry Humphries (whose gifts to the world include the larger-than-life Dame Edna Everage, among others), who made the following pithy observation:

It is this shared sentiment Рone of despair at the misapprehension of satire, its importance in calling out demagoguery and ills in general, and the ever-present possibility of its erosion in the face of popular obtuseness Рthat got me in a bit of a rage this week, on discovering the palliative efforts of an American academic in combatting public credulity. Relevant, particularly, in the wake of the muck-fest of misinformation that was the 2016 US presidential race. Continue reading