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People seem to be using this as a sort of “letters to the editor” page. Why not? If you came here because of something I wrote elsewhere, feel free to write on the wall below. I will of course feel just as free to delete or disemvowel comments that don’t add anything to the readers’ joy.

4 Responses to About

  1. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Brown,

    I have a question in regards to your article about GW Bushe’s efforts to convert Jews to Christianity.

    Just what do you have against bringing Jews to Christ?

    Are you one of those Devils who believes that Christ was a white man who came to save white people only, and that everyone else is excluded from his message of salvation?

    Shame on you!

  2. Leo Kramár says:

    Dear Mr. Brown,
    reading your article on Brexit (Dagens Nyheter, Stockholm, July 18) I am deeply disappointed.
    I am very fond of admiral Horatio Hornblower, a real Brittish hero, and here you make him – att least partly – responsible for Brexit. That´s abominable. I am no great admirer of the Brittish upper classes, but if you believe that they, too, are the cause of Brexit you are erring. Have you read “Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union” a comprehenssive study by three academics, which shows why the Brittish voted for Brexit? http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/brexit-why-britain-voted-leave-european-union#5TH0rLk7vsUlAh0B.97

  3. acb says:

    Thank you for writing, Mr Kramár; I think, though, that you have misunderstood my argument. I wasn’t saying that Hornblower explains Brexit, but that he explains the particular fantasy of “Global Britain” ( a phrase I wish the translator had left in English) which appeals to the hard Brexit wing of the Tory party in parliament. There is a particular section of the British upper middle classes which was responsible for Brexit, in the sense that it would never have happened without them. The Rees Mogg/Charles Moore faction were a necessary if not a sufficient cause. It’s not enough to ask why the referendum vote went the way that it did. You must also ask why we had a referendum at all.

  4. Nèdeem says:

    Hello!

    If you are interested, here is my comment on your piece in the Guardian “The Myth of Eurabia”.

    How convenient for the liberal pundits to attack the far-right and the ideology of hatred. They tend to ignore the role of “identity politics” that has been used to plague the minds.

    This was uttered by a liberal columnist in the Financial Times in 2009: “Immigrants also bring a lot of disorder, penury and crime … Muslim culture is unusually full of messages laying out the practical advantages of procreation … If you walk north across the Piazza Della Repubblica in Turin, you see, mutatis mutandis, what the Romans saw. To the east, two well-preserved Roman towers remain, and so do the walls built to separate citizens from barbarians. Today, in the space of about 60 seconds on foot, you pass from chic shops and wine bars through a lively multiethnic market into one of Europe’s more menacing north African slums.”

    This was uttered by the perpetrator of the attack in El Paso, US, in August 2019: “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas. They are the instigators, not me. I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion … America is rotting from the inside out, and peaceful means to stop this seem to be nearly impossible.”

    The Long Read piece is good in an informative way, but it has not a single paragraph that contextualises the process of capitalist “globalisation” and global political economy and its impacts on social fabrics. It seems that 9/11 attacks, with some literature here and there, generated the myth of Eurabia and Islamophobia, the threat of the Other and the individual violence that has accompanied them. Such an approach is an example of the fragmentaion of modern social thought. An approach that examines a social-ideological phenomenon as if it is unique rather than like poverty, inequality, exploitation, destruction of the environment, riots, social protests… part and parcel of the same system.

    Kind regards,
    Nédeem

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