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Kritičnih glasov komentatorjev, razen na desnici, sploh ni. Kar je tragično, ker dokazuje, da v slovenskem prostoru ideološke delitve še vedno zamegljujejo racionalno presojo in da “levi” novinarji niso sposobni prestopiti ideoloških meja. Večina slovenskih medijskih hiš je ob tem primera ravnala tako, kakor da bi bile v teh hišah zaposlene presstitutke, ne pa novinarji in komentatorji, ki bi bili sposobni samostojnega sprejemanja sklepov.
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Sodba Janezu Janši je zato – enako kot povsem nezakonit odvzem njegovega mandata – kapitulacija prava pred mediji. S to sodbo je prevladala logika, da se v Sloveniji ni več potrebno “kot pijanec plota držati zakonov” in da jih je zaradi “višjega cilja” (včasih partije, danes boja zoper korupcijo) tu in tam mogoče tudi “kreativno” interpretirati. S tem pa smo skozi stranski vhod v sodstvo znova uvedli arbitrarnost in novodoben mišljenjski delikt. To pa je huje, kakor če bi se zaporu izognil nekdo, ki je morda celo kriv, vendar mu tega ni mogoče nedvoumno dokazati.

Nezaznavno kaznivo dejanje – Igor Mekina, Radio študent

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Naj se ugotovi kaj je in kaj ni res; so grajske kleti v Škofji Loki zapolnjene s trupli ali ne? Potem naj se, če se najde množična grobišča, uredi grobnice in kostnice. Naj se sprejme zakon, ki bo določal, da na teh kostnicah plapolala slovenska zastava, ki bo govorila: “Republika Slovenija stoji za tem, da se mrtve pokoplje in spoštuje. Republika Slovenija je civilizirana država. Republika Slovenija je poskrbela, da se mrtve pokoplje ne glede na to, kateri vojaški formaciji so pripadali in brez ozira na to, kateri totalitarni režim je odgovoren za njihovo smrt. Republika Slovenija se zavzema za to, da so kostnice namenjene žrtvam povojnih izvensodnih pobojev, v viden opomin naslednjim generacijam.”

Predlagam tudi, da se na spomenike ali ob spomenike NOB postavi znamenje križa, saj so bili borci NOB povečini kristjani. K spoštovanju njihovega dostojanstva spada tudi spoštovanje njihove verske pripadnosti.

Kaj pomeni “pokopati mrtve”? – Bogdan Vidmar, Časnik

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This model of learning (…) assumes that teachers and classes are not essential to the learning process. After all, anyone can pick up a book or watch online presentations and extract information. Indeed, if that’s what learning is, then the entire history of education since the advent of the mass-market book has been ineffective and time-wasting. Why do you need a lecturer if you can read the book yourself?

But for liberal education, teachers and classes are essential. Why? Because it’s not just about information, but about dialectic.

What is dialectic? The pursuit of truth, together with others, in a spirit of good will, about the things that matter most to human beings.

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Dialectical learning cannot be assessed in the ways used for information and skills—and especially not by timed questioning intended to elicit valid responses according to a predetermined “competency framework.”

In particular, the highest goal of dialectic—namely, dependable judgment based on thorough consideration of issues that really matter in life—is not assessable by “objective” testing instruments. It can only be assessed by competent dialecticians who watch students’ progress over time as they grapple with ideas, listen to others, join with others in inquiry, become proficient at asking insightful questions, become deft at working through premises and consequences, and so on.

What Competency-based Education Cannot Do – Christopher B. Nelson, The Imaginative Conservative

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What is very telling is that the broadsheet press is leading the charge against Cosby, using the very same tactics of salacious finger-pointing as they condemned in the tabloids when they ‘named and shamed’ paedophiles. It seems all sides in public life are now involved in a modern version of demonology, suspending rationality in the desperate hunt for some kind of horribleness we can cohere our disconnected society in opposition to. Ultimately, this ugly rush to condemn those who haven’t been convicted of a crime speaks to a widespread disregard for what is lost when someone is so condemned: freedom. We used to take seriously the process of convicting someone because we took seriously what they risked losing – their liberty. Not anymore. Liberty, life, justice, be damned – collective outrage is more important.

Bill Cosby is innocent. We forget this at our peril – Brendan O’Neill, Spiked

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While Blanc views women as brainless putty, to be moulded by nonsense and automated conversation, the campaigners against Blanc view women as desperately helpless and in need of state assistance to keep them away from lechy men.

Of course, Blanc and his loony techniques are nothing to be afraid of. If anything, they are a tragic symptom of a culture in which intimacy has been so problematised, and the process of seduction so heavily dissected and imbued with anxiety, that some have decided to adopt a robotic pseudo personality to address members of the opposite sex. Sadly, our government needs little excuse to exercise draconian controls over our national borders. It has already banned a long list of comedians, politicians and thinkers from our shores based on what they think and say. Now Blanc joins that sorry list. And no doubt the petty bureaucrats in the Home Office will be delighted to have the support of the new authoritarians in the Twittersphere.

 Julien Blanc is a dickhead – Luke Gittos, Spiked

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Liberalizem je gotovo slaba politična in svetovnonazorska usmeritev, a ima eno samo prednost, ki je noben drug sistem nima, prav ta prednost pa je bistvena. Liberalni sistem, če je res tak, dovoljuje tudi vse druge poskuse, medtem ko diktature, pa naj bodo še tako socialno ali drugače utemeljene, razen lastnega recepta ne dopuščajo nič drugega. Če kdo hoče, lahko pod liberalno vlado ustanovi socialistično vodeno podjetje, lahko vsem zaposlenim da enako plačo, lahko vse naredi za solastnike.  Seveda so taki poskusi vedno obstajali in tudi vedno propadli – spet zaradi nerealnosti “dobrega človeka”, o katerem kritiki liberalne pozicije nepoboljšljivo sanjajo.

O neoliberalizmu – Vinko Ošlak, Časnik

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There hasn’t been a nationwide ban on alcohol in nearly a lifetime, but prohibition-era regulatory relics still manage to put a damper on what could be an even more thriving industry: Craft beer.

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Another remnant of the prohibition era are “sin taxes” on alcohol. On average, 40 percent of the cost of every beer is going into federal or state coffers, partially to dissuade you from enjoying your favorite craft brew. These taxes are even higher on both spirits and wine.

Perhaps most damaging are the prohibition-era distribution laws known as the “three-tier” system. Under this regime, suppliers, wholesalers, and retailers must remain entirely separate entities. In a classic example of a government-created monopoly, this scheme forces brewers to sign contracts with one distributor, who then has exclusive rights to sell their product to stores and restaurants in a given area.

Free the Markets, Free the Brews – Corie Whalen Stephens, Red Alert Politics

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