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Happy Families

When moralists and social conservatives claim that the family is the foundation of society, they are obviously correct, in the sense that the alliance of a man and a woman – or some similar combination – to engender and bring up a child is clearly what human beings are programmed to do. Whatever different family […]

Posted on March 25, 2009 at 20:54 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Vicar At Lunch With Napoleon

Some human cultures have a more realistic and honest view of families than others. The nadir is reached with the Hallmarks Cards-type sentimentalisation of what is essentially a contingent alliance strategy subject to the law of buying cheap and selling dear; that is to say, the depths of dishonesty are plumbed with the saccharine assumption […]

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 09:51 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · One Comment
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The Ambiguities of “Child”

It surprises most people to discover that the word “child” originally meant, not a rugrat like their own progeny, but a young nobleman, and could function as his title. Meditating on this, I find myself wondering whether all languages share the ambiguity of English whereby “child” refers both to the temporary state of being an […]

Posted on March 27, 2009 at 20:23 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Make Way! Make Way!

If we are now seeing a revival of Confucian thought, encouraged by the Chinese Communist Party to fill the gap left by the abandonment of communism for corrupt self-enrichment, this is bad news for the rhinos and tigers that would prefer to keep their horns and penises. For the Chinese obsession with longevity, leading to […]

Posted on March 28, 2009 at 10:19 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Spirit-Of-Christmas Racket

A special case of the “peace and harmony of the family” racket is Christmas. The rule of the game is that, when the victims least expect it, the dominant player launches a personal attack. When the victims defend themselves, they are accused of violation of the “Spirit of Christmas”. I have not actually watched any […]

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 10:52 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Ad Maiorem Gloriam Sui

Much to my surprise, I find that seaside cutouts are still going strong. By this I mean those painted boards with holes in, through which, for a suitable fee, people stick their heads to be photographed. With the aid of a willing suspension of disbelief – for it is, after all, only a goof – […]

Posted on November 3, 2011 at 08:01 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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