First, at home, via the Wail:
Charlie Hebdo’s UK distributor gave police list of stockists ‘in case of community tensions’ … then officers went to newsagents to demand names of customers who bought it. Wiltshire Police requested details of people who bought Charlie Hebdo. Now officers in Wales and Cheshire have also approached shopkeepers. UK distributor passed details of shops stocking the magazine to police. Police chiefs then told specific forces where magazine was being sold. But chiefs say they never advised officers to take down names of buyers. Local officers may have understood advice or taken the guidance too far.
This is OK, is it? We’re meant to read it, nod or shake the head and move on? This is meant to be an at least partially libertarian site, OoL. We therefore let this go by without comment?
I’m going to explore mechanisms by which we can call for these officers to be brought to account.
Now one from away over there and it’s also a libertarian issue, though I might be on the side of wrong according to many libertarians:
Another day in academia, another twist in the bizarre world of identity studies. The Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at the University of California, Berkeley, is presenting a talk next week on“Queering Agriculture,” dedicated to the proposition that “it is absolutely crucial queer and transgender studies begin to deal more seriously with the subject of agriculture.”
Do animals have any rights in this? All very well defending the rights of these loons who’ve totally lost the plot but what about when they start interfering with unsuspecting animals? How far does freedom go?