Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Nick and Ted's Bogus Journey

The Decent Left's equivalent of Ted Honderich meets the anti-imperialist Left's equivalent of Nick Cohen, with predictably mad-headed results, in the New Statesman. It is more or less impossible to work out what actually happened since it is written in the "and then the force of my argument carried all before me and I was cheered to the rafters as I turned on my heel and left" style that Nick uses for these things. I doubt that Honderich's version of events (in a diary item in the Sunday Indie, not on line, thanks to Rioja Kid for the tip) will be any more informative. But it is well worth a read.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know if you've seen it, but Steven Poole dismantles Nick here: http://unspeak.net/irrational-movements/

11/21/2006 03:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For Ted Honderich, if you don't give money to Oxfam or the Red Cross, you are killing Africans as surely as if you had deliberately stopped a food convoy reaching a refugee camp

And if you don't care about Darfur, you are objectively in favour of genocide...that opening made me give up at once: it's a game everyone can play, and Nick probably knows it.

11/21/2006 06:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honderich has put up his response on his homepage. His version of the interview sounds slightly more plausible.

Nick seems to be going slightly mad (or whatever one call's Mad Mel syndrome). That article he wrote was deranged.

11/22/2006 02:32:00 PM  

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