Enlightenment Defended
Politics • Spirituality/Belief • Culture
Enlightenment Defended will repel the dark nihilism of “post-truth”, woke culture, identity politics, and political correctness. It will catalyse the bright flame of the enlightenment —liberty, reason and progress.

Enlightenment Defended will create an open realm of vigorous philosophical debate through animation, documentaries, poetry, humour, music and myth. People are many-sided in both apprehension and enjoyment.
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"There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." Oscar Wilde.

It is good to hear an enthusiastic conversation about my book, The Myth of the Closed Mind. Also praised are David Ramsay Steele's books. Everyone should read his latest, Orwell Your Orwell. It is full of surprising insights about Orwell's intellectual shifts and reversals. Steele really knows his Orwell.
Thank you, Brian.

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Wokeism is Inverted Fascism
Sacrificing Liberty for Security

Are we in danger of sacrificing our liberty, bit by bit, for increments of illusionary security?

Our answer is that the least secure existence is one in which we have sacrificed our personal autonomy. We recall Immanuel Kant's conception of Enlightenment, which flows from the individual, not the state or any other external guide.

"Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another. This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another.

The motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! [Dare to be wise!] Have courage to use your own understanding!

Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why such a large proportion of men, even when nature has long emancipated them from alien guidance (naturaliter maiorennes [Those who have come of age by virtue of nature]), nevertheless ...

Who Pays the Quarry Man? Who Pays the Ferry Man?

Alex and Ray at Bold Venture Park, Darwen, United Kingdom. Darwen was one of the centres of the industrial revolution, a fundamental catalyst of the Enlightenment. Samuel Crompton, the inventor of the spinning mule, lived here for part of his life. It was a thriving town of cotton goods production, coal mining and quarrying, connected by canal and rail to nearby hubs of invention and production- Bolton and Manchester.

In this video, we see a wonderful carving in the local strata outcrop in one of the large parks that adorn Darwen. Transporting us back in time to the people who worked in the burgeoning revolution that gave us so many life-transforming benefits, the sculpture depicts a quarryman lying on the boat that will carry him across the Styx. By the side of the sculpture is the inscription: Who Pays the Quarryman? Many quarrymen lost their lives in this work and a play of words alludes to the myth of the journey across the Styx and the Ferryman who guides the boat across.

It's ...

Pushed into the Arms of China?: Collaboration between Russia and China

A discussion of the "Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China on the International Relations Entering a New Era and the Global Sustainable Development".

Pushed into the Arms of China?: Collaboration between Russia and China
Is the Mind the Source of all Progress?

Alex Brocklehurst raises the question is human expansion, economically, psychologically, spiritually, technologically etc, in principle better than contraction?

Alex, Roger and Ray discuss. Alex and Ray push the progressive, enlightenment view, while Roger takes the dual role of a stick-in-the-mud, devil's advocate. Roger hates mud! : - )

Alex Brocklehurst has just had a chapter published in the book Jordan Peterson: Critical Responses.

Is the Mind the Source of all Progress?
The Roger Report 4. The Ukraine Crisis: Triggered by NATO Expansion?

Roger outlines the Ukrainian crisis, placing this delicate strategic confrontation in its historical and demographic context. Ukraine is a vital strategic interest to the Russian state, but not to the United States of America. Roger argues that states typically regard security as paramount, trumping economic interests and will accept a great deal of damage maintaining their vital strategic interests, and so the West’s threat of economic sanctions are impotent. Is the West playing a losing hand, given that Ukraine is perceived by Russia as a vital buffer zone right on its doorstep, but is 5000 miles from the US? Roger asks us to imagine a mirror of the situation for the US: Russia stations forces in Mexico and Canada, or simply establishes alliances with those countries. Such a move would be intolerable for the US state under the well-established Monroe doctrine.

(Some sources —for example, the omniscient POLITIFACT, argue that NATO has reneged on an agreement suggested by ...

The Roger Report #4. The Ukraine Crisis: Triggered by NATO Expansion?
AstraZeneca pressured to release data on research in advance of the rollout of their Covid vaccine.
Fake Science Fuels Climate Extremism

An intriguing article by my friend the economist David Barker.
(Within this short sweet piece there is a link to Barker's full in-depth analysis in the ECON JOURNAL WATCH, 19(2) September 2022: 176–189.)


The Adverse Effects of the State-imposed “vaccines” are not Going Away.
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