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Razer’s Class Warfare: stop saying Ian Thorpe ‘matters’

We assign the value of meaning to everything, thereby making it valueless. We want to believe that solutions are before us, but they aren’t, and just by declaring and debating whether something matters, we make sure it doesn’t.

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The big end of town needs to keep ASIC in its pocket

Crikey readers have their say on the Commonwealth Bank’s dealings and the Festival of Dangeous Ideas.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: the debate around speech is larger than Brandis’ arse

Do you hate freedom or do you hate brown people? These were the choices on offer — but it’s a false dichotomy, and you can reject both terms.

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Crikey Clarifier: what’s so dangerous about Uthman Badar?

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas has scrapped a lecture on “honour killings” — murder of women said to have brought shame on their families. The talk’s author now says the cancellation was due to racism, and he would never defend honour killings. Crikey intern Rachel Clayton looks at the facts.

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Rundle: you can’t fight in the war room, or why FODI is a stupid idea

Genuinely dangerous ideas are ones you wouldn’t want to circulate. So the Festival of Dangerous Ideas promotes not-so-dangerous ideas, which defeats the purpose and shows how bogus the idea of danger really is.

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The really dangerous idea — it’s all the media’s fault

Of all the dangerous ideas raised at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney over the weekend, the organisers seemed to miss one pertinent topic: is the media to blame for everything that’s wrong with our society?

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Hey Hey it’s a giant mess

Crikey readers weigh in on Hey Hey and the historical connotations of blackface. Plus, how would Joe Hockey be as leader of the Opposition?

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Dangerous ideas

Crikey readers weigh in on Guy Rundle’s Festival of Really Dangerous Ideas, the Indian students report and the possibility of John Howard heading up the NRL commission.

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Keysar Trad: My humble contribution to the polygamy debate

Decriminalising polygamy and removing its social social stigma will further guarantee the rights of women, argues Keysar Tradin response to Shakira Hussein’s piece in yesterday’s Crikey.

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Muslims moan: Why Keysar Trad? Why?

Kayser Trad is the typical Muslim extremist that is dragged out to flog controversial ideas. But why aren’t the voices of socially conservative Muslims who don’t engage in hate speech being heard? asks Shakira Hussein.

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You want dangerous ideas? These are dangerous ideas

The topics discussed at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas are either completely safe or totally ridiculous. Here are some thoughts that might really offend some Darlinghurst secular-liberals’ sensibilities.

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Flat-screen TVs, conscription and the Left: dangerous liaisons?

Given the Left-liberal orientation of most people attending the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, the Rightward slant of the topics seems distinctly odd.

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Hitchens not such a lovely little thinker

Guy Rundle recounts Christopher Hitchens’ talk at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, where the crowd had their highly specific appetites and prejudices flattered, and loved every second of it.

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