One of the Dawkins Defenders took exception to my recording Julian Baggini's criticisms of Dawkins in Baggini's Wikipedia article so she retaliated by cutting the Wikipedia article on me and then demoting it from the main encyclopedia into the limbo of userspace. If anyone fair-minded who edits WikiPedia wants to restore it please do, propriety says that I should not get directly involved in this but it is interesting and somewhat depressing that they should wish to react to "blasphemy" of their "saint" by "excommunication".
The Times gives its comment pages to Noreena Hertz appealing for protectionism and AC Grayling appealing for Euthanasia. Interesting how they go hand in hand. Appealing to the "liberal" consensus they are both immensely damaging policies.
- As Paul Collier brilliantly demonstrates in The Bottom Billion globalisation has been an immense force for lifting people out of poverty on the largest scale the world has ever seen. Sadly the Bottom Billion have not benefited but this is because their states fail or well-identified reasons. His latest book, which I haven't yet read, offers more insights into what might be done.
- Despite all the talk of safeguards the chilling precedent of abortion in the UK strongly suggests that over time these safeguards will be swept aside and we will have euthanasia on demand for economic and "social" reasons. But Grayling is a fully signed up member of the Culture of Death so it's not surprising really.