The largely uniform tone of disparaging mockery that underpins much of the agenda of the Russian foreign language media has its roots in the Russian state’s fear of satire and mockery. Now it seeks to wield this weapon against its adversaries.
Geert Wilder’s soundbyte of ‘Moroccan scum’ may have made the headlines and cast him as a incorrigible bigot, but despite its racist trappings, it’s a phrase that actually touches on a topic that many people across Europe will have encountered.
Mars keeps presenting evidence to support the theory that life once or presently existed on the planet, and never presents evidence that could rule it out. A bit like the theory that Donal Trump is a Kremlin stooge. But there are many narratives on Trump and everything, and it’s hard to which ones to give credence to.
These days there is a huge backlack against supposed ‘Political Correctness’. They say it’s gone mad. Donald Trump has got elected based, on a large part, on telling it as it is. But is Political Correctness completely an unalloyed evil? Does it in fact have a crucial role to play in society, and what are the dangers of doing away with it?