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Welcome to African Century Journal Blog

  This space is  for contemporary commentary by our editor, Dapo Ladimeji,  on  important but also sometimes the fleeting and ephemeral events of life. An opportunity to give an African gloss on these events which so often feel important at the time but quickly flow with tide towards  the beach of incidental memories and to note those events that are truly important but may be concealed by the mist and noise of the day’s trivia.        

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Julian Baggini: Hume and the genteel racism of British philosophy

Baggini has written a piece in Prospect magazine ‘   Is the University of Edinburgh right to “cancel” David Hume?’ 15 Sep 2020. He is seeking to defend Hume from accusations of racism while accepting his ‘unfortunate’ statements. He writes: ‘Hume was both a product of his time and like people of every time, had his blind spots.’ This statement implies that Hume’s views were uncontroversial during his time. This is completely untrue. His views were seriously challenged and…

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Democrats: do they secretly want to loose?

I am not speaking of ALL democrats but of some powerful cabal within the Democratic Party. Why should they want to loose? That is the wrong question. We have to ask: under which circumstances do they want to win?  Here the question arises whether if they could only win by changing their agenda would they rather loose? We have had a similar play in the UK where it is alleged that a strong party group in the Labour Party…

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Is the West Christian?

Much discussion of history, particularly the history of the development of Europe and its impact on the rest of the world takes as its starting point that Europe is Christian. This is an assumption that needs to be openly challenged. Claims of a Christianity vs Islam conflict and  mosts claims about the underlying valuea of the West start from the assumption that the West is Christian. The concept of apostolic succession allows the Catholic church to say ‘we are…

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Fear and trembling in UK Philosophy departments – the case of Dr Liam Kofi Bright

It is with some hesitation that we address this issue and mention names. It does seem to be both important and implausible without naming names. With the insurgency of BLM  Dr Kofi Bright may be able  to find some cover.  On 8 November 2019 in London Dr Bright, assistant professor in philosophy at London school of Economics, gave a public lecture on ‘Why do scientists lie?’ for the Royal Institute of Philosophy. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNs1sumAT68&t=774s)  Only the formal lecture is presented…

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Skidelsky – Is Economics color blind?

Skidelsky writes on 20 July 2020 in Project Syndicate: ‘I still regard economics’ detachment from culture as a serious shortcoming in understanding human behavior. But I now see considerable merit in this cultural neutrality, because it provides a “safe space” for thinking amid the culture wars that currently convulse the non-scientific intelligentsia and about which journalists love to pontificate.’ and later: ‘Another point in favor of economics is its valid claim to be color- and gender-blind. ‘ Skidelsky, R….

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TRUMP – Dry Run for general represssion

There appears to be  a lot of commentators who are asleep at  the wheel lately. What is happening in the US is a dangerous rerun of the past. In Chicago & Detroit many years ago during a  severe crash the  corporations laid off  their black workers under cruel and severe conditions. The White workers showed no solidarity. Clearly they thought that it was better for them to keep their jobs and for the black workers to take the hit….

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Wikipedia – Native American Lives Matter

Following our earlier blog we have found further astonishing examples of the hold of alt.right editors on the content of Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_genocides_by_death_toll,  if we look at the list of genocides,  the total death toll of native Amerians is between 12,000 and 120,000 and only occurred in California. Even Adolf Hitler knew better and praised the  US where Americans  had ‘gunned down the millions of Redskins to a few hundred thousand,and now keep the modest remnant under…

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‘The Economist’ dog-whistle hypocrisy on a grand scale!

On 9 July, in a piece entitled: ‘Segregation still blights the lives of African-Americans’ The Economist wrote: “If something isn’t done, and done in a hurry, to bring the coloured peoples of the world out of their long years of poverty, their long years of hurt and neglect, the whole world is doomed,” Martin Luther King Jr told striking workers the day before he was shot dead in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1968 black Americans had only just realised formal…

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NHS is a Crime Scene: Covid-19 and ethnicity in UK & US

Independent Sage has produced a report on the impact of Covid-19 on ethnic minorities. This is quite breathtaking….and disappointing Recall Boris Johnson diverting attention to pre-existing conditions and comorbidity as he scrambled to channel Dr Fauci. Many contributors to this report had no time for such baseless and evidence -less speculation. However there are strange and contradictory statements in this report. claims that  among the ‘likely’ causes are overcrowding, yet ONS figures show overcrowding is greater in Asian families…

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Wikipedia – racism and hazing in the editorial suite: Black Lives Matter

There has been many  individual complaints to us  about the culture of Wikipedia editors. There is a strong contingent of alt.right editors who haze pro Black contributions. These people appear to be well funded as they have endless time to revert edits and make snide comments at all times of day and night.  One contributor informed us that she had made over 50 edits/contributions and every single one was reverted without clear explanation. Sometimes the only comment was ‘controversial’…

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