GETTING QUALIFIED FOR LIFE: LICENSING MARRIAGE, SEX AND RAISING CHILDREN

I’m a member of an organisation which owns a chainsaw.  But, to operate it, a person needs to do a two day course and get a licence, which has to be renewed through training every six months.  It got me wondering:  why do you need a licence to operate a chainsaw when you don’t need a licence to operate a marriage, to be competent at sex or to raise children? (These are linked, but not necessarily in this order.)  Surely these are much more important issues for individuals and for operating a society than operating a chainsaw?Read More »

AN ISIS VIEW OF THE WEST: DIFFERENT THINKING

To me, the ISIS world view is abominable.  But perhaps that’s because I’m relatively well off in Western society.  If I was a member of a minority group in a Western country, a group that felt discriminated against by the society, maybe I would feel very differently.  What might I see?Read More »