The government says the new strategy is intended to disrupt extremists, pursue those responsible for radicalization and address some of the social reasons that have allowed extremism to flourish. But critics say they worry that the new measures may be seen as heavy-handed and exacerbate the sense of alienation and resentment among young British Muslims, which is itself a driver of radicalization. Mr. Cameron, who has described the battle against terrorism as the struggle of his generation, hopes the measures will bolster the influence of moderate and mainstream Muslim voices. He is also expected to restate the case for updating Britain’s laws on electronic surveillance. “We know that extremism is really a symptom; ideology is the root cause, but the stakes are rising, and that demands a new approach,” Mr. Cameron is expected to say, according to comments released by his office. “So we have a choice: Do we choose to turn a blind eye, or do we choose to get out there and make the case for our British values.”"Critics" are correct, as fucking always. Key falsehood in Cameron's approach: "Ideology is the root cause." No. "British values" are the root cause. "British values" = "American values" = death fetish, infinite greed, infinite imperialist aggression, infinite obliteration of truth and logic, infinite smashing of normal human life, raw bloody infinite evil. Root cause of the falsehood about ideology is, as always, the commie myth that humans are passive mechanical identical grains of sand. Under that false assumption, changing ideology is the way to change behavior. In fact humans are living social mammals with a PURPOSE. We have an internal compass, an innate sense of right and wrong. The innate sense doesn't include all the details of Natural Law, but it can instantly discern that "British values" are pure suicide. What happens after this discernment is the real variable. Some people have a weak compass. Some are locked into a comfy cushy career path that provides enough power and money and sex to counteract the pull of the compass. When you have a strong compass and no status, you start thinking. = = = = = Language sidenote: Some languages have special verb forms used only by the nobility or upper caste. English never had those specific forms, but now a specialized verb tense has appeared, marking the accession of a new level of royalty. Is expected to say is strictly reserved for the Prime Minister. All of his speeches are released in advance, and all newspapers publish his speeches in the is expected to say tense, rather than the vulgar common says tense. NYTimes has picked up this reserved tense from Telegraph, Guardian, etc.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.