Skip to comments.Double Standard Watch: Oxford Union is dead
Posted on 10/22/2007 9:05:09 AM PDT by george76
This is an obituary for the Oxford Union, which claims to be one of the most famous and distinguished debating societies in the world. The reality is that it is no longer a debating society at all; it has become a propaganda platform for extremist views, primarily of the hard-left.
It has now stopped even pretending to present both sides of controversial issues. To be sure, it puts forward a façade of balance, by presenting speakers who purport to represent both sides of an issue.
But the Oxford Union has become a Potemkin village where a façade of fairness serves as a cover for the reality of bias. Consider for example a debate that is scheduled to take place at the Oxford Union on October, 23 2007 at 8:30pm. The proposition before the house is as follows: This house believes that One State is the Only Solution to the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Every rational person knows that the so-called one-state solution is simply a way of achieving by demography what the Arab world has failed to achieve by military attacks: namely the destruction of Israel as a democratic, secular, Jewish state. A one-state solution would produce yet another Islamic fundamentalist state in place of the secular democracy that is now Israel.
Will Oxfords next debate be on whether the Holocaust occurred? And will they select as their debater in favor of the occurrence of the Holocaust the notorious Holocaust denier, David Irving?
The Oxford Union: may it rest in peace, alongside Pravda and other departed purveyors of truths, Stalin-style.
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The Oxford Union died when it resolved not to fight for King or country.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
A year or so ago the topic was something like whether the would be better or worse off without the US. I think the outcome was a narrow win for “better”.
A year or so ago the topic was something like whether the WORLD would be better or worse off without the US. I think the outcome was a narrow win for better.
Alan was mugged several years ago.
Not literally of course.
It alarmed Churchill greatly at the time.
Okay, how far gone do you have to be for Alan Dershowitz to call you a hard-left extremist???
...which, nonetheless, is precisely what the young men who voted for the motion famously did two years later. It's a bit naive for anyone to assume a connection between a University debating society and the real world - Hitler is notoriously supposed to have fallen into that trap on hearing of this vote, though I've always suspected that's an apocryphal story. Incidentally, and utterly irrelevantly, I once met Bobby Kennedy in the gentlemen's lavatories at the Oxford Union.
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