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Censorship wins no arguments and just helps the right | Nick Cohen 13 Jan 1:30pm Censorship wins no arguments and just helps the right | Nick Cohen
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Banning the Daily Mail from Virgin trains achieves nothing but giving it a dissident glamour it doesn’t deserveHow you think is as important as what you think. If you believe you can ban your way to victory by mounting heresy hunts against all who veer from the true faith, you will not only deserve to lose by some airy moral reckoning. You will lose whether you deserve to or not. As losing is no longer a trivial event in the age of Brexit and Trump, it is worth understanding the consequences of going beyond the old liberal principle that only demagogues who incite violence should be banned. The moral arguments against censorship are so old I can recite them in my sleep. The practical case against a “liberal” movement that reaches for the censor’s red pen like a drunk reaching for a bottle deserves more attention.
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13 Jan 3:59am My 2018 resolution? No more self-doubt
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I’ve been working on a book for over a decade, but like Jack in the Shining I’ve found myself recording the same things again and again. What am I waiting for? I don’t believe in New Year resolutions, but I do believe in becoming so fed up with doing – or not doing – something that you realise something has to give, whatever the date. It just so happened that this came to me on 2 January, when I realised I’d been researching a long-planned book for (the dates on the files do not lie, as much as I wish they did) 14 years. As a teenager, I dreamed of growing up to be like Dorothea from
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Fit in my 40s: who knew buying running shoes was this complicated? 13 Jan 2:00am Fit in my 40s: who knew buying running shoes was this complicated?
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I feel a complete fraud: I have been running four times and pretended to go running a further three A good way not to go running when you hate running is to decide that you can’t really start until you have the perfect shoe. It wasn’t even as simple as wandering round the shops: I had to get my gait analysed, which can happen one of two ways, on a running machine or, in one very special specialist shop in London, running down the road. Dipika is the owner of
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13 Jan 1:00am India has 600 million young people – and they’re set to change our world | Ian Jack
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This new generation is motivated: it combines the cultural values of the traditional Asian family with the life goals of the American teenager An illuminating and sometimes alarming book, Dreamers: How Young Indians Are Changing the World, is published this month. About 600 million people, more than half India’s population, are under 25 years old;
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