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Comment MIT did nothing (Score 1) 127

By doing nothing, MIT implicitly condoned the prosecutor's infamous behavior. Neutrality was a pocket signature. They knew this and they persisted in their inaction.

Even after the death of a person, MIT's refusal to condemn its actions shows a lack of moral courage. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Comment Re:In fairness (Score 1) 421

Absolutely to this and some more besides. Austen was, particularly in Persuasion, mocking the very society that read her books.

Further, her ideas of the novel as an internal monologue were revolutionary. Before Austen (ok and maybe Murasaki in some sort of weird lost art way), novels were based on action rather than ego.

Austen is a British treasure. She definitely belongs on the bill.

Comment Re:Snowden (Score 1) 601

When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty -- to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy.

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