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Kamm, Oliver

Oliver Kamm (born 1963) is a British writer and newspaper columnist. He is the author of Anti-Totalitarianism: The Left-wing Case for a Neoconservative Foreign Policy (2005), in which he advocates interventionism in foreign policy.[1] He also writes opinion pieces for The Times.

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The Times - United Kingdom | 20/12/2013

Europe stands by the euro

Despite the heavy turbulence in the Eurozone the citizens and politicians have taught the alarmists a lesson this year again, the conservative daily The Times observes: "The eurosceptics who predicted a Greek exit from the Eurozone and the unravelling of currency union were confounded. They misjudged the will of member states and electorates to remain in the euro. Even a majority of Greek voters, amid bitter recession, remain supportive [of the euro]. The doomsayers also misjudged the determination of policymakers to stand by the euro. The ECB's willingness to buy the bonds of highly indebted Eurozone economies stemmed financial market contagion. Growth remains weak but the indebted Eurozone economies are emerging stronger."

The Times - United Kingdom | 25/11/2009

Wikipedia is an anti-intellectual project

The English version of the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia has lost over 50,000 authors this year. The daily The Times welcomes the exodus: "The persistent decline in the number of Wikipedia editors may signal the end of the dominance of a remarkable online resource. It cannot happen too soon. ... Wikipedia is routinely cited in online articles as a substitute for explanations of concepts, events and people. It has thereby coarsened public culture. It is an anti-intellectual venture to its core. Knowledge is democratic in the sense that no one has the right to claim the last word. Wikipedia is democratic in the different and corrosive sense that anyone can join in regardless of competence. Every editor's contribution is of equal value. That is an affront to the notion of disinterested intellectual inquiry. What Wikipedia prizes is not greater approximations to truth but a greater degree of consensus. That ethos undermines Wikipedia in principle as a reference source. ... Wikipedia stands for vainglorious amateurism."

The Times - United Kingdom | 16/08/2007

WikiScanner allows transparence in Wikipedia

"A new web tool was launched this week. The WikiScanner allows users to track changes made to the phenomenally popular online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia", explains writer and columnist Oliver Kamm. "The editors of Wikipedia entries may be identified according to their location and the organisation from which they post. The removal of unflattering references to particular corporations has been traced back to computers at the relevant companies. ... The development of technology that exposes such shenanigans could be taken as evidence of the self-correcting nature of cyberspace. It ought to be seen instead as a lesson in how easily information can be manipulated in a culture that prizes 'user-generated content'. ... Critics of the web decry the medium as the cult of the amateur. Wikipedia is worse than that; it is the province of the covert lobby."

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