The Culture War


what I mean is just what I said really, that liberalism - philosophical liberalism - mandates a kind of neutrality wrt certain important issues, which are left to the individual to decide, and with the understanding that these individuals might each answer them differently and that this is ok.


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I think it would be good to see you and Mr your hands together in the great outdoors of somewhere like Strines in the peak district. We can eat our own shit or something, go to snakes pass pub for a pint of foaming nut brown ale

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Padraig, with his immense strength, is Obelix (although with somewhat better definition than Obelix, I expect).


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Padraig, with his immense strength, is Obelix (although with somewhat better definition than Obelix, I expect).
He's more like a butchers dog. You could put him on a treadmill and he could run for weeks, but he's not built like a power lifter. He has a discernible neck etc


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Geriatrix is the oldest inhabitant of Asterix's village: he is mentioned as 93 years old in Asterix at the Olympic Games (while drunk, he says he feels ten years younger, to which Asterix replies, "Well, that makes you 83, and it's time you were in bed"). Some translations make him no more than 80.

As an elder, Geriatrix demands respect (generally more than he is given). Nonetheless he dislikes being treated as old and will attack anyone who comments to that effect. In particular he often beats up the village blacksmith Fulliautomatix for refusing to fight back due to his age, and actually cries out to be attacked (in Asterix and the Roman Agent). Geriatrix is seen to sit on the village council at times, on the face of it an entitlement deriving from being the oldest in the community. An example is on p. 11 of Asterix and the Cauldron where he sits with Vitalstatistix, Cacofonix and Getafix, in deciding on Asterix's punishment for having violated their honor code. In Asterix and the Roman Agent he acquires a club which he later uses to knock down The Mansions of the Gods.

Geriatrix is against foreigners who are not from his village. He is a veteran of the Battle of Gergovia and the Battle of Alesia, and refers to them when excited ("It'll be just like Gergovia all over!") or distraught ("It's just like Alesia all over again!"). He has an eye for the young ladies and has a very young and beautiful wife (who appears to be in her twenties) of whom he is very possessive — particularly when Obelix is around.