Best paragraph you’ll read today

The Liberal Party won the election on a promise to restore the spirit and law of liberty to Australian life. But a season after victory, Australians are yet to shake off the tedious remnant technocrats of yesteryear whose permanent edict is that our will to freedom submit to their hebetude.

That is Jennifer Oriel talking about the luvvie response to Tim Wilson’s appointment to the AHRC.

She recommends that we all read Immanuel Kant’s essay An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?

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59 Responses to Best paragraph you’ll read today

  1. I had to look up “hebetude”. It looked like an ethnic slur.

  2. Sinclair Davidson

    Well it is a slur. But I think truth is defence against that sort of thing. Unless the judge has been carefully chosen. Or the Macquarie dictionary is involved. Then anything can happen.

  3. The Pugilist

    Man, I’d love to be caught in a Grace Collier/Jennifer Oriel sandwich. You’d almost interruptus the coitus just to have a chat with both of them. That’s two beautiful minds that reside in some smokin’ hot bodies!

  4. ChrisPer

    The words bigger than wheelbarrow put me off a bit. The erosion of freedom is too important to limit it by talking like a poonce.

  5. “poonce” on the other hand is brilliant word! I remember my mother using it in the 70s.

  6. The Pugilist

    OHH, poonce is about the worst insult you could throw at me. My late mother called me a poonce when I was an arrogant, up-myself teenager and for some reason it really cut me up. Don’t know why. But my wife uses it now when I occasionally need to descend a peg or two.

  7. Looks like it’s not an ethnic slur because the etymology has nothing to do with Hebrews.

    It derives from Latin hebet–, the stem of hebes, blunt or dull (so it is unconnected with the Greek goddess Hebe, whose name comes from the Greek word for puberty or adolescence).

  8. Sinclair Davidson

    From ‘hebetude’ you get to ‘Hebrew’?

    FMD – the ability of lefties to pull stuff out of their arses never ceases to amaze. Really. I’m in awe.

  9. The Pugilist

    Sinc, face it. m0nty is the Cat’s resident poonce…

  10. vlad

    the first six words of that paragraph are the six that Tony Abbott should be made to write out a hundred times or as many times as it takes for him to believe them: the Liberal Party won the election.

  11. Cato the Elder

    Nothing says “I’m an erudite poonce” quite like using hebetude in an opinion piece. I applaud the sentiment but deride the choice of language.

  12. Tom

    That’s a great essay at the link, Doomlord — nearly 240 years old and a perfect description of the tyranny the modern left is still trying to impose on the world, even after a century of totalitarian massacres, most of them inspired by communist collectivism.

    Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another. This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another. The motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! Have courage to use your own understanding!

    Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why such a large proportion of men, even when nature has long emancipated them from alien guidance (naturaliter maiorennes), nevertheless gladly remain immature for life. For the same reasons, it is all too easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians. It is so convenient to be immature!

  13. johanna

    Go Jen!

    Pellucid prose in defence of liberty.

  14. struth

    My view is that it is too important to wait and see what Abbott does. He has shown nothing but a willingness to appease the people who did not vote for him. This basically works against our democracy. He was voted in by people who want things turned around. Pure and simple. If he does not do it soon, a big swift kick up the arse by those that voted for him will be necessary for Australia’s future. Australia is stuffed now after the last six years. We cannot just leave it up to him.
    This now is a fight for freedom and it may sound like I am being over dramatic, but you all know it’s true. It HAS to be turned around. He HAS to do it. We employed him to do it. Yet this man wants to please those that would , whatever he does, sack him and kill Australia’s future.
    I am very much for talking about ways to make sure we are heard and that he does it.
    Tony Abbott, the majority of Australians hate labor. They voted conservative. You have an obligation to be conservative. If you have no intention of being conservative and have just discovered your balls have been rubbed off on a bicycle seat, F(*&^%$$%*ck off and put Julie Bishop in, because I am pretty sure she ‘s got more conviction in her beliefs, and more BALLS.

  15. johanna

    struth, what is it with male commenters and their – or others’ – testicles? I’m a non-testicular person, as is Julie Bishop. We don’t need to be described in terms of this quality that none of us can ever have.

    Tell you what, JB and I could take on just about any human who happens to have testicles, and win. And it’s not because we have virtual testicles.

    Give it a rest, get your hand off it, whatever. Do you think that Maggie Thatcher suffered from a lack of those things you keep banging on about?

  16. stackja

    Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another.

    Left guides the immature!

    Sapere aude “dare to know”.

    Allow people to fight fires, save lives in the surf, ride bicycles. Go TA!

  17. struth

    johanna #1124187, posted on December 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Don’t get your nickers in a twist .
    (if you had balls that would really hurt)
    It actually means strength of character, or will, or courage, and used in a particularly irrellevant and , yes, SLANG fashion. In referencing testicles, of course one must have them to know how they feel. You and it seems Tony Abbott don’t.
    Obviously you are a very serious person.
    That’s not really my problem.
    I would like to write to you more but it is too slow writing one handed.

  18. sparky

    johanna #1124187, posted on December 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Struth was not speaking literally – he was using a metaphorr. Look it up.

  19. sparky

    johanna #1124187, posted on December 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Struth was not speaking literally – he was using a metaphor. Look it up.

  20. sparky

    Aaagh! Tried to fix the double ‘ r’ and botched the whole thing!

  21. johanna

    Oh, piss off with the “it was only a metaphor” thing.

    For some reason, you conflate the presence of testicles with just about every virtue. That’s not a metaphor, it’s a statement.

    Like I say – me and Julie Bishop up against anyone with two of them (hence the numbers).

  22. JohnA

    Struth, do you mean:

    used in a particularly irrellevant and , yes, SLANG fashion

    or

    “used in a particularly irreverent and , yes, SLANG fashion”

  23. From ‘hebetude’ you get to ‘Hebrew’?

    They share the first three letters. Such confusion happens with other words: “niggardly” comes to mind.

  24. Rabz

    Looks like it’s not an ethnic slur because the etymology has nothing to do with Hebrews.

    Such confusion happens with other words: “niggardly” comes to mind.

    muttley – if you were looking for an excuse to take offence for any conceivable reason and you were also an indescribable ignoramus, you would make statements such as those highlighted above.

    Needless to say, you would of course, be wrong on both such occasions.

    FFS, stop jumping at shadows.

  25. Sinclair Davidson

    It being Christmas and all I should suppose it is some deficiency in your education and not general leftist fuck nuttery.

  26. Rabz

    it is some deficiency in your education and not general leftist fuck nuttery.

    No, it’s both.

  27. duncanm

    Johanna,

    Maggie Thatcher had a huge set of cojones.

  28. duncanm

    … just ask Jorge and Leopoldo.

  29. Helen

    Guys go ahead and talk about your balls, scratch them too, if you wish. I take no offence, it is just a guy thing, means jack, in a literal sense, in a metaphorical sense it means that someone has or has not, courage. I understand that.

  30. M0nty,

    Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another. This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another.

    It’s sort of saying: think for yourself, don’t just repeat the latest official talking points.

  31. ChrisPer

    Struth:

    My view is that it is too important to wait and see what Abbott does. He has shown nothing but a willingness to appease the people who did not vote for him.

    Contrast the results of this with Howard ‘seizing the opportunity provided by Port Arthur’ to take the lead of a baying lynch mob of media luvvies, lefty ‘Public Health’ activists, and New Class drones. There was no freedom of other people, that they would not sacrifice for their own moral satisfaction.

    When the investigation into freedom is looking at labour law, business permitting, planning regulation, freedom of the press and the other important and higher-priority issues, remember when Australia fell in behind the forces of illiberty to stomp on the good names of 5% of the population and make them subject to arbitrary and ill designed law that soaks up their freedom, time and money.

    It was only three years that media ran the daily Three Minutes Hate against gun owners, a segment of the population that are 100% vetted by the Police. But its another 14 years since then of incredible accumulated obstruction and cost, living under abrogated freedom.

    Abbot an appeaser? I dont know about that. Perhaps he is under the mistaken idea he is governing FOR the whole country, and thinks fairmindedness is a core value. Thats not what got Howard the approval of the media pack.

  32. Toiling Mass

    I have always thought that cosines were somehow calculated using the green leafy vegetable cos because the first three letters were the same.

    Don’t gety me started about dictionaries and dickheads. There is a troll here who comports himself as the authority on spelling, and he certainly reinforces the association.

  33. struth

    Irreverent or irrellevent, I don’t give a hang. Probably irreverent is better.
    I’m still having a wow of a christmas as they got my weakness. Baileys . Baileys on ice. And plenty of it. MMErry effing Christmas to all cats. God luvyas. Oh and f off numbers you communist twat.

  34. struth

    If he is governing for the whole country then he must do what he was voted in to do.
    Fix it. Appeasing lefties is not governing for the betterment of the country. It is not governing for the whole country. Appeasing lefties does not mean he is governing for the whole country. They don’t know what’s good for them or the country.

  35. wreckage

    m0nty also thinks pouring a nip is racist.

  36. Sinclair Davidson

    m0nty also thinks pouring a nip is racist.

    Or having a shot is a death threat.

  37. Tintarella di Luna

    m0nty also thinks pouring a nip is racist.

    Or having a shot is a death threat.

    Or being in bed with a wog is always a bad thing

  38. Lloyd

    So when I say nipple I’m being racist?

  39. The Pugilist

    If he is governing for the whole country then he must do what he was voted in to do.
    Fix it. Appeasing lefties is not governing for the betterment of the country. It is not governing for the whole country. Appeasing lefties does not mean he is governing for the whole country. They don’t know what’s good for them or the country.

    Struth, I do share some of your frustration but you have to remember that while it only takes a short amount of time to trash a nation like labor has done, the repair job will tale much longer, particularly because labor has shown that they will try and protect their toxic ‘legacy’ by undermining the new government using any and all means available to them. It will take at least three terms to fix, so while we all want rapid progress, Abbott has to be careful and take his time. Having said that, I feel he is being too cautious in these early days…

  40. candy

    I think Tony Abbott thinks he will be able to heal the bad feelings between the left and right that grew so badly during the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd years.

    The trouble with that is that the left hate him. I’m not sure if he really appreciates that. Even rational normal nice people like Steve from Brisbane, Monty and probably even 1735099 have disparaged him for a long time even before he was PM. It’s in their blood, sadly, and it’s irrational.

  41. Tintarella di Luna

    I’m off to have a nip/shot of grappa, after the last couple of days I’ve earned it.

  42. The Pugilist

    The trouble with that is that the left hate him. I’m not sure if he really appreciates that. Even rational normal nice people like Steve from Brisbane, Monty and probably even 1735099 have disparaged him for a long time even before he was PM. It’s in their blood, sadly, and it’s irrational.

    Very true candy. The hatred of the left is purely based on instinct. Nothing else. But it is because they fear him so much. That is a good thing because they consistently underestimate him.

  43. Tom

    Even rational normal nice people like Steve from Brisbane

    You really are quite gullible, Candy. Vicious passive-aggressive sexual perverts are not nice people.

  44. Tintarella di Luna

    The hatred of the left is purely based on instinct. Nothing else. But it is because they fear him so much. That is a good thing because they consistently underestimate him.

    The left’s disparagement of Abbott (and his wife and family) has been taudry, gross and poisonous – and it continues they’re not called the lunatic left for nothing. Abbott’s success has sent the lemmings over the edge – and it’s a one-way trip. The more Abbott succeeds the crazier they become and the greater the entertainment.

  45. candy

    What I meant Tom was that if they were your neighbour you might pop over for a beer at Christmas time and have a nice chat. But then when it comes to Tony Abbott and perhaps just conservatives in general, they become a bit weird and angry.

  46. wreckage

    Or being in bed with a wog is always a bad thing

    I see what you did there. And then you mentioned grappa. I’m onto you.

  47. JC

    Question:

    Why is Triggs still the head of the commission?

  48. Tintarella di Luna

    I see what you did there. And then you mentioned grappa. I’m onto you.

    Shhhhh

  49. C.L.

    Why is Triggs still the head of the commission?

    Well, she has publicly harrassed and sought to marginalise and intimidate Wilson.

    The ironies here are epic.

    Triggs has confirmed that the HRC exists to wage war on non-leftists.

    That is its specific function.

  50. wreckage

    Shutting down the AHRC would require legislation, yes? And that would have to get past the Senate, yes?

    Also: Is Abbott trying to raise the profile of the IPA, and/or secure the careers of IPA folks?

    I can’t decide whether Abbott is, in fact, a Machiavellian genius.

  51. Tintarella di Luna

    I can’t decide whether Abbott is, in fact, a Machiavellian genius.

    I hope so.

  52. johanna

    Yep, abolition needs to go through the Senate. Even reducing its funding would need Senate approval, via the Budget bills.

  53. sparky

    “Oh, piss off with the “it was only a metaphor” thing”

    Don’t put words in my comment that were not there; you change the whole meaning and turn what I said into a flippant throwaway line.
    Your mind is in blinkers Johanna; you just can’t think past the literal, and Struth tried to spell it out in words of one syllable so people like you would understand. Epic fail on his part as far as you are concerned.Ignorance is not always bliss.
    Have a nice day.

  54. David

    Or being in bed with a wog is always a bad thing

    Naughty Tinta.

    In reflection when I read those last two words it is just as well I didn’t put a question mark on that .

    Enjoy the Grappa Tinta – if one can enjoy drinking jet fuel

    :-)

  55. JohnRMcD

    I sent the following letter to the Australian. It did not get published; I still believe that it describes good governance:

    I have read and listened to everyone from back yard acquaintances to know-it-all reporters/academics (like PvO) telling us about what Abbott should be doing (massive change) and when (at once, if not sooner). Some of the changes amount to massive change to the ways we did things in the past. Now I do not want to give the impression that I am arguing that massive change is not needed; god knows it is needed, and as soon as possible. BUT …
    When I was young I was working as a Shift Boss in a mine in northern Manitoba (in late 1967). From memory, a new-ish politician was elected (in early 1968?), as the Prime Minister. His name was Pierre Elliot Trudeau. In retrospect, he was not too flash. But he appeared to have some good ideas. Trudeau had been a professor of Law at University of Montreal. These ideas were clearly described during his election campaign, and it was a significant element in his election. But he told the Canadian people that they should not expect any of his ideas to be expressed in Bills going to the House in Ottawa within 18 months to 2 years. Why? Because the legislation had to be written and checked for “unintended consequences”; to ensure that the legislation did what was required, and did not have consequences that were unplanned.
    I was a recent immigrant (from NW QLD), and, as a non-citizen, was not expected (or permitted) to vote. But, as a bit of a political junkie, I was interested.
    As it turned out the professor was just another inept politician. But his comment about legislation stuck in my mind; and continues to stick.
    People: Think back over the period since Whitlam got himself elected; and the number of pieces of poorly drafted legislation that have been produced by every administration (Labor and Coalition) since then. To the point that the expression “unintended consequences” has become part of the narrative of Australian government. For those of you who are a bit younger and do not have the long perspective that I have developed, think about just the administrations since Howard (Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Rudd). We have had administrations rushing into “getting something done” to meet the demands of the “news cycle”, and getting it wrong; hopefully just a bit wrong, but too often, very wrong.
    Abbott and his team have been there for roughly 100 days; and they have a lot to repair. Give then a chance to GET IT RIGHT.

  56. Notafan

    Why do some claim Abbott hasn’t done anything when the first thing he did was close the Climate Commission and sack Tim Flannery? He also sacked two other partisan senior public services , shifted Ausaid into DFAT and stopped the Green Grants. The LNP introduced legislation to end the Carbon and Mining Taxes, started the commission of audit, fixed up the ABC’s Indonesia mess, reduced the boats by 90% , started the Pink Batts RC, announced the Union enquiry appointed Tim Wilson (that was GOLD) , refused Holden and I am sure there are more things that are simmering for the new year.
    One Combet and a Spot-Destoyer and too many are getting their knickers in a knot.

  57. Yon Toad

    If nothing else, Triggs has shown that you don’t need a pair to be a tosser.

  58. .

    Well said, John R McD.

    The solution is to repeal, repeal, reapal.

    …and to have sunset clauses in all legislation.

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