Who is the most connected right-winger in Australia?

Well I reckon it would be Alan Jones, or Andrew Bolt, or Paul Murray – or a think tank executive director like John Roskam or Tom Switzer. Maybe the prime minister? You know connected people.

But no; not according to a (very creepy) infographic published this week at The Conversation.

That is a screen shot – for the original you’ll have to click through to the link.

This shows a map of the Australian “right-wing”. It can be neatly divided into two broad groupings – politicians and politician wannabes on the right hand side and think tank type organisations on the left hand side. No media people, so sorry Alan Jones, Andrew Bolt and Paul Murray. You guys just don’t cut it.

The map shows a number of organisations with people clustered around them – the more connections any one individual has the bigger the dot representing them. By hovering over the dots anyone can quickly and easily observe the relative influence and connectedness of these individuals.

So back to the original question:  Who is the most connected right-winger in Australia? According to The Conversation – an organisation that has as its byline “Academic rigour, journalistic flair”.

Here is the great Satan himself (alas sharing joint credit with John Humphreys).

Very annoying having to share top billing with John H – so please update to reflect that I often give talks to the Victorian branch of the LDP and sometimes to local branches of the Liberal Party.

More seriously – how useless is a document like this that identifies random academics as being more politically connected than actual elected politicians?

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72 Responses to Who is the most connected right-winger in Australia?

  1. Tel

    What’s “right wing” about the Liberal Party in Australia?

    I’m aware it’s largely a meaningless distinction but you can barely slip a cigarette paper between Liberal and Labor these days (and both of them will scold you for even knowing what a cigarette paper is) … what’s the point of calling one of them “right” and the other “left”? Turnbull was a coin toss away from joining the ALP anyway, and his policy strategy is to be low profile on all things at all times.

    Turnbull’s big achievement was gay marriage and that was one of these weathervane ideas (both the major parties were opposed to it a few election cycles ago, and both simultaneously flipped). Turnbull won’t be thanked for that by either the winners or the losers, most Australians didn’t care all that much and now it’s just a dinner party talking point, because only a scattered handful of gays can even bother getting married.

  2. None

    Looks like just a basic social network diagram that you can generate using any number of free apps by feeding in a pile of selected Twitter accounts. A afew years ago QUT I think did some Twitter study for some election campaign and carried on about one very dominant Twitter account. I suspect it was mine. But of course their ethics guidelines did not permit them to identify it. It was hilarious because if it was mine I used to use apps like tweetdeck to schedule tweets to run 24 hours a day non-stop (I would set them up each night after reading the morning’s papers aftee midnight; you could set them up for days and weeks ahead) and would simply pop in every now and then and respond to a few people so that it would look like I was there. I showed quite a few other people how to do that as well and we had a ball tormenting all the lefties. What is more hilarious is that in those days Twitter would indicate whether you were using a third party app or even if you were tweeting on your phone so anyone with half a brain could work out what was going on. But I learnt some valuable lessons then as well, for example how lefties would use Twitter for astroturfing with either complicit, compliant or incompetent Lefty journalists then reporting such astroturfing on indicative of public opinion blah blah blah. I certainly saw such dishonest reporting t
    time and time again.

  3. Jo Smyth

    This article was good for a laugh. Apart from that the colourburst was very decorative.

  4. None

    Looks like just a basic social network diagram that you can generate using any number of free apps by feeding in a pile of selected Twitter accounts. A few years ago QUT I think did some Twitter study for some election campaign and carried on about one very dominant Twitter account. I suspect it was mine (although a fellow tweep thought it was hers).. But of course their ethics guidelines did not permit them to identify it. It was hilarious because if it was mine I used to use apps like tweetdeck to schedule tweets to run 24 hours a day non-stop (I would set them up each night after reading the morning’s papers after midnight; you could set them up for days and weeks ahead) and would simply pop in every now and then and respond to a few people so that it would look like I was there. I showed quite a few other people how to do that as well and we had a ball tormenting all the lefties. What is more hilarious is that in those days Twitter would indicate whether you were using a third party app like tweetdeck or hootsuite or even if you were tweeting on your phone so anyone with half a brain could work out what was going on. QuT were too dumb to tweak to it. Sadly Twitter woke up to how people were using these third party apps and either bought them out or just disallowed them. I learnt some valuable lessons then as well, for example I saw how lefties would use Twitter for astroturfing with either complicit, compliant or incompetent Lefty journalists then reporting such astroturfing as indicative of public opinion blah blah blah. I certainly saw such dishonest reporting time and time again.

  5. None

    Looks like just a basic social network diagram that you can generate using any number of free apps by feeding in a pile of selected Twitter accounts. A few years ago QUT I think did some Twitter study for some election campaign and carried on about one very dominant Twitter account. I suspect it was mine (although a fellow tweep thought it was hers).. But of course their ethics guidelines did not permit them to identify it. It was hilarious because if it was mine I used to use apps like tweetdeck to schedule tweets to run 24 hours a day non-stop (I would set them up each night after reading the morning’s papers after midnight; you could set them up for days and weeks ahead) and would simply pop in every now and then and respond to a few people so that it would look like I was there. I showed quite a few other people how to do that as well and we had a ball tormenting all the lefties. What is more hilarious is that in those days Twitter would indicate whether you were using a third party app like tweetdeck or hootsuite or even if you were tweeting on your phone so anyone with half a brain could work out what was going on. QuT were too dumb to tweak to it. Sadly Twitter woke up to how people were using these third party apps and either bought them out or just disallowed them. I learnt some valuable lessons then as well, for example I saw how lefties would use Twitter for astroturfing with either complicit, compliant or incompetent Lefty journalists then reporting such astroturfing as indicative of public opinion blah blah blah. I certainly saw such dishonest reporting time and time again.

  6. RobK

    My goodness, and they didn’t even count your overseas network. (What little secrets are you holding Sinc?)

  7. Infidel Tiger

    6 degrees of Sinclair Bacon.

  8. None

    Haha that diagram also has Malcolm Turnbull attached to the Australian Christian Lobby as a speaker or something. Tells you how useless it is.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    Grand Poohbah of the VRWC!

    And the Kings of Sparta came in twos, so our friend Leonidas of the banner had to get along with Leotychidas. And so it is only to be expected that Sinclair I Doomlord must reign together with John of Humphrey.

  10. Pete of Perth

    The left diagram would be one giant red dot. Anyone outside this realm has been removed from all photographs and sent to the gulag.

  11. Chris M

    I’m not sure I would regard either Sinclair or the Liberal party as right wing. But nice looking dandelion graph I guess, kept someone employed for half a day no doubt.

  12. Muddy

    I just ordered a picture book online about Mythical Australian Creatures for a youngster. I’m expecting to find a Right-Winger in there somewhere, for they seem to make few appearances in public these days. Actually, I think they were featured as one of those Woolies animal cards last year, so they must be real.

    On a completely separate topic, there’s been a bit of a struggle recently with a locally-produced children’s animated film titled “The Extreme Radical Far Far Right Winger Napalms Fairyland.” The censorship people want it to be R-rated because it ‘Contains images and references that may make grown adults mentally defecate.’

    It’s an arm-wrestle at the moment, so I’ll let you know the outcome.
    (I believe that Sinc was invited to do a voice-over but politely declined. Had he embraced the opportunity, he might have been occupying poll position in the Right-Wing-Evil stakes right now. A lesson learned).

  13. cohenite

    Abbott didn’t get a mention?

  14. Roger.

    Libertarians aren’t really on the right, though, are they?

    They straddle right and left, a rather uncomfortable position, to be sure.

  15. Leigh Lowe

    Very nice.
    I like Aboriginal dot paintings.
    If I am not mistaken this one is the rainbow serpent eating the dreamtime wombat?
    Am I close?

  16. Baldrick

    From The Conversation? Only surpassed by the Ponds Institute in accuracy and intelligence.

  17. Muddy

    Roger.
    #2686038, posted on April 13, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Libertarians aren’t really on the right, though, are they?

    They straddle right and left, a rather uncomfortable position, to be sure.

    Yoga and Pilates, Roger.
    Or that might be Pirates.
    Yoga and Pirates.

  18. JC

    Roger

    It’s a large part of the right that straddles. Libertarians are pretty much anti-statist 100% of the time.

  19. Roger.

    Libertarians are pretty much anti-statist 100% of the time

    Which makes them close to the Anarchists on the extreme Left.

    See what I mean?

  20. None

    It’s a large part of the right that straddles. Libertarians are pretty much anti-statist 100% of the time.

    It’s a large part of libertarianism that doesn’t straddle reality.

  21. Entropy

    while that is true Roger, the authors are academics,so anyone to the right of them, eg. a couple of green party members, most of the labor party, nearlyall the liberals,and ninety percent of the general population would be classed as ‘right wing’ even if it would be astonishing news to the labelled.

  22. Myrddin Seren

    So Their Conversation has doxed Doomlord to Melbournistan’s Antifa Legion as Class Enemy No.1. Should make for interesting times.

  23. There is one difference, and only one, between the policies of the ALP and the LNP coalition: the year in which the policy is to be implemented.

  24. None

    naybe it’s a network of opposites, pbw. That means Sinclair is a deep state lefty anarchist. 🤔 Yeah, that fits.

  25. Richard Bender

    If we’re going to have a linear left-right political spectrum, why are socialists such as the Nationals and One Nation on the right?

  26. cohenite

    It’s complete bullshit. The abc is the dominant political force in this hick country; with a few gramscis in key bureaucratic positions and some arsehole corporates and that’s that. For about the next 2 years until china takes over.

  27. Roger.

    The fundamental philosophical assumption of Libertarianism appears to be that government is evil and necessarily militates against the proper end of human beings, which is the exercise of free choice in all matters “provided nobody else is hurt”. That parallels Anarchism’s fundamental ssumption, although means tot he end will differ.

    The conservative on the right believes that government is a necessary evil whose power should be mitigated by checks and balances so that human beings may work towards their proper ends, which includes but is not ultimately defined by the exercise of free choice, which is a means to an end, not the end itself.

    The Socialist believes that government is the answer to humankind’s predicament and the exercise of free choice will be curtailed towards the goals set by government.

    Dig deeper and you’ll find profoundly different philosophical assumptions about the nature and destiny (end, goal, purpose, teleology) of human beings.

  28. None

    If they put Tim Blair into that network then we’d really find out who the great Poobah of the vrwc is.

  29. Entropy

    Richard Bender
    #2686060, posted on April 13, 2018 at 6:37 pm
    If we’re going to have a linear left-right political spectrum, why are socialists such as the Nationals and One Nation on the right?

    Because the people that vote for those parties dont ever vote Green.

  30. H B Bear

    Laughable. How long till Teh Conversation funding runs out?

  31. Nerblnob

    Thinly Disguised Boasting Thread.

    Pete of Perth
    #2686021, posted on April 13, 2018 at 6:01 pm
    The left diagram would be one giant red dot.

    The common term is “The Blob”.

    Subset “the green blob”.

  32. Entropy

    Roger, I could be comfortable with that, except the so called’libertarian’ party, the LDP,was very busy at one stage introducing legislation that expanded the role of government in personal relationships. Not very libertarian was it? A serious libertarian party would be opposed to the very idea of a marriage Act.

  33. Nerblnob

    how useless is a document like this that identifies random academics as being more politically connected than actual elected politicians?

    Leftism media is all about academics flattering each other about their importance to the nation.
    That includes you, much as we love you.

    The real economy of people producing and trading, that is plundered to pay these people and their media support network, barely impinges on their consciousness. (OK that part doesn’t include you. I hope)

    You can preface each sentence the above with “A new study shows that …” if you like.

  34. Roger.

    If we’re going to have a linear left-right political spectrum, why are socialists such as the Nationals and One Nation on the right?

    Because neither are actually Socialist entities calling for the public ownership of property/capital and a centralised, command economy. Rather they are generally socially conservative entities that believe in government intervention in certain sectors of the market and public life which they believe will benefit their constituents. Such parties representing sectional interests will always arise in a democratic party political system. Granted, though, the Left-Right spectrum, like all generalisations, is but a rough guide for organising and making sense of alternatives. I suggest its fulcrum is the private ownership of property and preservation of individual rights, which are balanced against (or not, as the case may be) the role and size of government in an economy and public life.

  35. Nerblnob

    Excuse the typos. I’ve been busy placing fake Optus ads on Seek to keep the media occupied.

  36. Roger.

    Roger, I could be comfortable with that, except the so called’libertarian’ party, the LDP,was very busy at one stage introducing legislation that expanded the role of government in personal relationships. Not very libertarian was it?

    Indeed, Entropy, on that they were very inconsistent with their philosophical principles, and they copped a lot of criticism here for it, too.

  37. Roger.

    Excuse the typos. I’ve been busy placing fake Optus ads on Seek to keep the media occupied.

    LOL.

    You’re the culprit!

  38. RobK

    This is what you get when you write a book intent on torpedoing the ABC.

  39. BrettW

    Muddy,
    I have the ordered same book (OK I went overboard and ordered 5 for various kids). Same artist who did OWG’s avatar, Ian Coate an ex- soldier.

    Lucky we have drop bears around as the planned subs could also come under category of mythical.

  40. Chris M

    If they put Tim Blair into that network then we’d really find out who the great Poobah of the vrwc is.

    Alene Composta.

  41. Elle

    I was once attracted to a Libertarian. However, as a law enforcement officer, it didn’t work. Sigh.

    Alan Jones is my alarm clock. I wake to him every morning. He is my favourite right-winger. He is the most “connected” right-winger, in my opinion.

    Bolt is eye-candy for the girls that swing to the right.

    The IPA has a few well connected right-wingers. You listed John Roskam. Indeed! Tick!

  42. Robber Baron

    Under the Shorten Reich l will know when it is time to sew gold threads into my coat and head for the border when this blog gets shut down and the doomlord goes missing.

  43. Tom

    This shows a map of the Australian “right-wing”.

    Aaaaaaaahahahahahahaahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahaha!!!

    I love it when the stupidest people on earth try to pretend they’re not.

    Fuck me. The Australian left really are clueless. It’s hilarious when they make out like intellectuals.

  44. Nerblnob

    Seriously, they are not even aware of how the economy that pays their wages works.

    And how Australia gets LP/NP majority governments when nobody they know has ever voted anything but Labor or Green. Yet they think they have their fingers on the pulse.

  45. egg_

    Does Cory Bernardi have a regular talking gig on Sky News/2GB/etc.?
    If not – why not?

  46. Rob MW

    Very funny !!!

    Cuddles the Commie is vicariously redistributing all those fragments.

  47. Entropy

    How on earth is that big government, anti development fairy a right winger?

  48. Oh come on

    Stop showing off, DL.

  49. Oh come on

    (It’s a pretty damn nice feather in your cap, though. Some stupid lefty rag – which is nonetheless considered a respectable publication – says you’re the “most connected” of the people they hate. Neat. I’m jealous.)

  50. Fang

    Who was the person, that said! “My politcal views haven’t moved! Political partys have moved significantly to the left!”

  51. Libertarians are lonely sub 40yo’s who came to the conclusion that the only way they were ever going to get a root was to pretend being a Socialist, but were a bit more cunning and decided to be Libertarians.
    No one has a clue what a Libertarian stands for, but if you can bullshit the knickers off a starry eyed chickybabe, who cares?
    What Libertarians don’t realise is the movement was infiltrated at birth, and after the Revolution, they’ll all get jobs digging holes for enemies of the state, then filling them up with their own bodies.
    So there.

  52. areff

    Who was the person, that said! “My politcal views haven’t moved! Political partys have moved significantly to the left!”

    Ronald Reagan: “I didn’t leave the left, the left left me” (paraphrased from memory)

  53. Who is the most connected right-winger in Australia?

    Israel Folau.
    Umless he gets selected at fullback.

  54. Spring is coming

    What are some of the things that should come with such recognition?
    A grant surely
    Constitutional recognition
    An ABC investigative piece
    A wand
    Cheeseburger vouchers
    HBO mini series
    Conspiracy theories
    A honey trap

    Alas knowing the left recognition may be via cream pies, abuse, spittal, headbutts and comedy festival references.

  55. stackja

    When left right made sense.

    Patti Page – Left Right Out Of Your Heart – YouTube
    Lyrics
    Oh, I was left (left), right (right)
    Out of your arms
    Oh, I was left (left), right (right)

  56. jupes

    Two questions Sinc:

    Do you have a cat?

    And if so does it have hair?

  57. RobK

    I can see the headlines now;
    Extreme right wing leader……

  58. “Maybe the prime minister? ”

    Years have past, and the Turnbull boosters still find cute ways to slip in another boost. What is it with this clique at The Australian? We need Turnbull gone.

    Lost seats, oiler subs, Big Green, trashed energy, Uphill Snowy…and the new toy, Coal to Hydrogen. (Don’t worry, he’ll get tired of this one quickly and toss it out of the cot, like New Federalism and agile mini-cities.)

    Enough! Just say whoops and move on. Those who cannot repent their Turnbull end up with a Bishop…or a Shorten.

  59. Fleeced

    They should have ranked them based on who had the most Facebook friends.

  60. Oh come on

    Ronald Reagan: “I didn’t leave the left, the left left me”

    Yeah a bunch of people are saying that. Check out poor old Jim Webb, a genuine moderate and recent Democrat primary contender. When asked to choose between black lives matter and all lives matter, he was the only of the five Democrat candidates who answered all lives matter. This did not serve him well. He also gave a corker of an answer regarding his resolve that recounted his experience of killing a communist North Vietnamese aggressor in the course of his service during the Vietnam War. It would have been a home run response 20 years ago – the non-phony Dukakis, an election-winner. But it sunk like a stone in the modern Democrat Party.

  61. Infidel Tiger

    Jim Webb would have been a great President.

    Dems are now a socialist party and the GOP are a weird cabal of freaks completely owned by their donors.

    Not good.

  62. Leo G

    When left right made sense.

    The first book of the New Testament still makes sense of it with the parable of the sheep and the goats:-

    When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

  63. NuThink

    For a moment there I thought it was a picture of Voodoo dolls with the pins stuck into them.

  64. You are too modest, Doomlord. You stand astride the wingnut landscape like a Colossus wearing a mankini.

  65. None

    You are too modest, Doomlord. You stand astride the wingnut landscape like a Colossus wearing a mankini.

    Aaugh. *mind bleach*

  66. Percy Porcelain

    “Institute for Public Affairs”.

    If Paul Murray is a right winger, I’m a Swahili Chieftain.

  67. Dr Fred Lenin

    Turnbull legacy the failed lawyer,banker and Alp candidate who introduced the failed poofter marriage fiasco there’s a history footnote you could do without .
    As for political gangs and groupings its simple ,the gangrenes are the anarchist left ,the alp union mafia are the communists and Turnbull infiltrators are the socialist fellow travellers .its not hard when you look closely . So where there are polliemuppets who claim to be com[nsevative But that’s a shadowy claim as any of them love big government and real conservatives hate government interference .

  68. Malcolm Thomas

    I’m not sure who the most connected right winger is, but Steve Kates is certainly the most unhinged.

  69. Red

    I would not call Turnbull a right winger. He is a lefty masquerading as a right winger.

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