Category Archives: Cultural Issues

Who you calling shouty?

This morning the Cat got mentioned in despatches – well, actually the Australian. Former editor in chief Chris Mitchell was writing about the social media pile on, good journalism, free speech, and academic freedom.  He raised the issue of Clive … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Freedom of speech, Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Media | 35 Comments

Sunrise in Pyongyang

Not quite “Wake up, you sleepyhead”. From EVERY MORNING IN NORTH KOREA, THE MASSES ARE AWOKEN BY CREEPY SYNTH MUSIC BLASTING OVER LOUDSPEAKERS. Only a handful of comments at the site, but a quite interesting specimen of the mindset of … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Oppressive government | 48 Comments

Early contender for the Bernard Salt smashed avo award

In the early running it’s … Bernard Salt. Here’s a series of dangerous ideas. Work hard, don’t do drugs, don’t smoke, build good relationships, learn skills, save for a deposit for a house, spend time with your kids, invest in … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Cultural Issues, Libertarians don't live by argument alone | 47 Comments

Islam on the front foot in Indonesia

Alan Jones announced this morning that a coalition of Islamic and military parties in Indonesia will be pushing at a meeting this week for a radical law reform to clamp down on extramarital and gay sex. Also in The Australian. … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Rafe | 33 Comments

Questions that demand answers

Tim Blair in the Daily Telegraph: By the way, are any of our multicultural friends on the Left in any way troubled by the apparent contradiction in denouncing immigration 230 years ago but supporting it now? Why are current opponents … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Cultural Issues, History, Hypocrisy of progressives | 23 Comments

The four horsemen of the current apocalypse

Wolfgang Kasper at the Mannkal-IPA conference on Western Civilization. Two wear red and two wear green: the revival of Marxism, the Welfare State, Environmental Fundamentalism and Islam. The horsemen used to be Pestilence, War, Famine and Death. For nerds. A … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Rafe | 8 Comments

Amazing. Migrants boost crime rates in Germany

Who would have expected it?

Posted in Cultural Issues, Rafe | 22 Comments

The happiest Christmas to you all

It’s been an incredible year. I’ll see you again on the other side of Christmas. Not the white Christmas I grew up with but who really needs snow.

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Beating up on the beats

Something for ageing hippies to remind themselves of the contribution to the culture war by Alan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac et al. But I have to admit that Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was a hoot when I read it … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Rafe, Uncategorized | 7 Comments

Christmas countdown 2017

Posted in Cultural Issues | 22 Comments