Category Archives: Cultural Issues

Trump and our cultural wars

Travelling among the educated elites on this excursion into North America has been a depressing experience. I know that policy has been my line of work for the past thirty-plus years, but even so, you would think that for most … Continue reading

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The Soviet culture war

My Russian friend Pavel left the country in 1985 and became a wildlife collector and photographer based in Australia. He is a student of the history of the Soviet regime and its activities worldwide. He advised that from day one … Continue reading

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The culture war: how we got to where we are

Courtesy of Gramski, Lukacs and the Frankfurt School. h/t Frank Brus

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“If we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again”

Dinner with the family tonight, our last before moving on. And as a going away present, I have bought each of the youngest cousins a copy of John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty which had come up in an earlier conversation. … Continue reading

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Welcome progress on adoption in NSW

Not earth-shattering news but great for the families being created to alleviate one of the black spots in Australian child protection. Readers of previous posts on the crisis in child protection – first and second will appreciate that NSW has … Continue reading

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The return of the Gestapo

Interesting. BERLIN — In a coordinated campaign across 14 states, the German police on Tuesday raided the homes of 36 people accused of hateful postings over social media, including threats, coercion and incitement to racism. Most of the raids concerned … Continue reading

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Not by bread and technology alone. A thought for the day.

Recalled after the CIS launch of Peter Kurti’s new book last night. We do not live by bread and technology alone because our lives gain meaning and purpose from the morals, mythology and metaphysics of our non-material heritage. We absorb … Continue reading

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John Ray. Conservatism as heresy

John Ray has devoted a great deal of his life to dissecting leftism and one of his early achievements in 1974 was a collection of papers titled Conservatism as Heresy. This was well ahead of the visible revival of liberal/conservative … Continue reading

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Mark Latham talks to Tommy Robinson

Mark Latham and Tommy Robinson. Plus Guardian readers wishing harm on Andrew Bolt. Calling responsible lefties, if you do not speak up to condemn the intolerance of your colleagues you share responsibility for their actions.

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Is Waleed the past tense of Wally?

What Pauline Hanson asked, and everyone without a brain clot understood, is whether there is a connection between the rise in terrorist activity and the increasing number of migrants from Middle Eastern countries. Waleed Ali may wish to play to … Continue reading

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