In your face Melbourne! We think differently up here, thanks to the influence of the great freethinker John Anderson. This is his defence of the critical tradition in education against the “commercialisation of the academy”. Not a bad effort for 1935.
Is Getup getting up another devious gee-up? Daddy Dave, supersleuth, sniffed out this one.
Mules of the world, unite and resist Big Government. Just found this site. See what you think about it.
Steve Horwitz is talking about the role of popular culture in perpetuating anti-capitalist mythology.
How many of you guys are doctoring your personal records for posterity? Apparently Roy Harrod was arranging stuff for his biographers from a very early age!
“A Conservative Teacher” gives a heads up on some non-lethal weapons that could keep the British riots from taking hold in the US.
The fall of the midwest economic model, Democrat ascendency in a heap of states built on the New Deal thing about big business and big unions.
The repudiation of the Midwestern model has played out most dramatically in Wisconsin, where government unions were recognized in 1959. On the streets of Madison—a small city dominated by state government and a giant state university—liberals demonstrated against Gov. Scott Walker’s reforms. Ludicrously, they depicted public employees as an oppressed proletariat and they proved ready to break the law with violence in the streets and casuistry in the courts.
Jo Nova on spin at the ABC. We pay money for this? Media Watch will go after this like a shark.
My eldest son, based in Boston, has got on the board with a story in a collection.
Tomorrow my youngest son Tom goes to Adelaide to collect a prize in the Children’s Book Council awards. This is the book. These are the short lists for the awards. I am going to represent the co-author Kilmeny Niland and the illustrator Deborah Niland. Deborah was short listed in her own right but missed out on a gong for that book. This is a consolation prize, not the major gong.
In case you missed. The serialised summary of The Climate Caper is now on line at one link, as are extracts from John Grover’s book on the anti-nuclear caper and the series of papers on the policies of the Greens.
New on line. A letter from Les Darcy to one of his great friends and supporters, Father Coady, a parish priests from Maitland. Coady was a great follower of all sports, he took an interest in Darcy’s career and become something of a mentor and confidant. Pag1, page 2, page 3.
The writer/researcher Darcy Niland obtained the letter from Father Coady, a very short time before the old man died. Les Darcy wrote the letter while he was in the Quarantine Station at North Head, near Manly, where he had to spend some time during a smallpox scare on the boat where he and his companion Mick Hawkins were bound for Brisbane. The letter relates how he went over the wall with a little fireman (stoker) and took the Manly ferry to town to see Mick King fight Jeff Smith at the old Stadium. He describes how he thought Smith was a clear winner and how he put a few bob on Smith to humour two spectators beside him who desperately wanted to back King. To his surprise the verdict went to King!
The last line of the letter reads that Mick would like to be kindly remembered to you.
The text in the margin refers to the difficult relationship between the very rough diamond Mick and the very proper Dave Smith who was Darcy’s coach and manager at the time. Smith was later an alderman on the Mosman Council. It reads “he is getting on pretty good with Dave so far. Dave said to me we will have to try and make him a good rubber, he is a good fellow…”
Another letter that Les Darcy sent from the US. This is a copy of the typescript that was kept by the authorities when they intercepted some of his mail from the US, presumably as a part of the campaign against his as a “slacker” and “draft dodger”. The original letter was handwritten and Les talks about getting a portable typewriter so his letters in future may be typed.
It is a very long letter, starting with an account of meeting the strange, shifty figure of O’sullivan or “Sully” who helped to arrange his getaway, in return for payment of his own way and other expenses in the US. Then some details of stowing away and the voyage to South America, then a change of transport to a tanker bound for New York. Then the tumultuous welcome and the sharks coming from all directions to get a piece of the action when he got into the ring.
O’Sullivan posed as his manager and pretended that he had a contract for 25% of Darcy’s winnings. Darcy denied this and O’Sullivan then created huge problems by travelling in parallel with Darcy and spreading the story across the country that Darcy was a lowlife and a draft dodger (as he was himself, though the press didn’t mention that).
There is a lot of complicated detail about contracts for fights that did not happen for various reasons. And reference to a vaudeville tour that he did to keep fit and earn some money before fights were organised.