Category Archives: History

Remembering Solzhenitsyn 50 years after he won the Nobel

Archive, 1970: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wins the Nobel Prize in Literature. A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Freedom, History | 35 Comments

The health of the President

John F. Kennedy was, in all likelihood, the sickest world leader of the twentieth century: The medical records reveal that Kennedy variously took codeine, Demerol and methadone for pain; Ritalin, a stimulant; meprobamate and librium for anxiety; barbiturates for sleep; … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Fake News, History | 109 Comments

Susan Ryan

Probably the most useful thing I’ve done in my life.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ – The late Susan Ryan on the Sex Discrimination Act. A minister in the Hawke-Keating government, Ms Ryan has died, aged 77.   I also want to note the … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Culture Wars, History | 13 Comments

Russian tyrant defamed

Clive Palmer has compared the leadership of @DanielAndrewsMP and @MarkMcGowanMP to that of Joseph Stalin during an interview with Sky News. — Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) August 30, 2020

Posted in History, State Politics | 10 Comments

The university as nursery for espionage? Nah. Couldn’t happen.

MICHELLE Grattan asks if the Feds have the legal authority to oversee state agreements with foreign governments like China’s. The short answer: yes. “Universities, however, are another matter,” she insists. A professorial fellow at the University of Canberra, Grattan characterises … Continue reading

Posted in History, National Security | 27 Comments

Bush Week

NYT, 2006: Bush Abandons Phrase ‘Stay the Course’ on Iraq. ABC, today: Andrews urges Victorians to stay the course.

Posted in COVID-19, History, Hypocrisy of progressives | 12 Comments

This Quigley Fellow

It has been a necessary and momentous achievement in the development of civilisation to set laws down so everyone knows what they may and may not do, and to protect people from the capriciousness of rulers who are also bound. … Continue reading

Posted in History, Rule of law, Western Civilsation | 14 Comments

Written before Joe Biden accepted the Democrat nomination

Notwithstanding that the Civil War is hard to top, there’s always room in a democracy for alternative views: One hundred years later to the day, any sober and dispassionate mind must conclude that giving ladies the right to vote was … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, History, Western Civilsation | 47 Comments

The Phony Historiographical Miracle On The Hudson

GIVEN the pace and craziness of 2020 – a year aptly numbered given the clarity for yesteryear’s normality it has come to afford the sane – a lot of interesting stories go by the wayside every day. One in particular … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, History | 26 Comments

“Do you know who the real heroes are? The real heroes.”

– Norm Macdonald Scott Morrison recommends WWII hero Teddy Sheean posthumously receive a VC.

Posted in Australian Story, History | 96 Comments