(29Aug06) “…Last week marked the passing of multiculturalism as official government doctrine. No longer will opponents of this corrosive and divisive creed be silenced simply by the massed Pavlovian ovine accusation: “Racist!” Better still; the very people who foisted multiculturalism upon the country are the ones who have decided that it has now outlived its usefulness — that is, the political left. It is amazing how a few by-election shocks and some madmen with explosive backpacks can concentrate the mind…. It has all been a long time coming. Some 22 years ago Ray Honeyford, the previously obscure headmaster of Drummond middle school in Bradford, suggested, in the low-circulation right-wing periodical The Salisbury Review, that his Asian pupils should really be better integrated into British society….. They should learn English, for a start, and a bit of British history and a sense of what the country is about....” How right wing the left sounds after its moment of racial truth by Rod Liddle, TIMES ONLINE “….For these mild contentions, Honeyford was investigated by the government, vilified as a racist by the press, ridiculed every day by leftie demonstrators outside his office and was eventually hounded from his job. He has not worked since….. It is impossible to overstate the magnitude of this shift…. Multiculturalism insisted that communities always changed, were in a permanent state of flux and that if you were white and lived in Oldham or Burnley or Tower Hamlets then you had better get used to the idea quickly. This was a doublethink because the same latitude was not extended to the host population; while it was accepted that immigrants would naturally wish to band together and preserve their cultural identity, when the white working-class communities made similar protestations, this was regarded, once again, as evidence of an antediluvian racism… In the end, it is not the mad mullahs at whom we should direct our wrath, but the white liberals who enabled them to prosper. That the creed has now been binned should be a cause for celebration; but don't for a moment expect an admission that they got it wrong in the first place….”
(10Aug06)“…Traditionally, the Left's favoured victims were the proletariat or working class who were oppressed by the hated bourgeoisie, aristocrats, landholders, factory owners, small businessmen and managers. Only recently, with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the shrinking of the working class in developed economies, have numerous other groups become the Left's favoured victims…At the conclusion of World War II, the Jewish people were added to the Left's list of stereotypical victims….Designated a victim-state by the Left, Israel did not live up to expectations. To begin with (and despite being under constant Arab attacks from the day of its foundation in 1948), Israel has been internally stable and politically mature…” Left in perversity, for the left, Israel is the aggressor and terrorists the victims, argues Brian Wimborne, The Australian “…Paradoxically, the state's success has been the reason the Left turned against Israel. Within a few years of its foundation, Israel had broken the first commandment of the Left's ideology: "Thou shalt not succeed."… In short, Israel has become the aggressor; terrorists or so-called insurgents, by contrast, are the darlings of the Left….If there is a lesson to be learned from this, it is that where morality is concerned, the Left is value free. It draws no distinction between good and evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice….This should surprise no one. In the past century the Left gave rise to national socialism and international socialism; today it continues to function without a semblance of moral rectitude, offering support of any group it designates as victims…”
(23April06) “…Multiculturalism and the inability or unwillingness of Western nations to uphold their borders from massive immigration is viewed by Muslims as an invitation for attack and a signal that their ancient Western rival is weak and ripe for conquest. This is no doubt the background for the ongoing aggressive posture by the Iranian president, among others….Muslims really do believe that the time has now come for overthrowing the West and putting Islam into the global, dominant position it should have according to their scriptures. They will spare no efforts, including nuclear war, in achieving this goal. The Iranian president has quite openly stated that “Islam will soon rule the world,” which implies that they will have to destroy or subdue the West…” The Retreat of the Western World Order by Fjordman filing via Gates of Vienna. “....Al-Qaeda strategists have earlier outlined a schedule for awakening the Islamic world and crushing the West, with a timeline stretching over the coming fifteen to twenty years. They still stick to this plan, which means that tensions are bound to escalate even further in the near future. Westerners need to understand that a world war of sorts with the Islamic world is already inevitable by now, no matter what we do….By quite literally putting a dagger at Europe 's throat, the Islamic world will force Europeans to renew themselves or die. Europe will go through a turbulent period of painful, but necessary revival, and will arrive chastened on the other side…Just as Imperialism caused WW1, Fascism WW2 and Communism the Cold War, Multiculturalism and Muslim immigration will drag the West into a war with the Islamic world. Instead of a Westernization of the Balkans, we get a Balkanization of the West….”
(15April06) I have read a lot of books on the issue of Islam and by no means consider my self totally across it. As is the case with most subjects, it has the capacity to glaze the eyes if you let it. This book though is a breezy and comprehensive easy read. You can pick it up and put it down at will and not lose the plot.
(25Mar06)“…It seems that the historical revisionists and terrorist appeasers are at it again. A recent Victorian textbook has made a comparison between the Crusades and the September 11 terrorist attack. Defenders of the textbook say it is merely being deliberately provocative and designed to spark debate…the Crusades were simply the reaction of the Christian West to more than three centuries of Islamic expansion, mistreatment of Christian populations in the Holy Lands, and harassment of religious pilgrims….Christians in Jerusalem often suffered terribly under the Muslims. So many Christians wanted to reclaim the Holy Lands from Muslim rule. But to equate this with what happened on September 11 is ludicrous… . Leftist revisionism calls Crusaders 9/11 terrorists by Bill Muehlenberg BrookesNews.co “..Indeed, one can argue that September 11 was a continuation of the principle of Islamic expansion, begun 1400 years earlier — the very thing the Crusaders were responding to…. of equal concern with this textbook incident is that this is but another tedious example of how far to the left our teaching establishment has become, and how many of our educational elite simple despise their own heritage and culture. This anti-Christian, anti-Western mindset is characteristic of our Politically Correct education establishment…Will we soon be seeing textbooks comparing the Green movement with the Ku Klux Klan in order to be “deliberately provocative”? Or will we have textbooks drawing parallels between Aboriginal dreamtime spirituality and the Raelian cult in order to help students “tease out ideas”?
(23Mar06) “…Lenin believed that a leftist society would be built when "the masses" achieved "class consciousness" and then spark a devastating revolution that would sweep away the "bourgoisie”. However, Gramsci disagreed; he noticed that actually, most people don't care about politics….Rather than try and spark a mass revolution among the masses, Gramsci instead believed in a gradualist strategy for moulding the West into a leftist gulag…” Gramsci; leftist master tactician “…Gramsci urged leftists to do two things, firstly, to concentrate themselves into small groups of activists, where their power would be most concentrated (remember the laser). Secondly, he told them to point this laser at the societies "nerve centre"; its mass media, its educational establishments, its churches, its trade unions etc. From here, they would have their hands on the levers of Western society, from where they could turn up the heat until the Western world had been eliminated…” Arson, rape, massacres ... and the strange silence of the archbishop
(7Mar06) “…Like Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic, the Islamists of Sudan claim monstrous liars are libelling them. 'You are terrorists,' Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein, the regime's defence minister, screamed at journalists in Khartoum on Thursday…. Fashion matters and today the fashion is to ignore genocide. Quite rightly, the crimes of American, British, European and Israeli democracy are dissected and denounced. But an intellectual blockage - a Chinese wall in the mind - prevents the critics applying universal principles to far greater outrages… The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, made my point for me in Sudan last week.” Arson, rape, massacres ... and the strange silence of the archbishop by Nick Cohen “..On a visit to a church in Khartoum , the fearless archbishop told the congregation: 'It will be a joy to share with fellow Christians in Britain what... I have learnt from you.' What he had learnt was a history of massacre, slavery and second-class citizenship, but he didn't mention it…And so it went on. He travelled through a country torn by religious mania and genocide without mentioning religious mania and genocide… The confusion isn't confined to the General Synod of the Church of England. The United Nations tried to suppress a report that named the alleged war criminals of Darfur, in a way that it would never have suppressed the names of alleged torturers at Guantanamo … Why isn't every liberal newspaper and liberal party fulminating?”
(5Mar06) “…For a long time now, the political Left has been a source of widespread puzzlement. Many people instinctively suspect its insidiousness, but are uncertain of its precise nature….Duplicitous by disposition, the Left indeed does not lend itself to easy analysis…The Left's devotees like to say that knowledge is power, and on this much at least we can agree. Let us begin, then, our quest for knowledge by rising above the political and cultural melees of the day to obtain a more rounded view of the battlefield forces….It intensely detests Christianity, the West's predominant religion…. Deeply averse to the West's moral code, the Left contemptuously refers to it as bourgeois morality…” The Suicidal Left: Civilisations and their Death Drives The American Thinker “…The West's moral decline, the collapse of its religion, economic sluggishness, and the indifference to its own historical and cultural achievements – all this is the Left's doing….The Left's gains have been greatly facilitated by its ingenious modus operandi , which is to cloak its destructive intent in the language of good causes. Civil rights, gender equality, ecological preservation are among some of its favorite ploys….”
(5Mar06) “…Once upon a time, hypocrisy was the homage vice paid to virtue. This required a certain connection between the word and the deed. You could tell the world you cared for the environment, or you could drive a massive, energy-guzzling pollute-mobile. But not both. Not at the same time, anyway. If you did, other people tended not to take you seriously….I'm not sure how we got here, but it seems associated with a declining interest in facts. Possibly we are now so overwhelmed by information we've given up trying to arrange it logically, and just cling to any strands of meaning we find emotionally congenial. But the facts should still matter…” No facts in the bag of green pretenders by Michael Duffy (Sydney Morning Herald) “..The very concept of hypocrisy is, like, so yesterday. Maybe it needs to be renovated. Maybe, for example, we should ask the advocates of urban consolidation - which involves forcing most new families to live in concrete boxes next to railway lines in outer suburbs - where they themselves live. (Most I've met are childless and live in trendy inner-city flats, or are older people on generous blocks in established suburbs) … But moral vanity still flourishes. My favourite example at the moment is the environmentalists in fashionable suburbs who disparage McMansions for using energy-wasting air-conditioning. The fact that it's five or more degrees hotter out west in summer doesn't seem to concern the critics in places such as Waverley . But then, it's easy to occupy the moral high ground when it gets ocean breezes….”
(1Mar06) “…There's a certain consistent pattern regarding the worldwide Left's assessment of culpability for Muslim terror. It is the fault of the murdered…. From Kofi Annan to the New York Times – and the other American newspapers that declared respect for religious symbols a new journalistic virtue – liberal and leftist opinion always condemns violent Muslim demonstrations, but always with a "but." Why the left doesn't blame Muslims for Muslim violence by Dennis Prager “…For a decade or more, it has been a given on the Left that Israel is to blame for terror committed against Israelis by Palestinian Muslims (Palestinian Christians don't engage in suicide terror) ….Since examples of liberals refusing to blame criminals and terrorists for their behavior are legion, let's try to figure out why this moral inversion is so common. Here are three hypotheses…We don't know who will be the next target of Islamic or other murderers from poor or non-Western or non-white groups. All we can know is that liberal and leftist thought will find reasons to hold the targeted group largely responsible.
(28Feb06) “…In Britain , the politics of behaviour is replacing the politics of class. Tony Blair's Labour Government has shown little interest in traditional socialist issues such as income redistribution, but it has enacted a stream of legislation aimed at curbing the growth of the yobbishness and antisocial behaviour that is blighting the lives of many working-class people. There is no sign yet of Australia developing its own "Respect Agenda", but the country is not immune from the problems Britain is experiencing…There are some common causes for the collapse of civility in Britain and Australia …” Polity's place in a polite society by British Labor MP Frank Field in The Australian “…Far and away the most important is that, not so long ago, the formation of our characters was not left to chance but today, increasingly, it is. In the past, family played a key role in shaping character, and its influence was reinforced by a rich array of civil institutions including churches, Sunday schools, trade unions, friendly societies and mutual aid clubs…. At the root of our present discontent is the failure of many families to nurture their young properly. This is most extreme in Britain , where the growth of single-parent families has been underpinned by the loss of manufacturing jobs offering wages on which young men can finance a family….Something needs to be done urgently to restore the ethic of respect in our society. Our societies cannot survive for long if they are careless about safeguarding their own futures…”
(27Feb06) “…Something very remarkable is happening around the globe and, if you want the short version, a Muslim demonstrator in Toronto the other day put it very well: ''We won't stop the protests until the world obeys Islamic law.'' Stated that baldly it sounds ridiculous. But, simply as a matter of fact, every year more and more of the world lives under Islamic law: Pakistan adopted Islamic law in 1977, Iran in 1979, Sudan in 1984. Four decades ago, Nigeria lived under English common law; now, half of it's in the grip of sharia, and the other half's feeling the squeeze, as the death toll from the cartoon jihad indicates…” Needing to wake up, West just closes its eyes by Mark Steyn “…What, in the end, are all these supposedly unconnected matters from Danish cartoons to the murder of a Dutch filmmaker to gender-segregated swimming sessions in French municipal pools about? Answer: sovereignty. Islam claims universal jurisdiction and always has. The only difference is that they're now acting upon it. The signature act of the new age was the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran : Even hostile states generally respect the convention that diplomatic missions are the sovereign territory of their respective countries. Tehran then advanced to claiming jurisdiction over the citizens of sovereign states and killing them -- as it did to Salman Rushdie's translators and publishers…”
(5Jan06) As Norman Podhoretz said a generation ago, “A conservative is a liberal (lefty) mugged by reality…” Stabbed in the back.
(4Jan06) “Much of what we loosely call the Western world will not survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most Western European countries. There'll probably still be a geographical area on the map marked as Italy or the Netherlands -- probably --just as in Istanbul there's still a building called St. Sophia's Cathedral. But it's not a cathedral; it's merely a designation for a piece of real estate….The design flaw of the secular social-democratic state is that it requires a religious-society birthrate to sustain it.” It's the demography stupid by Mark Steyn “…There are many trouble spots around the world, but as a general rule, it's easy to make an educated guess at one of the participants: Muslims vs. Jews in " Palestine ," Muslims vs. Hindus in Kashmir, Muslims vs. Christians in Africa, Muslims vs. Buddhists in Thailand , Muslims vs. Russians in the Caucasus, Muslims vs. backpacking tourists in Bali . Like the environmentalists, these guys think globally but act locally…Yet while Islamism is the enemy, it's not what this thing's about. Radical Islam is an opportunistic infection, like AIDS: It's not the HIV that kills you, it's the pneumonia you get when your body's too weak to fight it off…That's what the war's about: our lack of civilizational confidence. As a famous Arnold Toynbee quote puts it: "Civilizations die from suicide, not murder"--as can be seen throughout much of "the Western world" right now. The progressive agenda--lavish social welfare, abortion, secularism, multiculturalism--is collectively the real suicide bomb…. Thats the wonderful thing about multiculturalism: You can choose which side of the war you want to fight on. When the draft card arrives, just tick "home team" or "enemy," according to taste.”
(4Jan06) I believe, there is a widely shared understanding that our culture—not just the political system of democracy but our entire western way of life—is at a crossroads….we all know that the future of the West, seemingly so assured even a decade ago, is suddenly negotiable in the most fundamental way… The field of battle may have changed; the armies have adopted new tactics; but the war isn't over: it is merely transmogrified. In the subtitle to his book, Burnham promises “the definitive analysis of the pathology of liberalism.” At the center of that pathology is an awful failure of understanding which is also a failure of nerve, a failure of “the will to survive…” After the suicide of the West By Roger Kimball, writing in the The New Criterion, “... Liberalism, Burnham concludes, is “an ideology of suicide.”… I recall a statement by one Hussein Massawi, a former Hezbollah leader, which I believe I first read in one of Mark Steyn's columns. “We are not fighting,” Mr. Massawi said, “so that you will offer us something. We are fighting to eliminate you.”…. Mr. Massawi speaks clearly, but who is listening?... Our colleges and universities have been preaching the creed of multiculturalism for the last few decades… We are now beginning to reap the fruit of that liberal experiment with multiculturalism. The chief existential symptom is moral paralysis, expressed, for example, in the inability to discriminate effectively between good and evil…”
(23Dec05)“…Most Muslims I know enjoy our Christmas just as much as atheists such as I do, and they understand, as intelligent people, the place of the festival in our history, our culture and our way of life. No: the offence they are alleged to take about it is, instead, taken on their behalf by politically motivated wreckers, who do so without actually asking Muslims, or Jews, or atheists, whether they mind this sort of prejudice being promulgated in their names…” Stop apologising for being Christian by Simon Heffer Daily Telegraph “..The modern Left exercises a militant anti-Christianity not so much because of a cultural cringe in the face of immigrant minorities, but because of its general wish to dismantle history. Once you have erased Christianity, you have erased (or at least made appear irrelevant) much of the past 1,400 years…”
(2Dec05)“…The Left's dislike of capitalism naturally extends to the whole of Western civilization as the two are indelibly and inextricably tied….In the Left's worldview, then, the two great villains on this earth are capitalism and the West. As such, they need to be brought down and taken out of existence, which is precisely what the western Left has been trying to accomplish for the past one hundred years or so….Never in doubt where they stood, the Left tried to tip the scales in the Soviets' favor by weakening the West from within. Their strategy was twofold: To dull the West's fighting spirit and to undercut its military power….To render us ineffective militarily, they strenuously opposed any effort to increase our strength or preparedness. Claiming it would only provoke the other side to an all-out nuclear confrontation, they eagerly advocated military cuts in order to demonstrate good will…This changed dramatically on September 11, 2001 when Islamic radicals burst on the scene in a spectacular fashion….” The Left's Secret Pact: Subverting the War on Terror from The American Thinker. “…Their attack and subsequent statements left no doubt about their goal – the annihilation of Western civilization. And like communists before them, they see capitalism as the source of our evil which is something their choice of target made painfully clear…Sensing the opportunity, the Left immediately sprang to action. The first order of business was to dampen the retaliatory wrath of the United States…Since then the Left has done everything it could to undermine our efforts in the War on Terror…Pacifism in the face of a determined adversary is always fatal. The Left knows it, which is why it advocates it…The Left's treachery accounts for why four years after September 11 most western nations are not only unwilling to confront the enemy who openly calls for their destruction, but impugn the one country disposed to do something about it…The depth and extent of the Left's deceit will become clear once it is understood how their shared views on our society make them a stealth ally of Islamic radicals…”
(30Nov05) “.. Shaun Bailey was born on the west London estates that have been linked to investigations into the murder of WPC Sharon Beshenivsky. Here he describes how pop culture and liberal politics have created a feral generation hooked on drugs, crime and violence..” My battle with liberal Britain from the The Sunday Times “K ids are carrying guns now because guns are linked to bigger crime. They are selling crack because crack has a shorter turnaround and a higher profit than the likes of weed and heroin. People who smoke crack are so desperate they'd do anything for the money. And the dealers get high on the power
(20Nov05) A review by Bill Muehlenberg from News Weekly November 5 th 2005:
“..Tammy Bruce ( The New Thought Police ) is angry. And judging by the contents of this book, she has a right to be. She is angry at the damage and destruction being wrought on individuals and societies in the name of moral relativism. And a major source of this tsunami of immorality and amorality, according to Bruce, comes from the radical Left….The pathological narcissism of the loony Left harms everyone, as individual traumas and disorders are foisted upon the rest of society…” THE DEATH OF RIGHT AND WRONG: Exposing the Left's Assault on Our Culture and Values by Tammy Bruce “…The Left's attack on Christianity is a major case in point. That is because the church is the main bulwark of moral certitude, something the moral relativists just cannot stand….They talk about freedom and tolerance, but what they really want is the freedom to do whatever they want and for the rest of us to just tolerate it…”
(8Nov05)“…If you want to grasp the far left and what it really wants behind the sound bites, you have to understand Antonio Gramsci … Gramsci held that it was because most people actually don't care about politics, such is their obsession with the minute details of their own lives. Therefore, Gramsci told Marxists neither to seek nor expect the masses to "spontaneously" move towards Communism. Instead, he instructed leftists instead to "Capture the Culture"…..Gramsci understood that a society has several "nerve centres"; its mass media, its churches, its trade unions, its schools and university's etc." Gramsci; Godfather of the Leftist Culture War, a view from the bloggosphere by Michael from Manchester “…These nerve centres had, and still have, tremendous and massive influence in shaping the culture of a nation…. Gramsci also understood that leftists would have to camouflage their intentions… This advice quickly influenced leftists like Norman Thomas, the American Socialist Party candidate who once wrote: " The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened " ….Gramsci had a special contempt for the Christian religion, although he had to concede its undoubted role in influencing a nations culture. Rather than try and ban the church, he understood the better tactic was to infiltrate it, and corrupt its doctrines so completely that it would effectively become the spiritual wing of the PC lobby…”
(26Oct05)“On a recent visit to an inner-east Sydney cafe, I was confronted with that popular new intellectual pastime of many Australians: radical anti-Americanism.…No longer afflicting only those mythical tribes with a fondness for latte or chardonnay, the loud and proud hatred of everything the US stands for is becoming the default ideological setting across political, economic and municipal lines. My awareness of this fledgling mood received a shot in the arm when I was made out to be the intellectual outcast at a recent dinner party among educated Westerners. My sin? Failure to find a moral justification for suicide bombings.” Bush not a Prototype by Mal Bozic.”…Such a public endorsement of xenophobic sentiments as exhibited by the said cafe was surprising, not least given the location. Apparently, under the prevailing political correctness regime, some nationalities are more equal than others…”
(9Oct05) “…Liberals need the presence of dysfunctional or unassimilated people in society in order to have someone upon whom to exercise the liberal virtues of compassion and non-discrimination, which are the very purpose and justification of liberal society.” Why western elites don't fear muslims by Lawrence Auster “ Since the liberals are focused entirely on their own psychological and ideological agenda, namely the acceptance and inclusion of unassimilable minorities which in turn legitimizes the liberals' power and position, they can't conceive that that agenda may lead to their own dispossession…”
(28Sept05) “…If you want to understand the Left, the best place to start is with an understanding of hysteria. Leading leftists either use hysteria as a political tactic or are actually hysterics.” The left and hysteria by Dennis Prager “No event is free of leftist hysteria. On the third day after Katrina, civil rights activist Randall Robinson reported that blacks in New Orleans were resorting to cannibalism. Indeed, most of the news media coverage bordered on the hysterical….the irony in all of this is that the Left sees itself as the side that thinks intellectually and non-emotionally. And that is hysterical.
(25Sept05) “….The seed for al-Qa'eda may have been sown during the twilight of the Cold War, but something in the Nineties allowed this terror group to metamorphose from being one small part of an Afghan-specific guerrilla army into a global, transnational, nihilistic network. What was that?.... In a nutshell, in the 1990s al-Qa'eda became the armed wing of Western liberal opinion..” The Left brought terror to our door (The Weekend Australian Sept 24/25) “…Some of the mujahedin, especially those from Europe, including from Britain, were inspired to fight in Bosnia after watching or reading news reports in the Western media — especially the liberal media — which presented the civil war in Bosnia as a simplistic battle between good (the Muslims) and evil (the Serbs)...Ahmed Omar Sheikh, the Briton convicted in Pakistan of murdering the American journalist Daniel Pearl, was reportedly inspired to join a jihadist movement after watching videos of the Bosnian Muslims' plight at the London School of Economics, of all places… It is time we interrogated the movement of al-Qa'eda in the early to mid-1990s, and explored how that movement was facilitated by liberal politicians and their supporters in the media...”
(14Sept05) "Nearly one third of Germans under 30 say that the U.S. government ordered the 9/11 attacks. In France , a book insisting that Americans carried out the assault themselves to increase defense budgets becomes a huge bestseller… Unlike some forms of bigotry, anti-Americanism is most virulent among Europe 's elites. Everyday Germans and Brits and Italians tend to be more appreciative of American culture, economic achievement, and government than their political lords”. Europe Learns the Wrong Lessons by Karl Zinsmeister “..The tradition of a peasantry ruled by its "betters" endures in numerous ways. Many of these habits are actually being deepened by the European Union, where decision making is dominated by un-recallable mandarins serving appointments in Brussels, who regularly ram through laws that could never pass by popular referendum… An irresponsible preference for moral dudgeon over useful solutions is now a hallmark of European foreign affairs, argues Charles Krauthammer… Krauthammer's conclusion is that the European Left's "concern for human rights turns out to be nothing more than a useful weapon for its anti-Americanism…"
(14Sept05) On political matters particularly, intellectuals tend to share these two characteristics," Harries observes. "They are slaves of fashion, and, on the big questions, they tend to get things hopelessly wrong….the intellectuals exert their influence through the knowledge class--educating, advising, cajoling, and chastising those who actually do the work of organizing and running the society.” The Circus of the Intellectuals by R Albert Mohler ".. America 's intellectual class has been overwhelmingly characterized by a sense of opposition to the nation's mainstream values. This intellectual "adversary culture" desires nothing less than a comprehensive social and culture revolution in America--a revolution that would produce, presumably, a global paradise modeled after the University of California at Berkley…”
(14Sept05) Janet Albrechtsen again doesn't miss a beat, She again nails the left with this blistering and scarifying piece :
“..Go into most bookshops and on the shelf headed " Australia " is a growing genre of books written by academics on the Left and devoted to their version of the culture wars…. Reading these you get the feeling left-wing academics and commentators have been reduced to writing for each other…. This predictable genre of political whinge lit has a few central articles of faith. The Howard Government is the embodiment of political evil and Rupert Murdoch is the media equivalent..” Left unread on the shelf by Janet Albrechtsen (The Australian Sept 14 th ) “…Theirs are old battles, lost long ago. If the Left is to engage the Australian people, as opposed to its own priestly caste and diehard adherents, it needs to accept the verdict of the populace on these issues and move on…. When talking up the family is derided as sinister, you start to appreciate just how far removed academics such as Maddox are from the rest of Australia … The Left has grown so accustomed to having a one-sided, or at least lop-sided, debate on its preferred issues, it is rather miffed that new voices are being heard and published..”
(5Sept05)“The man-made disaster we are now witnessing in New Orleans did not happen over four days last week. It happened over the past four decades. Hurricane Katrina merely exposed it to public view. The man-made disaster is the welfare state. An Unnatural Disaster: A Hurricane Exposes the Man-Made Disaster of the Welfare State by Robert Tracinski “..People living in piles of their own trash, while petulantly complaining that other people aren't doing enough to take care of them and then shooting at those who come to rescue them—this is not just a description of the chaos at the Superdome. It is a perfect summary of the 40-year history of the welfare state and its public housing projects. The welfare state—and the brutish, uncivilized mentality it sustains and encourages—is the man-made disaster that explains the moral ugliness that has swamped New Orleans . And that is the story that no one is reporting.
(31Aug05) “If the Left were able to think straight, it would see who its real enemy is—and it's not George W.Bush. As it is, the Left races towards the dark horizon, unfailingly convinced that the enemy of its enemy must somehow be its friend……” The Left's descent in to the Abyss by Rob Foot in Quadrant March 2005. “Sometime in the course of the twenty-first century, and probably sooner rather than later, the Left will have to confront the fact that it made the wrong call on almost every geo-political event of global significance during the previous hundred years. Coming to terms with this reality is going to be extremely painful for such rational members of the Left as still remain on deck….….Intoxicated by its own zeal, though, the Left just couldn't see it, even if plenty of other people could. One of the most difficult things for the Left to explain, when the time comes, will be its refusal to heed the warning voices, clearly audible from the 1920s on. Even more discomfiting will be the need to reflect on the extent to which murderous and, indeed, plainly insane regimes—such as that which still rules in North Korea—were buttressed in their dystopian fantasies by the knowledge that the intellectuals of the West supported them.”
(26Aug05) “….Marx meets Mohammed. High theatre meets low farce….The evolving Black-Red alliance is growing in France , Germany and Belgium . But, based on the successful British model, it is now going global to declare war on the war on terror The Unholy Alliance Revealed ” by Douglas Davis, The Spectator “.. Points of potential disagreement between the hard Left and radical Islam - democracy, human rights, xenophobia, free-expression, feminism, homosexuality, abortion, among many others - would seem to pose insuperable barriers to the union. Not so. The hurdles have been neatly vaulted in the interest of mutual hatreds: America , Israel , globalisation, capitalism and imperialism. Anti-Semitism is never far from the surface….. 'Islamists in the West have skilfully used the tools of intellectual intimidation to build an inviolate wall around Islam, giving it a sacred status that brooks no criticism.”
(19Jul05) “George Orwell's novel 1984 provides a fictional warning of the dangers of a totalitarian society in which the hero, Winston Smith, struggles with the thought police…” How a real Big Brother kept an eye on George Orwell, the bohemian communist “It now appears that his vision of blanket surveillance in the service of Big Brother was more prescient than even he could have known: a secret Metropolitan police file newly released at the National Archives shows that Orwell was himself the subject of repeated special branch reports for more than 12 years of his life”
(4Jul05) “…While the world debated whether an American guard at Guantanamo really flushed a Koran down a toilet, Robert Mugabe may have bulldozed the homes of 1.5 million Zimbabweans. Few seem to have cared.” American Zen by Victor Davis Hanson. “…The new general rule: Global morality is established by the degree the United States can be blamed. Millions of lives lost, vast corruption, thousands of refugees — all that can't quite equate with a U.S. soldier showing insensitivity or an American detention center with mere doctors, ethnic food, and religious accommodations.
(24June05) There's is no doubt the left media is congenitally stupid if not indeed congenitally criminal over their response to the Douglas Wood kidnapping and subsequent rescue . They never fail to get it wrong. They are consistently and boringly predictable even Pavlovian in their responses. Always!! They never fail to disappoint. They never surprise.
“..First they backed Saddam against his victims. Now our cultural elite backs terrorists against Douglas Wood, the Australian they kidnapped…” Andrew Bolt of the Herald Sun in How the Left gets loonier “…I was, I have to say, (said Andrew Jaspan editor of the Melbourne Age) shocked by Douglas Wood's use of the a---hole word, if I can put it like that, which I just thought was coarse and very ill-thought through and I think demeans the man and is one of the reasons why people are slightly sceptical of his motives and everything else….”
(29May05) “….Worse still, a whole revisionist history in which the intolerant, imperialistic conqueror is transformed into the tolerant, peace-loving victim of Western imperialism is propagated by self-loathing Westerners whose bigotry against their own culture confirms the Islamist view that we are indeed Godless heathens and spiritual cripples.” writes Bruce Thornton in Suicidal Tendencies of the West “....flabby tolerance is the camouflage of moral exhaustion, and respect for the culture of the "other" is merely an expression of disbelief in the value of one's own…..Increasingly we Westerners resemble the Eloi of H.G. Wells' The Time Machine , beautiful, gentle, highly civilized hedonists whose fate is to be devoured raw by the brutal Morlocks…”
(8May05) The aim of the academic boycott is to dehumanize Israel , to turn it into the South Africa of the new century . This is now standard procedure. It is how the Left put African tyrants like Robert Mugabe into power. It is exactly why they slander America, day after day, in the Euromedia. Britain's new Treason of the Clerks (Bureaucrats) from the American Thinker.
The Soviet Union is long gone, but the bureaucrats (clerks) have learned nothing. They are still trashing democracies that are threatened by aggression….The once-fearless British Broadcasting Corporation is now a captive donkey of the hard Left… It was Europe 's bureaucrats (clerks) who conceived of National Socialism a century before the Nazis came to power. It was they who connived at Hitler's Final Solution, and they who carried out Lenin's bloody war on the peasants of Russia and the Ukraine ….”
"The Soviet Union is long gone, but the clerks have learned nothing. They are still trashing democracies that are threatened by aggression. In stark contrast, Europe covered up mass murders in Rwanda and the Sudan for years, because telling the truth might embarrass their good friends in the Third World. Murdered children don't bother the Left, unless they are politically useful children. "
(13Apr05) The ambition to take over the United States is hardly a new one writes Daniel Pipes in Conquering America . The first Islamic missionaries from abroad arrived in the 1920s and unblushingly declared, "Our plan is, we are going to conquer America ." Such hopes have become commonplace in recent years…. While there is no reason to suppose that the aspiration to replace the Constitution with Islamic law will succeed; the fact that this represents a not-insignificant body of opinion has major implications. It means that the existing order -- religious freedom, democracy, women's rights -- can no longer be taken for granted. It now needs to be fought for.
(20Mar05)“…..for all its importance and its repeated mention, the term is not widely understood. It urgently needs to be because it is under ferocious assault, and if we do not understand it, we will be unable to defend it, writes Dennis Prager in What does "Judeo-Christian" mean?
The Politicisation of Anger from the Washington Dispatch. Greg Lewis was on the program to talk about this subject on 21 Jan 04.
The Politicisation of Anger from the Washington Dispatch. Greg Lewis was on the program to talk about this subject on 21 Jan 04.
Dr Jim Cairns
Dr Jim Cairns, The Kremlin and The World Peace Council . This is a further expose on Cairns from Newsweekly Magazine of 15 th November 2003.……And to think that Cairns made it to Deputy Prime Minister.
More expose on Jim Cairns by Gerard Jackson , the Economics Editor of BrookesNews.com
In light of the recent death of former deputy Prime Minister Jim Cairns, a listener sent me this photo of him surrounded by “comrades from North Vietnam ” in a photo taken the day after Anzac Day. Perhaps one of my listeners can put a year to when this photo was taken. The listener who sent it thinks that it was in a Liverpool based newspaper at the time.
With all the tributes of recent days we can cut the misty eyed, misguided, rose-coloured-glassed revisionists off at the knees as this picture and script speak a thousand words.
In case you have difficulty reading the text with the photo it reads as follows
“This picture was taken in the Sydney Town Hall two years ago on the day after Anzac Day. Dr Cairns, then Deputy Prime minister, was welcoming these comrades from North Vietnam , surrounded by Vietcong flags and a huge picture of Ho Chi Minh. You will recall this famous quote: ‘We (Labor) are situated in the political spectrum next to the communists and they will stand for many things for which we also stand. We cannot therefore, oppose those things.' ”
In light of recent comments by Australia 's Foreign Minister Alexander Downer in his speech vis-à-vis the churches and their politicization and “Left” advocacy and in consideration of the parables of the bible, perhaps the humble men of the cloth may like to ruminate and consider this particular parable: Poor Fellow My Country
How the West Grew Rich By Dinesh D''Souza from the Washington Times
Pat Buchanan gives an interesting view of America 's Future . Why America 's empire will vanish - in WorldNetDaily.com
The Death of the West - by Patrick J. Buchanan is one of the best books to come out in a long time. It's a breezy read. It goes to the heart of many of the issues that concern everyday people. This is compulsory reading and should have a place on the bookshelf of every home in the West. You can try your local bookstore (publisher: St Martins Press) or if you are on the internet, order through Amazon.com
I recently featured this piece, The Terrorist Popular Front By David Horowitz on the overnight program. It is instructive as to how the Communists gave up their traditional confrontive and combative agenda as far back as the mid 1930's and have latched on to the mainstream as “Popular Fronts” . They are using the same tactic right now on respect of the Peace movements and associated rallies.
The father of the Russian Revolution, Vladimir Ilich, better known as “Nikolai Lenin.” originally coined the phrase “useful idiots”. This was in reference to the egalitarian airheads and liberals so firmly entrenched in the fields of academia, publishing, the media and politics. And like the poor they will always be with us. Again it seems the “Useful Idiots” have not outlived their usefulness as this piece 'Mainstream' Useful Idiots by Byron York from the New York Post demonstrates.
Who says the Communists lost the cold war? Despite the fact that the Soviet Union is no more and that Communism has been discredited as a Political System . They are all interesting but the goals really begin to resonate from approximately number 13 onwards. Many of these goals to bring about a world socialist order have been implemented or are in the process of being implemented down to this very day. Note this book was written in 1961 and as typical of Fabianism, have been introduced salami slice style over the last 40 years. Where it reads America , you can transpose Australia , and it will still apply.
George W. Bush used the term “compassionate conservative” but this “need to qualify conservatism by rebranding it as a product now found in a sweet-smelling pink 'compassionate' version is hideous and a concession to your enemies right at the beginning." - argues Mark Steyne in the National Post- when he writes that The Real Enemy in this War is Ourselves .
(Leftist) Globalthink's Perils- This is an excellent article by Daniel Pipes about how the Left goes about achieving its aims. Pay special attention to the link in the third paragraph: an eye-opening article.
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( 22/3/02 ) This is a must read Theodore Dalrymple piece from The Spectator Magazine of 16 March 2002 . Essentially Going to the Dogs is about how British Society (law and order, civility and decency) has been deliberately driven into the ditch by (supposed) liberal intellectuals.
Read " Australia " into it anywhere you like.
Although the entire piece is a fine read, pages 7 through 9 clearly demonstrate how our publicly funded facilities, in this case the BBC, have been complicit in bringing this downfall about or at least doing their best to see that it goes ignored and unreported. WHY???
(Theodore Dalrymple is a psychiatrist and writer who works at the pointy end of society and deals with the problems it throws up at an inner-city prison in Britain )
(18/02/2002) - This piece by Andrew Bolt, Behind “Torture” Claims from the Herald Sun on February 7th 2002, exposes certain linkages between the journalists union, the MEAA, and the fact that they are on the steering committee of the Refugee Action Collective. Why??? And for what ends?
'The West won the long struggle against communism during the Cold War and it was a great victory.' In Predicting the West's Decline, Stephen Goode asks, "What difference did it make?"
What’s gone wrong in Education -Concerned about the deterioration in the Public School System??? It hasn’t been by accident… More by design. Everyone wrings their hands and despairs about discipline, violence (20,000 reports in the last 12 months- SMH 29/10/01) Reference to this article from the Sydney Morning Herald, Communist purge plan for schools (24/8/1971) explains a hell of a lot…More to the point, where were the politicians in all of this? Communist agenda or not, they are the one’s who have allowed it to happen. Read it and weep!!
Bob is an Australian author, commentator and columnist who writes extensively about a range of issues. Be certain to check out his book titles. “Exploiting Health” is particularly good….It simply demonstrates how a basic function of society can become another greasy political pig. If you thought health care was about sick people and making them better, forget it!!! Unfortunately “The Network” is out of print.. what and expose!!! All about the Legal Left and other stuff. Still available through Libraries though. An excellent site if you want to jeep your finger on the pulse.
The Long March …How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s changed America . (Encounter Books) By Roger Kimball. In The Sixties Brought to Book a review of the book in Quandrant Magazine by Giles Auty which explains how the “anything goes”, “let it all hang out” attitudes of the 60's are still reverberating in the 21 st Century. As is often the case where ever America is cited you can safely insert Australia . Broadcast purposes necessitated my truncating the original review, hopefully without loosing the underlying essence. The parts used on air are those in bold.
A review of the book Guilt, Blame and Politics by Alan Levite