Of Curmudgeonly Interest This Week – 20 February 2017

A bit of a break I've been travelling on family business, so I missed last week's post of Things Interesting. Here's a couple that I did manage to catch. The Age of Civilizational Self-Loathing Many years ago, I worked in a printing factory. The storeman was a lovely, gentlemanly Indian named Alastair. Talking on the … Continue reading Of Curmudgeonly Interest This Week – 20 February 2017

Free College: The Australian Experience

The Whitlam years are the Camelot myth of the Australian left, and possibly no legend is more important to the mythopeia of Whitlam than that Whitlam abolished university fees and made higher education available to working-class Australians for the first time. So much for the legend - what does the historical record say about the … Continue reading Free College: The Australian Experience

Making Rods For Their Own Backs

My latest for Whale Oil blog Purveyors of narrow-minded identity politics fail to grasp the strength of truly liberal democracies, which is that their laws and institutions are crafted for the benefit and protection of everybody. Groups who, when in power, shape political weapons to bully and harass their opponents into submission are invariably dismayed … Continue reading Making Rods For Their Own Backs

Of Curmudgeonly Interest This Week – 6 February 2017

What's Lushy been reading this week? 6 February 2017 Riots and Rejection of Free Speech at UC Berkeley Once again, Some Black Guy nails it: 2o17, the year that you're a fuckin' Nazi if you just dislike illegal immigration, y'know, if you just dislike people breaking the law, if you just have a differing opinion … Continue reading Of Curmudgeonly Interest This Week – 6 February 2017

The journalistic sin that festers in open sight

The idea that "Everyone I don't like is Hitler" is a common social media meme, but there's a more insidious instance of this thinking that is promulgated by the supposedly "curated" media - the almost reflexive habit of labelling anyone who deviates from the received centre-left wisdom as "far-right", which is as much to say, … Continue reading The journalistic sin that festers in open sight

Of Curmudgeonly Interest This Week

What's caught Lushy's jaundiced eye this week? 29 January, 2017 I'm introducing a new feature at A Devil's Curmudgeon: a wrap-up of a handful of items that have particularly caught my eye during the week. Some will be new, some not. But all, I think, will be worth reading, watching, or listening to. Universities are … Continue reading Of Curmudgeonly Interest This Week