What Should We Cancel Next?

Due to their racist, imperialist, homophobic past, all of these have to go. A Devil's Curmudgeon. We Must Erase EVERYTHING “Problematic” to Achieve Social Justice. Like all bullies, continually giving in to the Cancel Culture inquisitors does nothing to satisfy their lust for power. On the contrary, the more they get away with, the greater …

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No Conservatives, No Right-Wingers, No Dogs

The shocking intolerance of the left. “Tolerance” is, supposedly, one of the supreme virtues of modern society. But what does it mean, exactly? Oxford defines “tolerance” as “the willingness to accept or tolerate someone or something, especially opinions or behavior that you may not agree with, or people who are not like you”. Merriam-Webster, the …

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Social Media is Dangerous for Freedom

The introduction of new communications technologies have almost always been heralded with almost absurd optimism. When television was introduced, for instance, it was predicted that this new technology would lead to a new golden age of education and information. Instead, audiences almost immediately flocked to light entertainment and, ultimately, Keeping up with the Kardashians. Similar …

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Principled Media Stand or Last Gasp of Hypocrisy?

Recently, Australia’s newspapers took the unprecedented collective action of publishing their front pages entirely redacted. This, they say, is a united call for greater media freedom following a sustained attack on the rights of journalists to hold governments to account and report the truth to the Australian public. Are the nation’s newspapers really taking such …

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Hong Kong Protests: A Local’s Perspective

Their voice has been digitally altered for their protection. https://youtu.be/YKiQJLNLIdM Clarification: According to The Financial Times, the extradition bill in question – provisions added to Hong Kong’s previous Fugitive Offender Ordinance – “if approved, would allow extradition of people not only to China but to any jurisdiction in the world with which Hong Kong has …

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The Threat of Religious Freedom

When Australia passed same-sex marriage legislation, the government has also acceded to calls to protect religious freedoms. Former Howard government minister Philip Ruddock was appointed to chair the Religious Freedom Review. As the review prepares its final report, senior government members have called for a religious freedom bill. Many Christians in Australia are concerned about …

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What are Your Rights if the Police Drop Around for a Chat?

This one covers both Australian and New Zealand law, so it's handy for those of us on both sides of the Tasman. In a series of notorious recent incidents, British police have embarked on a sinister campaign of coercing social media users, from intimidating “visits” to being arrested and dragged off to the lockup. A …

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A Tale of Two Dangerous Ideas

Another old one. The Sydney “Festival of Dangerous Ideas” was celebrated as a platform to spout such dangerous, “offensive, obnoxious, fearsome, dangerously stupid” ideas as “Israel is an Apartheid State”, “Genital Cutting is Normal”, or even that “Honour Killings are Justified”. One thing that was immediately obvious was that FODI’s roster was heavily weighted to …

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