Ignorant Children Spouting Junk Should be Neither Seen nor Heard

Ours is a society obsessed by juvenilia. Where once children were best seen and not heard, since at least the 1960s, the adolescent has come to be regarded as somehow the acme of human development. This is frankly rubbish, both physically and cognitively. Physically, human beings reach their peak in their late 20s to 30s. …

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Why You Should Talk to People You Disagree With

In what should be essential viewing, Steven Crowder memorably outlined just how social media intrinsically leads to echo-chambers. This is just as true of the right as the left. Leading by example, Crowder’s “Change My Mind” videos attempt to break the groupthink by explicitly reaching out and talking only to people who disagree with him. …

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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 two most important books you can read

Aldous Huxley and George Orwell: Between them, they tell us everything we need to know about the early 21st century. If there are two books that I would recommend above all to anyone living in the West in the early 21st century, they would be George Orwell's 1984, and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Written …

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What the cry-bullies don’t get about free speech

Julie Birchill coined the term “cry-bullies” to describe the hideous hybrid of victim and victor that characterises contemporary “progressives”. Fuelled by the poisonous ideology of “intersectionality”, which argues that everyone is merely an accumulation of either privileges or injustices, “social justice warriors” pose as victims (or claim to speak for them) while behaving like the …

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In praise of our resilient democracy

This was first published in late August 2018, in the immediate aftermath of the leadership challenges that brought down Malcolm Turnbull. So, what really happened in Australia last week? Well, a whole lot of politicians and journalists got excited, there was plenty of grouching on social media, but, really, not much else. Life in Australia …

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A river of crocodile tears and hypocrisy won’t silence the Australian people

When a politician turns on the waterworks in parliament, you can be absolutely certain that they’re trying to pull the wool over your eyes. When Fraser Anning used his debut senate speech to call for a vote on Muslim immigration to Australia the political elite suffered a collective fit of the vapours. But this is an argument Australia has to have. It’s also an argument the elites and their leftist camp-followers are determined not to let Australians have.

Originally published at Incite.
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Karl Popper says to ban Antifa

The left have taken to invoking a literal footnote from Popper's Open Society, to try and justify their addiction to fascist violence. But they completely misunderstand Popper, who would have tolerated the alt-right, much as he disliked them. On the other hand, he would have condemned Antifa as criminals.

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Your Vote: Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe

One of the most important features of modern democracy, and at the same time, one most taken for granted, is the secret ballot. Yet, it is a relatively modern invention.

People using social media to proudly display their completed same-sex marriage form might seem like typical social media nonsense, but in reality, it heralds a far more sinister trend ...Do read on ...

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 …

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