Tuesday 31 December 2019

Sunday 29 December 2019

Say it ain't so, Google.

Google, are we allowed to ask why the first things find when searching for Quadrant Online always involve negative beat-ups from left-wing sources?

Let me, just as an experiment, look up your search results for the left-wing The Monthly...A few minutes later, as Big Tech can check. Here we go:

How solicitous of Google to provide a link to The Monthly's subscription site, its Twitter address, and its Facebook page. So helpful for some, so unhelpful to others.

Come on, Google, fair is fair. Please redress the balance. You can do it! You can do it. You can do it. You can do it.

I will check up later today for results.

Between Nationalisms and the Right Idea of a Nation

Sunday 15 December 2019

Firefighting in an Australian hillside suburb

(Photographer: Daryl McCann)

Thanks to the intrepidity of the aerial firefighters, this bushfire did not cross a main road (to the right of the photographs) and burn down our suburb.

One morning, as Ian McEwan was waking from anxious dreams...

Cockroach-icity must be in the eye of the beholder 

I read a lot of Ian McEwan's at one point, and my feeling was that WE would one day be judged for promoting his work as "heavyweight". McEwan linking himself to a genuine heavyweight, Franz Kafka, is seriously not fair to Kafka. Kafka, more than any other writer I know, was prescient about the oligarchical state swallowing up capitalism/reality/individuality et al. McEwan has been a beneficiary of this process - think of all the state-funded talkfests our author has attended, state-funded prizes he has been awarded, state-subsidised schools that have bought his texts, state-prescribed curricula compelling young people to read his work - and now HE is calling Brexiteers/the People cochroaches for asking Big Brother to back off a little, so they might have a more autonomous life and enjoy a picnic or two.  Read Metamorphosis and then take a look at David Martin's   

Monday 2 December 2019

The Deep State's Contempt For Democracy

Here is my latest article, now liberated from behind Quadrant's subscriber wall (although a subscription to Quadrant would make a great Christmas present):

Sunday 17 November 2019

Cardinal Pell may appeal to the High Court

Impossible Twice Over

This is from Andrew Bolt on Australia's Sky News:

Here is the piece I wrote for Salisbury Review magazine earlier this year: 

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Remembrance Day Ceremony, November 11th, 2019

The Battle of Hamel, July 4, 1918

Today, millions across the world will pause to remember those who lost their lives in the Great War, World War I. Many people do this each year, but this year the moment will be of even greater significance, as it will mark a century since the official signing of the Paris Peace Treaties in 1919 that officially announced a new era of peace in Europe and the world. The actual fighting had ended the year before, on the 11th of the 11th at 11.00 am, which is why we come together to remember and try to make sense of the horror unleashed between the years 1914 and 1918.

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Sunday 13 October 2019

Caroline B. Glick defends Trump's Syria policy

Sultan Erdogan gives the Muslim Brotherhood salute
Click makes a reasonable argument but I am yet to be convinced:  Glick blames "the Pentagon" for failing to re-think America's relationship with Erdogan's Turkey, but should not that kind of re-do come from the Oval Office? I am just reading that Turkish alliance troops have now "liberated" over 700 Islamic State fighters from a prison in northern Turkey. Why should we be surprised?   

Sunday 6 October 2019

China and its Australian Apologists

Democracy Wall, 1979: Photograph by Daryl McCann

Here is an essay I wrote for Quadrant magazine, October 2019, which has just come out from behind the paywall:

Here is a photographic essay on China 1979:

Thursday 3 October 2019

Communist China Downunder

Here is my latest article for the Salisbury Review, which appears in the Autumn 2019 edition of this British magazine:

Thursday 22 August 2019


Courtesy of Spectator Australia
This article appears in the latest edition of Spectator Australia:  

Friday 2 August 2019

Friday 26 July 2019