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):