Category Archives: Quotidian

Groupthink disease strikes serious columnists

Andrew L. Urban We don’t want groupthink from our top columnists. “Donald Trump can still win the US election. But he would need the greatest comeback in presidential history. The reality is that Trump is on track to lose by … Continue reading

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Cartoon too ‘upsetting’ to print

Andrew L. Urban A cartoon (see below) by veteran cartoonist Michael Leunig scheduled for publication on September 7, 2020, was pulled from The Age because apparently the senior editorial staff thought it conveyed views about mask wearing that might upset … Continue reading

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Live Not By Lies – but by free speech

Andrew L. Urban Gulag survivor and author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn famously said that one of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming totalitarianism can’t happen in their country. That’s the motivation for New York Times best selling author Rod Dreher’s new … Continue reading

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COVID19 – Ignoring information has hurt democracy

Andrew L. Urban. Over and above the deadly blunders that have claimed hundreds of lives (the majority of the total), failing to adapt policies and regulations in light of the mass of emerging information about Covid19 has been the most … Continue reading

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Pandemic panic perverts politics

Andrew L. Urban The Wuhan virus aka Covid19 has panicked Western leaders (not all, but most) into behaving irrationally and dishonestly. Australia, so lightly touched by the virus, has been especially poorly served by a panicked political class, an incompetent … Continue reading

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Dense is as dense does

Andrew L. Urban How dense do you have to be to misunderstand Johannes Leake’s cartoon of Joe Biden with Kamala Harris? (The Australian, August 14, 2020) And how uninformed, especially if you are in the media or politics? It was … Continue reading

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The Woke Brigade janitor has a million eyes

Andrew L. Urban The elderly woman in the ground floor flat was the janitor of the apartment block and an informant for the party, the only political party permitted to function: the Communist Party. Everyone in the block knew it, … Continue reading

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Brutal history or brutal present?

Andrew L. Urban As the Black Lives Matter mantra sweeps the world, there is a view held by some that that there is no doubt African-Americans are seriously dis¬≠advantaged, and that this dis¬≠advantage arises from the brutal history their forebears … Continue reading

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Wisdom at Railway Square

Andrew L. Urban The incongruity made as much of an impact as the poster itself, on a wall along a few other posters in bustling Railway Square, one of Sydney’s least attractive environs. But I was most impressed with the … Continue reading

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Labor won’t have it Albaneasy

Andrew L. Urban. Eating soup with your (unnatural) right hand when you are (naturally) left handed is very difficult; you’re bound to spill some. A lot, maybe. Anthony Albanese might reflect on that as he picks up his Labor leadersoup … Continue reading

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