Category Archives: Quotidian

It’s not what racist things I want to say …

By Andrew L. Urban. Defenders of 18C are disingenuous to say ‘What would you want to say if 18C was abolished?’ Wrong question. It is obvious, isn’t it, that 18C prompts the question “What offence do you wish to take?” … Continue reading

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Lynch mob

By Andrew L. Urban. A bottle of Coopers Light Ale hangs from a tree by a rope around its neck. Strange fruit, indeed, the fruit of Australia’s collective political cowardice. The lynch mob that put it there is moving on … Continue reading

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Donald Trump v the media – who farted?

By Andrew L. Urban. “Trump dominates the news cycle like a fart dominates the interior of a Volkswagen Beetle,” quipped John Oliver, host of HBO show Last Week Tonight, as reported in The Guardian (February 20, 2017). The story went … Continue reading

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Trump: no idea or no ideologue?

By Andrew L. Urban. His critics throughout the US Presidential election campaign accused Donald Trump as being politically inept, as having no idea, while what Trump was showing the world was – and is – that he is no ideologue. … Continue reading

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Demockracy

By Andrew L Urban. Australia is becoming a mock democracy; a demockracy. It is observable on a daily basis as some politicians, journalists and academics mouth their repurposed Orwellian language of control. Truth cleansing is rife. Democratic principles are no … Continue reading

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The cartoon that sunk Australia’s ship of fools

By Andrew L. Urban. Australia’s cultural descent has accelerated. Only last year Barry Humphries was moved to remark that Australia had become a puritanical society. What a turn-around. “We think we live in a liberated age but we don’t really … Continue reading

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Democracy demands integrity

By Andrew L. Urban. We used to trust them. Scientists, doctors, journalists, commentators, the media generally (and the Australian public’s own ABC in particular), academics, public servants, police, the courts, sportsmen and women … no, perhaps not politicians so much. … Continue reading

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A firm Swiss handshake

By Andrew L. Urban. Here in a nutshell is the insoluble conundrum of Muslim integration into Judeo-Christian society: two Muslim teenagers waiting to be granted citizenship in Switzerland, claim that their Islamic rules override the practiced traditions of their hosts. … Continue reading

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Trashing democracy in an election campaign

By Andrew L. Urban. On Thursday, June 30, 2016, two days before the 2016 Federal Election, Sky News Channel’s Political Editor, David Speers, hosted what was called a Focus Group discussion with 12 uncommitted voters at the suburban Rooty Hill … Continue reading

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Democracy giving way to Demonocracy

By Andrew L. Urban. Democracy? Demonocracy is what we are heading for, here in Australia, as the July 2, 2016 Federal Election campaign begins its final 4-week marathon. Both three sides of politics – the Liberal/National coalition, Labour and the … Continue reading

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