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Announcing the Society for Equal-Opportunity Offenders

August 6th, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Last night, at a semi-secure, undisclosed location in Sydney, I had occasion to address a tonic group of serious thinkers who congregate periodically under the aegis of Quadrant magazine, which is by far Australia’s best cultural review.

My topic was “Fundamentally Transforming the United States of America.” But my remarks, I may venture to say, were not as dour as my title might suggest.  For while a good bit of my talk was devoted to cataloging some of the many depredations conducted by President Obama & Co. against the freedom, security, and prosperity of America. I also noted that the metabolism of transformation, even “fundamental transformation,” works in both directions.  Obama and his junta really are conducting open warfare against the Constitution and the rule of law (this just in: New Jersey cop: “If Obama doesn’t follow the Constitution, we don’t have to either”). But elsewhere in the world the virus of political correctness and socialistically-inclined torpor has been successfully rebuffed.  The dynamo that is Canada under Stephen Harper is one example.  Australia under Tony Abbott is another.

Both men have done an enormous amount in a very short time to revitalize their countries, demonstrating that the parable of Lazarus has an institutional as well as a personal application.  Obama has been a sort of institutional wrecking ball on legs, but now that a light gleams, however faintly, at the end of the tunnel of his disastrous tenure, we should take heart from the examples of our Anglosphere neighbors to the north and across the Pacific. We can hope that the instinct for self-preservation will at last trump the desire to bathe in the glow of politically correct self-admiration.  (“An Englishman’s mind works best,” said one wit, “when it is almost too late.”)

That said, I do want to register a demurral about Tony Abbott.  One of the topics of conversation last night was his retreat from efforts to overturn section 18C of Australia’s “Racial Discrimination Act.” According to one of my dinner companions, the act provides for legal penalties if someone from a recognized minority or victim group feels offended by something said or written. Gosh. (What if I feel offended by people who promulgate such nonsense? Am I entitled to an apology and compensation?)

One prominent case involved a politically mature journalist and television commentator called Andrew Bolt.  Mr. Bolt, who seems to have developed a habit of speaking frankly about contentious issues, has an admirable record of ticking off the delicate plants, redress mongers, and searchers-after-monetary-judgments with bracing regularity.  His most recent supposed tort, the thing that sent him afoul of section 18C of The Act (majuscules, please!) was his observation a couple of years back that it had become fashionable among hip-aspiring whites to ape black fashions in clothes, speech, and demeanor. “The articles,” Wikipedia reports, “suggested it was fashionable for ‘fair-skinned people’ of diverse ancestry to choose Aboriginal racial identity for the purposes of political and career clout.”

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Thomas Jefferson said it best, Roger: Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
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a library with books? what a quaint concept. our library just has computers filled w/ games, internet chat and porn. however, I haven't been upstairs yet as it looks dark and foreboding. what do these book thingies look like? do they bite and crave brains?
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Loved the pleonasm! Freedom can only be guaranteed when people are permitted to speak freely. Offensive comments will be made but learning to deal with them appropriately through discourse is part of the journey to adulthood.

Per Clarence Darrow: "You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free."
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As far as 18C goes, didn't Mark Steyn run afoul of it and wind up winning in court?

And isn't Ezra Klein in current litigation because of another "feelings" lawsuit related to 18C?
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Probably Ezra Levant.
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A-Hah! Another lover of Quadrant! I *love* that mag!

Discovered it about two years ago. Great thoughts, great wit, and great to read the OZ perspective.

I highly recommend it!
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Thomas Jefferson said it best, Roger: Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
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a library with books? what a quaint concept. our library just has computers filled w/ games, internet chat and porn. however, I haven't been upstairs yet as it looks dark and foreboding. what do these book thingies look like? do they bite and crave brains?
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the new books will be much shorter as they will be limited to 140 characters.
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