Educational pluralism and sphere sovereignty

During the seven-decade political struggle in the Netherlands to allow parents to select schools corresponding to their religious convictions, Abraham Kuyper articulated a concept of “sphere sovereignty” that translates, in policy terms, into principled structural pluralism. That Dutch experience, and its resolution in the “Pacification” of 1917, is highly relevant for the present situation in the United States: popular revulsion against the condescension and intolerance of a liberal elite toward the values and interests of many of their fellow-citizens, leading to deep political and social as well as cultural divides…read on

Katie Hopkins investigates the murder of white farmers in South Africa

Katie Hopkins, like Lauren Southern, has embarked on a project to document the plight of white farmers in South Africa. She has issued a series of short videos of her visit to South Africa as an introduction to a documentary that is in preparation. The videos are here.

Katie Hopkins is much less known in Australia than in the UK and Europe. Her website is here. She is a conservative that is worth following, as is Lauren Southern.

Mark Latham on Tony Abbott

The following article appeared in the Daily Telegraph 26 November 2017.  It is also on Mark Latham’s Outsiders website. It is sound advice for Turnbull whose vanity will be an immovable obstacle to following it. Latham could have added that the Liberal Party is in an existential crisis, and the only way it will survive will be to return to its Menzian origins. There is no one who embodies the spirit of Menzies’ original foundation than Tony Abbott. There is no one in the Liberal Party who possesses the same practical and theoretical knowledge of conservatism as Abbott. The conversation in the Liberal Party should not be how it can win the next election, but about how it will survive.

Turnbull’s Survival Depends Upon Abbott

After 40 years of being involved in politics, it’s still possible to witness amazing events.

On Saturday I was at the Australian Christian Nation Association conference in Burwood, in Sydney’s inner-west.

The keynote speaker was Tony Abbott, for whom the crowd went crazy, treating him like a political rock-star.

I’ve never seen anything like it.

With hundreds packed into the room, he received three standing ovations and a wild outpouring of love.

Continue reading “Mark Latham on Tony Abbott”

Recalling criticisms of Prime Minister Tony Abbott

What contribution did criticism by ‘friends’ make to the political assassination of Tony Abbott? Surely friends’ criticism had to be sound and constructive, and not a help to those treacherous party subversives who wanted Abbott gone no matter what. 

Andrew Bolt opened the first program of the 2015 ‘Bolt Report’ with an interview with Prime Minister Tony Abbott. He prefaced his interview by saying the Tony Abbott was his friend and he regretted having criticised him for breaking promises and awarding a knighthood to Prince Philip. The Prime Minister smiled weakly giving the impression he had doubts about Bolt’s kind of friendship. Who could blame him? For no sooner had Bolt finished his declaration of friendship than he began to pound the prime minister all over again for just those misdemeanours – breaking promises and awarding a knighthood to Prince Philip. But there was a difference this time. Continue reading “Recalling criticisms of Prime Minister Tony Abbott”

That Knighthood and Tony Abbott’s ideas on cultural links

Media commentators in Australia who describe themselves as conservative or are described by others as conservative joined the media frenzy in response to Tony Abbott’s awarding a knighthood to Prince Philip. In the main, the reasons for their outrage and ferocious criticism of Abbott were the same as those of the leftist media whom they generally execrate. How could this be?

Their reasons were a sufficient explanation, they appeared to imply. Abbott was returning to the colonial past; the awards were anachronistic; Abbot was fatally enamoured of the Royal Family and the monarchy; the award was totally inappropriate on Australia Day; it was an insult to Australia and Australians; and so it went on in that vein. Continue reading “That Knighthood and Tony Abbott’s ideas on cultural links”

‘Core’ vs. ‘non-core promise’ is a legitimate distinction

During his long term as Australia’s prime minister (1996-2007), John Howard made a distinction between promises or undertakings that were ‘core’ and those that were ‘non-core’. He made the distinction in response to an accusation that he had gone back on an undertaking.  Some undertakings, he said, have to be reversed because of changed circumstances. It seemed an unexceptionable explanation, but the words had hardly passed his lips when a howling of abuse, ridicule and scorn arose from the Left like a cloud of red dust blowing in from the outback. The ABC/Fairfax coalition went to town, confident that such an absurd declaration by a conservative they hated just a touch less than Tony Abbott would give them years of fun. Indeed, their confidence was not misplaced. Continue reading “‘Core’ vs. ‘non-core promise’ is a legitimate distinction”

Tony Abbott and the Left’s postmodernist fog

Questions continue to be raised about Tony Abbott’s political position. One leftist critic from his student days said no one knew what Abbott ‘stood for’. Others, including a well-known political commentator, have questioned his conservative credentials. In 2013, I took up the question of Abbott’s political philosophy in a commentary on David Marr’s 2012 fictive piece on Abbott in The Quarterly Essay, for which he won a literary award. I reproduce it here, revised and updated.

The first two sentences in David Marr’s 2012 postmodernist essay on Tony Abbott (Tony Abbott: The Making of a Political Animal) read: ‘Australia doesn’t want Tony Abbott. We never have.’

Postmodernism is all about free-flowing fantasy where the rules of reason (normally understood) are thrown out the window as remnants of rigid oppressive patriarchy. In these two sentences we have a wonderful example. Australia for David Marr is identified with Marr’s class – that superior class made up of fervid homosexual and feminist activists gallantly in the vanguard of the Left’s long march through our institutions. The rest of us are homophobic non-persons who, if justice prevailed, would be put outside the walls. Continue reading “Tony Abbott and the Left’s postmodernist fog”

Recalling Abbott’s Paid Parental Leave Policy

The news from Canberra in recent weeks is that restlessness is overtaking the Liberal Party. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has by common agreement failed to make good the promises he made after backstabbing Prime Minister Tony Abbott. The polls are against him and he can’t take a trick no matter what he does, the fiasco of the media arriving before Australian Federal Police at Australian Workers Union Headquarters being the latest cock-up. Whatever the reasons for the botched leak, Turnbull will cop most of the flak.

At the same time, Tony Abbott is going from strength to strength among his constituency, his success measured by the trembling outrage and abuse of his enemies. He has delivered a series of cogent, persuasive, beautifully written speeches locally and abroad. There is a rising murmur about a Lazarus-with-the-triple-bypass comeback. With this in mind, I am revising my previous pieces on Abbott that I still think are current. Below is a defence of Abbott’s Paid Parental Leave policy that I posted in August 2013. Continue reading “Recalling Abbott’s Paid Parental Leave Policy”

Eastern European resistance to Islamization

‘Europe has Christian roots, and if it cuts itself off from those roots, it will lose not only its identity, but also its greatness and goodness…’

‘Something is stirring in Eastern Europe. There are numerous signs that a resistance is building against both the soft tyranny of the EU, and the hard tyranny of Islam which is being imported by the EU elites…’

If you’ve ever seen Casablanca, you won’t have forgotten the scene in Rick’s Cafe where the German officers who are singing “Die Wacht am Rhein” are drowned out by the French patrons who burst into a rousing rendition of the “Marseillaise.”

Something similar happened last week at the National Opera in Cluj Napoca, Romania. A “multicultural” opera that included a Muslim muezzin chanting the call to prayer was interrupted by members of the audience singing the national anthem.

The Romanian national anthem is not quite as rousing as “La Marseillaise” (at least, not to the non-Romanian ear), and the singers were not as talented as the cast of Casablanca, but the sentiments were the same—namely, that tyranny must be resisted.  Read on…

Burke vs Paine – Then and Now

Jesse Norman, author of one of the most recent biographies of Edmund Burke – and one of the best – reviews The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Left and Right, by Yuval Levin, (Basic Books) HERE. Norman’s book is Edmund Burke: Prophet, Politician and Philosopher, parts of which have been discussed on this website. Norman’s review of Levin’s book is highly recommended.

Burke vs Paine – Then and Now