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Neglected Rules of Civilised Discourse: Dog Whistling


The main problem with dog whistling is its entire concept. Claims to have perceived a dog whistle are simply an excuse for ideologues to get outraged, end conversations, indulge in ‘shaming’ culture, and revel in their own falsely assumed moral superiority, and to do so over absolutely nothing. If pressed, the indignant can’t point to […]

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Lessons from Hiking


Well, my planned hiking expedition was an epic fail. The original plan was to traverse Lerderderg State Park from O’Brien’s Crossing along the Lerderderg river to Mackensie’s Flat and back, turning the overnight one-way hike into an extended four day trek. My pre-hike was successful. I explored the local region, learned my starting point was […]

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Kudos to Ms Laurie Penny


Kudos to Ms Laurie Penny. I’m not typically one to praise a feminist, but this is quite possibly the best article a professional feminist has ever written. I highly recommend you read it. I’m with the Banned Now don’t get me wrong, it’s almost entirely inaccurate or at best wildly hyperbolic – constructed around false stereotypes, publicly accepted misinformation […]

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Alternative American History


I saw a post on the 4th of July mocking gun control advocates for celebrating the occasion, because they claimed ‘if they didn’t have guns, today wouldn’t be a holiday.’ It got me wondering what would have happened if the US didn’t resort to a violent overreaction over the price of tea all those years […]

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Closing the Gate


The horse has bolted, and it closed the gate as it left. That made its escape easier as nobody noticed it missing. And now our fight against the establishment is misapplied to their likeness as we rush to lock the gates and seal ourselves into the depleted paddock they left us. Improving our pastures necessitates looking beyond appearances – beyond the identity politics and culture wars, beyond the minor differences with your peers – to challenge the true powers.

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The Legend Of Godfrey Elfwick


To many, he is the archetypal internet troll. To others, he is a vile right-wing extremist. To me, he is a great humanitarian. Godfrey Elfwick is a classical liberal on the front lines of a civil war within the political left. The sort of war that those on the right, or within various religious groups, refuse to […]

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A World Without Discrimination


Rachel Dolezal is an American civil rights activist and the former president of the Washington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Dolezal, a white woman of German, Dutch, Swedish and Czech descent was outed by her family for faking her ethnicity. She was pretending to be black. The first response […]

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