Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Australian elections: who to vote for

I've never experienced an election campaign that has so failed to ignite any interest amongst the electorate. None of my work colleagues have spoken about it once, nor is it featuring on social media. It's a terrible situation in the sense that there is nobody rocking the boat at all. The left-liberal vs right-liberal cosy, comfortable orthodoxy is very much alive and well in Australia. Real political interest lies overseas.

So who might a traditionalist vote for in these elections? I'm happy for readers to discuss this in the comments. In my seat, there is no-one at all to vote for in the House of Representatives, so that is a non-issue. In the Senate there is at least some choice. Here in Victoria, I think the best option might be to vote for Georgia Nicholls of the Sustainable Australia Party. They have been running some well produced TV ads, arguing the case for lower immigration. They are by no means a traditionalist party, but at least we can support them in their aim of lowering immigration from 200,000 per year back to 70,000. Here is a video they have produced:

South Australian readers might like to consider voting for Senator Cory Bernardi.

Why feminism is evil 1

A thought. I'm sure most men have experienced in their lives a strong feeling of desire for a woman, such that he wished to possess that woman in mind, body and soul. In sex a man sometimes feels this instinct to possess. The counterpoint for a woman is to give herself, to yield, to belong. But to do this she must see the man as worthy of her. And, more than this, in giving way she makes herself vulnerable and therefore she has to be able to trust.

Does feminism promote trust between men and women? I don't think so. Feminism urges women to believe that we live in a rape culture; that domestic violence is widespread amongst all social classes, with men always being the perpetrators; that men go out to work to keep women down; that women must be independent of men; that men and women are locked in a political contest for power and status; that women are oppressed on all measures for the benefit of men and so on.

How can young women raised in these beliefs trust men? And if women cannot trust men, then how can they "let go" in relationship with a man? One part of the relationship dynamic between men and women is then lost. One aspect of the feminine is then lost.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies on modern politics

Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies has given an interview in which he clearly steps outside the usual narrative:
In the past you have called Britain “pretty morally vacuous”. Are there discussions that as a society we’re just not having?
That’s exactly it. We have such intellectually inadequate leaders that you just wince. Cameron, Brown and Blair must be the least qualified men to govern a country that we’ve had in 200 years. When you look at a politician, the first question you should ask is, does this man love his people? Will this man put his country first? That’s not the only quality we want, but the really successful politicians of our time – Putin, Salmond – are people who actually do put their countries first.

Benedict Cumberbatch was among nearly 300 arts figures who have publicly backed remaining in the EU. Why should people listen to what actors have to say?.
They shouldn't necessarily. Every actor has a right to his opinion; they [Cumberbatch & co] are, of course, completely wrong. Their generation has been brought up without a sense of national identity. They have lived protected in the world. The world is at a more dangerous time now than it’s been since I was doing my Cambridge entrance exams in Cuba week. We have a desperately inadequate American president and he has allowed the wolves to get strong, and now the wolves are gathering.

Hat tip: Traditional Britain Group

A Frenchman thanks the English

There's an interesting post up at Gallia Watch. A French businessman and Paris councillor, Charles Beigbeder, has praised the Brexit result. Here is an abridged version of what he had to say (he begins by serving it up to the EU elite):
Cursed be the promoters of undifferentiated cultures and standardization of life styles. They will be forced to accept the praise of uniqueness that leads a people to refuse being blended into an amorphous mass in which it will feel the loss of its identity to the benefit of a multiculturalist destroyer;

Cursed be the believers in the progress of history, for whom European nations will sooner or later be led to dissolve into an ever more vast melting pot, mixing together peoples and cultures. At last they will understand that the economy cannot be the primary foundation of social ties, and that if there exists a European identity, there is not, as of today, a European nation or people;

Cursed be the no-borders ideologues who wish to knock down the borders of nation-States. They will learn that in times of migratory turbulence such as the one Europe is currently experiencing, it is better for a sovereign State to control its borders, lest the country become a sieve;

And blessed today are Her Majesty's subjects, who have given to all of Europe a tremendous lesson in democracy…This proud and subtle people, rooted in its traditions and enamored of freedom, has not finished surprising us.

Englishmen, thank you!

Charles Beigbeder

Petition to stop the demonisation of Australian men

There is a domestic violence campaign running in Australia at the moment which, despite all evidence to the contrary, continues to portray men alone as the perpetrators of violence. There is a petition running at which asks the Australian government to run these campaigns more fairly, in a way that does not single out and demonise men. It's worth supporting. Link below.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Trump on Brexit

I hope to write a few posts in coming days on the Brexit win. I thought, though, that I would begin with Donald Trump. His reaction to the winning vote is further evidence, I believe, that he is not just another right-liberal Republican. Read it and see if you agree:
The people of the United Kingdom have exercised the sacred right of all free peoples.

They have declared their independence from the European Union, and have voted to reassert control over their own politics, borders and economy.

A Trump Administration pledges to strengthen our ties with a free and independent Britain, deepening our bonds in commerce, culture and mutual defense.

The whole world is more peaceful and stable when our two countries – and our two peoples – are united together, as they will be under a Trump Administration.

Come November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first.

They will have the chance to reject today’s rule by the global elite, and to embrace real change that delivers a government of, by and for the people.

I hope America is watching, it will soon be time to believe in America again.

He also posted the following messages on Twitter:

On the national issue, at least, Trump is pulling political debate back in the right direction. It seems to me that there are two fields of politics. There is the field you operate in at a more purist level, where you try to articulate your politics in a logical and principled way and clearly distinguish your politics from the competition. Then there is the field where you don't necessarily expect your own purist vision to be fully implemented, but instead you join in a struggle to pull things in society your own way.

The two fields don't run counter to each other. The more that you try to build up a stronger, purer principled movement, the more weight you have in drawing things your own way. And the more you succeed in bringing the centre toward your own politics, the more success you are likely to have in building your more purist movement.

So we shouldn't look at Trump just through purist eyes, but at what his effect on the larger political climate is likely to be. I might be wrong, but I think he will shake it up, open it up, in a good way. I think he will unsettle the right-liberal hold over the Republican Party, open up debate on the national issue, and even perhaps (as suggested above) reconfigure international alliances in an interesting way.

In the meantime, our task remains the same - to develop a principled political movement that can be one part of those forces pulling the larger political culture in our direction.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

What Western man was doing in the 1240s

This is the interior of Sainte Chapelle, a chapel built in the 1240s for the kings of France:

Here's another view:


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Well, I remember

Found this on the net:

Not that things were perfect when I was growing up, but there was still a sense in the culture that Australian men had shown strength and courage as settlers, as soldiers and in sports. It was a positive identity.

And there was still a sense of an "us" when it came to men and women. We seem to be sliding ever further along the line of women seeing men, their own men, as being the opposition, the ones they have to dethrone.

One positive development is that numbers of young Western men are going back to trying to develop their strengths "parallel" to their relationships with women, i.e. they are doing it regardless of what their relationship with women happens to be.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Terry McCrann on Brexit

Terry McCrann is a leading business commentator here in Australia, with a regular column for the mass circulation Herald Sun. In today's column (hidden behind a paywall), he gives his view on the referendum in Britain on leaving the EU.

In short, he believes that Britain should leave. Why? First, he thinks that Britain is better off without the expensive Brussels gravy train:
Goodness, gracious me, if enough countries decide to walk away from paying out the billions to tens of thousands of Brussels bureacrats, who knows where that might end? Who knows which teat might run dry next?

He then looks at the claim that Brexit will cause the markets to fall. It is his opinion that unless people deliberately talk themselves into scaring the markets, a market fall following Brexit needn't happen, and even if the scare tactics do have this effect, it will be short lived and the markets will bounce back.

He believes that Brexit will ultimately be good for the British economy, by liberating it:
That opportunity would be leveraged by the fact that exiting Europe would in substance be hugely beneficial economically and financially for the UK and especially England - freed from the oppressive overlay of not just bureaucratic Brussels, but the extortion racket that the Euro is for Germany.

Finally, Terry McCrann believes that the economic arguments are not the only reason for favouring Brexit:
The bigger point is not financial. It is the fundamental one of national and individual sovereignty - to have your individual and shared destinies decided by yourselves under law, not by foreign unelected bureaucrats and foreign governments elected by others and in some cases, by themselves.

...Here's a final point...It is or should be blindingly clear that exiting the EU is the only way the UK is going to regain control of its borders - to determine who and how many come to it not only from outside Europe but inside Europe as well...

...the British have to seize back their sovereignty from the people smugglers in Brussels and Berlin.

(Terry McCrann, "Brexit also fries brains", Herald Sun, June 21 2016)

Interesting Herald Sun readers' survey

The Herald Sun is the largest circulation newspaper here in Victoria. It has carried out a readers' survey for the upcoming federal election, with some interesting results. For instance:

94% believe boats carrying asylum seekers should be turned back.
92% are against taxes being increased to further subsidise childcare costs
86% are against the introduction of a carbon tax 86% are against transgender awareness being taught in primary schools
74% are against Australia becoming a republic
64% are against legalising same sex marriage

It shows, at least, that more people than you might imagine are able to think outside of the elite consensus.

The same sex marriage one is interesting as this will become a big issue after the election. 71% of coalition voters are against it, despite the PM favouring it.

It should be noted that Herald Sun readers are not a representative sample of the population at large, but even so the numbers are interesting.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Preaching privilege one day, love and unity the next

Leftists can be more open about what they post to social media than those of us on the right. As I have quite a few leftist friends and relatives on my feed, I get to know what really interests them politically.

Generally, they are only interested in what happens in Australia and America. And their overwhelming interest lies with the idea of white male privilege. It is what I have come to call "shakedown politics". You spot something that white men have (e.g. greater representation on a board) and you roar mightily about white male privilege, because you see the chance to get something out of your activism (i.e. board places). But if 16 Yazidi women are brutally murdered by ISIS in the Middle East for refusing to become sex slaves, it doesn't even make it onto your radar.

What I noticed about leftist messaging in the run up to the Orlando massacre, was something like the following:

Day 1: All white men are privileged, give us their stuff.
Day 2: All white men are privileged, give us their stuff.
Day 3: All white men are privileged, give us their stuff.
Day 4: Muslim massacres 50 gay people at a nightclub.
Day 5: Rage at Christians, white men are just as bad as Muslim men or worse.
Day 6: Why can't we have love and unity?

Clearly, there is a blind spot in leftist politics here. They don't see that the envy/rage/hatred towards white men (ressentiment?) runs counter to calls for love and unity.

The hostility toward white men seems, if anything, to be picking up steam. You have to wonder where it will end. To give just one example, you might be aware of the sad event that occurred at a Disney resort in Florida where a young boy was taken by an alligator. A prominent white feminist from Chicago (apparently a corporate lawyer) responded by tweeting the following:

Not much love and unity on display in Brienne's comment.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sending up privilege politics

Good to see a young person on the right (Hunter Avellone) serving it up like this to the SJWs:

Turn off words on dating sites

The dating website eHarmony analysed 12,000 profiles and came up with a list of the worst five words for men to use on a dating profile. If a man used these words, his profile would attract fewer responses by the percentages listed:

Seemingly, a man being caring and respectful is a turn off for women when it comes to attraction (presumably it's not what women associate with masculine charisma).

I wouldn't conclude that being caring and respectful is wrong, but I don't think men should expect these qualities to get them far when it comes to attraction.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Leftists blame Christians for Orlando

I know some gay people well enough to keep up with their political views. They obsessively attack white men whilst at the same time supporting Islamic immigration. It has never seemed prudent to me - why seek to deconstruct the people who let you be and replace them with people who are likely to attack you?

So I was interested to see what their response would be to the massacre of gays in Orlando Florida by a Muslim man. It took a few hours for the following to appear:

Instead of using reality to test his beliefs, he is simply doubling down on his belief system. He targets conservative Christians as the enemy, despite the shooter being a Muslim (and, it seems, a registered Democrat). He blames nationalism, despite the fact that it was an open borders internationalism that brought the shooter to Orlando. Finally, he claims that these attacks will continue to take place unless we go even further along the path of opening ourselves to those who wish us harm.

The left is not going to solve this, not even when reality slaps them hard in the face. They can be mugged by reality over and over and it will not change the grip that their political ideology has over them.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

JAG - John Atkinson Grimshaw

One of my favourite painters, John Atkinson Grimshaw (English, later 1800s).