To The Age
Kevin Donnelly's conservative critique of multiculturalism ('Multiculturalism is no recipe for success', 23/2) has its heart in the right place, but may be a bit old-fashioned. He should have developed more carefully his important qualifying insight that 'Western civilisation is far from perfect.' This being the case, it is not clear that 'if there is any conflict between imported values and our way of life then traditional Australian values win out.' For example, superior insights from Islamic Sufism, Chinese Taoism and Indian Hinduism may be just what our own sacred tradition of Christianity needs in order to regain the capacity to wisely guide society. Nor is a disguised plutocratic oligarchy masquerading as 'liberal democracy' deserving of uncritical acceptance. We need a sensible balance between diversity ('the spice of life') and a core of shared values in accord with truth.
NJ, Belgrave, Vic
To The Age
To The Australian
There is no truth in Greg Craven's claim ('"King Charles" would skew our republican debate', 23/2) that the death of Her Majesty the Queen 'could set off a constitutional crisis here.' Upon her death Prince Charles would be at once proclaimed King of the United Kingdom and he would then immediately become King of Australia and of the other royal realms. There is no possibility of interruption of a smooth process of succession.
Prince Charles is one of the most intelligent and dedicated royal personages in the 1100-year history of the British monarchy. He holds a university degree and is the author of a brilliant book on the world's ecological crisis ('Harmony') and of many profound and perceptive speeches on a wide range of important cultural matters. He has worked tirelessly for many charities and performed his long period of service as heir apparent with great dignity. Craven's description of him as 'an unlikeable nutjob' is nonsense.
NJ, Belgrave, Vic
The last three weeks have been as busy as ever and the attacks on sanity grow daily. Gillian Triggs continues to pretend the Australian Human Rights Commission did the right thing in the QUT case, Bill Shorten is upset over Trump's measures to restrict Islamic immigration, and the entire state of South Australia is shutting up shop thanks to the wonders of eco-friendly power.
The good news is that we finally have an admission from Australia's Islamic leadership that Islam allows wife-beating. However, all the feminists (including the Chief of Defence Force's gender advisor) have failed to notice because they're out rallying around Yassmin Abdel-Magied. She supports Sharia law and recently claimed that Islam is the most feminist religion. Ever....
This time round Pauline Hanson is tougher and more politically streetwise. She is speaking up on the big issues of concern to Australian, such as the recent revelations that within three years each child will owe $ 100,000. (The Australian, February 15, 2017, p. 1)
Australia’ gross public debt is set to rise from $ 474 billion to over $ 600 billion in the next three years. The debt burden per capita threatens, under the conventional economic system, to erode away the standard of living of young Australians. Billions are wasted on a multitude of politically correct programmes, that should have been abandoned long ago, but are financed because of the power of the multicult/ethnoracial lobby....
There is something of a broad emerging consensus among the diverse groups and free-wheeling thinkers, going under the umbrella term “Alt Right,” that the key to dealing with the multitude of problems facing us – whether it be the financial/money question, race realities, immigration, feminism, etc. – is that there needs to be strong manly people to seek solutions and to fight for them. But manhood, along with other virtues of our civilisation, has been undermined.
Many see the destruction of manhood in purely socio-political terms, and of course, at a minimum, there is in this, much truth. But, as Roosh, a microbiologist, argues in his article “The Decline in Testosterone is Destroying the Basis of Masculinity,” http://www.rooshv.com/the-decline-in-testosterone-is-destroying-the-basis-of-masculinity, there is probably an underlying biochemical explanation for the rise of leftism and general cuckoldry, or what we may now call, “cuckism.”...