By Guy Rundle
There is a necessity at times, to take inventory of the place we now have been and the place we're now, and beauty where all of it went wrong ...
From Rinehart to Bob Brown, Abbott to the Rainbow Serpent ... our once-great land has had its fair proportion of nitwits. Come on a trawl via all of them, with man Rundle (and Dexter Rightwad), at the bin evening Australia needed to have.
Guy Rundle is a author, editor, manufacturer and journalist, inter alia. A common contributor to the Age, Sydney Morning bring in and all media – other than the 70 in step with cent owned through the Murdochs, at time of writing – he was once a co-editor of enviornment journal for a few years. at the level he wrote 4 indicates for optimum Gillies: membership Republic, Your Dreaming...
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The continent was opened up, not to brigandage and profit, but to the uses of the state, and then to the understanding. The explorers burrowed in, the Aborigines were named, shamed, tamed and then killed in the enactment of Darwinian inevitability. Other colonies of other nations were far more brutal in their daily conduct, enslaving and then discarding, but in Latin America and elsewhere they extended to them the basic courtesy of indifference – as long as they hauled the gold out, they didn’t care what the fuck they believed, or what happened in the interior.
While he was happy to go the tonk on Kim Beazley, he was also concerned with the decaying of our Western culture, as represented by, for example, the disgusting outbreak of body-painting in the annual Moomba parade. As the millennium turned and the culture, fuelled by a hypercapitalist globalised consumption economy, slowly turned into a rancid burning ball of nihilism, Bolt’s increasingly pseudo-prophetic jeremiads found an audience. So had internet porn, the Saw movies and ten-dollar ekkies, and in many cases it was the same audience.
Paul Schrader, the film director and writer of that classic of minging angst Taxi Driver put it best when he said that the movement was essentially a form of mass clinical depression. If Neo-Calvinism had given us only canal building and Scorsese movies, it might not have been so bad. But its real gift to the world was apartheid. Racism was not unknown in colonialism, you’ll be surprised to hear – especially if you get your information from Andrew Bolt – but it was the anti-genius of apartheid to codify and make it a measure of national survival that racial purity be preserved.