Ben Shapiro: The “Destroyer” Gets “Destroyed”

12/05/2019

In a BBC interview that went viral, ‘conservative’ commentator, writer, and ‘intellectual’ Ben Shapiro cut the conversation short with interviewer Andrew Neil. He has since apologised for his conduct and to Neil, but it was a perfect showcase of a previous point I’ve made about the likes of Shapiro. What he and his followers consider “intellectual” is in fact unrivalled arrogance, with no small dash of hypocrisy.

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Reject the Media Narrative – It’s Undermining Our Democracy

11/05/2019

I still often see attacks on the ABC for being a ‘leftist rag’ and for being supportive of a ‘communist’ Labor-Greens government. Never mind the fact that Labor and the Greens aren’t the best of friends, nor in any context communist or socialist. Also never mind the fact that the ABC has had its budget cut drastically by the Coalition, with threats of privatisation, and that many of the ABC’s top positions are stacked with friends of the Liberal Party and/or private interests – Ita Buttrose comes to mind. But it’s not just the ABC – almost all of our media is rooting for the Coalition.

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Aristotle and Climate Change

09/05/2019

I can assure you that there is a connection between the Ancient Greek philosopher and the environmental catastrophe we are facing today. Specifically, I’m only one chapter into Aristotle’s The Art of Rhetoric and already there is truth to his words. Turns out, there are idiots in the world who will believe anything if persuaded – who knew.

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Gaza Unsilenced: A Reflection

08/05/2019

Due to a large amount of university work, and (admittedly) no small amount of stalling, I hadn’t gotten around to finishing my latest read as quick as I’d have liked. Given the escalation between Israel and Gaza in the past week, however, it is a topical one to finish. Gaza Unsilenced is a compilation of numerous articles and posts by people that were witness to, or affected by, Israel’s 2014 invasion known as “Protective Edge”. And it’s not pretty.

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Eurovision Covers Media as Israel-Gaza Conflict Escalates

07/05/2019

Eurovision, a music contest that has become a global event, will be held in Israel this year. Many people have called for artists and viewers to boycott the contest in an attempt to draw attention to Israel’s abuses against the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. As tensions rise, along with the death count, what could be the beginnings of another strike against Gaza might get swept aside due to the contest’s popularity.

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Campaigns of Fear

05/05/2019

The election is coming fast, with early voting already open and politicians wandering around not doing much. Campaigns, mostly consisting of attacking any opposition, are being run by politicians and activist groups across the country. But as satirist Friendlyjordies put it in a recent video, since the 2016 US elections, elections globally and media coverage of them are very much emotionally driven. To quote Dickens, we just want the facts.

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The Hypocrisy of the Democrats

04/05/2019

That US foreign policy is the same no matter which party controls the White House is not controversial to say. Imperialist, very much resource driven, and with the illusion of ideological and moral superiority. From the Republicans, this is no surprise; to paraphrase Noam Chomsky, no other organisation in human history has been so dedicated to the destruction of our species. From the Democrats, however, there’s an extra level of hypocrisy.

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Facebook Crackdown More than Freedom of Speech

03/05/2019

It was announced that some despicable people, the most popular being Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos, have now been banned from social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. This has been met with applause from many and screams of authoritarian censorship from the figures’ supporters. There is a simple reason why these bans aren’t exactly attacks on freedom of speech. However, I find the reason that is to be much more concerning.

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We Need the Union Movement

02/05/2019

I was talking to a lady I know (she used the term debate, but I fear that – without wishing to cause offense – would require knowledge on the topic) about a few political topics. It wasn’t so much a coherent discussion as it was a rushed scattering of vaguely connected points we each made, but one point took centre stage. The union movement.

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Coups and Jail: Assaults on Freedom

01/05/2019

The long-expected coup attempt in Venezuela began this week, declared by Maduro as failed while Guaido received backing from some prominent figures. Meanwhile, Julian Assange has been sentenced for 50 weeks in the UK for skipping bail in 2012 when he sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy. Both events are quite disheartening.

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