VOTE! for The 2017 Australian Patriot Of The Year Award!

G’day my fellow Aussie patriots,

It’s that time again, where we look back and remember the year that was and, more importantly, give recognition to the many patriots who have given so much over the course of 2017.

Below you’ll find a list of the 25 best patriots of 2017 as nominated by the slackbastard team.

It’s your job to vote for the bestest and most patriotest; the winner of the 2017 Australian Patriot of the Year Award™ will be announced on STRAYA Day as the climax of Triple M’s Ozzest100.

And the nominees are:

Australian Patriot Of The Year 2017

  • Shayne Hunter (31%, 232 Votes)
  • Neil Erikson (18%, 136 Votes)
  • Mark Latham (10%, 75 Votes)
  • Paul 'Guru' Franzi (7%, 49 Votes)
  • Blair Cottrell (6%, 42 Votes)
  • Mohammad Tawhidi (5%, 40 Votes)
  • Avi Yemini (5%, 39 Votes)
  • Bob Katter (4%, 31 Votes)
  • Phill Galea (4%, 31 Votes)
  • Shermon Burgess (2%, 13 Votes)
  • Nick Folkes (1%, 10 Votes)
  • James Buckle (1%, 10 Votes)
  • Nathaniel Jacob Sassoon Sykes (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Richard Wolstencroft (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Tom Sewell (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Bob Hart (1%, 4 Votes)
  • David Hilton (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Christopher Shortis (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Michael Holt (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Iggy Gavrilidis (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Dan Evans (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Robert Wayne Edhouse (0%, 2 Votes)
  • 'Farma' John Wilkinson (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Kane Miller (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Tim Wakeling (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 749

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James Buckle is The Quiet Achiever. A United Patriots Front (UPF) fanboy, James is also the President of lobby group ‘Firearm Owners United’, and is terribly excited to be part of the club at The Lads Society in Cheltenham, where they pump iron while they read Mein Kampf. And nothing says ‘patriot’ more than a liking for guns and Mister Hitler, amirite?

Shermon Burgess was previously known as ‘The Great Aussie Patriot’, and in this guise he did much to promote attendance at Reclaim Australia rallies in 2015. Shermon was also one of the co-founders and fuehrer of the UPF before being forced, sadly, to quit the group in late 2015 (after someone made a Facebook video poking fun at him). Based in Cooma, NSW, Shermon has quickly become one of the small town’s best-loved prophets, regularly uncovering the pernicious influence of George Soros and Agenda 21 on the town’s thriving industry. In 2017, Shermon jumped on the nazi bandwagon, proclaiming that Hitler was right and Jesus was wrogn. Aussie Pride!

Blair Cottrell was the fuehrer of the UPF until it got kicked off Facebook, after which the franchise basically collapsed. No longer welcome on Facebook (expect for when he uses his father’s account to post), Blair has reinvented himself as a Twitter personality, winning over many US-based nazis and of course Avi Yemini (see below). In media and other reportage, Blair is often depicted as a ‘controversial’ character: a reference both to his love of Mister Hitler and Nazi Germany and to his extensive criminal record. In September 2017, Blair, along with Neil Erikson and Christopher Shortis (see below), was convicted of serious religious vilification (Blair is appealing the decision). Prior to this, Blair did a few brief spells in prison after being convicted inter alia of stalking his ex-girlfriend, trying to set fire to her house and to kill her boyfriend. These and other efforts to combat Cultural Marxism make Blair a red-hot favourite to win the Award.

Robert Wayne Edhouse is currently awaiting trial for murder in Perth. A staunch patriot, Edhouse and his kameraden in the ‘Aryan Nations’ played happy hosts to the UPF when they journeyed to Perth for a Reclaim rally in November 2015. An enthusiastic participant in a range of wholesome political activities, Edhouse is an outside chance of taking the prize: fingers crossed he’ll be available to accept the Award if he wins!

Neil Erikson is the founder of a string of failed very popular social media projects, the latest called ‘Patriot Blue’ (see : Romper Stomper). A former member of neo-Nazi group ‘Nationalist Alternative’ and the short-lived bonehead gang ‘Crazy White Boys’ (the other members are currently in jail for attempted murder), Neil was convicted in February 2014 of stalking a rabbi and in September 2017 of serious religious vilification. Just like the the 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba, Neil’s always charging into battle: this year he attempted to disrupt several Melbourne council meetings and public rallies and he famously confronted Labor MP Sam Dastyari in a Melbourne bar, calling him a ‘monkey’ and a ‘terrorist’ and telling him to ‘go back to Iran’. A former TOLL employee, Neil is currently battling the company over the very visible use of their uniform in his publicity stunts.

Dan Evans Based in Canberra, Dan is a Facebook personality who describes himself as an ‘Australian Conservative Capitalist’. A small businessman and aspiring politician, in 2016 Dan ran for a seat in the ACT Parliament. Sadly, 99.95% of voters in Yerrabi — the rotten communists — voted for somebody else. Still: AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!

Nick Folkes is another serial pest seasoned political campaigner and the leader of the Party For Freedom (PFF), a Sydney-based fascist patriotik groupuscule. Nick has been a patriotik activist for some years: as a member of the Australian Protectionist Party (APP), in June 2012 he organised a massive rally calling upon the Australian government to mass murder asylum seekers. #TrueStory. After that successful endeavour, Nick established the PFF. Largely confined to Sydney and Nick’s imagination, the PFF has made a small number of interventions locally, including a protest against a halal exhibition in April 2016 and another to oppose housing for refugees in November 2016. Undeterred by failure or common sense, and absent human decency and basic intelligence, Nick is a True Australian Patriot.

Paul ‘Guru’ Franzi is another Quiet Achiever, a man who can be relied upon to join any and every group going, from the Australian Defence League (ADL) to the UPF to the Soldiers of Odin (SOO) to Patriot Blue. Not quite The Unknown Soldier, but mos def The Volunteer, Stay-At-Home Patriot, Paul bravely battles the Islamic State presence from Bendigo to Melbourne and all places in-between.

Phill Galea is a strong contender for the Australian Patriot of the Year Award™. Active since 2010, Phill naturally gravitated towards Reclaim, the UPF and True Blue Crew (TBC) in 2015 and 2016. A True Australian Patriot, Phill’s troubles began when ZOG arrested him in November 2015 ahead of the Reclaim rally in Melton. Having previously been cited for bringing a knife to a patriot rally, Phill was jailed for one month after pleading guilty to possessing five Tasers and a quantity of mercury in the days before Melton. In January 2016, poor old Phill was once again the subject of ZOG’s ire. Bailed for the second time in weeks, Phill was rearrested when police accused him of breaching the terms of his bail by associating with other UPF gronks at a Sandringham pub. There he met another nominee, ‘Farma’ John Wilkinson (see below), who days later told police that he had bought up to 22 stun guns, some of which remained in circulation among patriotik volk. Worse was to come, however, as just a few months after he attended the joyous celebration that was the TBC flagwit parade in June, in August 2016 Phill was arrested and charged with terrorisms. Since then, Phill has been back and forth and back and forth from court on a number of occasions: ZOG is obviously desperate to stop him from prosecuting his Crusade against the evil anarcho-pinko-anarchist-islamic cabal of dirt. In 2017, given his frenetic activity and obvious commitment to his country, Phill is surely a very good chance of capturing the title of Australian Patriot of the Year.™

Iggy Gavrilidis is a Greek-born migrant, anti-immigrant activist, and fuehrer of Golden Dawn (GD) Australia: a True Australian Patriot if ever there was. Based in Sydney, Iggy is especially beloved of Greek neo-Nazis in Melbourne, who in recent times have taken the opportunity to express their appreciation of his werk on behalf of the Greek neo-Nazi party in a very personal manner. Iggy attended the 8th Congress of GD in Athens in March 2016, organised a GD conference in Sydney in October 2016, and in 2017 has kept busy making propaganda and raising funds for Greek patriots 15,000 kilometres away. Fair dinkum and strewth!

Bob Hart is a… brilliant man with lots of well thought-out, practical, ideas. He is ensuring the financial security of Australia for years to come. Oh yes, and his personal hygiene is above reproach.

David Hilton is a former high skool teach turned AltRight propagandist based in Brisbane. Formerly known as Moses Apostaticus, 2017 was a Big Year for David. No mere Spectator, David successfully stopped The Communist, The Jew and The Muslim from destroying Australian Civilisation As We Know It, won friends, and influenced many people. Australian Patriot Of The Year? We Report, You Decide!

Michael Holt Not to be confused with Phill Galea’s BFF and angry old man Mike Holt, Michael Holt is another patriot who has fallen foul of ZOG and the nefarious forces of Political Correctness. Thus in January 2017 the very patriotik Michael was allegedly stockpiling homemade guns and weapons across Sydney and expressed an intention to commit a mass shooting at a popular Westfield shopping centre (a known centre for the propagation of Cultural Marxism). In September 2017, Michael The Australian Patriot was sentenced to at least four and a half years in jail for weapons and child pornography offences. Still, if he wins, an Award will no doubt be waiting for him upon his release, and be presented to him by his Melbourne mate, Neil Erikson.

Shayne Hunter Until a few months ago, Shayne was the CEO of Antifa Australia Pty Ltd. In this role, Shayne’s primary responsibilities included making major corporate decisions, managing the overall operations and resources of Antifa Australia, acting as the main point of communication between Antifa Australia’s board of directors and its corporate operations, and ensuring that its operations were in accord with Sharia law (with a view to establishing a caliphate in Australia). Sadly, upon discovering that the board was steadfastly committed to furthering the aims of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi in Sydney and Brisbane by, inter alia, distributing the essays ‘Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native’, ‘Moving Blackwards: Black Power and the Aboriginal Embassy’ and ‘Savagery and Urbanity: Struggles over Aboriginal Housing, Redfern, 1970–73’, after four years at the helm Shayne decided to resign from his position to return to his first love: comedy.

Bob Katter is your typical politician. His Daddy, Robert Carl Katter Sr., was bumped into the Australian federal parliament in 1966, and sat there until 1990. In 1974, at the ripe old age of 29, Bob Jr. was elected to the Queensland state parliament and sat there until 1992. In 1993, Bob moved from the Queensland state to the Australian federal parliament, where he’ll remain sitting until he’s dislodged (possibly by a relative). Like people everywhere, Australians love career politicians, which puts Bob in a very good position to scoop the 2017 Australian Patriot Of The Year Award™. Because in the meantime, every three months a person is torn to pieces by a crocodile in north Queensland. Fact!

Mark Latham is a man with a plan (and an $80,000+ p.a. parliamentary pension). When he’s not appearing on neo-Nazi podcasts, Mark hosts his own show which, sadly, nobody watches. While men who have lost their self esteem turn to domestic violence as a coping mechanism, Mark is blessed with a very healthy self-regard, and is using his position to undertake crucial political work. One of his latest campaigns is to stop Australia Day from falling victim to Bolshevism, and for it to continue to be celebrated as a public holiday on January 26 throughout Australia — just as it has since time immemorial 1994. Go Biffa!

Kane Miller is the level boss of the True Blue Crew (TBC): a racist gang straight outta Melton. Kane’s KKKrew was formed following the Reclaim rally in November 2015 and it held its first public rally in Coburg in May 2016 in support of racism, Islamophobia, the closure of remote Aboriginal communities, and the concentration camps on Manus and Nauru. Kane and the TBC have also organised two flagwit rallies in Melbourne (June 2016 and June 2017), which brought together the dregs of the far-right cream of the patriotik crop in Melbourne (some even performed the traditional Australian haka at the event!), and most recently the boys turned out to defend a Nazi-sympathising paedophile apologist named Milo Yiannopoulos.

Tom Sewell Like many Good Australians, Tom was born in New Zealand. In 2015, he became sidekick to Blair Cottrell. Tom is a natural economist with great ability in writing, organisation and the practice of discipline. Like his level boss, Tom’s also a big fan of Mister Hitler and Mein Kampf. AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!

Christopher Shortis is a Christian fun-da-mentalist preacher turned political activist. Chris joined the UPF when it formed in 2015 but left in 2016 after Fortitude — an attempt by the UPF to form a political party for which Chris was to be a senatorial candidate in Victoria — collapsed in a heap. A fighter undeterred by the law or good taste, Chris also lost his gun licence in December 2016 and in September 2017 was convicted of inciting hatred for Muslims. Since leaving the UPF, Chris has joined Dr Jim Saleam’s Australia First Party, a decision presumably in accord with his pledge that My duty before Jesus Christ my Lord is to witness the 3rd Angels message (Revelation 14:9-11) in the power of Elijah (Malachi 4:5). This world is to be judged. Choose this day whom you will serve. Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition.

Nathaniel Jacob Sassoon Sykes is an extremely rare species in the far-right ecosystem: a Jewish neo-Nazi. Nathan is also a contributor to ‘The Daily Stormer’ neo-Nazi website and a member of Dr Jim Saleam’s Australia First Party. He lives in Sydney, collects toy dolls and, along with Christopher Shortis, writes for the ‘United Nationalists of Australia’ blog and Facebook page.

Mohammad Tawhidi is the tabloids’ favourite Muslim, the man the mainstream Muslim community has dubbed Australia’s “fake sheikh.” Anointed as a religious leader by the tabloid media, this Shia extremist is using its newspapers and television programs to wage a sectarian war against Australia’s majority Sunni community. And their audiences can’t get enough. Along with Blair and Phill, the Iranian-born Iraqi Shiite cleric is a real chance of grabbing the 2017 Australian Patriot of the Year Award™.

Tim Wakeling is a UPF fanboy better known for being brother to Tory MP Nick Wakeling. When he’s not busy being the *cough* black sheep of the family, Tim may be found at patriotik events trying to pick fights. Timmeh! calls himself the “former head gas controller” at Auschwitz and says he went to the “school of ­Holocaust denial” on his ­Facebook page, which demonstrates both a keen sense of history and a great sense of humour. What’s not to love about this deeply-patriotik Aussie bloke?

‘Farma’ John Wilkinson is a ‘Farma’ and a UPF fanboy. He’s also handy with a stun gun, allegedly providing a small collection of them to his BFF Phill Galea, presumably with a view to their deeply patriotik use on nay-sayers. A stalwart at rallies — at the Reclaim rally in Melton in November 2015 John preached against ‘dirty Arabs’ polluting the suburb — John was spruiking the UPF in Dimboola in February, apparently having failed to receive the memo informing him that the UPF was moribund. Still, it’s that kind of dedication to flogging a dead horse that makes ‘Farma’ one of the contenders for the Australian Patriot Of The Year Award™.

Richard Wolstencroft has made a series of critically-acclaimed and wildly-popular films and, until very recently, was the Director of the Melbourne Underground Film festival (MUFF). Sadly, The GayBC and The Pink Mafia conspired to turn Melbourne against Richard. Perhaps a patriotic Award will be some consolation?

Avi Yemini Based in Melbourne, Avi is one of Australia’s leading public intellectuals, who makes frequent contributions to journals such as The Daily Mail (Australia). In September, he organised a wildly-successful and massively-popular rally against African crimens; the previous December, Avi organised a slightly-less-successful tour of Caulfield by Malcolm ‘Jew World Order’ Roberts and Pauline Hanson. Once touted as a future MP for One Nation, Avi has more recently decided to join up with the political juggernaut that is Cory Bernardi’s Conservatives. Fingers crossed, Avi will receive his Award not long before he enters Parliament.

Honourable Mentions : Andrew Bolt; Ross Cameron; Ralph Cerminara; George Christensen; Toby Cook; Kevin Coombes (‘Elijah Jacobson’); Rosalie Crestani; Rowan Dean; Julian de Ross; Miranda Devine; Ryan Fletcher; Pauline Hanson; Dennis Huts; George Jameson; Scott Moerland; Rita Panahi; George Pell; Kris0 Richardson; Liz Shepherd; Kirralie Smith; Lachlan/Logan Spalding; Ricky/Rikki Turner; Kim Vuga; Linden Watson; Andrew Wilson.

About @ndy

I live in Melbourne, Australia. I like anarchy. I don't like nazis. I enjoy eating pizza and drinking beer. I barrack for the greatest football team on Earth: Collingwood Magpies. The 2024 premiership's a cakewalk for the good old Collingwood.
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10 Responses to VOTE! for The 2017 Australian Patriot Of The Year Award!

  1. ablokeimet says:

    How could you possibly go past a Jewish Nazi? There is no greater patriot than one who says “I’ll be last in the oven & close the door behind me”.

  2. SF Lyons says:

    I voted with my heart, not my head, and picked Wolstencroft. He’s a long way back in the field, but then he is more of a French patriot than Australian.

  3. Rashid says:

    Some worthy candidates but Neil Erikson is a clear standout. Who else had the strategic foresight to engage in nationally televised patriotic racist abuse wearing the reputable name of his former employer? And a masterstroke of irony by Erikson in telling foreigners like Dastyari to ‘go back to where they come from’, whilst patriotically flaunting the insignia of Japan Post owned Toll Holdings. But what has ultimately got him my vote is his magnification of an existential question – What race is dickhead?

  4. [Bad Speller] says:

    I don’t get this, is it satire or kool aid humor? I saw your pictures, you need to loose weight.

  5. Shayne Hunter says:

    I was wondering if you had any awareness of Evergreen [College]?

    Before you stated in a comment that the oppressed vs oppressor [mindset] of the neo marxist (and anarchist) ideology doesn’t lead to pathological behaviour.

    I think if you watch this you will find it does.

    https : // youtube / 9ys2ihv_wSs a show case of what happened at Evergreen College, a super-progressive college that turned into a public-denouncement cultural revolution.

    And then this – https : // youtube/ CCA6ME81RLQ a Chinese man’s account of how he got his own mother killed during the Cultural Revolution.

    This is what you are caught up in promoting…

    Like the radical rightwing, the radical leftwing puts class and group identity before the individual.

  6. @ndy says:

    First, congratulations on winning the Award;

    Secondly, yes, I’ve heard the name. According to Wikipedia:

    ‘The Evergreen State College is a public liberal arts college and a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, located in Olympia, Washington, US. Founded in 1967, Evergreen was formed to be an experimental and non-traditional college. Full-time students enroll in interdisciplinary academic programs instead of classes. Programs typically offer students the opportunity to study several disciplines in a coordinated manner. Faculty write narrative evaluations of students’ work in place of issuing grades.

    Evergreen offers a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Bachelor of Science, Master of Environmental Studies, Master of Public Administration, and Master in Teaching. As of 2016, there were 4,089 students, 3,787 of whom were undergraduates, and 229 faculty members.’

    So a small college in the US, one of something in the order of 4,700+ degree-granting institutions.

    Thirdly, it’s quite a leap to go from Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying’s situ at Evergreen (in SEP, they settled out-of-court: on the one hand and the Cultural Revolution on the other and to claim that this is ‘what I’m caught up in promoting’, or to argue that what’s most relevant about and what might best explain the Cultural Revolution is the proposal that ‘like the radical right-wing, the radical left-wing puts class and group identity before the individual’. That’s just plain nonsense, but it also demonstrates your incapacity to construct an argument.

  7. shayne hunter says:

    1. cheers

    2. uh huh

    3. Sure the settlement happened I am not sure how that is [relevant]. I was attempting to demonstrate how the oppressor group vs oppressed group narrative of Marxism and [neo-Marxism] is the psychology of why the students in the [college] [behave] in an [appalling] way.

    Is pointing out the settlement [a] way for your mind to dismiss the social phenomenon, by implying that one of the staff who disagreed with the actions was ‘bribed’ into admitting no wrong by the coll[e]ge? Cause if that is what you are implying by sharing that article I think it doesn[‘]t explain the social behaviour.

    It[‘]s not common that a group of people mob up on one individual because of their group identity and declare everything they do as being guilty and make demands of them to denounce themselves, the only examples that come to mind is the [C]ultural [R]evolution. The actions that happened in [E]vergreen [college] mirror this.

    ‘So a small college in the US, one of something in the order of 4,700+ degree-granting institutions.’

    This isn’t a counter argument or disproves that the behaviour [at] the coll[e]ge was related to a Marxist ideology of oppressor vs oppressed and the assumption of guilt based on class in this case ‘white vs black’.

    Furthermore there are many examples of this kind of behaviour:

    https : // www . youtube . com / watch?v=jDlQ4H0Kdg8

    https : // www . youtube . com/ watch?v=GAU5ebDseO0

    Answer honestly:

    Have you watched from many different sources the raw footage of how the students behaved?

    You haven’t given me a counter argument, you just state I cannot construct an argument.

    You do realise the human brain is prone to ignore and explain away reality that disagrees with our beliefs. e.g. Christians that mock evolution, they even say things like “evolution is illogical because of X”. How do you know you are not doing this? [I]gnoring information [that runs] counter to your ideology?

  8. shayne hunter says:

    Have you heard of Jonathan Haidt, a psychologist who specialises in studying morality?

    It[‘]s funny you mention how many unis [there] are, as a means to dismiss what happened at [E]vergreen.

    Are you aware that since the ’90s unis in the USA have increasingly become more and more leftwing[?] According to some data, unis’ staff vote about 90% Democrat. This is way different to the general public and this isn[‘]t something that always happened. It[‘]s a t[r]end that has been increasing in the last 20 years.

    Have you read anything about this?

    Do you think in that climate it may be a hotbed for far left-wing extremism?

    https : // heterodoxacademy . org / 2016 / 01 / 09 / professors-moved-left-but-country-did-not

    A lecture on ‘Why Jonathan Haidt Sees a Big Shift in University Politics for 2018’:

    https : // www . youtube . com / watch?v=2jo6srYWg-w

  9. @ndy says:


    You raised the question of Evergreen College and the controversy surrounding a member of its faculty, Bret Weinstein, a position he took last year, and the reaction to it. I shared the article because it was the most recent one I could find that both summarised the controversy as well as its end result:

    … Weinstein had criticized changes to the school’s annual Day of Absence after white students who chose to participate were asked to go off campus to talk about race issues. He called the event “an act of oppression,” according to emails obtained by The Olympian. Weinstein later appeared on Fox News and wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

    The incident led to protests and threats over allegations of racism and intolerance, pulling Evergreen into a national debate over free speech on college campuses. The campus was closed for three days in June and graduation was moved to Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.

    In an email to faculty and staff sent Friday about 6:40 p.m., Evergreen officials wrote that the college will pay $450,000 to the couple and $50,000 toward the couple’s attorney fees.

    “In making this agreement, the college admits no liability, and rejects the allegations made in the tort claim. The educational activities of Day of Absence/Day of Presence were not discriminatory. The college took reasonable and appropriate steps to engage with protesters during spring quarter, de-escalate conflict, and keep the campus safe,” according to the email.

    In your comment you further claimed that I stated in a [previous] comment [on Facebook] that the oppressed vs oppressor [mindset] of the neo marxist (and anarchist) ideology doesn’t lead to pathological behaviour.

    In reality, I didn’t state that. What I wrote (December 24, on Facebook) was the following:


    ‘i think the [oppressor]/oppressed dichotomy of anarchism leads to the same mentality of being able to murder people based on group identity …’

    As anyone else is, you’re free to define anarchism in any way you wish: whether or not others agree with your definition, of course, is another matter. In this instance, I don’t accept that anarchism implies a simple division of society into two categories: ‘oppressor’ and ‘oppressed’. While it does draw attention to inequality, this framework is not especially useful for conducting a political or social analysis of, say, contemporary Australia. In my view, to be useful, such an analysis — and there are many — would require a little more sophistication, and pay more attention to social relationships *as* relationships (historical, social and dynamic). I think that you’re stuck on this point because you’re not an especially sophisticated thinker, and thus this framework suits your level of understanding.


    That’s quite a different statement to ‘the oppressor vs oppressor mindset of the neo marxist and anarchist ideology doesn’t lead to pathological behaviour’.


    So: please stop verballing me; this is what I mean when I write that you have difficulty constructing an argument. Thus, if you wanted to critique a position I’ve actually taken, you would first need to examine what positions I’ve taken, quote them, articulate your understanding of their meaning, then explain why I’m wrogn, either in terms of the logical faults in my position and/or the poor or faulty or irrelevant evidence I’ve used to support these positions. You don’t do that. Rather, you imagine I hold a particular perspective — eg:

    ‘slackbastard argues that the chief distinction of a neo-Marxist outlook — one which he explicitly endorses — is a crude division of The World into oppressor and oppressed; he further argues that this is A Good Thing because, inter alia, it innoculates the speaker from engaging in pathological behaviour of the kind very much in evidence at Evergreen College and during the course of the Cultural Revolution’.

    In reality, I’m not a Marxist or a neo-Marxist; as I stated above, I think that the framework you use for understanding Marxism/neo-Marxism/Cultural Marxism/anarchism/intersectionality/Political Correctness etc. is faulty. You’ve demonstrated that your understanding of these various philosophical perspectives and concepts doesn’t amount to anything more than ‘all these ideologues believe that The World can be divided into oppressor and oppressed and this gives rise to pathological behaviour, which is Bad and wrogn’.


    You argue that the controversy at Evergreen and the Cultural Revolution are linked, that both episodes are the product of a Marxist/neo-Marxist/Cultural Marxist/anarchist/intersectionalist etc. outlook, one based on a simple division of The World into two groups — oppressed (Good) and oppressor (Bad) — which inevitably leads to academics being besieged by angry students, on the one hand, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution on the other.

    With regards the (Great Proletarian) Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), according to Ben Kiernan, estimates of the number of casualties varies greatly, ‘from 250,000 to as many as 7-8 million people killed or driven to suicide. One commonly accepted estimate suggests a toll of 400,000; another, over a million’. Some have described it as ‘China’s Holocaust’. According to Simon Leys, ‘The tabula rasa that the ‘Cultural Revolution’ established in all areas of culture, intelligence, and learning was meant as a radical measure to protect the power of an incompetent and half-literate ruling class’.

    I’m not a Sinologist, but that’s how I understand the ‘Cultural Revolution’: an episode in which Mao and various of his cronies sought to purge the party of rivals and society generally of opposition, implemented on the basis of a form of peasant Communism, forced industrialisation, and centralisation of authority and power in the party-state’s leadership. It wreaked havoc on China.

    Again, this event or series of events is best understood in its historical and social context: twentieth century Chinese history, especially the history of its Communist party, Mao and the Gang of Four. It grossly trivialises the tragedy of the ‘Revolution’ to compare its outcomes to the fact that Bret Weinstein resigned his position from Evergreen, sued the college, then settled outta court for $500,000.

    Finally, in your studies on China, modern Chinese history and the CCP, which are the top three texts you recommend I read in order to understand it?


    The reason I drew attention to the fact that Evergreen is one of nearly 5,000 such institutions in the US is proportionality, ie: lots of shit happens at colleges, of all sorts, so why should I pay attention to this incident in particular? I’ve said and written nothing about it until now, and then only because you raised the issue. I have other things I’m much more interested in.


    Have you heard of Jonathan Haidt, a psychologist who specialises in studying morality?

    I’m vaguely familiar with him, yes. I’ve not read any of his books or essays.

    Are you aware that since the ’90s unis in the USA have increasingly become more and more leftwing[?] According to some data, unis’ staff vote about 90% Democrat. This is way different to the general public and this isn[‘]t something that always happened. It[‘]s a t[r]end that has been increasing in the last 20 years.

    Have you read anything about this?

    Do you think in that climate it may be a hotbed for far left-wing extremism?

    If and when I have the time I’ll read the post to which you’ve linked and the discussion surrounding it. Otherwise: college campuses have long been a site of controversy and political struggle.

  10. SS says:

    genetics hasn’t been kind to the far right scared things has it?

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