Editorial: Reality bites the psychotic Left
By refusing to face modern realities, the Australian Left has dealt itself out of the national debate
FOR evidence, if any more were needed, that the intellectual Left has become completely divorced from reality, turn to page 14 of the latest edition of The Monthly, where Clive Hamilton describes the therapeutic effect of bushfires at Christmas. “As the orgy of spending reaches a climax we begin to wonder whether we have become decadent,” the [social democratic] Australia Institute executive director writes. “The firies who battle the elements on our behalf remind us of our ‘true’ selves.” …
Intriguingly, a commentator claims that it’s “No coincidence that Teh Australian picks out The Monthly magazine for criticism, given that this month’s issue features the Eric Ellis profile of Murdoch’s sexy young Chinese-born wife, Wendi Deng. For anyone not up to date with the background story here, Murdoch forced Fairfax to spike the Ellis story (even though they had commissioned it at considerable price), but The Monthly bravely picked it up. Murdoch sold his minority share in Fairfax shortly afterwards, suggesting a deal may have been made.”
- *That is, as a demonstration of The Australian‘s witless polemicising at its very best/worst, it is of surpassing excellence.