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Welcome to the age of arrogance

Too right!

A regular column by John Black.

Rightminds.nz


Conservatism is, at heart, a humble philosophy. It engages with reality, not seeking to remake it. It holds that certain things are eternally true. Give government your money and it won’t spend it with as much restraint and care as you do. Or, for that matter, as Charlie Sheen does on a four-day bender in Bangkok.

Conservatives view humanity as flawed, sinful and rather nasty. Tradition, social norms and institutions make civilization possible. Remove these and a man’s inner Charlie Sheen is let out. Before long he’s doing blow for breakfast and trying to pork his wife’s sister’s daughter’s fifteen-year-old babysitter.

Opposing this is progressivism – the political drive to make the world a better place. At best this is laudable but laughable. Like trying to teach your dog to use a flush toilet so he won’t leave steaming turds on the front lawn. Reality intervenes. His little paws can’t reach the button. But, at worst, it employs the violent authority of the state. Like achieving the same result by grabbing your dog and staple-gunning his arse shut.

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One of the only right-wing people in Education (we hold our meetings in a broom closet). I spend my nights drinking and working on the great New Zealand novel. I’m white, male and straight – so it’s all my fault. All of it.

Gutless Goff enforces the hecklers’ veto

Too right!

A regular column by John Black

Rightminds.nz


Auckland Mayor and enforcer of the Hecklers Veto, Phil ‘Gutless’ Goff

By now most will know that the planned talk by free thinkers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux has been binned due to our chinless wonder of a mayor, Phil ‘Gutless’ Goff. He has caved to an (un)holy alliance of the New Zealand Federation of Islam Associations and Auckland Peace Action, the latter distinguishing themselves by being a peace group that threatens violence. Quote:

 We will confront them on the streets. If they come, we will blockade entry to their speaking venue. End quote.

Isn’t that like a group of vegetarians holding a sausage sizzle?

Well, it seems to have worked, with the Bruce Mason Centre cancelling due to ‘health and safety concerns’, which is a nice euphemism for the possibility of a mob of lefties descending on their patrons. Since then Gutless Goff has banned promoters from using any alternative council venue.

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One of the only right-wing people in Education (we hold our meetings in a broom closet). I spend my nights drinking and working on the great New Zealand novel. I’m white, male and straight – so it’s all my fault. All of it.

Village idiocy

Too Right!

A regular column by John Black

Rightminds.nz


Welcome to our village, wee one.

So read the tweet sent out to the nation by Saint Jacinda and the fisherman to announce the arrival of their firstborn. Of course, they have every right to their joy and it would be a churlish and mean-spirited hack (and certainly not this churlish and mean-spirited hack) who would bemoan the couple’s obvious delight.

But it’s a private joy, don’t you think? Shared with your family and a thousand or so of your closest Facebook friends. Certainly not something for newspaper headlines or women’s magazine covers. But I guess they don’t have a choice, though do they? Being who they are – a sort of kiwi John and Jackie Kennedy, except role reversed with Clarke wearing the evening gowns.

Or do they? Perhaps there’s a political method to their madness.

Let’s look at that tweet again. Odd choice of wording, isn’t it? ‘Our village? Why not ‘Our country’?

Dim bells began tolling in the old noggin. Not my usual Sunday hangover but a recollection, a memory, forming.

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One of the only right-wing people in Education (we hold our meetings in a broom closet). I spend my nights drinking and working on the great New Zealand novel. I’m white, male and straight – so it’s all my fault. All of it.

Leftie babies

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A regular column by John Black

Rightminds.nz


Whaleoilers, being people of taste and discernment, will seldom have loitered at the Spinoff, a website devoted to the concerns of millennials – reality TV and naive politics. Purely in the interests of remaining outside any bubble of bias, I have a daily wade through the ‘Heart Break Island’ reports and articles about transgender models in a grim search for something worthwhile. Last week I hit rare pay dirt – an article that managed to sum up everything I despise about the modern Left in under a thousand words.

The topic: kid’s been detained at the US border, the author: Golriz Ghahraman, the Green MP.

Dozens of children sit inside a wire cage at a detention center in Arizona in 2014 after being locked up by the Obama administration

Let’s start with the title. “Will New Zealand stand silent while Trump’s America tortures children?’” Really paints a picture doesn’t it? The Don down on his knees applying electrodes to toddler temples, pliers to toddler toenails. Nowhere in the article does she explain how detaining children (as unfortunate as it is) deserves the descriptor ‘torture’. So why use it?

It is because comrade Ghahraman is following the first rule in the playbook of the modern Left– the constant prejudicing of emotion over reason. Why mount a reasoned argument to sway the reader when you can conjure the image of Trump waterboarding whippersnappers to do your work for you?

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One of the only right-wing people in Education (we hold our meetings in a broom closet). I spend my nights drinking and working on the great New Zealand novel. I’m white, male and straight – so it’s all my fault. All of it.