Uhlmann schooling. Writing in The Australian (Jennifer Oriel is away doing an Australian history remedial course after she had Robert Menzies successfully banning the Communist Party) Chris Uhlmann has taken umbrage at some nasty tweets he got when he pushed back against some unnamed commentator who had suggested that opponents of same-sex marriage should not get a hearing. Your correspondent has made similar criticisms of the mildly totalitarian idea that same-sex marriage is on the level of a mathematical truth, but meh, big deal, so what? So what?

For Uhlmann, a bit of twitterbuse is a torchlight parade, the criticism heaped on him the culmination of 90 years of Marxist subversion of Western civilisation. Thus the article is hysterical in both senses of the word (and full of wonderfully bad writing: academics use society's "achilles heel" to grind its foundation stones to dust, apparently). Thought repression is the product of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci, and a half dozen German-Jewish intellectuals -- "the Frankfurt School" -- who brought a combination of Marx, Freud and Weber to the US in the '40s, their work founding critical theory, in which you try and make visible the contradictions and fuzzy thinking which allows illegitimate power to maintain itself. This is what shows like, ohhhhh, 7.30 do -- in part because in the '60s, ABC current affairs was reconstructed in that form by current affairs producer Allan Ashbolt who, if not a Marxist, was heavily influenced by said Frankfurt School in his understanding of media and society (Gerard will explain it all, Chris). The basic errors in Uhlmann's account are barely worth going into, but this is: