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The secret to taking your mind off civilisation's inevitable decay

The secret to taking your mind off civilisation's inevitable decay

Afternoon tea is one of the most satisfying and direct routes to denying the horrendous state of the world.

Australia continues to debate the symptoms, not the national sickness

Australia continues to debate the symptoms, not the national sickness

When an alleged neo-Nazi is invited on national television, we are obliged to look beyond the debate itself and into the conditions that produced it.

ABC's new 'lifestyle' site is a faux-millennial bunch of Personal Journey rubbish

ABC's new 'lifestyle' site is a faux-millennial bunch of Personal Journey rubbish

The ABC's new lifestyle website doesn't let facts like a crud job market and sub-replacement fertility get in the way of sunny copy that illuminates only falsehood.

Will the media ever stop bloviating over settled facts for the sake of 'balance'?

Will the media ever stop bloviating over settled facts for the sake of 'balance'?

To debate facts such as environmental pollution is to introduce the possibility of doubt. We've seen this on the plastic bag ban, and we'll see it again.

Richard Flanagan longs for an intellectual past that is purely fictional

Richard Flanagan longs for an intellectual past that is purely fictional

Richard Flanagan, attempting to work out the "dumbing down" of Australian writers festivals, comes up with "Free Speech Is Essential and We Are Frightened of New Ideas".

On millennial feminism and blindly loving Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On millennial feminism and blindly loving Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A recent surge of love for the US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg can only be useful as a mask to our own inertia.

What's the difference between Stephen Colbert and Jordan Peterson? Colbert wears glasses.

What's the difference between Stephen Colbert and Jordan Peterson? Colbert wears glasses.

Between the Intellectual Dark Web’s Peterson, Ayaan Hirsi Ali or Sam Harris, and champions of the liberal resistance like Colbert or Nicholas Kristof, the only true disagreement is about language and representation and behaving better.

Razer: how the class war got stuck in a 40 year loop

Razer: how the class war got stuck in a 40 year loop

If the best that the blokes at the IPA, The Australian and the Ramsay Centre can come up with is “Marx equals death!”, the left still has a chance.

Razer: I turned 50 under capitalism. It was pretty shit except for the food.

Razer: I turned 50 under capitalism. It was pretty shit except for the food.

Aging gracefully in this country is an expensive pursuit, available only to the wealthiest of us.

The Helen Razer glossary for ruling class go-getters

The Helen Razer glossary for ruling class go-getters

The Crikey Standing Committee on Deluded English presents a glossary for our go-go times