The right is spinning wildly out of control, but we do need a joined-up serious conversation about how immigration, social development, urban planning and housing happen.
Crikey readers debate the problems with Australian discourse, and the potential formation of a federal ICAC.
We now have a media and political culture in which the pressure is to be ever more extreme — which is why racism is now becoming part of "civilised discourse".
Really the only explanation for Andrew Bolt's remarkable (quantity, not quality) output is that he's a big ol' android.
The thugs who abused Sam Dastyari might be working class, but racism is maintained as it was started: by elites, for their own benefit.
The language of the era is strong and the tone uncompromised. To speak and, especially, to be heard in not only online forums but everyday exchange, we must increasingly trade in the coin of hyperbole.
After all, the workplace conditions that made her instant sacking possible have been championed by people like John Howard, Miranda Devine, Andrew Bolt, etc, for years.
We found the apocryphal anti-marriage equality baker ... what is in Bolt's hands? ... surveys lost in the post ...