Monday Message Board

A day late but it’s time for another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

87 thoughts on “Monday Message Board

  1. PatrickB,

    Yes I’m a fan of Bolt.
    Yes I like the way he skewers certain members of the left for false morality and hypocrisy.
    I agree with Bolt on lots of things.
    I would not go out of my way to reject the label of “right wing” even though I’m not terrible enthusiastic about it.

    But I would not describe myself as a conservative because:-

    I opposed the war in Iraq.
    I support same sex marriage.
    I think euthanasia should be legal.
    I think abortion should be also (with minor caveats).
    I think cannabis should be less regulated than tobacco currently is.
    I’m an atheist who thinks Christianity was one of the downfalls of western civilisation.

  2. You seem to be unable to accept the fact that Bolt is a convicted liar

    “convicted” implies he committed a criminal offence. It was a civil matter.

  3. Is that really all that matters? Whether he was technically “convicted” (which he wasn’t) as opposed to just being found to have breached the law?

    That distinction defines one as “tribal”.

  4. This is interesting on Bolt’s high dudgeon over QANDA:

    https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56104

    Speaking of the Langton comments and the objective rationale for calling Bolt a racist, Carlo Sands notes:

    Or possibly she just clicked on a random Bolt blog post — such as the one filled with such violent hatred of asylum seekers it celebrates the savage attacks on detainees on Manus Island in February that left 23-year-old Reza Berati dead.

    Headlined “Detainees met a PNG police force that hits back”, the February 21 post featured a letter from “Reader Herb”, a “PNG resident of some time”, who gleefully told a story of witnessing PNG’s Police Boi Riot Squad carry out brutal assaults, before concluding: “If the refugees fronted a Poice [sic] Boi riot squad anywhere near as disciplined … they would for sure clobber those thin middle eastern skulls.”

    The comments published underneath the post ranged all the way from “couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch” to “can they come and train our coppers please”.

    Bolt censors stuff he doesn’t like, unlike QANDA, but some things require neither censorship nor apology, apparently.

  5. @Megan

    V. Good reference here.

    It’s a pity Keynesians take the line:

    I’m not really that interested in monetary issues,

    This is just zombie economics.

    The amount of money you have determines your share of all the goods and services we have in an economy.

    Finance is a bigger problem than money.

  6. Give Terje some credit for duking it out at a left-leaning blog. He could just as easily lurk around the conservative parts of the internet and wallow in atavism and epistemic closure. He does a good job of responding to critics without rancour or histrionics, despite being frequently mobbed by the locals.

    Terje’s arguments are often riddled with inconsistencies and ideological tics that, like most conservatives, he’s internalised to the point that they’re expressed as simple axioms, but god knows the internet could do with more contributors that don’t dial the outrage up to eleven in every post.

  7. Sancho – you manage to compliment and insult me in the same breath. That must be what they call “balance”.

    To repeat what I said above I would not describe myself as a conservative because:-

    I opposed the war in Iraq.
    I support same sex marriage.
    I think euthanasia should be legal.
    I think abortion should be also (with minor caveats).
    I think cannabis should be less regulated than tobacco currently is.
    I’m an atheist who thinks Christianity was one of the downfalls of western civilisation.

    If you want to give me a label then please call me libertarian.

  8. I would not describe myself as a conservative because:-
    I opposed the war in Iraq.

    Well, that reminds us that quite a few conservatives did oppose the war in Iraq, for sound conservative reasons, while quite a few leftists supported if for what seemed to them at the time like sound left-wing reasons.

  9. @TerjeP

    I support same sex marriage.

    Like David Cameron who says he favours gay marriage because he’s a conservative. New Zealand’s conservative government supported it too.

    FWIW, I agree you’re not a conservative, but they are your bloc partners and your party managed a whole bunch of conservative votes by confusing yourselves with the Liberals, who are conservative.

    The shenanigans with the Outdoor Recreation Party guggest a level of duplicity that calls into question your party’s integrity.

    http://t.co/d82KcdHAXB

  10. The shenanigans with the Outdoor Recreation Party guggest a level of duplicity that calls into question your party’s integrity.

    What shenanigans?

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