Month: December 2015

  • ‘You don’t know Jack, Jack!’ On ‘mansplaining’ and l’affaire Kilbride

    ‘You don’t know Jack, Jack!’  On ‘mansplaining’ and l’affaire Kilbride

    The leftwing website New Matilda has never been afraid to poke the bear. In recent years it has found itself at the centre of all manner of media controversies and on the receiving end of a clutch of lawsuits, some of which it only barely survived. Though it sometimes lacks judgment, it never lacks bravery. A David without […]

  • Lone wolves in search of a pack: some thoughts on ‘home-grown’ terrorism

    Lone wolves in search of a pack: some thoughts on ‘home-grown’ terrorism

    In the wake of the San Bernardino shootings last week, speculation about the killers’ motives was, not unreasonably in the circumstances, rife. Were the killings related to a workplace dispute – to a personal or professional grievance – or were they terroristic in nature? US President Barack Obama was careful to differentiate the two possibilities, […]

  • Operation Shirtfront: the Abbott ‘legacy’

    This is the introduction to the book I stopped writing on 15 September 2015, when Malcolm Turnbull grabbed Tony Abbott by the pants and pulled him back down the greasy pole. It was to be called Operation Shirtfront: Tony Abbott and the Crisis of Australian Conservatism. I always knew it might not see the light […]

  • In defence of the New Atheism

    In defence of the New Atheism

    ‘Another day, another tweet from Richard Dawkins’ wrote Eleanor Robertson last July, in response to the controversial professor’s latest foray into the twittersphere. Ah yes, I can remember thinking, and another article on Richard Dawkins and how he and his fellow New Atheists are disappointing progressive expectations! Not that he didn’t deserve it, mind, having […]