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The leftwing answer to John Ray. Hyperactive writer Bob Gould.
A specially interesting letter to an old comrade.

Dear Liz and Keith,

I have known you both since we were young together in the creative and liberating turmoil of the sixties. Keith was my editor for a period when Keith Windschuttle, Liz Windschuttle, Hall Greenland and Rowan Cahill, amongst others, were the editorial collective of the Old Mole and I was a contributor. Hall and Rowan, both of whom are still firmly on the left, were your close personal friends, as well as your political associates, and Hall was the best man at your wedding. In the 1970s, my first wife Mairi, and my daughter, Natalie, lived close to your home in the Eastern Suburbs, and my daughter, who was older than your daughter Ruby, was sometimes her babysitter. Small human connections like this create bonds that often continue to exist even when deep political and ideological differences develop…

I am prompted to write this piece after reading a number of articles by Keith in the new, ultra-conservative Quadrant, edited by Paddy McGuiness. I take these articles as “conversion” statements, intended to register Keith’s formal allegiance to neo-conservatism. Keith has been, in the past, a significant intellectual figure on the left in Australia, and Liz an important personality in the development of modern Australian feminism, one of the major organisers of the early Women and Labor conferences, and also the editor of the important, ground-breaking Australian socialist feminist text, Women, Class and History (Fontana, 1980)./P>

Keith’s very striking demonstration of allegiance to the McGuiness version of Australian and international reaction is not a minor matter…

Warning: the letter goes on for about 75 pages of A4 so think twice before printing it out to read at leisure.

 

This simple living blog from country Queensland has attracted a huge international readership. Not for everyone, but interesting!

I write this blog in Queensland Australia. If this is your first visit, welcome. If you’re a regular reader, welcome back. We discuss working in the home, vegetable and fruit gardening, slowing down and being mindful, cooking simple food, keeping chickens and worms, composting, green cleaning, stockpiling and preserving. I hope you find something that interests you here.
A tribute to Quadrant Magazine on the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall.
The knockers of Quadrant have yet to understand or admit that during the Cold War the friends of Quadrant were on the honourable and humanitarian side while the communists and their fellow travellers were not.
The Conservative Teacher watches a liberal teacher on the job in the classroom.
She told me “In order for these kids to become good students, it is important that they know that George Bush and the Republicans are wrong and that their views are not acceptable in our society. They hear otherwise on trashy talk shows and Fox News and from their parents, so it is my job to teach them that those people are wrong and that I am right and that they should always follow President Obama.”
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Written by Rafe

December 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm

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  1. Bob Gould should be recognised as a Living National Treasure.
    You have to admire such steadfast refusal to change a set of political beliefs.

    Ken Nielsen

    December 28, 2009 at 5:30 pm

  2. “Bob Gould should be recognised as a Living National Treasure.
    You have to admire such steadfast refusal to change a set of political beliefs.”

    Calling Gould a national treasure on that basis provides good insight into the Left’s promiscuity and low standards when handing out accolades.

    Abu Chowdah

    December 28, 2009 at 6:20 pm

  3. Abu thinks “promiscuity and low standards” are a bad thing evidently.

    Poor deprived sap.

    Cyd

    December 28, 2009 at 6:23 pm

  4. Just had a nose around Gould’s site and saw a (non-working) link to one of his articles:

    “Howard’s history summit. The Tory war on objective narrative history”

    LOL. Cultural relativism redefined as “objective narrative history”. What a fraud.

    Abu Chowdah

    December 28, 2009 at 6:23 pm

  5. “Abu thinks “promiscuity and low standards” are a bad thing evidently.

    Poor deprived sap.”

    I’m talking about accolades, Cyd, not your concupiscent conquests amongst the divorced harridans on prawn night at the RSL.

    Keep your sap to yourself, sonny.

    Abu Chowdah

    December 28, 2009 at 6:26 pm

  6. No point in keeping your sap to yourself Abu.

    That way lies species death not to mention, more personally, clinical absence of sensual pleasure.

    Haven’t you discovered this yet?

    Cyd

    December 28, 2009 at 6:29 pm

  7. No point in wasting it on post-menopausal boilers either, as you do at Branch meetings, Cydney.

    Abu Chowdah

    December 28, 2009 at 6:31 pm

  8. Oh I don’t know about that Abu, most potent boys I know will spill their seed on anything resembling the feminine.

    Cyd

    December 28, 2009 at 6:33 pm

  9. oh okay so Cyd is Phil, too embarrassed to ever appear under her other trollish name here.

    jc

    December 28, 2009 at 6:41 pm

  10. Can anyone explain how Bob Gould (are they all Bobs) manages to compartmentalize his obvious entrepreneurial flair for running a bookshop, seemingly successfully too in this modern age of Amazon and mega-stores while being a commie?

    It’s a very amusing contra-distinction.

    jc

    December 28, 2009 at 6:49 pm

  11. So, Cyd, the issue of accolades? What’s your view?

    (Irregardless of whether you are some old bloke pretending to be a bird).

    Abu Chowdah

    December 28, 2009 at 6:54 pm

  12. “irregardless” is not a word Abu. Oh dear. Learn the English language before you try to engage with the clever children.

    Cyd

    December 28, 2009 at 7:14 pm

  13. Or were you trying to ask advice on irregularity?

    The answer is: eat more fruit.

    Cyd

    December 28, 2009 at 7:15 pm

  14. One of Bob’s business strategies was to send some heavies to the annual Sydney Uni book festival (just over the road from his shop). They would elbow people out of the way and fill big boxes with books at giveaway prices which Bob could then mark up to a commercial price.
    When his shop was in Goulburn Street he was in partnership with the Percy brothers. One day they threw him out of the shop (literally, there was a photo of Bob apparently standing on his head in Goulburn Street). Bob had recourse to the Law to retrive his situation. A nice irony!
    Things did not go well between Bob and the Percys. During a preliminary meeting to launch the Vietnam Moratorium in Sydney, Bob burst into the hall in Chalmers St Surry Hills and demanded that a special motion be passed to condemn the Percy Brothers who had taken the opportunity to steal his printing press.
    He also economises on clothing and cognate accessories.

    Rafe

    December 28, 2009 at 7:28 pm

  15. “irregardless” is not a word Abu. Oh dear.
    .
    yes it is. It means the same as “regardless.” language is usage; and “irregardless” is widely used.

    daddy dave

    December 28, 2009 at 7:41 pm

  16. Talking on entrepreneurial socialists, older readers from Sydney might remember the fellow who ran the excellent Paperback Bookshop in Sydney and who spoke each Sunday in the Domain on the evils of capitalism. A Scot, as I remember it.

    Ken Nielsen

    December 28, 2009 at 7:46 pm

  17. DD, can you cite any use of the word “irregardless” anywhere in recent scholarship or journalism?

    You are showing your ignorance. Again.

    Cyd

    December 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm

  18. Ken, you are talking about Jim Thorburn of the Pocket Bookshop.

    Rafe

    December 28, 2009 at 8:04 pm

  19. Yes, Rafe. A nice bloke. My recollection is that he returned to the UK.

    Ken Nielsen

    December 28, 2009 at 8:06 pm

  20. Indeed can you cite anywhere in classical literature the use of the non-word “irregardless’?

    Saving time – no, of course not. Yobbo.

    Cyd

    December 28, 2009 at 8:11 pm

  21. The Oxford English Dictionary carries the word ‘irregardless’ so it is an English word.

    Sinclair Davidson

    December 28, 2009 at 8:25 pm

  22. It can’t be a word, Sinc “irre”spective of whether it’s in the oxford. Cydney checked Rolling Stone magazine’s dictionary and it was in there, so it can’t be an English word 🙂

    jc

    December 28, 2009 at 8:33 pm

  23. It is a slow day in the intellectual life of Australia.

    Ken Nielsen

    December 28, 2009 at 8:36 pm

  24. No I appreciate Cyd’s guidance on correct usage. Cyd, what would be the right term to use when describing you: pedant or arsehole?

    Abu Chowdah

    December 28, 2009 at 8:50 pm

  25. I wouldn’t discriminate, Abu (to use an over worn leftie word). I’d be very “inclusive” if I were you and go with “pedant arsehole” as leaving out either word could suggest you were a racist of some sort.

    jc

    December 28, 2009 at 8:55 pm

  26. In short as Sinclair’s dictionary links clearly show the “non standard” word “irregardless” is only used by ignorant yobbos in much the same way neoliberal Hayekian yobbos pretend to be au fait with economics.

    pegasus

    December 28, 2009 at 9:30 pm

  27. In other words, I won.

    pegasus

    December 28, 2009 at 9:32 pm

  28. Irregardless is not a word. Only used by yobbos.

    Cyd

    December 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm

  29. Cydney;

    You’ve just been told it’s in the Oxford dictionary. It’s a word, so fuck off.

    jc

    December 28, 2009 at 9:43 pm

  30. The dictionary said it is “a non-standard word” i.e used by yobbos but edited out by literate people and publications.

    Anyone who uses the word automatically shows themselves to be a sub-literate yobbo.

    End of.

    Cyd

    December 28, 2009 at 9:48 pm

  31. Cydney:

    You shouldn’t be calling the kettle black as it was only the other day when you were peddling articles on finance from Rolling Stone.

    That could only be done by someone who is finnace/economically illiterate and downright stupid especially seeing you were passing that junk as some sort of authority piece. You’re worse than a yobbo.

    jc

    December 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm

  32. I actually feel sorry for Cyd.

    Abu Chowdah

    December 28, 2009 at 10:47 pm

  33. You shouldn’t Abu. Never ever feel sorry for fools, as it’s a sign of weakness 🙂

    jc

    December 28, 2009 at 10:52 pm

  34. Or rather, a sign of my magnanimity as a superior intellect.

    Abu Chowdah

    December 28, 2009 at 10:57 pm

  35. The dictionary said it is “a non-standard word” i.e used by yobbos but edited out by literate people
    .
    Ah, so that’s what they mean by ‘non-standard word,’ eh? I always wondered.

    daddy dave

    December 28, 2009 at 10:58 pm

  36. mitchell porter

    December 28, 2009 at 10:59 pm

  37. DD, can you cite any use of the word “irregardless” anywhere in recent scholarship or journalism?
    .
    too easy. Just do a search on Google News or Google Scholar.
    Just admit you’re beat, Cyd. It’s okay to admit
    you’re wrong. I do it all the time.

    daddy dave

    December 28, 2009 at 11:08 pm

  38. The Belligerent Scum-sucking liar “Deep Climate” is not letting me educate the kids on his site. But a young lady that I have run across elsewhere, who needs guidance from people older and wiser than herself, has posted a query and I thought I ought to help her out on this matter below. You know these left-wingers. They don’t want me talking to the girls. This is their greatest fear:

    Birdie, educator of young ladies.

    jc

    December 28, 2009 at 11:51 pm

  39. Great article, Mitchell. But did you notice that some if those people spelled humourous with only one “u”? What the HELL is up with that? And characterise with a “z”! And Aluminium with only one “u”!

    Hope Cyd doesn’t find out. She could have a catastrophic brain fart. And what’s up with spelling Sid with a “c and a “y” anyway?

    Abu Chowdah

    December 29, 2009 at 6:49 am

  40. Irregardless is a great word Cyd. Its use immediately identifies the user as a pretentious prat with extremely poor English skills.

    sdfc

    December 29, 2009 at 1:13 pm


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