There Will Be No More Mona Lisas

This piece appeared first on XYZ. Mrs Apostaticus, the toddler and I spent this weekend just gone in Melbourne. As usual, I came away with deep feelings about the place. Mostly I’m just relieved that I again resisted burning down the Immigration Museum. One day... The poz is so strong in Melbourne it could drive [...]… Read the rest

The Problem Of Democratic Sovereignty

This post appeared first on XYZ. This is the second in a series looking at sovereignty and political legitimacy in Western countries today. The first piece explored the problem of democratic legitimacy under socialism. The mood among the establishment media has shifted noticeably since the French election. Gone is the post-Trump melancholia. Lovers of the [...]… Read the rest

The Matador Of Modernity

This article appeared originally under the name Daton Hivild on Right On. There is a shift in the wind in the West. Shibboleths that have stood for generations are being rocked by the grubby hands of the peasantry and the core doctrines and taboos through which the establishment has ruled the minds of men are [...]… Read the rest

Ideologies Are Religions

Have you heard the one about the Syrian, the Egyptian, the Turk and the Emirati walking into a bar? They order four Cokes and start talking about Islam. I know, it's a bad joke. But it is revealing. As anyone who has lived the expat lifestyle in a foreign land knows, Kiwis, Poms, Canadians and [...]… Read the rest

Democracy Always Leads To Socialism

Alexis de Tocqueville's famous quote, written while touring America to inspect the relatively new republican system of government which he and many others erroneously call a 'democracy', that 'The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money', was astonishingly prescient. We can see today [...]… Read the rest

Our Gods Have Ruined Us

Everyone takes their gods seriously. If you were to visit pre-conquest Central America and begin joking with the locals about Quetzalcoatl's funny headdress, you may well join the thousands being ritually sacrificed to him (feathers be upon him) during the next religious festival. If you instead travelled back to 1920's Moscow and started talking dirt [...]… Read the rest

Ideologies Create Phonies

Why do so many things seem phony these days? In the public sphere as well as in our own private lives, there is a clear absence of authenticity and connection to reality. It is not accidental. The secular faiths of this modern era -  liberalism and socialism in all their various denominations - have created [...]… Read the rest