Great blogs you should read

If you visit only three blogs today (ok, four, since you’re here already), I highly recommend these three:

Drawing a line at Moderately Left:

We are getting more intolerant as a society rather than less. We are acclimatised to it. We are treating the poorest and most desperate people on earth like criminal scum. This is not how we should be treating people and this is not the sort of legacy that we will be proud of in years to come. Just ask the Germans how proud they are of their legacy of intolerance. Intolerance is intolerance is intolerance.

And Scapegoating – Villawood according to Scott Morrison at The Conscience Vote:

In a way, none of us should be surprised that it’s come to this. The Coalition’s anti-’boat people’ rhetoric has only ever grown more shrill – even as their spokespeople mutter words like ‘compassion’ and ‘fairness’, they’ve carefully crafted a narrative of grasping, sneaky ‘foreigners’ who want to take advantage of our prosperity and our basic good nature. Of potential terrorists who throw away their identification papers, who come with plans to radicalise our Muslim youth (already scapegoated and stereotyped) and bring the War on Terror to our cities. Of rich people who simply can’t be bothered waiting patiently in the ‘queue’, who force ‘real’ refugees to wait with saint-like patience in camps while their places are stolen away.

And The Internet is srs biz: How to make a politician cry in 140 characters or less at Social Scapegoat:

Yes, the Liberal Party are more concerned about arguing on the internet than coming up with viable alternatives to leadership LIKE HOW TO BETTER RUN THE COUNTRY!… If we want to complain about mean, vindictive, banal, nasty things being said about people we should be pointing the finger squarely at Parliament and yelling “hypocrites!” at the top of our lungs!

9 responses to “Great blogs you should read

  1. ha! I was just about to reply ‘here here’ to a comment on the Joe Hockey twitter article and then I saw who posted teh comment and it was NWN. he he.

    • Lexy, this is why we are friends. I highly recommend Claire Connelly’s pieces for Social Scapegoat – so much insight and wisdom for one so young (going by her twitter pic. Oh, and I also know her).

  2. All some of my favourite reads. (Though in the past I have tended to be more of a lurker on blogs than commenter.- time tend to be issue for me. Periods of idleness between periods of ‘blue arsed fly-ness’.)

    • Was there a memo about using ‘blue arsed fly’ that I didn’t get? Have heard it three times in the last two weeks, all different people.

      • Really? I know it’s a popular colloquialism but I hear it so rarely, in my head I refer to it as a Kieffy-ism. (Keiffy being my nickname for my Dad who seems to speak solely in ridiculous aussie slang–He’s the only person I have ever heard call something “Smaller than a bee’s dick” )

  3. Although I can kind of see his point, I would like to comment on the post by Mac (Moderately Left). Yes, I should put this there, but give me a minute, I have a point.

    The “you’re as bad as the Nazi’s” accusation is supposed to be a cliché, and I’ve always thought it was relegated to the domains of forum wars and conspiracy theorists. To see it on a serious blog is highly disturbing to me, as a Jew who lost family in the Holocaust. While the policy on refugees certainly has flaws, and the issues people point out are valid, it’s not at all the same thing. These people came here, away from their homes (which presumably were particularly unpleasant places to be, hence the major expense and huge risk), and are forced to live in conditions which we’d consider untenable, and they may she forced back. The Nazis got the citizens of their country (Germany initially, but later the other countries they invaded) and turned the whole country against them and eventually started slaughtering them en mass, usually in horrific and painful ways.

    The reason I’m putting it here is not because I disagree with his analogy (although I do), it’s because the idea of supporting this viewpoint in a blog which I had come to expect level-headedness and rational criticisms of society and the government, which often challenged my own opinions, disturbs me. While of course you are entitled to your own view and entitled to express that view (not that you need my permission or approval, obviously), the description of this as “great” worries me.

    • Allan, the reason I think it’s a great post is not because of the Nazi point (because I also don’t think you can compare the two), but because it points out what we should have learned from history. We should know where intolerance leads a country if you allow your leaders to create an “evil other”.

    • I totally see your point and agree – people should be vigilant to not yell fascist and Nazi at every policy that lacks compassion or dog whistles towards racial vilification. It is not the same as the Holocaust, not the same as mass murder…but it is the start of xenophobic legislating.

      Having said that, I think some things happening in the world at the mo (burqa bans and banning of the Romas in France particularly) draw strong parallels with the early days of National Socialist practices. Certainly comparisons to death camps seems extreme (although this genocide practice sadly exists in many parts of the world still) but the gradual dehumanising, vilification and removal of rights is how it starts – slowly, insidiously and with a lot of people cheering it on or turning their cheeks cos this is what bad media and cheap political tricks encourage them to do.

      I worry that if left unchecked issues like expelling the Romas (many of whom were also murdered by the Nazis so to them it must feel like history repeating) can creep towards mass xenophobia and the Holocaust is raised in this instance, I think, as a warning to not go too far down these pathways.

  4. Claires post is outstanding, thanks for the link!

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