Two hundred professors at the University of Sydney, Australia, have signed an open letter urging the rejection of a proposed course on ‘Western Civilisation’. They claim the subject is ‘chauvinistic’, a ‘tool of European supremacism’ and that it would ‘lend credibility’ to ‘sexist, racist and Islamophobic politics’.
Salvatore Babones, one of the Sydney University academics opposing the anti-Western-Civilisation campaign, writes:
When the Australian healthcare entrepreneur Paul Ramsay passed away in 2014, he dedicated a portion of his estate to helping students “explore how our civilisation had grappled with life’s biggest issues and history’s greatest challenges”. Thus was born the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. And thus was born a great education debate. The Ramsay Centre has been trying all year to get one of Australia’s premier universities to offer a bespoke degree in Western Civilisation. The idea is to offer generous scholarships to attract some of Australia’s most talented students to read the classics of Western civilisation in small seminars of six to eight students. What’s not to like?
Plenty, if you ask the professors at the University of Sydney. Two hundred of them have signed an open letter calling the proposed program “chauvinistic” and a tool of “European supremacism”. A smaller group went even further, warning in promotional material for a public protest meeting that a deal with the Ramsay Centre would “lend credibility” to “sexist, racist and Islamophobic politics”.
The Ramsay Centre is now the biggest hot potato in Australian higher education. Earlier this year, the ANU pulled the plug on Ramsay Centre negotiations in order to “protect its academic freedom”, in the words of vice chancellor Brian Schmidt. The ANU’s chancellor Gareth Evans went even further, warning other universities to check “the teeth of this particular gift horse”. It’s never been so hard to give money away. The VC doth protest too much?
We knew something apocalyptic was coming in Davos today. Those tactically released photographs of President Trump arriving by helicopter with his entourage were the giveaway: the silhouetted choppers strung out in extended line in the orange-yellow light above the mountains.
Why, if you’d listened carefully, you might almost have heard the strains of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyrie wailing above the whup whup whup of those thrumming blades. And a guy with a cavalry hat and cigar in his mouth growling something about Charlie’s lack of surfing abilities, and the sweetness of the smell of napalm in the morning.
Yep, Lt Col Kilgore had arrived at the heart of the belly of the beast and the enemy was about to get a very rude awakening.
The enemy on this occasion, of course, was Davos Man. Or – if you prefer – the globalist elite which has spent the last several decades stitching up the world in its own interests: the Vampire-Squid-trained central banksters; the EU technocrats; the corporatist crony capitalists; the rent-seeking sustainability experts; the priggish, politically correct, sermonising NGOs; the controlling one world government freaks; the woke Hollywood groupies; George Soros; pretty much all the reasons that made us vote for Donald Trump or Brexit, all gathered in one very expensive Swiss ski resort.
And in the Col Kilgore role was, of course, Donald Trump.
How did he do? Did he – to quote another movie – unleash hell?
He most surely did and it was great entertainment. But more importantly than that, it was great statesmanship. Like his similarly brilliant Warsaw speech last year, Trump’s speech in Davos today establishes him as – by some margin – the most significant and inspirational and ideologically robust leader of the free world since the era of Ronald Reagan.
Experts predict the world could run out of chocolate within 40 years because cacao plants are struggling to survive in warmer climates.
The trees can only grow within approximately 20 degrees north and south of the Equator – and they thrive under specific conditions such as high humidity and abundant rain.
But a temperature rise of just 2.1C over the next 30 years caused by global warming is set to wreak havoc for the plants – and in turn the worldwide chocolate industry, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
This nonsense was picked up by several other outlets, including USA Today.
Had they bothered to fact check they would have realized the story was old hat. The original NOAA report was released in 2016 and tweeted out for publicity-grabbing purposes on Valentine’s Day:
(*) Apart from all the other best things ever he has done so far…
Just like The Simpsons in the days when it was good, Trump’s ban on transgenderism in the military is great because it works on so many levels.