BE BRAVE AND HAIL WESTERN CULTURE
As Peta Credlin rightly pointed out, we need more institutions like the Australian National University’s Ramsay Centre, which demonstrates a willingness to stand up for the eminence of Western culture, and not bow before the vacuous altar of cultural relativism (“End of civilisation as we know it? No way”, 27/5).
In my mind, nothing more clearly demonstrates the ignorance, arrogance and indifference of the modern sneering elites towards the remarkable achievement of Australian history, than a typical lefty response to the government’s decision to rightly spend $40 million on the redevelopment of an educational memorial to Captain Cook: “Yes, $40 million to remember the man who discovered something that was already there.”
It is hard to know where to start in regards to a thoughtful reply to such nescience. The simple fact is that not all societies are equal. Some are built on the enviable ideals of freedom, liberty, respect and benevolence; others are built on creeds of subjugation, suspicion and repression.
Over time, the latter will always fall into widespread decay, often past the point of no return. This is a social reality lost on the various left-leaning governments and activists within tertiary educational circles who make a dogged effort to divide us into offendable minorities and render our religious and European past an irritating civil footnote.
As Robert Menzies affirmed back in 1948: “We cannot hack away at the foundations and then express surprise when some day the house falls.” May it indeed not be so in this Great South Land. PETER WATERHOUSE