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To come: A post on why Richard Dawkins et al inspire me, at present, to fits of both rage and smugness.

Currently: Watching an interview with Bob Brown on The Drum.

Query: Do the Greens know that their leader is a reanimated corpse? Seriously. What would it do to the electoral landscape of this country if the Greens leader wasn't an absolute charisma vacuum?

ETA: Also, Spectator-contributing Liberal hack: Shut the hell up, and no, if you're citing NOEL FUCKING PEARSON as an example of an "indigenous rights activist" who agrees with your point of view, you do not get to wear that smug douche face. "Can you give me their names?" No, he doesn't have to tell you the names of indigenous leaders he's been working with, because they might not WANT the right-wing media to start pissing on their lives.

Seriously. Noel Pearson is the right wing's pet "Indigenous Australian Leader" (who isn't one) they trot out whenever they want to claim that they're supporting indigenous Australians with their latest act of flagrant racism - while at the same time, they think very little of him, they don't care about anything he has to say unless it's serving their agenda.

That bastard supported AND STILL SUPPORTS the Northern Territory invasion "intervention". There's a reason most indigenous Australians hate him. He's like a black Windschuttle only with a higher goddamn body count.

Current Music: the drone of a march fly - no, wait, Brown's still talking

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From:[personal profile] elaran
Date: September 16th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC)
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the right wing's pet abbo they trot out
that seems to be an incredibly inappropriate and racist phrase no matter if the guy is an asshole or not.
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From:[personal profile] sami
Date: September 16th, 2010 02:07 am (UTC)
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I...

Okay, clearly this requires either editing or just locking the post, because it's possible I'm just not up to expressing this in a way that adequately conveys my intent with that phrase, but regardless, I then feel a strong need to explain it to you, as you're someone who's important to me, and I really don't want you to think that I would say what it seems you think I said.

What I meant to convey with that phrase is the extent to which he's treated *as that* by the Australian far right. They don't respect him, they don't give a shit for him in any way except for his usefulness - they can trot him out as their indigenous mascot cheering on their hideously racist policies (e.g. the Northern Territory "intervention") and otherwise ignore everything to do with the indigenous population utterly.

The phrase is intended to be an encapsulation of the dismissive and racist way he is used, an attempt at a rhetorical sidestep of spending two more paragraphs detailing the way that the right treats him - they fete him because he's useful, at the same time that they sneer at and dismiss his entire race, and (in a marginally subtle way) him with them.

The idea is not that I am calling him that so much as that that is how he is treated and perceived by the right-wingers, hence the emphasis in that sentence on the way they use him to "justify" their racist policies.

If I was going to be ranting about his character flaws, rather than just subsequently citing an example of his role in right-wing policy justification, there'd be a whole separate rant which would also involve more comparisons to Keith Windschuttle, and his race would be largely absent from that one, because while I hate the role his race plays in right-wing policies, my virulent loathing of him is based on the content of his own textual output.

When I wrote that, I hesitated for ages, because I was trying to express that idea, about the way the right use and see him, but I was really hesitant and uncomfortable with using that word at all. (I tried about six variations of the sentence I was still less happy with.) Clearly going with it I was going against my better judgement.
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From:[personal profile] elaran
Date: September 16th, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
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The idea is not that I am calling him that so much as that that is how he is treated and perceived by the right-wingers, hence the emphasis in that sentence on the way they use him to "justify" their racist policies.
*nods* I figured that's what you were going for but just- I got to the phrase and kinda recoiled =/
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