Author Archives: Mark Christensen

Book Review: The Second Mountain

Brooks ultimately betrays his Judeo-Christian attachments. Like many of us men, he struggles to surrender completely his egoistic self to the unseen authority of something greater, even when the defiance causes internal division and privation of meaning. Building the first … Continue reading

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Political Subsidiarity

It’s not so much that all politics is now local. That was always the case. What’s different is the Canberra overreach has exceeded its use-by date, something the Prime Minister, far more than most, appreciates. To build modern Australia, the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Right Side of History

Ben Shapiro is so clever he’s dumb. Yes, there is a hunger for spiritual leadership with the courage to acknowledge that something has been lost, an underlying harmony that truly binds us. But this something is a feeling not a … Continue reading

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Wild Bill and Intellectual Ignorance

I was (re)watching season 1 of Deadwood last night. Wild Bill Hickok was shot and killed after doing some killing of his own. The preacher presiding over his burial tells those attending that he sought an answer to why men … Continue reading

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Ken Henry and the Establishment

Our establishment blunders on, oblivious to its own self-importance and how it perpetuates poor corporate performance. The why is simple: the upper echelon believe it’s in their interests to go on persuading the masses that politicians, lawyers and executives are … Continue reading

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In Search of a Post-political Masculinity

Still, ill-conceived attempts to engineer unison are not at the core of the conflict between the sexes. We men are so determined to prevail, to bitch, scream and squabble our way to a final victory over reality and its co-conspirator, … Continue reading

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How regulators short-circuited energy markets

The article below was published in The Australian Financial Review on 17 October 2018. Catherine Tanna got a few things right in her passionate address at the AFR Energy Summit. Yes, the “entire electricity supply chain, including retailers, is culpable … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson, #MeToo and his Darwinian God

What makes Peterson exceptional, and feared by a flaccid establishment, is his readiness to acknowledge that the attempt to bring it all together within a single conceptual framework amounts to a “fruitful catastrophe.” There is “always something left over that … Continue reading

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Liberalism: A Joke, Literally

Regardless of how powerful or democratic the organization, how sophisticated Facebook’s algorithm, or commendable your religious or secular orthodoxy, the sociological structure these measures provide can’t be relied upon to take us All The Way. As Patrick Deneen commented when promoting Why Liberalism Failed, … Continue reading

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Liberalism Isn’t Woke Enough

We in the West can have the kind of world we want as soon as we choose to take responsibility for wanting it enough, unreliant on political ideology and Godlike power. This is what we signed up for. This is … Continue reading

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