Common Destiny, Common Duty, Common Instinct, Common Sense

The recent announcement of the AUKUS pact between Australia, The United Kingdom and the United States is, quite simply, the most important post-war development in Australian foreign policy history. It will define the coming decades both here in Australia and abroad, as well as signifying the completion of a reset of US, and a reestablishment of British, foreign policy. Continue reading Common Destiny, Common Duty, Common Instinct, Common Sense

The Rockefeller Gesture

In the run-up to the 1976 election, during the aftermath of the Watergate Scandal, the four-term New York state governor Nelson Rockefeller had been on a campaign trail in Binghamton, New York with the unelected incumbent’s running mate. Despite briefly being the Vice President under Gerald Ford, the growing consensus within the party was that the Governor would make a mediocre Vice President, and a … Continue reading The Rockefeller Gesture

The Antidote to Despair

A Response to Stan Grant and the politics of giving up There is little point beating about the bush. Times are tough. There are legitimate questions as to what the future will look like, and how we will get there. However, tough as times are, I remain immensely surprised at the intense negativity, bordering on, quite frankly, a neurotic defeatism, that I have seen displayed … Continue reading The Antidote to Despair

Curing the Cancer of Cancel Culture

The first classic novel I read cover-to-cover was Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). It served as a catalyst for my love of language and literature. The story reads like a gothic version of the myth of Narcissus. Dorian has a portrait painted of him. Dorian loves his beauty so much that he sells his soul to the devil to stay youthful while … Continue reading Curing the Cancer of Cancel Culture

Should Conservatives stand with Trump?

No. Conservatives should not stand with Donald Trump. In fact, Trump’s presidency and the wave of right-wing populism that has come with it is an insult to the tradition of conservatism.  Like many, I was surprised when Donald Trump won the Republican Primary in 2016. Never did I imagine such a man could lead the free world, especially in the name of a party which … Continue reading Should Conservatives stand with Trump?

COVID-19 and looking beyond ourselves

We live in a world where the only thing that matters is the ‘self’. It is an age where the concepts of ‘individualism’, ‘autonomy’ and ‘freedom’ are unchallenged. We take pride in our unfettered existence: we are at liberty to make our choices in our own world, subject to our own set of ever-malleable principles. Instant gratification is closely related to this obsession with ourselves. … Continue reading COVID-19 and looking beyond ourselves

An Appeal to Government: Govern According to Law

The coronavirus pandemic presents a novel challenge for the world. Novel, not in the sense that mankind has not encountered large scale medical or existential challenges before, but in the sense that our global community is more connected than ever, presenting a more difficult challenge for containment of the viral and economic contagion. Then of course there is the miasma of panic, itself a contagion, … Continue reading An Appeal to Government: Govern According to Law

The Ethnic Vote: An Uphill Battle Facing 21st Century Conservatives

Growing up amongst the Indian diaspora in Western Sydney, the message from the community was always that the conservatism was the institution of the xenophobic establishment, of white imperialism, racism and the oppressive British Empire. On the other hand, it was simply assumed that the Left were our true representatives, running compassionate and caring policies that sought to suppress racism and make us feel welcome. … Continue reading The Ethnic Vote: An Uphill Battle Facing 21st Century Conservatives