The ten commandments

“Conservative” political parties in western countries all share ten fundamental features.

  1. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy, and a determination to put a stop to it.
  2. A policy that no limitation of any kind should be applied to the ever-rising profits of corporations, while insisting that it is never the right time for workers to have a pay rise (two policies that are not unrelated).
  3. A belief that any education of the lower orders is too much education.
  4. The firm conviction that the role of media in society is to present the beliefs of conservatives, all the beliefs of conservatives, and nothing but the beliefs of conservatives.
  5. The knowledge that religion is the handmaiden of conservative politics, particularly by labelling the rulers as being annointed by god, and convincing the poor that they will get their reward after death and not before.
  6. An attitude that anything in the environment you can’t make a buck from is disposable, anything you can make a buck from, ditto
  7. Brains replaced by calculating machines, set to measure the price of everything and the value of nothing.
  8. Have members who, by happy chance, are too old to personally fight in the wars which are an essential part of capitalism.
  9. A certainty that society has no place for scientists (referred to as experts) because conservative ideology is all they know and all they need to know.
  10. The sure and certain knowledge that all recent social and cultural developments are both evil and dangerous, and that there is no limit to the depth of time at which a preferred society will be found (Victorian? Medieval? Dark Ages? Roman? Egyptian? Prehistory?).

What’s past

… is prologue.

My book concerning fire in the Australian environment, extinction of the megafauna, and Indigenous interaction with the environment in general (and in total opposition to the works of Flannery, Pascoe and Gammage, among others), is available online. https://www.routledge.com/The-Pure-State-of-Nature-Sacred-cows-destructive-myths-and-the-environment/Horton/p/book/9781865081076

All my individual publications in this field (and others) are available free online at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Horton9

Also many of my older essays are still available here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/david-horton/28320

Read out

After many years of being puzzled by the inexplicable survival of religion in the 21st century I have concluded that people who are religious don’t listen to the words of religious ceremonies, religious preachers, religious music, or read the words in their religious books.

Words to die for

These are words with no meaning, correspond to nothing in the real world –

sacred

spiritual

angels

ghosts

devils

demons

satan

blasphemy

heaven

hell

divine

holy

prophecy

miracle

sin

prayer

soul

– but words which millions of people in the real world have been killed for over several thousand years.

Dead Cert

You haven’t passed away.

You aren’t in another room.

We won’t meet again.

God didn’t need another angel.

You’re not resting in peace.

You’re not waiting for the last trump.

You’re not in a better place.

You haven’t been reunited with your loved ones.

You haven’t gone on before.

You’re just dead.