In poets corner after seeing doctor for checkup – 2 weeks since operation, and almost…human again.
Home, home on the lounge
The ten commandments
“Conservative” political parties in western countries all share ten fundamental features.
- The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy, and a determination to put a stop to it.
- 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).
- A belief that any education of the lower orders is too much education.
- 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.
- 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.
- An attitude that anything in the environment you can’t make a buck from is disposable, anything you can make a buck from, ditto
- Brains replaced by calculating machines, set to measure the price of everything and the value of nothing.
- Have members who, by happy chance, are too old to personally fight in the wars which are an essential part of capitalism.
- 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.
- 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?).
… 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
burning” is to
Christopher Robin went down with Alice
There was a time
I could sit in
the town square at
midday and see,
passing by, my
their lives, knowing
they, we, were the
world around us.
These days I see
no one I know
and the world has
moved on to
those of a new
leaving us, me, as
tell tale idiots,
watching from sidelines.
Who knows where the time goes*
With your advancing age the decades flash by, faster and faster, like the clickety-clack of the wheels of a tumbril on the cobblestones, as the driver whips the horses into a gallop, anxious to reach Place du Trône-Renversé before night falls.
- Alternative title – “How can some of my old friends be entering their ninth decade, clickety-clack?
Like sands through the hourglass
Layers of sandstone and shale and slate form my bedrock.