…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
The Quadrant article of 17th July, 2016, i.e. a few days after the then last Islamic massacre in France, – Enough With the Candles and Tears by Alan R.M. Jones, ends with the YouTube recording of the French Foreign Legion march. Well done. The article is definitely worth reading. The Quadrant itself, that proudly staid, semi-conservative, intellectual and annoyingly often pseudo-intellectual magazine, has recently turned slightly more realistic and less foppishly esoteric, though I admit its preaching to the choir had almost always been par excellence. During its sixty-years of existence it tried to keep to the right of the political trend, though the almost decade long editorship by Robert Manne is better forgotten.
One swallow does not make a spring; and a last few months of more realistic writing does not make Quadrant a serious conservative magazine, as opposed to a reading material for the tweed, leather-elbow patch jacketed, pipe-smoking, fence-sitting, by self-assessment of superior intellect, superciliously chuckling castrati.
Well, another couple of years and even Quadrant may gather the courage to fight, rather than kibitz from safe sidelines. The problem is that we don’t have a couple of years.