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Summing up the Summit of Fashionable Fascism

It’s as clear as … Rudd

Tonight in Melbourne, for our weekly Monday night DISCOVER CAPITALISMâ„¢ meeting, we study what has been coming out of the Australia 2020 Summit.

Cate Blanchett goes to the top of my list of Fashionable Fascists for the Future:

The opportunity this weekend represents is great because it’s the beginning of a long and meaningful relationship between artist and the government as a fundamental aspect of society.

She also gets the Dingbat of the Day award:

[Cate Blanchett] … told the 100 creative-arts participants about meeting former US president Bill Clinton in a hotel room in London a few years ago.

“He liked talking to blonde artists, he said, because they existed just a fraction ahead of culture,” Blanchett said.

“He said he always read the latest airport novels, spy thrillers, unpublished manuscripts and screenplays because writers were often right on the money where thetechnology and ideology were heading.”

Mr Clinton’s remark showed he appreciated that artists had an ability to understand and interpret world events, she said.

“The arts binds communities, it liberates demons, it challenges authorities, warms our hearts and cools our tempers.”

How about this one:

Science and art are different outcomes of the same primal urge in us all to engage with, to detail, and to affect narratives and patterns

Ah! Of course!


For the best round-up, exposing this fascistic farce I recommend Andrew Bolt’s blog.

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  1. Good evening Michael.

    She’s fawning over Rudd. She’s fawning over Clinton.

    What kind of an authority-challenging “artist” is she?

    Andrew Bolt quotes her saying:

    I really appreciated being appreciated by a politician.

    (But I couldn’t find a reference for this quote.)

    I had to read the bit about “blonde artists” several times. A typo? A joke? All the funnier for being non-PC? (Maybe that’s how she “challenges authority”?)

    But Hey! Cate’s blonde! And Cate’s an … ehm … artists! Join the dots. Wink, wink.

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  2. Prodos, great post. Leftists are great at ‘standing against authority’ only if they’re standing in a crowd big enough to get lost in and only if they’ve got the mandate from the top that it’s all PC. Cate’s a pretty little vacuous PC clone, nothing more and Clinton’s all about exploiting that of course.
    The 2020 summit was a farce from go to whoah and incredibly scary with it. I’ve linked to your comments at TMS.

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  3. Thanks for the link Aurora.
    (Your website seems to be unreachable at present. Hopefully, just a temporary glitch.)

    A commenter (“GC”) on the blog claims the composition of the Summiteers was something like this:

    27 ppl from your universiy – 2.7%
    118 from GetUp – 11.8&
    142 Union Delegates – 14.2%
    100 indigenous delegates – 10.0%
    100 journalists – 10.0%
    100 actors, musicians etc – 10.0%
    200 academics in conservation 20.0%
    200 politicians 20.0%

    I don’t know where he got these figures.

    However, the presence of “GetUp” (who despite claiming to be made up of a “a cross-section of the Australian community” promote views that have an uncanny resemblance to Labor views) has been confirmed by GetUp.

    I agree the Summit was a farce.

    For instance, here’s some of the transcript of Mr Rudd speaking with Laurie Oakes:

    OAKES: The republic is hardly a big new idea, incorporating the legal rights of Aborigines in the constitution John Howard came up with on his own, without a Summit. Why couldn

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