17.7 C
Byron Shire
June 24, 2021

Who’s the pseudo intellectual?

Latest News

Another roadblock for major Kingscliff development?

Tweed Council clarifies that the Kingscliff DA for a haulage road that will allow '90,000 truck and trailer movements' to bring in fill from the M1 upgrade does not actually allow the developers to use the proposed fill at the site – developers disagree.

Other News

Backsliders coming to Lennox

Australian music legends the Backsliders are coming to Lennox Head for the first time, to play at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre on Saturday 26 June 2021.

Travel declaration required for travellers entering Queensland

Queensland Health says that all travellers from a state or territory with a declared COVID-19 hotspot (currently Victoria and from 1am Saturday, June 19 also New South Wales) are required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass prior to entry.

Brisbane’s COVID-19 community case update – Alpha variant confirmed

Queensland Health says that genome sequencing results have confirmed the Brisbane COVID-19 case reported on Sunday (20 June) is the Alpha variant.

The Sourdough Chick rises to the occasion!

When you talk to Susann Wiedermann, her passion for sourdough is clearly evident. She describes the world of sourdough...

No SourDough$

Hayo van der Woude, Myocum 2021 promises to be the greatest year yet for revelations of unethical behaviour and corruption in...

Refugee rally in Lismore this week

The Lismore office of the Federal Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, will be the site of a rally this week to protest the passing of the new Migration Amendment Bill.

Matt Hartley’s jeremiad against ‘latte leftists’ in last week’s Byron Shire Echo was a curious piece.

If you missed it, Matt identified the key faults of the political left. This group with ‘sad, twisted little hearts [who] never understood the beauty of life’ apparently deride ‘average people’ – those seeking a quarter-acre block with chooks and veggies. A life of cars, boats, weekend sports and family holidays. The left it would seem, opposes the great Australian dream.

Furthermore, the ‘pseudo intellectuals’ who once supported Marxism, are now ‘Islamist’. Matt doesn’t actually mean ‘Islamist’ but is just pointing out that this imagined leftist thought collective refuses to be anti-Islam.

And while they never really cared about Marx’s – or rather Stalin’s – victims caught behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, leftists apparently don’t care about the ‘victims of Islam’ today.

Two aspects of this letter were particularly striking. Its timing – it was printed the day following the Brussels bombings. And also, the return of the specter of Marx.

When the Berlin Wall fell nearly three decades ago it symbolised the death of state socialism. Despite the passage of time, and the current preponderance of free market liberalism, Marx looms large in conservative thought.

In recent weeks Senator Cory Bernadi even suggested the federal government’s Safe Schools Program, was a plot to ‘indoctrinate children into a Marxist agenda of cultural relativism’.

When Marx is invoked to discredit both Islam and homosexuality, then we do indeed live in interesting times.

Dave Lisle, Mullumbimby

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Thanks, Dave, for confirming that the imagined leftist thought collective simply refuses to be anti-Islam. Are you authorised to speak on its behalf on other matters? It would be great if you could reassure us that the left does not, in fact, oppose the great Australian dream.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

‘The Norway of Australia’: what does good electric vehicle policy look like?

What does good electric vehicle policy look like? NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean has announced an EV car package that he says will bring NSW on par with the world’s best. Is he right?

Byron market relocation proposal divides opinion

Community opinion appears to be starkly divided over the proposed relocation of the Byron Community Markets from the foreshore at Main Beach to Railway Park, which Byron councillors will vote on this Thursday.

Michael Lyon announces Byron Shire Council ticket

Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon, has announced a group of candidates to run for the upcoming Council elections in September.

Old Byron Hospital future before Council

A significant decision about the future of the old Byron Hospital site will be made this week, with Byron Council choosing an organisation to manage the new community hub that will be created there.