Daily Archives: January 3, 2009

I hereby ban the word “fascist” from this blog…

… unless of course the discussion really is about European politics or history from 1918 to 1945.

I have, I find, used the word very sparingly anyway, so I will hardly notice the difference.

How devoid the term is of any real meaning was made plain by Imre Salusinszky in his piece (not online) in today’s Australian. He was alluding to Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning by Jonah Jacob Goldberg – the review at the title link comes from The American Enterprise Institute, but does give you an idea of its highly contentious reworking of “fascist” to mean anything The American Enterprise Institute would find objectionable. Rather than elucidating something called “fascism”, Goldberg has, it would seem, quite emptied the word of any usefulness at all. But as Imre wryly points out, conceding Goldberg’s use of the term is “too wide to be entirely defensible”, the Left have been using the word as a bludgeon for years. True. Imre goes on to discuss views he finds objectionable – anyone who isn’t John Howard really, except he hasn’t written Obama off entirely – as if Goldberg’s definition really did make sense. (Before someone notices Goldberg is probably Jewish I should mention that so was Einstein, so was Hannah Arendt, so indeed was Trotsky… And the grocer in Vermont Street Sutherland in the mid 1960s.)

So a word I had little use for in the past has now become a word I have no use for at all, except for specific historical instances.


Posted by on January 3, 2009 in English language, politics, weirdness


Yes, it’s on again


And in Sydney too: Aussies two down at lunch. But after lunch so far things have gone rather well… Oz 2/104 at the moment.

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WP stats and my latest

Yes, stats coming out of the ears! WordPress itself has published its own 2008 wrap-up, and it is rather amazing:

Yearly Stats

Here are the stats in aggregate for the year!

  • 2,906,086 blogs were created.
  • 3,761,296 new users joined.
  • 35,926,639 file uploads.
  • 13.5 terabytes of new files.
  • 161.1 terabytes of content transferred from our datacenters.
  • 62,978,912 logins.
  • 9,402,615,494 pageviews on, and another 6,467,996,032 on self-hosted blogs (15.8 billion total across all WordPress blogs we track).
  • 3,132,606 active blogs and 44,027,035 active posts where “active” means they got a human visitor.

That makes my quick rundown on the past seven days look piddling, of course.

Human visitors over the past seven days went to:

Floating Life

  1. Australian poem: 2008 series #9 — 95 humans
  2. Dispatches from another America 58
  3. The Great Surry Hills Book Clearance of 2005  33
  4. How good is your English? Test and Answers 26
  5. Floating Life and English/ESL in 2008 25
  6. 2008 going, going…. 2009 – 24
  7. Last 2008 in review post: my also-rans 24
  8. Last night I watched Channel Ten! 22
  9. Kevin Rudd as art critic 18
  10. Paul Keating’s Redfern Speech [December 15


  1. East Redfern again 5: coffee shop in Bourke Street 26
  2. Meanwhile in Surry Hills: it’s all on sale 15
  3. 2008 in review: best pics? 9
  4. Summer light 17: Cleveland St Surry Hill 7
  5. East Redfern again 7: wrapped 5

Ninglun’s Specials

  1. Sequel: Art Monthly Australia July 2008 22
  2. 10. But is it art? Responses to the Bill Henson controversy of 2008 17
  3. 05 — Old Blog Entries: 99-04 16
  4. Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields 13
  5. A friend’s new apartment 9
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Posted by on January 3, 2009 in 2008 in review, blogging, site stats