TLDR version: Welcome to my new blog. It’s also an Antipodean branch of the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW) so very much a fright bat-free environment where facts don’t really care that much about our feelings. Drop in for news and conversations about Australia, politics and motorbikes. Drop in for a regular peek at the raging dumpster fire that is modern progressivism. I’ll have book reviews and podcasts one day as well as the occasional post from an expert guest who may or may not agree with my views. Posts may be weekly but definitely erratic. Comments are welcome if they lean towards humour not hubris, larrikinism not libel. Say what you want but keep it ladylike and gentlemanly. G’day 🙂
1800 years ago, Lucian wrote the historian’s job description which our profession must always follow … ‘The most important thing by far is that he should be a free spirit, fear nobody, and expect nothing … determined … to call figs figs and a tub a tub.
RoadScholar is Ainsley Hayes. I’m an Australian classical liberal with conservative (Reagan) tendencies. In sum this means to me the desire for individual rights, limited government, property rights and the rule of law (that’s the classical liberal part). I love Australia to bits and I want everything in it that’s free, great and good to keep on keeping on (that’s the ‘Reagan’ style conservative bit). RoadScholar ends a lame hobby as a long-time lurker on the interwebs. Why merely lurk? I’m a peripatetic self-conscious slow learner who is generally busy and often gloomy. Just another adult with arrested development. Such is Life.
I’m an Aussie chick, a mum and I ride a sporty. I’m not a historian. The anniversary softail that will appear occasionally on the Home Page belongs to the strong silent better half. I’m Australian-born, with six generations Australian on one side and a Swiss-Australian parent (think semi-sweet chocolate) on the other. In my early years we lived in and out of Oz in bursts. Since then I’ve spent a spectacularly ordinary life, subsisting in what I call liminal space (but that’s for another post down the track). I’m an atheist who tries to live like a Christian, with a Christian. I love books and music (such as the glorious Catherine Wheel as you will soon see by the links).
I’m fascinated by Australia, US politics, history and constitutional origins as well as England in the time of King Alfred. September 11, 2001 is also baked into many people’s thinking about the world today. Mine too. I’ve done a shit-tin of reading and observation since then. I’m also an Aussie with a MAGA hat, a Mug Club mug, a tumbler, a vessel and a covfefe cup. Join me for a regular free dive below the floating islands of fake news and bad ideas in the world today.
TRIGGER WARNING: Snowflake warning! I’m a female escapee from lurkerdom but no virtue signalling pussy-hat wearing harpy. Fright bats, cat ladies, pantifa and other deeply weirdy beardies should tread carefully here or risk feeling gravely insulted. IOW, sod off, swampy 🙂
I will admit to a long-held urge to vent at you modern Jacobins so intent on damaging this country and Western Civ. more widely. Quick fact-check for the woke…You’re paranoid racists and delusional ideologues besotted by a macabre political creed in which the utopian end justifies the means. Your dangerous revolutionary Marxism, projection and histrionics are tiring and getting oh so old. Your MSM shills’ capacity (as merely 1 example) to change the goalposts constantly or avoid reporting the most astonishing hoax/attempted coup d’état in US history is political chutzpah to a nuclear degree. A century of your revisionism, lust for power and fear-mongering (mostly via the gaslight of the media/entertainment worlds you so comprehensively raided and colonised in the 20c.), those things are to blame for the ignorant and dangerous behaviour we witness in our new century. I sip covfefe from my cup and watch the daily bonfire of your vanities that you light. I hope you all get well soon. I hope you don’t take us all down with you.
I also want to take a stand here for Aussie blokes who are the BEST blokes in the world! I’m bringing up a wonderful young one myself. My advice guys is avoid social media and the mad, bad and sad chicks that inhabit it. Go for someone who loves doing stuff with you in the real world, not shopping online or posting selfies of their resting b#tch face. Find a nice, normal human with real eyebrows, lips and arse minus all the psychodrama and pride, and you should be right. Also, listen to Jordan Peterson.
Back to RoadScholar. It’s a truly wonderful world where we can so easily acquire access through the internet to writings, books and papers containing the best of modern and ancient thought. I’ll be linking to those doing the hard yakka as our culture lies etherised upon the table or sliding off a cliff depending on your taste for metaphors.
That is why, with this website, I cut the virtual ribbon on the Antipodean branch of the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW) to spread links to those around the world who are contributing real ideas and spirited debate to disperse the fog of fake news. This could be a branch of the Intellectual Renaissance or Remodernism or whatever-I’m not sure what those really are-but I aim to be one tough, sane, funky aunt (as the man who coined the term IDW, Eric Weinstein, once put it). And, as an Aussie down under, it’s only fair that I call a tub, a bloody tub.
Hwaet! Ever since I first discovered Instapundit about 2004 (and not that much later Mark Steyn, Drudge), many other web pundits have emerged. But Instapundit became an instant daily devotion. It changed my life by being my daily shield [bord-hreóða] against the encircling fog of fake news. For this, I am forever grateful to Glenn Reynolds, that fit law professor from 2A Tennessee.
I first bumped into Ben Shapiro (whose wife, I understand, is also a doctor) as I was reading about an important funeral in March 2012 (See photo below). Ben (just like Supreme Overlord Andrew Klavan for his crystal-clear elucidation of moral principle with a dash of humour) has long been precious to me for his advocacy of facts over feelings and trying valiantly to ward off confirmation bias by putting the shoe on the other foot. I too try, I fail.
Throughout the long years since 2004, Rush Limbaugh, David Horowitz, Iowahawk, Mark Levin, Steven Crowder [miss you, Not Gay Jared!], Sultan Knish, Ace of Spades, Jordan Peterson, PragerU , Hillsdale College, Robert Stacy McCain, and everyone’s favourite previously mentioned overlord, Andrew Klavan [Miss you too, Lindsay..Whooo…yeaaah!], have all punched way above their weight in the culture war and helped influence my thinking one way or another.
This is also a BIG hat-tip to the late Michael Crichton, who would have been an automatic IDW member, living treasures Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Roger Scruton, Dennis Prager and Larry Elder; and other famous and not so famous smarties such as Douglas Murray, Victor Davis Hanson, Heather Mac Donald, Dave Rubin, Sargon of Akkad, Tim Pool, Candace Owens, ABL, RedPillPhil, Victory Girls, not to mention Ding ding ding! Dan Bongino, John Solomon, and Sara A. Carter for so many, many reasons.
What was nominally termed a few years ago the ‘IDW’ has exploded in size and sure, OK, that’s epic 🙂 This is a shout-out to the witty, brave and eclectic crew above and many others. Closer to home, Tim Blair, davidthompson, Catallaxy, Quadrant, Bolt, CIS and IPA are all constant reference points. (see my LINKS page for more)
After the funeral, 2012
This blog is also dedicated on this day in memoriam to Andrew Breitbart (1 Feb 1969 – 1 Mar 2012) who detonated my brain in the noughties as I was being blocked from LGF for no reason and becoming bewildered by what was supposed to be straight news while tiring of The Daily Show and its clown nose-on/clown nose-off routine. All these little things and so much more caused in me too, a righteous indignation. Life sure is an unexpected journey.
[Updated later to fix errors, add links etc.]