TLDR version: Welcome to my blog of righteous indignation Downunder. As the unofficial occidental branch of the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW), it’s a fright bat-free zone where facts really don’t care about our feelings. Drop in for rambling posts on Books, Bikes and Beer (or history, politics, Harley-Davidsons and occasional references to frothy beverages). I’ll post occasional book reviews (podcasts too one day), and articles by guest writers on the culture war and decline of Western civilisation. Drop in for a regular peek at the dumpster fire of modern progressivism and a free dive below the floating islands of fake news. Posts may be weekly but definitely erratic. Please comment with humour not hubris, larrikinism not libel. Have your say 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.
With RoadScholar, I hereby cut a virtual ribbon on a remote branch of the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW) to spread ideas, encourage thought and dispel fake news and modern ignorance. What was termed the IDW just a few years ago has exploded in size and sure, OK, that’s epic 🙂 This is my shout-out to the whole witty and eclectic IDW crew. I will be your ‘tough, sane, funky aunt’ (as Eric Weinstein who coined ‘IDW’ once put it) Downunder. And, as your based aunt from this great southern land of Australia, it’s only fair that I also call a tub a bloody tub.
RoadScholar is Ainsley Hayes, Aussie chick, mum, Harley rider. I’m not a historian. The anniversary softail that will appear from time to time belongs to the better half. I’m Aussie-born, six generations Australian on one side, Swiss-Australian on the other (think semi-sweet chocolate). In the very early years we lived in and out of Oz. Since then I’ve spent a spectacularly ordinary life here subsisting in liminal space (that’s for another post down the track). I’m also an atheist who tries to live like a Christian, with a Christian.
Politically, I’m a classical liberal with (let’s call it ‘Reagan’) conservative tendencies. In brief this means to me, individual freedom, limited government, property rights and the rule of law (the classical liberal part). But I’m also an Aussie with a MAGA hat and cup of covfefe because I want everything in Australia that’s good, great and free to keep on keeping on (that’s the ‘Reagan-style’ conservative bit). This blog is a conduit to people wiser than I doing the hard yakka as Western civ lies etherised upon the table (or sliding off a cliff, depending on your preferred metaphor). Many of these thinkers (not all) are in the USA.
RoadScholar also ends a lame hobby as a long-time lurker on the interwebs. Why not earlier? Why at all? Because I’m just another shy, super-self-conscious grown-upwith arrested development. And because I feel like it. Such is Life.
I’ll also be taking a stand to defend the opposite sex when necessary, particularly Aussie blokes who are the best but also getting hammered in the worldwide culture war. I’m bringing up a wonderful young bloke at the moment and my advice to all is to avoid social media like an STD and forego the mad, bad and sad chicks on it. Look into the real world for someone who actually likes you and likes doing stuff with you, not shopping online or posting selfies of their resting b#tch face. Find a good, normal human not a unicorn with real eyebrows, lips and arse, minus the modern psychodrama and pride, and you’ll be right. Also, listen to Jordan Peterson.
TRIGGER WARNING: While I’m at it, snowflakes..I’m an ex-lurker but no gutless SJW pussy-hat wearing harpy. Fright bats, cat ladies, pantifa and other deeply weird pomos should try to be open-minded here or risk feeling gravely insulted as I work through a pent-up urge to vent at the modern Jacobins. I sip covfefe from my cup and watch the bonfire of your vanities that you light daily. I hope you get well soon and don’t take us all down with you.
Back to RoadScholar. I discovered Instapundit in 2003 (and a little later, Mark Steyn and Drudge). Since then, a whole Army of Davids has erupted online. But back then Instapundit was pretty much all alone, and it suddenly became my little daily devotion. Instapundit actually changed my life as it quickly became my shield [bord-hreóða] against the thick, encircling fog of fake news (even though I didn’t know or use that term back then). For this, I am forever grateful to Glenn Reynolds, that rather fit law professor from 2A, Tennessee..
I bumped into Ben Shapiro and Truth Revolt later on as I was reading about a funeral in March 2012 (see below). Ben (just like Supreme Overlord Andrew Klavan, for his crystal-clear elucidations of moral principle with a dash of humour) has long been precious to me for constant, brutal advocacy of facts over feelings and valiantly trying to put the shoe on the other foot. I try too, I fail.
Throughout the long years since then, Iowahawk, David Horowitz, Mark Levin, Steven Crowder [Hi Hopper! Miss you Not Gay Jared!], Sultan Knish, Ace of Spades, Jordan Peterson, Robert Stacy McCain, Rush Limbaugh and everyone’s favourite previously mentioned overlord, Andrew Klavan [miss you too Lindsay, whooo..yeaah!], have all punched way above their weight in the culture war and influenced my thoughts in one way or another.
RoadScholar is also Yuge hat-tip to the late Michael Crichton (who would have been automatically part of the IDW), and living treasures such as Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Roger Scruton, Dennis Prager and Larry Elder; plus other super smartypants like Douglas Murray, Dave Rubin, Sargon of Akkad, Heather Mac Donald, Victor Davis Hanson, Tim Pool, Candace Owens, ABL, RedPillPhil, Victory Girls, (not to mention…Ding ding ding! Dan Bongino, John Solomon and Sara A. Carter). Closer to home, davidthompson, Catallaxy, Quadrant, Bolt, CIS and the IPA remain constant reference points. See the LINKS page for more.
After the funeral, 2012
Finally, RoadScholar is 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 booted 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, stirred in me also a righteous indignation.
[Updated later to fix errors, add links etc.]