TLDR version: Welcome to my blog of righteous indignation Downunder. As an unofficial Antipodean branch of the occidental Intellectual Dark Web, 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, music, Harley-Davidsons and occasional references to frothy beverages). I’ll post on the culture war and arresting the decline of Western civilisation, upload book reviews (podcasts too one day) and feature occasional articles from expert guests. 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. If you feel like it, have your say with humour not hubris, larrikinism not libel. Try to 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’. (Bodleian Library)
With RoadScholar I hereby cut a virtual ribbon on a remote branch of the Intellectual Dark Web (IDW) to spread serious ideas, encourage serious 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 just my shout-out to the whole witty and eclectic IDW crew and beyond. I will be your ‘tough, sane, funky aunt’ (as Eric Weinstein who coined ‘IDW’ once put it) Downunder. And, as a based mum 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. My sporty is right above, and 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 my very early years we lived in and out of Oz. Since then I’ve spent a spectacularly ordinary life 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, a thirst for individual freedom, small government, property rights and the rule of law (the classical liberal part). But I’m also an Aussie with a MAGA hat and a mug 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). Much of the IDW (certainly not all) comes out of the USA and so most of the effort is over there and worth promoting here.
RoadScholar also ends a lame hobby as a long-time lurker on the interwebs. Why? Why now? Because I’m just another shy, super-self-conscious ‘grown-up’ with arrested development. And because I feel like it. Such is Life.
I’ll be taking a stand to defend the opposite sex as necessary too, particularly Aussie blokes who are the best there are but also getting hammered in the worldwide culture war. I’m bringing up a wonderful young bloke, and my advice to all of you is 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 all the 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 you 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, a fit law professor from 2A, Tennessee.
I bumped into Ben Shapiro and Truth Revolt as I was reading about a funeral in March 2012. 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 2003, 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 a 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, Kurt Schlichter, Richard Ramirez (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) the political clairvoyant 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 the clown nose-on/clown nose-off routines. All these things, and so much more, stirred in me too a righteous indignation.
[Updated later to fix errors, add links etc.]