Once upon a time in the West: Conservatives pine for the days of unapologetic cultural supremacism. Do they really know what they’re getting themselves into? | The Monthly

In Australia, almost every member of the right commentariat subscribes to this view of the West and the Rest, or something like it. It was illustrated almost perfectly by an exchange between Cory Bernardi and Andrew Bolt on Sky News. Bolt played a clip of Robert Menzies advocating the White Australia policy, where Menzies discussed the importance of national homogeneity. Bolt and Bernardi agreed that Menzies was right, but for the wrong reasons. The policy should have been one of culturism, not of racism. “I think that was the actual deeply immoral part of the White Australia policy, that it was couched in concern over race, rather than of culture,” concluded Bolt.

Once upon a time in the West: Conservatives pine for the days of unapologetic cultural supremacism. Do they really know what they’re getting themselves into? | The Monthly