Friday, November 2, 2018

Paul Daley, On Patriotism

- Beautifully and fluidly written, even poetic at times. A personal journey for the author as well as an essay on what it means to really be an Australian. 

- Persuasive in its central argument that Australian patriotism must be rooted in our ancient, indigenous past.

- The centrality of the First Fleet arrival in 1788 and Anzac Day to our national identity is bullshit. As is our pathetic unwillingness as a nation to not see January 26 as Invasion Day, and not see the Uluru Statement as an essential way forward.

- Read this in conjunction with Mark McKenna's brilliant and illuminating Quarterly Essay Moment of Truth.

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