Fake News?, Yes, Really

In his first press conference since becoming President Elect, Donald Trump sent a strong message to the mainstream media; he is not going to be bullied or pushed around. On November 8, Trump was able to capture the long held Democrat states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, often referred to as part of the ‘blue … Continued

A Return to Classical Marxism

(image – http://www.cpusa.org/)  This article is in response to Waleed Aly’s piece entitled; “US election 2016: It’s not about racism or sexism, it’s about class warfare.” Now look, I don’t want to call Waleed a liar, but the majority of the team here at The Common Discourse, called the Trump victory before he even claimed the Republican nomination. … Continued

Debate Night 2

 (image-thefederalist.com) DAMIENS’ DEBRIEF After a somewhat tepid opening encounter less than a month ago, Donald Trump wanted to grab the second debate by the pussy and show how America can be great again. There was no greeting handshake this time around. Rumors circulated early that the Clinton camp were planning a ‘psyche!’ attack, forcing ‘The Don’ to play it … Continued

Debate One Review

(AFP/SBS) TCD take a look at the first Presidential debate between Trump and Clinton. Varun’s View One of the most fascinating aspects of the current presidential cycle is where exactly the political fault lines lie. Without a doubt there is much polarization. However, both are advocating in some way for bigger government albeit coming from … Continued

ANZ and the Rigmarole of Feminist Absurdity

In the ever increasing and ever so heart strung world of victim hood, the gender pay gap myth continually gets bandied about as some kind of evidence of a global male conspiracy to suppress women at all costs. Let’s take the latest addition to ANZ’s advertising campaigns as an example. ‘What pulls at the heart … Continued

Shock and Awe; The Crumbling Walls of Merkelistan

AP Photo/ Markus Schreiber In March of this year, following a series of significant state electoral wins by German nationalist party; Alternative For Deutschland (AfD), the mainstream press were quick to label the victories a “shock”. At the time of these elections, more than 1.1 million migrants had poured into Europe within a matter of months. … Continued

Playing the Trump Card

According to many professional political pundits, Donald Trump was never meant to get this far. Almost unanimously, they dubbed him the joke candidate. Now, they are the joke. So much political discourse today centres on playing the identity, rather than the issue. A rich white man with an awkward haircut and trophy wife presents to … Continued

Media Malaise

Is manipulation from the mass media creating mass myopia in its audience? Picture this; A lively party or a night on the town with some friends and acquaintances. Some drinks, some laughs, catching up and sharing good company like friends should. Your friends are well educated, with a humanities degree tucked under the arm, and confidence to express a world … Continued

Multi Culture, Mono Narrative

After the cold blooded killing of Curtis Cheng, Tim Soutphommasane, gives us an interesting perspective on why we shouldn’t undermine multiculturalism and how we can respond to “extremism from a position of strength”. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/13/fringe-radicals-cant-undermine-australias-love-of-multiculturalism-unless-we-let-them The take home message of the article being “It’s time for all good citizens to say that we choose tolerance and unity … Continued