Tonight we launch Do Not Go Gentle. Do Not Go Gentle is a new collaborative blog set up by a group of largely progressive Melbourne based writers and thinkers. This space will be a place where contributors discuss political, social and philosophical issues from a broadly leftist perspective. Between us we will aim to post regularly so please follow, bookmark, leave comments and engage. We welcome new contributors so if this sounds like something you’re interested in send us an email.
Do Not Go Gentle was thought up at a time with Tony Abbott dominating in the opinion polls, the mainstream media becoming increasingly populist and conservative, and shockingly sexist, racist and callous incidents occurring far too frequently. Our first female Prime Minister was hounded out of office on the back of rampant sexism. The dominant view towards asylum seekers and refugees is a source of shame for many of us. And that is to just name a couple of things. Many people are turning away from politics and refusing to engage with the sophisticated ideas our society needs. And something has to be done. In these circumstances a poem by Dylan Thomas – Do not go gentle into that good night – comes to mind. The poem calls on the author’s dying father to not just quietly accept his fate but to make a stand and fight against the death he feels coming. And that is what the contributors of this blog intend to do. We won’t sit quietly and watch while mean spirited and/or simplistic thinking becomes the norm. The contributors of this blog choose, in the words of Gough Whitlam, to maintain our rage and enthusiasm. We will use this blog to fight for a sophisticated, nuanced and compassionate political and social discourse. We believe that this discourse should not be unnecessarily academic; it is our goal to write in an inclusive and accessible way. Contributors may or may not agree on issues but we will each engage with our various passions – politics, philosophy, public policy, economics, sociology, etc. – sincerely and we hope that in this way we can in some small sense lend support to the timeless goal of achieving a more fair and decent society.
WeI hope you find this blog a valuable read.
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