The ABC (Australian Bolshevik Corporation) uses a lot of the nation’s money to fund its anti-Australian, anti-conservative, anti-rational stances. TVC, if charged with the nation’s finances, would probably cut its funding by about 80%, assuming we couldn’t just break it up and sell it off. What would stay? Well, Sean Micallef’s Mad as Hell, Tom Gleeson’s Hard Quiz, Behind the News, Parliament and we suppose the news could stay, but only if it were the news written and read by James Dibble.
And further, ABC Radio could stay. ABC Radio, despite its manifest Marxist destiny and predilections, is consistently better than the Corporation’s television arm and digital platforms, which are dire. We especially like ABC Classic, (https://www.abc.net.au/classic/). Although it tends toward the ‘woke,’ and gives us a tad too much of modern pieces (like Peter Sculthorpe’s soporific cultural appropriations, or the nature-noises-off of Ross Edwards), it does enough to suggest the canon is not dead yet, and its programmes are abuzz with that diminishing resource: learned enthusiasm.
Nabokov wrote lovingly of the story of Samuel Johnson and his cat, as related by Boswell: This reminds me of the ludicrous account which he gave Mr. Langton, of the despicable state of a young Gentleman of good family. “Sir, when I heard of him last, he was running about town shooting cats.” And then in a sort of kindly reverie, he bethought himself of his own favourite cat, and said, “But Hodge shan’t be shot; no, no, Hodge shall not be shot.” Neither shall ABC Classic be shot, or we shot of it, even after we assume Command.
Now see The Varnished Culture‘s vote in ABC Classic’s 100 Best Countdown for 2021: