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The Forum > Article Comments > Book review: Farmers or Hunter-gatherers? The Dark Emu Debate rigorously critiques Bruce Pascoe's argument > Comments

Book review: Farmers or Hunter-gatherers? The Dark Emu Debate rigorously critiques Bruce Pascoe's argument : Comments

By Christine Nicholls, published 15/6/2021

For many Australians, Pascoe's book is a 'must-read', speaking truth to power. For such readers, Dark Emu seems a breakthrough text. Not so, in Sutton and Walshe's estimation. Nor mine.

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From the look of "Dark Emu", Keith Windshuttle is going to have even more sources for his series on "The Fabrication of Aboriginal History".

It is just amazing the lengths that neo Marxists will go to in order to air brush history to comply with their white hating agenda. Aboriginal people were never famers because Australia had no harvestable grains nor herdable animals. They were therefore locked for all time in the lowest level of human existence. Luckily for them, the most socially advanced nationality of people on the planet on the planet at that time chose to settle on this continent when every other nationality considered it unsuitable for colonization.

But the neo Marxists portray the white race as thieves and genocidal baby stealers in order to whip up racial hatred towards them from the ever increasing waves of non European settlers. They see that as their ticket to power. This loathing of white people has also been successfully inculcated among the educated young white people themselves, to whom self loathing has become as important an essential fashion accessory as their clothing.
Posted by LEGO, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 8:15:46 AM
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On the basis of long-term research and observation
Sutton and Walshe portray classical Australian
Aboriginal people as highly successful hunter-gatherers
and fishers.

They strongly repudiate racist notions of Aboriginal
hunter-gatherers as living in a primitive state.

In their book, they assert there was and is nothing
"simple" or " primitive" about hunter-gatherer -
fishers labour practices. This complexity was and in
many cases still is, underpinned by high levels of
spiritual cultural belief.

Sutton and Walshe provide extensive evidence to support
their argument that classical Aboriginal society was
a hunter-gatherer society and as sophisticated as the
traditional European farming method.

The book also asks Australians to develop a deeper
understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal society
and culture.

Bruce Pascoe used historical sources, including the
journals of explorers. In his book he provided an
impressive Bibliography for further research.
He is pleased that his work, now in its 40th reprint
has succeeded in shining a light on further debate
about Australian Aboriginal people and their
labour practices.

Sutton and Walshe's book will be available from all
good bookshops on 16th June 2021. Or from your local
municipal libraries. Worth reading.
Posted by Foxy, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 8:37:43 AM
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As I wrote in a previous topic, Foxy, if your family escaped from the Marxists in Lithuania, it just boggles me that you are now being their "useful fool" in Australia? All they had to do was to present their air brushed view of history as what smart, educated, "progressive" people know is the truth, and your compulsive need to feel like you are one of the class of moral and intellectual superiors, will see you swallowing their BS, hook, line, and sinker.

As I asked you before, where are you and your family going to flee too next when the neo Marxists bugger up Australia?

Don't answer, because you never answer answer my questions anyway. That would require thinking, and I am not too sure you can handle that. Just keep parroting the slogans your Marxist comrades think up for you and your friends will think you are morally pure and clever.
Posted by LEGO, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 9:02:23 AM
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This has already been thrashed out in the other forum. Dark Emu us a monumental fraud, which should be burned and forgotten about. There is probably nothing that can be done to its author, but there should be.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 9:02:36 AM
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On Lithuania, there is not much said about people who "escaped" after aiding Nazis in the persecution of Jews in that country.
Posted by ttbn, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 9:06:10 AM
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The author says "recently discussed in depth owing to our increasingly devastating bush-fires". I understood that bush fires in the 19th Century and the last century were far worse?
See once you start making stuff up you appear as just another fraud.
Posted by JBowyer, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 9:18:40 AM
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