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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Peter Coleman on James Franklin on The Push

...Another definitive chapter deals with the Sydney Push. Franklin has little patience with its mix of anarchism and quietism. He calls it "self-serving tripe". But he also believes that some of its adepts contributed significantly to the ideology of the 1960s - and not only in Australia. Germaine Greer's anti-reformist or revolutionary feminism and Richard Neville's hippie magazine Oz in London had international influence. Franklin could have added Dennis Altman's Homosexual: Oppression and Liberation and Lillian Roxon's Rock Encyclopaedia in New York. As for its Australian influence, Franklin considers the annual Gay Mardi Gras to be the greatest triumph of its ideas (although he also notes the useful work of philosophers such as George Molnar the Younger). He does not examine the Push's critics - which means he neglects Amy Witting's memorable spoof, her story "A Piece of this Puzzle is Missing"...

- from Peter Coleman's Quadrant Magazine review of James Franklin's Corrupting the Youth: A History of Philosophy in Australia

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