Has there ever been a better time to go back to blogging?
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton look set to face off in the ugliest election in the Republicâ€™s (if you can keep it) history. Europe, just like its beta version the Roman Empire, is collapsing – a victim of a decadent leadership from within and a barbarian invasion from without.Â The Middle East remains a mess, the Chinese are getting restless, the Pope is still a Catholic but he is also a socialist, and the Russian bear does indeed shit in the woods â€“ and everywhere else. Also, everyone is getting offended by goddamned everything.
Last but not least, all the major political forces in Australia seem to have given up on the idea of a small government that largely stays out of peopleâ€™s pockets and out of their lives.Â Itâ€™s hard to believe that less than a decade ago we were the only developed country not just without any government debt at all but in a net positive fiscal position.Â No more Antipodean Exceptionalism for you; we will happily be the Portugal of the Pacific.
Itâ€™s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine – and want to write about it for you.Â Thatâ€™s actually not true on two accounts.Â Firstly, the world might seem slightly crazier than usual but it is not ending. Â As a species and as a civilisation we have survived the plague, religious wars, communism and fascism, and we shall no doubt live through the minor speed-bumps like Trump, Putin, ISIS and neo-Keynesianism.Â Secondly, there are more things I want to write about, and while I know that most of you will, at least initially, come here for the politics, I hope you will also stick around for the culture, history, books, travel, photography, love and life in general.
So whether we’ve known each other since the olden days – and there are many of you out there – or you are a new arrival, welcome. Itâ€™s been eleven years since the original Chrenkoff blog went into a temporary, work-related hiatus.Â But now itâ€™s time.Â Make Blogging Great Again. Did you miss me? Iâ€™ve missed you.