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Devoured by Weaklings: The Chosen Fate of the West

One day in February 2020, I was sitting on a bench in Rushcutters’ Bay Park, Sydney, waiting for a colleague in Adelaide to email my laptop the next instalment of some writing he wanted me to edit. The glassy dark blue of the bay and the spidery white yachts at anchor delighted me. Who isn’t delighted by Sydney? A group of about ten people were performing exercise routines at the direction of a gym coach in the middle of the park; mostly blokes in Aussie football kits but a few women as well in shorts and T-shirts. The routines they…

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