Title: Think - Or Be Damned : A subversive note on national pride, patriotism, andother forms of respectable ostrichism practised in Australia.
Publisher:  Angus and Robertson Ltd,, Sydney / London , 1941,
Seller ID: 95873
PENTON, Brian. Think – Or Be Damned : A subversive note on national pride, patriotism, and other forms of respectable ostrichism practised in Australia. Sydney / London : Angus and Robertson Ltd, 1941. First Edition. Pp (10),-92,(4). 8vo, red and white card covers, with French flaps. “You will find this homily ill-mannered, cantankerous, unpatriotic, subversive and destructive. It is intended to be. It is written in a mood somewhere between horror, fear, anger and irrational faith in the future of this continent. Thehorror is a generalized reaction to the continuing tragic idiocy of the hu man race as expressed in man's apparently ineradicable eagerness to shed life on the barren battlefield and on the shallowest pretext rather than preserve it for the longest possible enjoyment of this sun-drenched world. The fear is an acute expectation of the consequences yet unreaped, of the darker Age of Confusion still to come. The anger is the ashy taste in my mouth after swallowing floods of poisonous rhetoric in the recent election campaign, when one had an opportunity to measure the spiritual and intellectual ability of the men this country has produced to guide it through its most difficult time. And the faith is the perhaps fatuous optimism which no spar, raft, or lifebuoy is too frail and worm-eaten to inspire in even a cynical, many times shipwrecked sailor afloat on a stormy sea in a black night many miles from God knows where.” (p. 1). Slightly cocked, rubbed, penned name, else good. 20.00