It is astonishing that Greg Melleuish, a teacher of history and politics, could pack so many historical falsehoods and rhetorical errors into a short article (“The rise of the Green wowser”, The Australian, 17/6).

Mellueish tries to connect opposition to animal torture with socially conservative wowserism, wowserism with the Left, and the Left with the right-wing project of eugenics. He finishes with a dazzling combination of affirming the consequent plus reductio ad Hitlerum, by using Hitler’s concern with animal cruelty as evidence that the Greens are Nazis.

As ad guru Rowan Dean noted in The Australian only yesterday, when you’ve run out logical arguments, “the easiest trick is to make up a monster”.

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