#BACK-DANIEL-ANDREWS

#BackDanAndrews has been trending this afternoon and I genuinely cannot decide if Victorians are being sadistically cruel to their absent leader or if we have finally found proof that the left have no sense of irony.

Of course, it could also be karma.

The universe has a twisted sense of social justice that would make even the most devout #metoo activist blush. How else can you explain the double entendre his supporter’s favourite rally cry #IStandWithDan has taken on? It has become the fuel of mockery after the dear leader took a tumble down some wet stairs and hasn’t been seen since the beginning of March (it’s now June).

Why are we talking about hashtags?

Every human age has a form of civil disobedience. In the ancient world, people used to clamber upon buildings and shout at the gathering crowds. Through Europe’s revolutions, illegal pamphlets were distributed and burned. We like to print vulgar cartoons to embarrass the privileged and in 2021 – the internet trends hashtags.

Social media is the unshackled mob and hashtags are the battle cries of opposing ideological teams. Most of the time, these flicker in and out of the world, dying before the afternoon like Mayflies. Those that endure signify a social shift significant enough to make a bump in history. Think of it as the shrill of insects rising with the threat of rain. Civilisation always warns us when something frightening is coming, so long as you stop to listen.

Generally speaking, humanity treats politics like a hobby when things are going well, and an all out war if things veer off course. In Victoria, politics has gone horribly wrong. Instead of fleeting hashtags, two opposing schools of thought have persisted for over a year.

#SackDanAndrews and #IStandWithDan.

These two hashtags represent a shifting divide among Victorians between those who are prepared to endure lockdowns, and the rest who are inching toward open rebellion. The reasons for these positions are varied. There is an entire class of people on the public payroll who are happy to stay locked indoors, collecting their full salary and ordering UberEats indefinitely. Others have lost their businesses, jobs, homes, and life savings. House arrest for them is a mental prison that magnifies the terror of slowly going bankrupt.

The blue and white collar working class are disproportionately affected. They swell around freedom protests and are caught openly disobeying medical directives. Even those who agree with the concept of restrictions have been taken aback by video footage showing police officers throwing people to the ground, arresting heavily pregnant women in their own homes, and harassing the elderly for sitting on park benches. This ideological divide has widened with the newest lockdown occurring without the Federal government safety net of Jobkeeper.

Confusing the issue is the question of mandatory vaccination with a drug that has not finished its preliminary trial period. Many who still have jobs, even those within the public service, have balked at the idea that the State might blackmail their employment against vaccination. As for the unions which are meant to protect the rights of workers – they are aligning behind the Labor Party, prioritising a political position over their members.

The one thing we know for certain is that as more financial pressure builds, these two sides will entrench themselves. It is inevitable that increasing numbers of people will run out of money and join the verbal resistance – even if that means aligning themselves against their normal political affiliations. This can be observed by the combat of online hashtags, with increasing numbers of people opposing the once left-dominated Twittersphere.

As this happens, State officials will panic.

If they believe that they are losing control of the situation, the government will first attempt to increase fines and jail time for Covid infractions. Unreasonable threats always stir anger, which will force the government to double down on its carrot-stick approach toward essential rights. Citizens are going to find themselves offered things like the right to travel and work in exchange for vaccination – which is a polite way of saying that people who refuse will have their civil liberties and constitutional rights stripped. Attempting this on a hostile population is certain to start a war between the people and the government that is sure to threaten the authority of other State premiers who abuse their power in a similar fashion. The Prime Minister will eventually have to step in and assume what was always his sole Federal responsibility.

This predictable behaviour is a clear indication that the current political class have not studied history. If they had, they would have already pulled themselves back from the path of fear and civil unrest. Instead, the allure of endless press conferences and unquestioned power has made them dependent on a cult-like status.

To this I would warn our politicians to look towards America and the social assassination of Dr Fauci. He is proof that no one is safe from the crucible of the mob. Fear-driven movements will protect the idea of their existence above any and all leader. No one is too powerful to fall. It is an emotion-driven environment that, like social justice, has no basis in fairness or fact.

The mainstream press is openly accusing Victoria of operating as a police state and frankly, it is difficult to disagree with this assessment.

Truth is now an agreement between government and corporate.

What we have brewing is an old fashioned class divide. Although the Labor Party might think this is familiar ground that they can win on – poverty, anger, and fear are unpredictable. They supersede any leader and push the population around into the arms of whomever stands up and manages to capitalise on their emotions. The only reason Labor maintains its popularity is because Victoria is operating on a one-party system, with the Liberals flipping coins to decide who gets to hold the last remaining fragment of vertebra left between them.

The failing of the opposition does not mean that Labor is a success.

It is a huge mistake for any peaceful democracy to encourage these attributes in a population, but now that we have them, it is important that Australians become aware of the danger their emotional state has put them in. We are ripe to be preyed upon not just from power-hungry domestic politicians, but from civil unrest amongst our neighbours, and the existential threats of growing political rivals in the Pacific.

If ever there is a time to come together, it is now. To do so, we must return to the principles upon which this nation was built. Namely, individual liberty. Freedom of choice. Bravery, rather than fear. We cannot keep trying to control the tide of other people’s lives, nor can we cling to an unreasonable vision of reality in which we are untouchable immortals, guaranteed safety by a benevolent State.

Our jailers – our politicians – are the weakest, least qualified, historically illiterate, fame-obsessed brats we have ever seen. They have the emotional maturity of Kim Jong-un and the self control of Pakistan. In short, we are governed by the result of a hundred years of political inbreeding who have been sheltered from the difficult birthing pains of history. Ordinarily, we wouldn’t trust these people with a coffee order, let alone the future of Australia.

We all know that stairs are slippery when wet – but so too is civilisation after a downpour of fear.

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THE ECHO OF PEACE

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We must never become echoes of each other…

Indoctrination enforces unity by crafting a cage of whispers. History has practised this art and found coercion to be censorship’s silk glove – allowing it to touch every part of our lives without leaving fingerprints. Confined to this intangible prison, liberty curls up to die. In time, what is left unsaid becomes unthought until we guard our contrary opinions on behalf of powerful people. That is how social politics works. It is a slow burn that starts with language and ends in unyielding ink.

By ‘powerful people’ I mean those who treat democracy as a formality. Any politician who disregards the ballot box for the sake of ‘what’s best’ is an authoritarian in waiting. This elite moral veneer are often fans of collectivism, better known as the practice of subduing individuals into voting clumps that fit nicely on a spreadsheet. Marxist university lecturers may applaud this as a modern education, but obediently reciting dogma puts civilisation at risk of obliging dangerous ideas. It is a game we have seen up-scaled by an organisation that subverts the sovereignty of nations by selling its membership like overpriced hotel rooms.

I speak of the United Nations, which has completed its transformation into a gilded palace of closed doors, whose members are loosely connected by matching key-cards and a place at the breakfast buffet. Indiscretions are erased with a generous tip and like the sanctuaries of the Middle Ages, even the genocidal can take their drinks at the bar beside terrified victims. Based on Secretary General Guterres’ panicked bleating, this monstrosity faces imminent death via spiralling credit card debt. On the off chance that it survives, we might consider weighing its soul while we have it on the scaffold.

Uniting the world’s nations was always an aspiration rather than a reality. By polishing off Immanuel Kant’s ‘Perpetual Peace’, the underpinning philosophy manages to shine in the marketing print, but in the real world it remains as dead as a display of bones at the Smithsonian. I find it eerie watching the United Nations stalk through these exhibits of failed politics, threatening to elaborate on the mistakes of its predecessor, The League of Nations, which is occupying a nearby glass box.

The problem sits with their shared backbone. There is an untruth wandering around that humanity is in possession of absolutes. Coherent moral purity is a luvvie idealism elevated so far above subliminal culture that it threatens global security. If you pick off the fiction, humans have only one thing in common and that is their desire to disagree. Neither people nor the nations they construct are capable of maintaining unified ideas. Religion, philosophy and politics all attempt to round off our edges but irreconcilable difference remains the principal reason the world divides itself into countries and then extends limbs out into like-minded alliances. The world is at its best when we remain diverse and allow a combination of commerce and power to hold steady the ground that gapes between.

Anyone who attempts to unify this collection of opposed forces will finish with either a victor presiding over violence – or shattered pieces of civilisation, further apart than when they started. The energy required to forcibly hold unwilling nations together is directly proportional to how much cleaning up will be required at the end. After all, it was only an environment of post-traumatic shock from global war that coerced nations into delusions of utopia, our leaders having forgotten that you should never make hasty decisions after an argument.

Collapse is inevitable. The instability lies within the countries themselves. Democratic power is a tepid endorsement and no one enjoys watching it usurped behind closed doors. Western countries like Australia operate on the premise that citizens have power over the laws that govern them. This expectation forms the foundation of parliament. Politicians are the elected tools by which these laws are decided and the courts – the chisels setting them in stone. If laws become unjust, citizens elect new politicians to edit or destroy them. This back and forward motion breathes steadily inside the ribcage of a functioning civilisation. We are autonomous, self-correcting and evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

Lord Jonathan Sumption, a former justice of the UK’s Supreme Court, describes the expansion of treaty into sovereignty as, ‘law’s expanding empire’ where international courts have made a habit of replacing our custom and convention with their unwelcome opinion. His argument continues that this new type of law has become invasive rather than protective – that it meddles in social matters and caresses the exposed neck of liberty.

However undesirable, enforcing unpopular law is easier than chasing the coveted notion of ‘world peace’. There are different types of peace – free, forced and indifferent. Tyrannies represent a failure of freedom in favour of perceived calm and are exceedingly difficult to escape. When power is assumed instead of given, the people find themselves super-glued to subservience. Communism, Socialism, Theocracies – these are all types of government that rule in their own interest. Democracies sit on the vulnerable fringes because they afford people the choice to downgrade to slavery at the ballot box.

In addition to being a doomed failure of concept, the United Nations and its accompaniment of treaties represent a perversion of peace. It is a faux democracy of nations, more than half of whom practice despotism at home, attempting to control the squabbles of sparrows with vague threats of sanction. This is an ignorance of reality. Powerful countries always have the means to wage war and small countries always fear annihilation. Real power comes from a nation’s threat of violence while unshakable alliances are built on the personal relationships of their people, not treaties destined for the shredder.

Countries inevitably outgrow the reach of global diplomacy and anyone cuffed to a chair at the United Nations is forced to watch potential conflict brew while having genuine fears vetoed by rising powers. Australia is caught in the mess, unable to form meaningful alliances while also the focus of petty geopolitical vengeance. Despite what leaders preach, there is nothing noble about surrendering your country to the whim of its neighbours. Certainly nothing virtuous.

If we want to survive the century with our identity intact, we should peck at the locks and make a break for freedom before this overpriced globalist theatre collapses under the weight of its echoes. There are no refunds on offer and our friends are outside hailing cabs.

As for peace, you won’t find it here.

 

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