Aesop follows up on my OzFasc post, with his characteristic, umm, aplomb.
They have moved from parliamentary democratic republic to full-bore Orwellian Communist dictatorship in about 0.2 seconds. Even Russia and China didn’t fall to communism this fast.
And this response is nominally to a virus, in a country of some 26M souls, which has killed fewer people there total than have died to date from it in just our own District of Criminals hereabouts (1,032 dead in Oz, total). Using COVID as a beard for this draconian over-reach is weak sauce: this is pure unquenched lust for totalitarian control, and nothing else.
Precisely so. Whether or not you bought into the initial Covid Death Plague™ hype; whatever opinion you may hold on The Virus itself, where and how it originated, who’s to blame, etc; even what measures are or are not useful to prevent getting sick or dying from it—there can now be no further disagreement amongst those of us on Team Liberty about at least one aspect of this disastrous mess: Covid has been used as a pretext for the unlawful and wholly intolerable assumption of authority and abuse of power by governments across the Western world. There is simply no credible argument to be made against that proposition anymore, if ever there was. There is no longer any point in trying to make it, and nothing to be achieved by it either. Unless you feel that making a damned fool of yourself in public counts as an “achievement.”
Whatever this was in the early going, it is assuredly NOT about science, public health, safety, &c. It is solely and exclusively about the two things it always sooner or later boils down to: power, and control. That really is all there is to it. So what’s to be done, then? Just this.
Their former government has now forfeited once and for all time, any further claim to legitimacy in anyone’s eyes, anywhere.
Commensurately, any former social contract between the government and the governed there, or any former allies, is irreparably broken.
Any action against that government is therefore entirely within bounds, not least of which for every member of same, from dog catchers to prime minister, and necessarily includes stringing them up by the neck, or putting same up against a wall and summarily executing them, or any lesser included response.
Open season, screw the bag limits.
That means wherever and whenever found, short of open and public renunciation of said government by any former members, and joining active resistance with the people of the Commonwealth of Australia to depose that government forthwith.
When a government flips so completely, and so rapidly, the deep rot was into the very bones of that republic, and moderation in the pursuit of liberty is no longer any virtue.
In short, in and for Oz,
IT’S OFFICIALLY TIME TO START SHOOTING THE BASTARDS IN THE FACE.
That’s about the size of it, yeah. Shooting Bastards In Face O’Clock is drawing nearer by the hour here, too. I can see no other way out of this mess, for Australians or for us. Aesop links to more on this somber subject from Peter at BRM and from Wilder, who isn’t feeling entirely sanguine about the overall situation.
Yup, things can get worse. Truckers wanted to protest the outrageous bans, rules, and mask mandate.
What did they do?
The truckers did it. But if you were an Australian, they tried to make it so you’d never know. The government shut down the traffic cams so you couldn’t see it. They shut down the truckers’ phones. They shut down their social media. They censored, in real-time, a revolt against the rules.
No surprise there; suppression of the truth is one of the most useful items in tyranny’s toolbox. Nonetheless, the striking truckers weren’t just spinning their wheels.
What we can be sure of is that the threat of big blockades on August 31, the brief blockade on the Queensland border on August 30, the huge number of people who protested outside their local councils on August 31 and the stated aim of doing so in support of striking truckies, has resulted (in) a tangible victory for Australians.
The South Australian government has backed down on mandating the jab for interstate truckies because truckies threatened to strike and people got out in the street to protest.
This tells us that governments are wary of growing public anger and will back down if threatened with serious economic and political consequences.
Yesterday’s protests have taken a serious toll on people. There were mass arrests, mass fines, and completely unnecessary police brutality against people who were simply standing still in silence.
A victory it was, albeit only a partial one, and nowhere enough to turn any tides or reverse any directions…YET. The crucial thing, the vital thing, is to not let up by declaring the war won after only the first successful engagement. Aussie’s truckers can be proud for having forced the SA goobermint to blink, and that’s definitely a win—for Aussie truckers. That’s a good thing, but it’s nowhere near enough. They must not let up; pressure absolutely must be maintained, until it’s a win for everybody.
The thing to remember about partial victories is: the more partial the victory, the more quickly your opponent will push himself back up off the mat, shake off the brain-fog to reorient himself, and start pummeling you about the head and shoulders all over again. The obstreperous palooka has to be put DOWN—flat on his back, until he’s been counted out and his corner crew carries him off to the locker room—before you should start calling the fight truly won.
The Aussie truckers strike was a good start, no doubt, with a fairly encouraging outcome. Hopefully, the truckers are savvy enough not to let their despotic government goons lull them back into complacency and lassitude with this narrow, selective, and easily reversible back-down.
There IS a real solution to this problem. It emphatically does NOT involve allowing a single one of the treacherous, arrogant, greedy, corrupt bastards to retain a position of ANY kind in government—NOT. ONE. As Aesop correctly said, a government that commits such heinous crimes against its own people has forfeited all claim to legitimacy, fealty, or the allegiance of its people—FOR ALL TIME. They cannot be allowed to skate with a blase “oops, sorry, my bad, didn’t mean it” and then allowed a second crack at installing and securing their tyranny. The reprobates controlling and running said government must be removed root, branch, and bough. Nothing short of a thorough fumigation of the House of Government will suffice to exterminate the pestilential infestation responsible for all the damage done. Only a clean sweep can possibly restore the faith and confidence of its people in their government and those who work for it.
I dunno, maybe we could call that “draining the Swamp,” something along those lines? Or has that nomenclature already been taken?
There’s yet another angle to the trucker’s strike story, by the way, which I will cover anon. I think you’ll like it; I definitely did.