Lockdowns – A Human Rights Crisis

“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” – Nelson Mandela.

Today I make a personal appeal on human rights grounds to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to take a stand for freedom against the human rights violations committed against millions of people in Victoria by the state government which has imposed the most and possibly harshest Coronavirus pandemic lockdown days in the world.

I am not a pandemic denier. I was a health professional for 32 years.

In 1945 my father faced imperialist Japanese bullets on the beach at Balikpapan in the final battle of World War Two.

When that victory over totalitarianism was achieved, the nations of the world created the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) against totalitarian ideology and practices. Australia was among the first nations to sign on to this declaration.

Now in Melbourne, Victoria, Andrews state government imposed lockdowns lead to me suffering the following ten human rights violations which I list by naming and quoting from the relevant articles of UDHR . Millions of others suffer too. I hope that by speaking for myself I can speak for at least some others too.

Article 1 The climate of fear under the Andrews government means too many people cannot “act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” (or sisterhood)

Article 3 Victorian lockdowns trash the “right to …. liberty.”

Article 5 prohibits “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” I consider this a perfect description of the imprisonment in my own home which I and millions of my fellow Victorians have suffered.

Atricle 9 prohibits “arbitrary detention”. In Victoria, lockdowns aren’t carefully targeted. They lock up millions of people when only a tiny percentage of people have been exposed to the virus.

Article 13 promises “freedom of movement.” Broad prohibitions on going more than 5 kilometres from home make free movement impossible.

Article 19 promises “the right to freedom of opinion and expression” including the right “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas”. Now my favourite libraries are closed to me and the streets where I used to communicate freely with many people are off limits to me too.

Article 20’s “right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association” is denied to me because I can no longer legally meet most of the people I used to be able to meet.

Article 23’s “other means of social protection” are now restricted for me because of travel restrictions and the emptying of the Central Business District.

Atricle 27’s right to “participate in the cultural life of the community” and “enjoy the arts” is now severely limited for me because most of the places where I used to do that are now closed or almost deserted.

Article 28’s right to “a social order which protects rights and freedom” does not apply for me in Daniel Andrews’ locked down Victoria.

A lost right that concerns me more than the rights lost by me is other people’s loss of the right to life. Stories I have heard and things I have seen convince me that lockdowns kill. Suicides of teenagers are reported to have doubled.

Prime Minister Morrison, across Australia, how many people do lockdowns kill?

The people have a right to know.

What will you do to protect human rights?

Geoff Fox, Melbourne, Down Under, 21 September, 2021

How Many Men Does Feminism Kill?

I have suffered and survived feminist police state attacks which have left me crippled by suicidal ideation for too much of the past five years.

How many vulnerable, gentle men succumb to the shame and humiliation of feminist attack?

Is this a new phenomenon in western and other societies or have men always been oppressed by unfairness?

Geoff Fox, August 4, 2021, Terra Nullius

JFK – Sinking For Success

The patrol torpedo boat PT-109 commanded by Lieutenant John F Kennedy sunk 78 years ago, on August 2nd 1943, after being rammed by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri. This incident gave Kennedy lifelong back problems and a war hero status because of the bravery he showed to save his surviving crew. The disaster was also one of the foundations for his political career.

As I face the tremendous uncertainties of life in a society which is trashing the legacy of freedom from World War Two, JFK is one of the heroes whose legacy I cherish.

As he said, “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

God bless Freedom.

Geoff Fox , 2nd August, 2021, Down Under

Jeff Hoover Fakes Communion

Actor John Gavin played Julius Caesar in Kubrick’s Spartacus. Gavin was botn 90 years ago on April 8, 1931, in Los Angeles.

2 millennia ago Julius Caesar said, “It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.” (Qui se ultro morti offerant facilius reperiuntur quam qui dolorem patienter ferant.)

Geoff Fox, 8th April, 2021

GOVERNMENT LOCKDOWNS and BALANCE and FREEDOM

A times I believe that all people and governments would be better off if they studied Exodus 7-11 more closely and stopped trying to fight the Coronavirus, accepted that the planet is over populated and that herd immunity is the way to go.

Of course this is a radical position and I do not always strongly adhere to it myself. Let alone want to force it on anyone else. I have lots of doubts about these occasional beliefs of mine.

There is a name for having some beliefs which are subject to change.

It is called intellectual freedom.

It means not wanting to force almost any human belief of mine onto other people and not wanting other people in this unknown territory of the Coronavirus Era forcing most of their beliefs on me.

What should we do next?

Does anyone really know?

In this state of uncertainty, why are we letting so many freedoms die?

God knows best.

And I am not God.

Geoff Fox, February 14, 2021, Terra Nullius

The Axis Of Evil Persecuting Me

19 years ago today President George W Bush condemned what he called an “Axis Of Evil”.

I am the current victim of an axis of evil which makes me a victim while too many of the people in this vicious coalition pretend that they always believe the victim, just as long as that victim is not a 63 year old white man (as I am) persecuted by them.

I am in an emotional war with the armed forces of the police state of Victoria.

There is a power imbalance in this conflict which makes me very, very vulnerable.

As a non violent man, (a former midwife) the primary weapons I have in this war are ideas and a low level of ability to tell my enemies the lies they want to hear.

Of course this second ability is also a strategic liability in situations where the enemy makes honesty impossible. (When the Left creates such situations too often in the modern world by cancel culture, the Left make phenomena like the Trump presidency a moral necessity and political inevitability.)

I proudly believe that a lack of ability to tell polite lies is part of who I am.

I hold faith in LOGOS.

I believe that my God, the foundation of our lives, IS communication and rationality and so much more.

I do not know if I can win in my war with government in the country of my birth or if I can even make peace with these enemies.

But, if I have to, I will fight their viciousness in the most moral ways I can till the day I die.

Geoff Fox, January 29, 2021, Terra Nullius

p.s. while I write primarily here about what has happened to me because that is what I know, there are many other victims. It is an Axis. Of. Evil.

In Two Minds: Conscientious Life

This is a transcreation from the Indonesian language poem “Kebebasan”.

Poet Maman A Majd Binfas sees how freedom and the discipline of conscience are essential to living well.

The nanny states of The West take this away from people.

Geoff Fox, 30th December, 2020, Terra Nullius