On March 10th, 109 years ago, Harriet Tubman died.
She was famous for freeing herself and other slaves.
Perhaps young freedom fighter Becky Spelman will develop into a modern day equivalent.
I hope so.
Modern slavery is not the same as the dangers and persecution Harriet faced and overcame. A new type of psychological management is needed not to get dragged down by inhuman conformist tyranny. Now we have to make freedom fun to defeat the enemy of mass fear.
But Harriet’s advice still applies: “If you hear the dogs, keep going. If you see the torches in the woods, keep going. If there’s shouting after you, keep going. Don’t ever stop. Keep going. If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.”
Go, Becky, go!
(I am proud of the way I have made teammates of the Labrador-Collie, Drifter, and Becky in this little film.)
Henry James died on this date, the 28th of February, 106 years ago, in 1916, in the middle of the Great War.
He wrote: “Life is, in fact, a battle. Evil is insolent and strong; beauty enchanting, but rare; goodness very apt to be weak; folly very apt to be defiant; wickedness to carry the day; imbeciles to be in great places, people of sense in small, and mankind generally unhappy. But the world as it stands is no narrow illusion, no phantasm, no evil dream of the night; we wake up to it, forever and ever; and we can neither forget it nor deny it nor dispense with it.”
People like Beck Spelman confront the world as it is and by doing so they make it better. They name problems which others deny and that naming is the first step to solving any problem.
Becky Spelman calls out arrogant bureaucrats at the Melbourne Freedom protest on 26/02/2022
The Socialist Left police state of Victoria has broken my heart.
But when strong young men and women like Becky Spelman speak up for truth, justice and freedom, I start to dream of a free Australia again.
Australia’s Donald Trump has backed Becky to run for parliament in the election due in May in the seat held by the national Education Minister, Alan Tudge, whose electorate office is in the same small building as the local police station.
Monica is an Australian Christian of Greek Italian heritage, who cares deeply and thoughtfully about freedom.
Yesterday in Melbourne outside the Federal Court of Australia, among clean-living God-fearing Serbian people seeking justice for their mistreated national hero Novak Djokovic, I saw Monica’s confidence in her ability to stand up for freedom blossom. It was a wonderful sight.
She and I both learnt that Sloboda is the Serbian word for freedom.
Under the beloved colours of the Greek flag and holding a Serbian flag in front of her, Monica chanted the Serbian nickname of the best tennis player in the world “Nole. Nole. Nole.”
Djokovic himself is embarassed by the attention that has been focussed on him.
After suffering from the trauma of false imprisonment in a cheap hotel, he has the right to step back from the limelight to recover.
But those of us, like Monica, who care about freedom and who crave its restoration, have the right and responsibility to speak out against injustice.