IWOTA #1B Rosa Parks – Sharing and Shining

The true holy spirit of women is in caring for others and helping people share.

Women do this most often as mothers in families, but can also do it socially and professionally when willing and allowed.

On her 109th birthday last year, I named Rosa Parks an Indigenous Woman Of The Anglosphere (IWOTA) , because, as a native speaker of English, her words showed a great command of the language which I believe did a lot of good in the world.

Today it is Rosa’s 110th birthday. To mark the occasion, I fuse her words with images of good, beautiful females I know and like and admire. One is a real woman, Deeanna Appadu, born and raised in Mauritius, and now in Australia. The other a goblin art comic and street-dwelling superhero, Shine Of The Moon. Both are women of color. In Shine’s case the color is tawny.

I brought them together once in one of Shine’s artistic homes

Geoff Fox, 4th February, 2023, Melbourne, Australia

Freedom Works #3 Farrah Fawcett and James Joyce – Women Are Beautiful

On this date, February 2nd, in 1947, Farrah Fawcett was born, 25 years after author James Joyce published his masterpiece, Ulysses, on his 40th birthday, also the second of February.

The words in the image above, where Farrah truly bloomed, are the final words in the novel spoken by Molly Bloom who functions in Joyce’s work as something like an Earth Goddess and a self-aware, perceptive, liberated woman.

I think the novel’s final words go well with the iconic red swimsuit image in which Fawcett’s sexuality was both more explicit (with bare thigh and a protruding nipple’s shape very clear seen) than previous sex goddesses like Mae West and Marilyn Monroe, but also more restrained in a girl next door sort of way.

More words from James Joyce’s Ulysses with Fawcett in the middle flanked by her Charlie’s Angels co-stars Jacklyn Smith (left) and Kate Jackson (right)

For me this is what a truly free culture, like American culture at its best, can do: constantly reinvent and improve upon itself.

But, sometimes, that change goes the other way.

The sexual liberation that accompanied the second wave of feminism has been partially replaced in this century by a misandrist sexual repression, where male heterosexuality can at times be treated as criminal, as if all male attraction to women is tantamount to rape.

God Bless Freedom.

In the words of aged aviator and great libertarian, the late Ben Buckley, lets work to get it back.

Geoff Fox, 2nd February, 2023, Down Under

Hank As A Founding Father Of The Modern American Voice

The USA has an ability to reinvent its core of freedom unlike any other nation known to me.

When popular culture was entering its most saccharine periods, Hank Williams’ tortured powerful enigmatic totally American voice broke through to empower and inspire new ways of singing.

If Hank conceived the liberation of the American voice, Bob Dylan went way beyond that to win a Nobel prize by consummating that liberation.

First as a prophetic both political and apolitical folkie, then in the searing rejection of artificial crap (a folk scene disease) through songs such as Desolation Row and Like A Rolling Stone.

God Bless America

Geoff Fox, June 5, 2022, Down Under

FREEDOM from FEAR

Australia is a nation crippled by debilitating, chronic, nationwide anxiety.

Governments trash human rights on a regular basis.

I think the solution is for Australians to get better at talking with each other and to reject the Goddess of Fear.

To get better at living in The Word.

Geoff Fox, 24th February, 2022, Terra Nullius

IWOTA #1A ROSA PARKS

On the 12th of January 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man.

She had the courage to fight this injustice with reason, clarity and very powerful use of the English language. A great Indigenous Woman Of The Anglosphere. (IWOTA)

She was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor and she and her example made life better for very many people.

That’s what I call living in The Word.

She inspires me as I face what seems to me, as a 64 year old white male, like an all-powerful sexist, racist, ageist modern tyranny

Geoff Fox, 4th February, 2022, Rosa Parks’ 109th birthday

I Will Tell My Story #5 Getting Closer to God

Poet John Keats died on this day 200 years ago in 1821.

He wrote: “Intelligences are atoms of perception — they know and they see and they are pure, in short they are God.”

In this sad and mad modern world, I find God in rationality, in discourse, in short, in Logos. In throwing up ideas with friends:

I feel closer to God whenever I can share discussion of God with people who care.

Thank you, Graeme, and thank you, Amanda.

Geoff Fox, 23rd February, 2021, Down Under

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.