Police State Crits #13 Matt – Corrupt Police Culture Must Change

In 1788, on this date, January 18, the first parts of the First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay in Australia carrying convicts to set up a penal colony.

Too often now, this nation still feels like a prison, but there is hope when gutsy Aussie Freedom Fighter Matt is speaking.

A working man. A family man.

He cares deeply about the future of his country.

If his voice is heard and heeded, the future of Australia has a chance of being much better than its fear filled present.

Matt speaks fearlessly in front of a huge Melbourne police station last Saturday.

Geoff Fox, 18th January, 2023, Down Under

FREEDOM WORKS #1 Prohibition In America Did NOT Work – Neither Do Lockdowns Now

On this date, January 16, in 1917, Admiral George Dewey died. His greatest achievement was, perhaps, to win the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War in 1888 with one casualty on his side and 77 casualties to the enemy. The man knew how to achieve a desired result in war and minimise loss of life to the people he lead.

Far too many modern leaders in The West put their poll numbers way ahead of their peoples’ real safety.

Dewey’s personal motto was: “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

(This reminds me of wise words spoken by my friend, Freedom Fighter John Murphy, last Saturday in Melbourne: “Don’t ever stop asking questions. If you do, you’ve surrendered, without even knowing it.” )

On this date in 1919, 104 years ago, America began a national learning experience which has now been almost forgotten. On that day, the American Congress ratified the 18th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment banned the manufacture, sale and consumption of alcohol. Prohibition was born.

Rates of alcohol related illness declined, but this social advantage was offset by massive increases in crime and declines in government revenue from taxation. (Some small government thinkers could legitimately describe declines in taxation revenue as an advantage not a disadvantage. I would disagree with them, but not with the absolute certainty that I am right and they are wrong.)

In 1933, the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment and nationwide prohibition was at an end. Many communities continued to ban the sale of alcohol and still do.

Prohibition can work in communities which choose it, but, used as a solution imposed on one part of many people’s lives as a cure-all for deep and complex problems, it was a massive failure in America between 1920 and 1933.

The moral of the story is that freedom works. Local autonomy works. Great big virtue-signaling decisions that do not see the whole picture and which are imposed on everyone are a recipe for disaster.

Likewise, in modern times, from 2019 and well into 2022, if not beyond, the Great Barrington Declaration’s call for freedom as opposed to uniform prohibitions on normal life was initially unheeded by most governments, with rare exceptions like, at times, Donald Trump in Washington and Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas.

Australia has had no opponent of lockdown tyranny of that calibre in Government.

But, on the streets of Melbourne last Saturday, John Murphy’s words: “We are all victims in a silent war.” rang 100 percent true for me.

Geoff Fox, 16th January, 2023, Down Under

St Mary Of The Cross And Martin Luther King Junior: Their Spirit Lives On In “Women. Life. Freedom.”

Today is both the 181st birthday of Australia’s only Saint, Mary McKillop, and the 94th birthday of America’s cultural hero, Martin Luther King Jr.

3 years ago today I wrote this about them here.

I see echoes of the greatness of both these figures in the “Women. Life. Freedom.” movement which is opposing murderous tyranny now.

Geoff Fox, 15th January, 2023, Down Under

LIVING POTUS TRUTHS # 1 WASHINGTON and IRGC

On this date, 233 years ago, President George Washington said in the first State of the Union Address, “Knowledge is in every Country the surest basis of public happiness.”

On this date, three years ago, The Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752,  killing all 176 passengers and crew aboard.

A Melbourne Street theatre reenactment of IRGC killings.

In life, we mortal human beings must strive to do the best we can with what God gives us.

That requires honesty from all of us.

Allahu ‘alam. God knows best.

The truth will set us free.

Geoff fox, January 8th, 2023, Down Under

Refinding Sisterhood #1 Iranian Beauties Make My Kartiniist Heart Sing

121 years ago, in the New Year of 1902, the young Javanese noblewoman and iconic women’s rights pioneer R.A. Kartini and her elder sister experienced a sisterhood revelation which was part of the foundation for Kartini’s greatness as an Indonesian national hero. Kartini described it like this:

“WHEN we were in Samarang {sic, the modern spelling is Semarang}, our eldest sister came over to see us, “Sister, sister,” was all that she said, when she
had seen me. The arms that were thrown around me trembled, and her eyes were filled with tears. We were silent; we understood each other. At last we have found our sister.

At last, after years, we have gained her understanding and respect
That gives us new courage, because at first, she was very conservative,
and was opposed violently to every innovation.”

I see the same glorious beauty in Persian women of the “Women. Life. Freedom” movement in Melbourne.

Mona and Mas, Persian friends.

Is this the fourth wave of feminism, which I predict will strive to replace the self-hatred, victimhood and misandry of third wave feminism with love and fairness for all?

Geoff Fox, New Years Day, 2023, Australia

Attention King Charles #3 Some Facts About My 2022 In What Some Call Your Realm

KC,

you are Australia’s head of state and you are the Supreme Governor of The Church of England.

I tried theologically to make friends with Anglicans in Melbourne this year. I failed.

An Anglican indigenous leader from New South Wales was falsely described as part of Victorian Wurundjeri language group on his own website. It took me months to get the man to correct the mistake. Ironically this man prides himself on the importance of getting local knowledge right. Sometimes this makes him very wise. But why was it that he could not and cannot respect my attempts to correct his own mistake about his own origins?

He told me that for him aboriginal people should get sovereignty over all of Australia. 3% of the people to rule over the other 97% ?

When I told him I might be 1/16th aboriginal he told me that I had to be all or nothing. I tried to be his friend and engage with his culture

When I was angry because police attacked me in front of the church where this man has been canonised, he and that church’s dean laughed at me. Maybe it was embarassed, nervous laughter in a difficult situation. Maybe not.

The Anglican Church has spat out my attempts at friendship.

Am I better off?

Perhaps I need to move away from them/you towards our God.

Geoff Fox, 31st December, 2022, Terra Nullius

Women’s Knowledge and Life and Freedom #4 The Power Of Love

4 time British Prime Minister William Gladstone was born on this date 213 years ago in 1809.

He was both a strong opponent of slavery and a statesman who tried to get people to see during the American Civil War that the confederacy’s determination to be independent could not be ignored. He opposed restoration of The Union by military force from the North.

60’s guitar hero Jimi Hendrix borrowed Gladstone’s dream of looking “forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”

I admire the idealism, which I glimpse from outside their language and culture, of Iranian women and their families and community in Melbourne, who are now opposing evil tyranny by calling it out.

I hope that idealism can succeed.



Geoff Fox, 29th December, 2022, Down Under

Women’s Science and Life and Freedom #2

Human participation in the creation of new human life is perhaps what brings brings us closer than anything else we do to Our God. I believe the courageous Iranian freedom fighter in these images fully understands that.

I also believe that no group of human beings more fully understands the deep spiritual and personal significance of birthdays than the group of human beings who so often go through labour to give us birth.

These people are our mothers.

Today is the 128th birthday of one of the most profoundly influential thinkers and leaders in Australian history – Robert Gordon Menzies.

Menzies described Freedom like this:

Freedom still rings true to me.

Geoff Fox, 20th December, 2022, Down Under

NB for political balance I plan to publish quotes from Menzies’ peacetime rival and wartime colleague John Curtin in 6 days time.