Freedom Fighters Die

Pioneering baseball hero Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919. He is famous for saying, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

Judged in this light what should we say about Guy Fawkes, who died on January 31, 1606?

Fawkes was executed as a traitor but his image has become a symbol of opposition to tyranny.

After his arrest he said, “A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy.”

Have the boundaries between oppression and freedom been forever blurred?

Geoff Fox, 31 January, 2020

Germaine Greer: a Great Libertarian

These quotes from Germaine Greer, posted here on her 81st birthday, are the thoughts of a great libertarian who understands her country of birth:

“Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it.”

“Security is when everything is settled, when nothing can happen to you; security is the denial of life.”

“Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves; when that right is pre-empted it is called brain-washing.”

“Australia is a huge rest home, where no unwelcome news is ever wafted on to the pages of the worst newspapers in the world.”

I was a midwife for 3 decades but, in third wave feminism’s state of Victoria, I am now a dissident mens’ rights activist rejecting western citizenship because of the way it now oppresses men.

But Germaine Greer reminds me of what can be good in Australia.

Or as Jim Cousens says, “She’s a bonza sheila!”

Thank you, Germaine, for being the icon you have been to the cause of freedom.

Geoff Fox, 29th January, 2020, Terra Nullius. (I wish I werent here.)

Dispirates in Australia

Eddy Burger (a.k.a. EggBum) wears the mask in this little movie:

Eddy finds lots to like about Australian people, culture, cities and countryside.

But the governments ………… ????????????????

(Sadly, Eddy does not take being dispirate seriously enough to realise his full potential in this very exciting and very modern growth industry.)

Geoff Fox, January 25-26, 2020, Terra Nullius.

I WILL TELL MY STORY

I had been a midwife for 28 years.

I lobbied a politician for memorial tree plantings and to support my cross-cultural heritage artwork.

I was arrested by the police.

Bewildered, in shock, for three years, determined to tell my story one day, wanting to die the next ……. no Australian would speak up for me.

So I could not and cannot pretend to be one of them.

I cannot live if I am not heard.

Geoff Fox, Maribyrnong, Terra Nullius, 23rd January, 2020

Augurs Of Freedom

Americans love celebrating their tradition of freedom, especially the presidents on January 20, evry four years when the presidential inauguration takes place.

In his 1953 Inaugural Address, Dwight Eisenhower said, “We are called as a people to give testimony in the sight of the world to our faith that the future shall belong to the free.”

On January 20, 1961, JFK said “……. the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”

In 1969, on the same date, Richard Nixon said, “The essence of freedom is that each of us shares in the shaping of his own destiny.”

Australia does not have the same robust and articulate commitment to liberty.

A few days ago, I asked a bloke, who is the Australian equivalent for me of England’s Samuel Johnson and who knows a fair bit about my situation, “….. do you recognise the trashing in 2016 of my rights under articles 19 and 21 of UDHR?” (freedom of speech and the right to participate in government in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Aussie Sammy answered, “I do. You and many other citizens and non-citizens will experience such outrages but when a Court is involved, they are lawful under the law for the land that applies them – even when, as I say, the greater human right is being trashed.”

This fella was talking to me about a country he loves more than I can. He showed great personal integrity in speaking so honestly.

I cant live with this sort of “legality” where The Law and those responsible for it can destroy the foundations of democracy with impunity. In my case this was done when I was trying to celebrate democracy and freedom.

I cannot pretend to be willing to be a part of such a country.

Geoff Fox, 20th January, 2020, Terra Nullius.

McKillop and King

The famous Martin Luther King, who was born on 15th January, 1929, wrote from prison: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

As Australia is burning down, justice here seems impossible to me. A few dozen people are dead – and a billion animals. Nothing seems fair in the land of the alleged “fair go”.

Mary MacKillop, Saint Mary Of The Cross, was also born on this date in 1842.

She helped establish the Josephite order where women renounced independence, worldly knowledge and property to embrace poverty, chasity and obedience.

This commitment allowed the order to establish countless schools for the poor across Australia. That was a very different time.

As I live with almost no income and face the real possibility of poverty and homelessness at the age 0f 62, I am in awe of Mary MacKillop and Martin Luther King.

Geoff Fox, 15th January 2020, Terra Nullius.