“Dockamentry film maker” Jim Cousens expounds on the reality for men of living and dying in feminist Australia.
For a long time the progressive side of western politics has largely owned the issues relating to the environment. (Apologies to Margaret Thatcher and Arnold Schwarzenegger.)
I predict that conservatives will become the best conservationists because conservatives care about conserving what is good.
Conservatives are often better at being humble about their responsibilities to the created world gifted to us (as I believe) through the evolutionary process from A God worshipped by most of the world’s people. As I wrote for the concluding words spoken at an international Islamic environmentalist conference in Bogor, Indonesia, about a decade ago: “God is green.”
How can progressive thinking which so often ridicules faith in God connect with the whole world on issues vital to the whole world.
Progressives are their own gods. They seem to think they themselves are omnisicient. In the real world, intellectual humility works better. This requires a balance of respect for past, present and future not trendy self-absorption.
Progressives cannot stop themselves from making the world worse by trying to change things which don’t need changing. Look at the way the Presumption of Innocence and the principle of Beyond Reasonable Doubt in Australia have gone out the door in Victoria’s shameful persecution of Cardinal George Pell.
Pell’s persecution was initiated by the same police who trashed my rights in the same court system where Pell suffered. The progressive side of Australian politics produced my sufferings at the hands of police when I wanted to combine environmental tree planting with memorial tree planting on vacant defence department land in my own neighbourhood. Interviewing me to hear my side of the story before locking in court action was never considered by them.
Progressives aren’t happy unless they are changing something, anything. This can mean they then toss out what is good from the past and feel that just because things have changed things will be better. They don’t always assess whether the change is needed. Consequently the heavy lifting on what really does need to change is frequently done by conservatives.
Does anyone who knows how America and the Democratic Party were tearing themselves apart in 1968, seriously think that Lyndon Johnson created a great society? But who can deny that it was Richard Nixon who gave America an Environmental Protection Agency?
In Australia, the White Australia policy was dismantled, Aboriginal people were first formally recognised as Australians and gay marriage became law under conservative governments.
This happened because conservatives can be better at freedom and openness and respect which are preconditions for the consensus essential for change.
Human fallibility has not ruined all of this world yet. I believe we can probably survive.
But we must find ways to come together to conserve.
In Australia right now that leadership job falls to conservative Scott Morrison not the apparatchiks of the Australian Labour Party.
The world is watching. The fires got their attention.
What will happen next?
Geoff Fox, 12 February, 2020, Melbourne
From a career point of view I now have little to show for the three decades I spent as a midwife in Australia. That time came to an end because of two factors. First, there was the largely undebated destruction in the age of feminism of the publicly funded lying in period for new mothers; it wasnt undebated by me. Secondly an attack on me by a “progressive” politician misusing the police severely damaged my capacity to function as an Australian. I am still recovering, still in a state of shock;
Miwifery taught me much about the astonishing beauty of life when men and women combine in care of the newborn.
Why have western societies forgotten that?
Geoff Fox, 10th February, 2020, Terra Nullius
These images are from President Trump’s 2020 State Of The Union address and words mostly from but partly for this speech’s vision.
Does it need a soundtrack?
Let the faces speak.
Geoff Fox, 7th February, 2020, Terra Nullius
“Banjo” Paterson, who wrote the words for Waltzing Matilda in 1895, died on this day in 1941 as a result of a heart attack.
Waltzing Matilda tells the story of a swagman – a poor homeless man travelling on foot carrying his possessions in a “swag” slung over his back. This itinerant bloke commits suicide to escape arrest after he was caught by the authorities with a stolen sheep on a rich man’s property.
This song is famous for being Australia’s “unofficial national anthem.”
When it was one of four songs in a plebiscite to choose the official national song, I was one of the 28% who voted for it.
“Waltzing Matilda” is probably based on an incident at Combo Waterhole.
I visited the place when I was much younger and met one of the locals who confirmed for me that I was in fact at the place where “the swaggy took his jump.”
At that time the National Safety Council had placed a sign there with detailed instructions on how to perform mouth to mouth resuscitation.
How does it come to pass that the story of a homeless man who kills himself still represents the soul of Australia for very many Australians?
Lest we forget the lives of men.
Geoff Fox, January 6th, 2020, Terra Nullius.
Sean O’Callaghan is an astonishing Irish voice here in Terra Nullius (a.k.a. Australia).
Geoff Fox, 3rd February, 2020
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
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.”
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.)
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 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