A New Decades Resolution: Know What Has Gone.

“Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies.” – Barry Goldwater, born 110 years ago, January 2nd, 1909.

We need to stand up together against spluttering, cluttering strangling flegminism.

A few days ago, when I asked my friend Natalie Connolly what was wrong with the decade that has just ended, she wrote back to me:

“Women were more ladylike in years gone by.

Men and women had more respect for each other. We had fun and we knew boundaries. Today just sneezing could land you in court. “

Don’t I know that!

My initial reaction to Natalie’s comment was a desire to embrace old fashionerd values with this resolution for the New Year and New Decade: “Lets all strive to be better ladies and gentlemen.”

But on New Years Day, I just couldnt do that. The modern forces of tyranny are far too strong for me.

This is no lack of respect for the breath taking beauty of Natalie’s ideals.

But the world where people could truly live those values is gone.

The best I can hope for is that more people show awareness of what has been lost.

Lest We Forget.

Geoff Fox, January 2, 2020, Terra Nullius.

Questions For Mayor Zakharov

These questions are addressed to Martin Zakharov, whose current role as Mayor makes him the principal spokeperson for Maribyrnong City Council. This petition constitutes a recent expression of my long standing vision for the unused 127 hectare Explosive Factory Maribyrnong site: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/a-green-freedom-park-for-maribyrnong.

Mayor Zakharov, why was my initial lobbying related to the future of this site labelled as “harassment”? Why did police come round to my home ready to arrest me in 2016 two days after I warned the labeller that I would extend and renew my formal complaints about her if she did not engage in dialogue with me to seek a resolution? Why did police come back to my home two weeks later and arrest me on the basis of the same warrant for the “crime” of sending too many electronic messages? When I asked the senior sergeant “How any electronic messages is too many?” he couldn’t tell me. Can you?

One Australian artist, who also wants to see the Explosives Factory Maribyrnong site preserved as a National Park, writes, “I think Geoff Fox is a victim of a terrible injustice.”

Jordan on the Screen from the UK writes: “This makes me angry because the cause was truly noble. An honest request to honour our Heroes yet a politician responded with explicit and implicit denigration of Geoff Fox. These people really are the Devil’s backside.”

Do you, Mayor Zakharov, have even the remotest conception of how traumatic it has been for me to be arrested for creative patriotism?

I am still in a state of shock.

Do you even care?

Geoff Fox, Maribyrnong, 26th May, 2019

Sharing a Dream of a Better Maribyrnong.

An Open Letter to the Patriotic Leaders of Australia.

The defence department want to sell the explosives factory site in Maribyrnong, 127.7 hectares of unused land with great historic value. It was the only bullet factory in Australia in World War One.

I want this land to retain all of its precious military heritage and become a much greener place with much more trees.

When I wanted to discuss this and other ideas with the ALP in Maribyrnong I was told that my proposals were harassment. When I objected to this description of my lobbying, I was arrested by the police.

I now believe it is impossible for the Australian Labor party to respect me and my ideas.

Their police state tactics against me lead me to say that they are unfit to govern in a democracy.

But Australia has other better leaders and people’s representatives than those offered by the Australian Labor Party in Maribyrnong.

So here is my dream:

Instead of selling that magnificent peninsula of land, we must consider preserving it as a place where the military heritage and the natural environment can be enjoyed by Australians and international visitors for generations to come.

A national park. More open space freely available for all the people.

I have seen Eagles flying in this place. In inner Melbourne.

The land is said to have contaminated soil.

Would planting the right trees be the best way to get Mother Nature to help us clean up this contamination?

Lets build elevated walkways so that visitors can enjoy the natural beauty and historic heritage without being exposed to the contamination.

Who is willing to help me explore ways of making this dream real?

authorised by Geoff Fox, Maribyrnong, Anzac Day, 2019

“The Covered Wagon” – a long lost freedom.

“The Covered Wagon”, released on March 16, 1923, was the first feature length western movie. It is a meticulously authentic portait of the life of American pioneers, who traveled huge distances through hardship and adventure to look for a better life. The following video clip shows some highlights:

In his memoir “Reminiscences”, World War Two hero General Douglas MacArthur, who was born in 1880, wrote that his childhood was spent in “ …… the Old West of frontier days ……. nowhere else has there been the savage turbulence, the striking vitality and the raucous glamour of the struggle for law and order in the American West.”

Do we want to restore some of that freedom now?

Geoff Fox, Solo, Indonesia, March 16, 2019

Open Letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison: What would a Maribyrnong PM Bill Shorten do to our democracy?

 

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Prime Minister,

I write to you on this 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbour as a big fan of American World War Two hero, General Douglas MacArthur.

MacArthur’s words “A better world shall emerge based on peace and understanding.” summarised the world’s hopes when fascism was defeated in 1945.

But the world has changed. Many of our traditions are being attacked and sometimes replaced by “social justice warriors” who don’t care about the rights, values or lives of people like me.

 

In 2016 I was stripped of my democratic rights in Maribyrnong by police action originating from within the ALP when I tried to promote reaching out in friendship to Indonesia.

The current mayor of Maribyrnong has described my treatment then as “unnecessary” and “unfair”. It has devastated me.

Australia’s alternative Prime Minister Bill Shorten has ignored my questions.

 

Prime Minister Morrison, can you offer Australia a better future than the police state tactics I have suffered from the ALP in Maribyrnong?

Abraham Lincoln warned: “If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

Or as Robert Menzies said in his forgotten people blueprint for a free and prosperous nation in 1942: “……. we must be not pallid and bloodless ghosts, but a community of people whose motto shall be, “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” ”

In our own time, political scientist Jennifer Oriel writes about the broader situation in Australia: “The battle between Morrison and Shorten is shaping up as a contest between founding values ……. In reaction to the resurgence of the democratic spirit, “progressive” elites are tossing Newspeak at the plebs. Thus far, they have turned patriots into xenophobes, democrats into populists, conservatives into ­autocrats, free speech into hate speech and diversity into demagoguery. They have introduced state censorship to silence dissenters from correct ideology.”

 

Without democracy and free honest speech, the Australia I have loved cannot survive.

 

My father faced Japanese bullets on the beach at Balikpapan in 1945 and 229 Aussies died there for freedom and democracy.

 

What will Bill Shorten’s Labor Party do to that dream?

 

Geoff Fox from Maribyrnong, 7th December, 2018