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

 

KARTINI: WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW

“There is no word for selfishness in the Javanese language. Happy language where that word has never penetrated.” Raden Ajeng Kartini, August 15, 1902.

Javanese Princess Raden Ajeng Kartini loved and respected her mother, father and husband and was proud of her culture and heritage and of the female role of mother.

Professor of English Janice Fiamengo of Canada writes:

“Kartini’s eloquent tribute to women and her acknowledgement of the importance of the family as the basis of a healthy society are an inspiration.”

The professor contrasts this with the contemporary situation in Western countries:

“If our feminist leaders today celebrated family, acknowledged fathers, and stressed women’s special capacities to mother their children, we would be much better off than we are.

Kartini’s vision is an attractive one and certainly a safer basis for social reform than anything offered by modern feminism.

Feminists in the West, except for a few, are not much interested in motherhood or infant care.

Most are interested in weakening the family (which they see as oppressive) and in excluding men from the family and from society generally. Their issues are not really womens’ issues; their issues are anti-male propaganda and activism.

Programs and practices that help mothers are purely positive and few men object to them, so there is nothing to be gained by feminists.”

I agree with the Professor.

Modern feminism, twisted by dark hatred of men, terrifies me.

But Kartini was a product of the enlightenment. She was not like modern feminists. She was better.

Her own words in her letters to European friends prove how different she was to so many contemporary feminists.

A. KARTINI DID NOT SEE HERSELF OR OTHER WOMEN AS VICTIMS.

“The modern girl is proud and independent: happy and self-reliant, she lightly and alertly steps on her way through life, full of enthusiasm and warm feeling; working not only for her own well-being and happiness, but for the greater good of humanity as a whole.” 25 May, 1899.

“My father has been so affectionate to me; he takes my hand between his two hands tenderly, and puts his arm around me so lovingly, as though he would protect me from some impending danger. Through everything I feel his immeasurable love, and it makes me very happy …….” August, 1900.

“The education of woman has always been an important factor in civilization.” October 11, 1901.

“……. the highest and most sacred glory of woman is motherhood.” September 2nd, 1902.

“If the child that I carry under my heart is a girl, what shall I wish for her? I shall wish that she may live a rich full life, and that she may complete the work that her mother has begun. She shall never be compelled to do anything abhorrent to her deepest feelings. What she does must be of her own free will. She shall have a mother who will watch over the welfare of her inmost being, and a father who will never force her in anything. It will make no difference to him if his daughter remains unmarried her whole life long; what will count with him will be that she shall always keep her esteem and affection for us. He has shown that he respects women, and that we are one in thought, by his desire to trust his daughter wholly to me.” June 28th, 1904.

B. KARTINI DID NOT DEMONISE OR ATTACK MEN

“We are not giving battle to men, but to old moss-grown edicts and conventions that are not worthy of the Javanese of the future.” 1900

C. SHE WAS COMMITTED TO GENDER EQUALITY

“To love, there must first be respect ……….” November 6, 1899.

“I should teach my children, boys and girls, to regard one another as equal human beings and give them always the same education; of course following the natural disposition of each.” 23 August, 1900

“I shall not go on with our great work as a woman alone! A noble man will be at my side to help me.” August, 1903.

D. DESPITE HER NOBLE BIRTH, SHE WAS HUMBLE

“I and my people are one.” February 1st, 1903.

“I have said all along that I would not allow my foot to be kissed. I could never allow anyone to do that. I want a place in their hearts, not outward forms.”  August 25th, 1903.

E.  KARTINI WAS A WOMAN’S RIGHTS PIONEER WHO RESPECTED FAMILY AND TRADITION.

“I long to be free, to be able to stand alone, to study, not to be subject to any one, and, above all, never never to be obliged to marry.” 25 May, 1899.

“…….the calling of woman is marriage …….. the highest happiness for a woman is, and shall be centuries after us, a harmonious union with the man of her choice.” 23 August, 1900

“Our grandfather in the past brought up the sons of other nobles. …….. So you see there is nothing new under the sun; our idea which is called startlingly new, is old, inherited from our grandfather. Our plan of education — our spirit, has descended from him. Grandfather was a pioneer; we are only carrying on his work — they were good people, both grandfather and grandmother.” January 27th, 1903.

“The freedom of women is inevitable; it is coming, but we cannot hasten it.” August Ist 1903.

F.  SHE RESPECTED HER PARENTS

“I cannot thank my parents enough for the free upbringing they have given me.” November 6, 1899

“I wish that I could tell you what Mamma has been to us all these long years, what she still is. ……. We owe her a world full of love and gratitude; we are so thankful that we are going away from Mamma in peace, in the service of that Good that she herself knows and understands.” July 12, 1902.

G. SHE RESPECTED THE FEMALE ROLE OF MOTHER AND THAT RESPECT DEFINED HER PIONEERING EFFORTS

“……. who can do most for the elevation of the moral standard of mankind? The woman, the mother ……. it is at the breast of woman, that man receives his earliest nourishment. The child learns there first, to feel, to think, and to speak. And the earliest education of all foreshadows the whole after life.” 1900

H. SHE RESPECTED BOTH HERITAGE AND PROGRESS

“The evening song a Javanese sings to his family and to his neighbours tells of love, heroic deeds and glittering pageantry;  of beauty and of wisdom; of mighty men and women, princes and princesses of the long ago. It is that loveliest hour when the Javanese, tired from the hard day’s work, seeks rest in song, dreaming all his cares away, wholly lost in the shining far-away past, whither his song leads him. “The Javanese are a people who live in the past,” a young friend of ours says rightly. “They are lost in the blissful dreams of their eternal sleep.” That is true, but we are alive, we must live; and life always goes forward.” August 20th, 1902.

I.    SHE UNDERSTOOD THAT MEN AND WOMEN NEED EACH OTHER

“…… we are meant to live with and for humanity.” August, 1901.

“……. my new home ……. A home where, praise God, there is peace and love everywhere, and we are all happy with and through one another.” December 11th, 1903 (after her marriage)

“I have planned to be a pioneer in the struggle for the rights and freedom of the Javanese woman. I am now the wife of a man whose support gives me strength in my efforts to reach the ideal which is always before my eyes. I have now both personal happiness and also my work for my ideal.” April l0th, 1904.

To restore our own badly damaged culture, westerners could learn from Indonesia, just as Kartini learnt from the west.

This enlightened woman’s vision of equality and freedom could help the world now.

Professor Fiamengo writes that Kartini should inspire us all to remember “that love and cooperation between men and women, and love for children, is the true basis of all social progress.”

Or, as the Princess herself wrote on the 23rd of August, 1900:

“Love begets love.”

Geoff Fox, March 21, 2018, Australia.

Kartini quotes are from the 1920 translation by Agnes Louise Symmers