The Iron Horse #1 – Fatherhood Delivering

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John Ford died on the 31st August 1973 already acclaimed as one of the great creative geniuses of cinema.

Richard Nixon considered him the best director of all-time.

His first box office smash was The Iron Horse released in 1924.

The micromovie above uses footage from this film to ponder important truths about what men need to be for their sons.

And, therefore, for our culture.

Geoff Fox, 31 August, 2020, Down Under.

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.

Tim Goldich Interview: The Glass Escalator

I am Geoff Fox, a former midwife, and now a dissident MRA in Australia.

On June 19 this year, I renounced my Australian citizenship in writing to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. It is now late November and “ScoMo” has not yet replied.

The following is an interview about this situation with Tim Goldich, the president of the Chicago chapter of America’s National Coalition For Men.

GF: What does the fact that ScoMo has not even responded to my renunciation of Australian citizenship say to you about care for men in The West?

TG: It is in keeping with a general drought of compassion toward men.

Currently, women are so powerful, and draw so much empathy, that men’s issues are completely ignored.

In the realms of gender advocacy, gender issues, gender politics, gender anything, there is feminism on the one hand and on the other hand there is . . . . . . . . . . nothing.

GF: What would you like to say to ScoMo about his failure to respond?

TG: I would say: “I get it that you don’t want to be the sole politician in Australia that speaks of men’s issues. It may seem to you that responding to male concerns is akin to political suicide, but infinitely catering to feminism is societal suicide.

Exactly zero women out there are complaining of an over-abundance of confident, ambitious, successful, high-earning men.

Man can only pour from his glass half “full” into Woman’s glass half “empty” for so long before you get Japan—a society in which 1 in 4 below the age of forty has never once had heterosexual sex.”

GF: ScoMo has said “We want to see women rise, but we dont want to see women rise on the basis of others doing worse.” How do you rate this statement compared to other national leaders’ positions?

TG: Given the gender-political climate, I think Mr. Morrison’s sensible comment was extremely brave. I deeply hope that he can survive it. Much will depend on whether or not others back him.

I believe Mr. Morrison is attempting to draw a line on the multiple Glass Escalators feminism has put in place in their efforts to force “equality.” Which is to say, female-only “equality,” which is not equality at all.

Perhaps Mr. Morrison glimpses the big picture here and realizes that when women “have it all,” men are left with too little to be significantly and long-lastingly desirable (as lovers, as spouses, and as parents). In other words, men become increasingly superfluous and that’s how Japan ended up with a population of male “grass eaters” that ignite little passion in women.

GF: In 2016, I was arrested by police and silenced at election time while a female politician, of whom I was critical, was reelected and protected by the threat of 2 years jail from any comment by me about her.

The woman is now mayor of Maribyrnong …….. I am still suffering from subsequent PTSD ……. In your view does that constitute the rise of a woman by pushing me down?

TG: In a word, yes.

In the U.S., affirmative action quotas, 1,027 federally funded female-centric organizations of all kinds, scholarships, grants, billions of dollars devoted to the emotional, professional, domestic, and scholastic wellbeing of women plus enormous societal pressure to hire and promote women all Glass Escalator women.

Compare that with males—scholastically sabotaged, homeless, and imprisoned by the millions—and yeah, I think it’s fair to say that women are advantaged at the expense of men.

(Tim Goldich is the author of “Loving Men, Respecting Women: The Future of Gender Politics” and the president of the Chicago chapter of the National Coalition For Men. )

THE CULTURE WAR

I am now a stateless refugee.

I have a chance of sanctuary and a meaningful life in the Republic of Indonesia.

 I flee from a western world which is at war with itself and at war with human nature.

This war is a cultural war. To paraphrase and borrow from former Reagan White House Director Of Communications Patrick J Buchanan from his landmark 1992 speech in Houston:

This modern war is about more than who gets what. It is about who we are. It is about what we believe, and what we stand for as human beings. It is critical to the kinds of nations we shall be. It is a war for the soul of the world. And in this struggle, the values of the Republic of Indonesia are on my side.  But the Maribyrnong and Victorian Australian Labor Party governments, in my country of birth, Australia, are on the other side.

Please pray with me for freedom, decency and civilised humanity.

They are dying in The West.

Geoff Fox, Malang, Indonesia, August 8th, 2019

More Questions for Mayor Zakharov

For three years I have been driven towards suicide by the misuse of police services against me from within Maribyrnong City Council and the Australian Labor Party in 2016. A horrific part of this trauma for me has been the complete failure of anyone within either organisation to adequately address the questions raised by what was done to me. Only you have tried, Mr Mayor. You havent done enough to answer the questions, but you have at least made an attempt.

On June 18 2016 I sent an email, to one of your ALP colleagues in Maribyrnong beginning with this sentence, “i believe there is an undeniable presence of gender bigotry and demonisation of men in our society including in Maribyrnong” Two days later police were at my home with a warrant ready to arrest me for communicating with this politician. Is sticking up for mens rights a crime in Maribyrnong?

On July 29th, 2016, I asked this question in an email of you and all other Maribyrnong councillors, “Does Maribyrnong City Council practice gender equity with respect to physical and psychological health issues or does Maribyrnong City Council discriminate too strongly in favor of women?” On July 5th i was arrested by the police for communicating with one of the councillors to whom this question had been addressed. The question is still unanswered. I now add this question: Is Maribyrnong City Councils expenditure addressing suicide, which claims 8 lives a day, 56 times greater than its expenditure addressing domestic violence against women which you have told me several times, as memory serves, claims one woman’s life every week?

On November 18 last year I asked you early in your term as mayor, “How many men have committed suicide in Maribyrnong in the past decade and in each of the past five years and what are the equivalent figures for women in Maribyrnong?” On January 8 you responded, “I don’t have Maribyrnong figures, but nationally I believe it’s roughly the opposite of domestic violence deaths – more than twice as many men as women dying from suicide.” I dont think this is a very good answer, but it is better than none at all.

I believe, using my instincts as a Registered Midwife of 31 years standing and based on what I have seen in quite a few artistic interactions with you, you have inherited many fine qualities from your mother Senator Olive Zakharov, a pioneer in opening up the issue of domestic violence. But now it is time for those qualities to be turned to addressing the needs of men. Too many men are choosing to die and too many Australians ignore the questions which we need to ask to address this difficult problem.

Can you make a start on this and show some leadership by becoming a Mayor who is on top of the suicide figures and trends in his own municipality and who does not duck the hard questions that need to be answered if the problem is to be addressed?

Geoff Fox, Maribyrnong, May 29, 2019

PS John F Kennedy, who was born 102 years ago today, said this five months and eleven days before his death in 1963, “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” Do you, Martin Zakharov, care about the implications, for the rights of all men in Maribyrnong, of what was done to me from within your organisation in 2016?

Civilised Freedom: Charlie Chaplin in The Kid

Charlie Chaplin was a story telling genius still loved around the world.

His performance in his 1921 movie, “The Kid”, says this to modern misandrist feminism: men care and children need that care.

Geoff Fox, Java, Indonesia, January 21, 2019, the 98th anniversary of the release of “The Kid”

The Philadelphia Story and our changing presumptions of innocence.

“I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now.” – Bob Dylan, 1964

On December 26, 78 years ago, during the golden era of The Greatest Generation, a work of art called The Philadelphia Story was released. It told the story of a spirited, independent woman’s awakening to love. In this Katharine Hepburn vehicle, monogamous heterosexuality was seen to meet human need. The film poked fun at marriage and shows its weaknesses but does not reject the institution.

How times have changed in the western world. Marriage is not the place it was.

Heterosexuality as the norm can no longer be assumed or championed.

The story debunked the idea that the Hepburn character Tracy Lord should be treated as a goddess. Her real need was not to be worshiped but to be loved.

Hepburn’s character was shown due to marry an up and coming politician but the night before the wedding she gets very drunk with a writer she admires who is there to report the wedding. They shared two kisses and a late night swim but to some others including her fiancé it appeared like an affair.

When Hepburn said, “I was guilty straight off until I was proven innocent.” Cary Grant, playing her first husband, who still loves her, commented, “Downright un-American if you ask me.”

In the modern world of suffocating political correctness far too many men are now “guilty straight off”.

On the October 2nd, 2018, President Trump described this modern phenomenon by saying: “It’s a very scary situation when you are guilty until proven innocent. My whole life I have heard you are innocent until proven guilty. But now you are guilty until proven innocent. That is a very, very difficult standard.”

As an Aussie fan of America’s great capacity for self-criticism, the anti-male modern climate of fear sounds downright un-American to me.

Geoff Fox, East Java, Christmas Day, 2018

Open Letter to Maribyrnong Mayor Martin Zakharov

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In Maribyrnong, the “thoughts, ideas and opinions” of “mothers, daughters and sisters” are “heard and respected”. My thoughts, ideas and opinions got me arrested by the police. Is this misandry? Why wasn’t my goal of a better relationship with Indonesia which I have worked towards in unique ways for 3 decades “celebrated and supported” as opposed to what happened in 2016?

 

Dear Mayor,

Thank you for your honesty in acknowledging that the police actions initiated against me from within the ALP and Maribyrnong City Council in 2016 were unnecessary and unfair.

It has broken me to be arrested as a result of trying to talk about ways I wanted to help Australia have a better relationship with Indonesia.

The resulting PTSD leaves me unable to get income and I am resigned to death because fairness for me in modern Australia looks impossible.

While I am still alive, please attempt to publicly address all the following unanswered questions ASAP.

I direct them to you, an elected representative I know, not some bureaucrat incapable of caring about me.

I do this as early in your term as Mayor as I can. My PTSD stopped me writing this last week.

I ask these questions of you because of the human decency which I, as a midwife, believe you may have inherited from your mum, Senator Olive Zakharov.

I sought answers to the first three questions in an open letter published on November 8th 2017. That’s how long it took me to recover enough from the trauma of July 2016 to be able to write publicly about it.

  1. With respect to the 2016 action against me, what are the implications for democracy when an elected representative can be up for reelection and facing the possibility of a formal complaint from a citizen voting in that round of elections and then Personal Safety laws are used by the police to threaten that voter with jail if he mentions the candidate online or contacts her?
  2. How did Personal Safety legislation and police intervention come to be a substitute for a complaints process at local government level?
  3. Why is it that in discussions with police, I was never allowed to see the full argumentation for the charges against me and the evidence for the “personal safety” concerns which were allegedly justified by my conduct, the sending of electronic communications when I lobbied an ALP politician?

Unanswered questions to Daniel Andrews from the 8th of February, 2018 redirected now to you:

  1. Premier Andrews has boasted that Victoria is the most “progressive” state in Australia. Is pre-election police protection of an ALP candidate from showing respect for patriotic lobbying what is meant by “progress” here?
  2. Will you, Martin, as the elected head of government in Maribyrnong, unequivocally support gender equality for men?

From an email of 5th March 2018, unanswered by the recipients, your predecessor as Mayor and the Maribyrnong CEO.

  1. How many women in Maribyrnong have been murdered by their partners or been the victims of domestic violence in the past decade and in each of the past five years and what are the equivalent figures for men in Maribyrnong?
  2. How many men have committed suicide in Maribyrnong in the past decade and in each of the past five years and what are the equivalent figures for women in Maribyrnong?
  3. Who makes money from suicide in the City of Maribyrnong?
  4. Does any of this money come to Council?

Democracy, civilised humanity and human rights are life or death for me now.

Your predecessor in 2015, Mayor Nam Quach, wrote that my art: “……. provided a unique expression of Indonesian humanity, history and culture, with the underlying theme of an appreciation for the Indo-Australian relationship. The Bahasa phrases used, referring to ‘kesatuan’ and ‘keragaman’, certainly reflect the strength and unity found within diversity, striking a chord to the spirit and values we share here in the City of Maribyrnong.”

As a fellow independent artist, Martin, you have made a good little contribution to 3 of my 5 art displays at places important to 4 heads of government in Indonesia, art displays where shared Austral-Indonesian history, democracy and human rights were and are vital themes.

Now, instead of us working together for Australia for those values through art, the above questions arising for me from undemocratic Maribyrnong human rights violations from within the ALP against me, must be addressed.

 

Written and authorized by Geoff Fox, Maribyrnong, if that’s what’s necessary this week.

Too Many Men Want To Die: #metoo4mentoo?

My fellow western men, we must tell our stories: when we are silent, we die.

We have as much right to #metoo as women do.

This poem is my story of unresolved PTSD induced by police state practices in Australia in 2016:

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GEOFF FORKS DAY

(#metoo for men too)

Remember. Remember. The 5th of November.

I remember childhood, when Stranger Danger hadn’t been invented: the streets were free.

I remember Repat: nursing with the diggers and then Brisbane midwifery: in being with women ….. for twenty eight years I had felt free.

I remember Morotai, Douglas MacArthur’s waterhole, where I am proud to see my dad look good, but Maribyrnong took me down: was that cos I was free?

I remember these 28 months of too much wanting to die …….

Can men like me be free

with women now?

Or has hatred

grown too strong?

@ us too?

Geoff Fox, 5th of November, 2018, Australia.

Relevant link:

https://tujuhbelasan.net/2018/10/17/austral-indonesian-tujuhbelasan-1-my-dad-in-morotai/

Prosaic explanations:

  1. I studied General Nursing at Heidelberg Repatriation hospital where there were many war veterans (diggers in Aussie parlance) and followed up with midwifery in Brisbane. The Old English word “wyf” meant “woman” and the “mid” syllable means “with”. Think of the modern German word “mit” meaning “with”. A midwife now is someone who is with women in pregnancy, birth and breast feeding.
  2. I have created an art display at General Douglas MacArthur’s waterhole in Morotai in Indonesia. My Dad was in Morotai in WW2. His image is now part of the sacerd heart of this grassroots art display. It means a lot to me. I wanted to share and replicate my Morotai achievements in Maribyrnong. I was arrested by the police.

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