Can The West Avoid Societal Collapse?

I fear that western human society, as we know it, is collapsing or about to collapse around the world.

I think that is the inevitable consequence economically, socially and emotionally of the rush to isolation from each other which is now considered wise.

Everyone seems to forget that in the vicinity of 97% of people who get the Covid 19 virus look like surviving.

Modern inability to face the fact of death stops too many people seeing that, overall, those are good odds.

The foundation for the current madness is the widespread death of love.

This has happened in The West because too many people have grown comfortable with hating themselves, hating their own societies and hating their innate personal capacity for truth.

In 1993 the great Australian poet, Les Murray, wrote of “self-abasement studies”.

Isn’t this an astonishing metaphor for how some idiots in The West destroy themselves and those around them?

Is it too late?

Or can the truth still set us free?

Geoff Fox, 19th November, 2020, Terra Nullius

Mr President, Please Spend Slow.

Dear President Trump,

Like you I love freedom.

In 1945, my dad served under General Douglas MacArthur for freedom and democracy.

Perhaps the proudest acheivement of my lifetime is the grassroots celebration of WW2 which I created at a national heritage waterhole in Indonesia where General MacArthur built his wife a bathroom.

One of the great lessons of World War Two is that the true defence of freedom requires enormous discipline.

No one with sense who has seen the artistic masterpeice, which is your State Of The Union speech this year, can doubt your commitment to understanding World War Two and your care for your people.

I repeat, I salute that work of art as a masterpiece.

Right now, as a person living in a nation whose future safety from totalitarianism still relies on American strength, I respectfully ask you to be very careful how quickly you make new spending promises.

In the 1940’s, nazism in Europe helped caused the collapse of British, French and Dutch colonial power in Southeast Asia.

Japanese imperialism quickly filled the power vacuum till American leadership and industry saved the free world.

All the peoples of the free world still need you to be strong, fair and generous within reason.

And solvent.

God Bless You, Mr President, and God Bless Freedom.

I pray now for trickle-down restraint.

Who wants to join me?

Geoff Fox, 18th March, 2020, Down Under

My Life At Douglas MacArthur’s Waterhole

I shot this little film at the waterhole in Morotai in Indonesia where General Douglas MacArthur built his wife a bathroom in World War Two. My dad camped in Morotai for three weeks in June, 1945. An image of my dad in uniform with his brother and younger sister has been at the heart of a grassroots art display I created there.

In this film I try to show what it felt like for me to have spent twenty-five years developing the abilities to create a philosophical military heritage art display in this place and plant memorial trees there with officers from the Indonesian armed services and then to have my spirit crushed when arrested by the police in Maribyrnong, Australia when I wanted to replicate those activities in my own neighbourhood.

The police arrested me to allegedly protect a female politician from the horrible danger of listening to my ideas.

Modern femocracy has gone too far and ruined too many mens lives.

Lest We Forget.:

Who. We. Are.

Geoff Fox, 1st March, 2020, Terra Nullius

Conservatives – The Future’s Best Conservationists.

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

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.

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

Fritz Lang’s Metropolis: A Metrosexuality that Nobody Needs?

Is Fritz Lang’s Metropolis a film about a metrosexuality that nobody needs?

Does the film suggest urbanisation makes healthy life impossible?

In Fritz Lang’s cinematic story of one man’s giant industrial mega-city, the beautiful religious figure Maria, played by 18 year old BrigItte Helm, is pure and caring and gives hope to many people by her faith in fraternity and communication. But then Maria’s physical likeness is stolen to empower a robot who is first presented as an erotic dancer for the rich and who then, under orders, uses manic sexuality to lead people to conflict and destruction.

While still a movie star, BrigItte Helm told one critic that she didn’t care about making movies and she would rather be a housewife, cooking, bringing up her children and looking after her husband. She went to court at great cost to fight for the right not to be forced to play vamps and retired from cinema and moved to Switzerland in disgust at the Nazi takeover of the German film industry.

So in real life Helm wanted to be the motherly Maria not the destructive seductively malevolent dancing Machine imitating Maria.

In modern western nations the sexual liberation of the 1960’s and following decades has given way to the moralistic crusades of the #metoo movement which attacks and destroys men but not women for their sexuality.

Do we want a return to a much more conservative sexual morality imposed on men or do we want gender equal sexual freedom for everyone?

Right now I don’t think many people in The West know what we want with respect to that question.

BrigItte Helm had no doubts about how good it was for her to be a mum.

Geoff Fox, Malang, East Java, 10th January 2019, the 92nd anniversary of the release of Metropolis.