The Marshall Plan

“The only thing new on this earth is the history you don’t know.” – Harry Truman

The Marshall Plan is famous as an act of extraordinary generosity from America which restored prosperity to a war ravaged Europe.

It was signed into law by President Truman on the 3rd of April 1948.

The plan was conceived and put in place after the damage was done and the situation had been fully assessed.

It worked.

Now we see people in a health crisis calling it a war and spending enormous sums of money to prevent as yet unknown damage and simultaneously ceasing the economic activities which could generate the income to pay for what is being spent.

Does that order of doing things and that way of speaking of things make any sense?

What makes more sense to me as words for reflection by all of us now are these words of George C Marshall himself:

“The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.”

“A political problem thought of in military terms eventually becomes a military problem.”

The more I reflect on The Greatest Generation, the more I believe this modern world still has a lot to learn.

Lest We Forget

Geoff Fox, 3rd April, 2020, Down Under

 

Woodrow Wilson – Was He A Father Of The Greatest Generation Or Globalist Disaster?

Woodrow Wilson is considered a father of globalism. His own presidency did not end well.

He was elected as America’s 28th president (POTUS 28) in 1912 on a platform called The New Freedom advocating limited government.

In 1916, Wilson won a second term with the campaign slogans, “He kept us out of war.” and “America First”. He swept the South and the West (except Oregon) but lost the Northeast and most of the Midwest.

In the space of five months, by April 2nd 1917, German attacks on American and international shipping lead POTUS 28 to ask Congress to declare war on Germany, saying:

“The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make.”

The declaration passed 373 to 50 in The House and 82 to 6 in The Senate.

In 1919, Wilson spoke words about World War One heroes, which make for an interesting comparison with the following generation’s achievements in World War Two, “The Americans who went to Europe to die are a unique breed…. (They) crossed the seas to a foreign land to fight for a cause which they did not pretend was peculiarly their own, which they knew was the cause of humanity and mankind. These Americans gave the greatest of all gifts, the gift of life and the gift of spirit.”—speech at Suresnes Cemetery, May 30, 1919.

Wilson’s presidency ended with the President himself in poor health (but still hoping for a third term), the treaty of Versailles (making World War Two inevitable), American GDP falling and a constitutional amendment imposing nationwide Prohibition.

Idealism doesn’t always work.

What price freedom?

Geoff Fox, 2nd April, 2020, Down Under

 

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

An Aussie Engineer in Morotai

This is footage of a work of art in my amateur art display in Morotai.

According to the indigenous land-owner, my father’s soul found peace in that grassroots place with its human soul.

For all its shortcomings, this art display, along with my other Indonesian art displays, has probably been the crowning achievement of what was my life as an Austral-Indonesian Word Artist.

When I tried to share this in what is now for me the police state of Victoria, I was stripped of my civic, human, and democratic rights. Such is life for far too many men in modern Australia and right across the Western World. We are far too often not allowed to have the life we should have anymore.

I had a life in accordance with those principles as a midwife for over a quarter of a century.

I am now too hurt and ashamed of that country to pretend to want to be an Australian anymore.

Geoff Fox, 19th February, 2020, Terra nullius

Calling out a Bureaucrat for Freedom’s Sake.

Attention: Stephen Wall, CEO, Maribyrnong City Council

Today is the 74th anniversary of the start of the Second Battle of Balikpapan, the last major Battle in World War 2 (WW2). My father landed on that city’s beach back then and saw his fellow Australians die for a freedom which I more recently wished to celebrate in Maribyrnong. But instead of celebrating the allied victory over fascism in 1945 with you and your team, I now condemn you for your negligent failure to defend democratic rights and freedom of speech in accordance with your responsibility as CEO for the daily running of the Maribyrnong government.

In 2015 one of your councillors dismissed my efforts to lobby her on WW2 commemoration as “harassment”. When I complained to you, you wrote to me early in the morning on May 27 that year: “I am sorry that you have felt distressed and I look forward to speaking with you soon.” and repeated later in the morning: “I can assure you we will speak once I have had a chance to speak with Cr. Carter.” Despite many emails from me in the intervening four years about the events that followed you have never communicated with me again.  Why did you break that promise?

In the time since then, my civic and human rights to freedom of speech and to participate in local government via elected representatives have been trashed by your team leaving me unable to survive in Australia.

Furthermore, not one of my many attempts to discuss my situation in Maribyrnong with you and your team has been fully addressed. To his credit, Martin Zakharov has attempted to address some of the issues and has admitted the unnecessary unfairness of what was done, but the fundamental questions raised about your team’s police state action against me remain unanswered.

German musician and round the world cyclist Philipp Zey describes my decision to leave Australia like this: “I met Geoff Fox in Indonesia and spent time with him in Australia. He has chosen not to suffer but to seek to live in honor, peace and respect.”

Zappabolic Phil live for men (and women) past and present. Playing for life. Playing with joy.

I cannot live under a government that panders to a misandry which listens to women but my male story of many fathers’ sacrifice got criminalised by the police.

I will not live in a municipality where people make money out of suicide.

I cannot live where the simple act of trying to resolve problems by discussion is ignored.

I cannot live without freedom of speech which means both being heard and getting a response.

In short, as my Indonesian friends love to say, “Merdeka atau Mati” (Freedom or Death.)

If you had done the job you promised to do on May 27, 2015, maybe my faith in living in the country of my birth would not have been destroyed.

Shame on you.

Geoff Fox, refugee, Jawa, Indonesia, 1st July, 2019

Attention: Scott Morrison: I can’t be an Australian citizen anymore.

One life ends ……. Goodbye Terra Nullius.

Mr Morrison, I renounce my citizenship of the Commonwealth Of Australia.

In 2015 and 2016 my efforts to celebrate the victory over fascism in WW2 by advocating for environmentalist military heritage tree planting in Maribyrnong were labelled harassment from within the Australian Labor Party in Maribyrnong and police action was taken against me. This action violated human rights of mine under Articles 5, 8, 9, 12, 19 and 21 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

In the three years since then my efforts to get what happened addressed or even properly discussed have failed. As a result I have spent far too much of this time crippled by suicidal ideation. I do not believe I can survive in Australia.

So I now renounce my Australian citizenship, in accordance with my right under Article 15 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights to change my nationality. I am 62 years old, wounded and vulnerable. Please do not throw obstacles in the way of my finding a better life elsewhere. Please help make my transition to another country as easy as possible if you can. Also please do whatever you can to see that no Australian suffers again what I have suffered.

My father faced Japanese bullets on the beach at Balikpapan in 1945 for a better Australia than the one in which I see no future for myself.

I must live where the sacrifices of his generation can be respected.

Geoff Fox, formerly of Maribyrnong, Australia, 19th June, 2019.

 

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

Open Letter to Bill Shorten: You Are Not Fit to Lead Australia.

 

Bill Shorten (BS),

I live in Maribyrnong where I have learnt how unfit you and your party are to govern Australia.

You cant deliver three things Australia needs:

  1. Secure borders.
  2. Democracy and Civic Rights.
  3. Mutual respect with America.

It appears that people smugglers want your Australian Labor Party (ALP) to win the next election because Labor governments in Canberra let them do business.

All around the western world, peoples are realising that immigration must be controlled and that open borders don’t work.

The last time the ALP did a good job on border protection was in World War Two under John Curtin. Curtin redefined Australia’s place in the world when he told the nation: “Australia looks to America.”

When I tried to celebrate that triumph over fascism, through your ALP in your political home in Maribyrnong, I was arrested by the police.

I have written about this to you, BS, many times.

You haven’t replied once.

What chance does Australian democracy have under your leadership if a Maribyrnong politician from your party can get a patriotic citizen arrested as a result of lobbying and you say nothing?

40 days before the police force that answers to your party colleague Daniel Andrews arrested me, you said, “I think Donald Trump’s views are just barking mad on some issues.”

Here are some of Donald Trump’s commitments:

  1. Patriotism.
  2. Border Protection.
  3. Tax Cuts.
  4. Fair Trade.
  5. Fairness for men.
  6. Avoiding unnecessary war.

Do you, BS, think all of these ideas are “barking mad” or only some of them?

Are you going to apologise to the President of our long standing ally?

Or are you going to let the insult stand as proof that you are not fit to lead Australia?

Geoff Fox, Dieng Plateau, Indonesia, 25/1/2019

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

 

Ming and Ike 4

 

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

 

AN OPEN LETTER TO SARAH CARTER, MARIBYRNONG, AUSTRALIA.

Councillor Carter,

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