Freedom ends in tiny steps

Seemingly small incidents sometimes take on a much greater significance with the passage of time.

A decade ago, Australia banned its citizens from travelling to Syria in order to prevent lumpen Muslims from Western Sydney joining ISIS. Those that made it anyway were stripped of their citizenship in order to block their return.

I vaguely recall civil rights groups kicking up a fuss at the time but most people were untroubled. Who cares if some people wanted to travel to Syria for innocent reasons, i.e. to work as civilian medics? Do-gooders have no right to go get themselves killed in some hellhole. Who cares if some ‘Australians’ are not allowed back after fighting? They’re citizens of Islamic State now and if they don’t like it, tough titties.

Then in 2020, Australians were banned from travelling anywhere in the world without permission and those stuck in India were threatened with jail if they tried to come back. This would have been politically harder without the Syrian precedent. Before that, Australians were free to go anywhere including Cuba, North Korea and Iran.

The border controls illustrate two vital principles of WEIRD nations:

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Untenable proposals

I’ve noticed a habit of the extremely online, which is most of us these days: advocating unrealistic positions.

The chief culprits are libertarians. For example, ‘All taxation is theft!’

Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn’t, but there’s never going to be a society with no tax so it hardly matters.

The same goes for other libertarian proposals like ending all public expenditure on welfare, education, healthcare, roads, etc. These things will not happen.

If you write a theoretical piece outlining a utopian society run along completely different lines, that’s okay, but be aware that it is purely a thought experiment or perhaps a model for a country a hundred years hence. Kind of like how boffins used Newtonian physics to figure out how much horsepower was required to escape Earth’s gravitational field when all they had were horses.

The trouble comes when a writer espouses a politically impractical proposal, accuses everyone else of being too retarded or evil to see that he’s right, then flounces off to his trailer while leaving to others the impossible task he has decreed.

We get this on all sides of politics but let’s look at the right:

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A loftier blog

I recently visited the old dame of Australian conservative writing, Quadrant.

Allegedly established with CIA money by one of the perpetrators of the Ern Malley hoax, for a long time it reflected anti-communist and anti-progressive thought in the Old Country. Its writers, often former communists themselves, penned screeds against the obsession of the left-wing media with its pet, Triple-R issues: Aboriginal reconciliation, the republic and refugees.

Quadrant’s left-wing counterpoint is The Monthly, which mostly writes about Aboriginal issues and refugees. The republic now takes a back seat to modern Woke obsessions. I think the new R word is race but gender also gets a look in depending upon the fashion of the day.

I hoped to find something intellectually stimulating in Quadrant but instead found it repeating the catechisms of mainstream conservatism: crazy Woke nonsense on campus is crazy Woke nonsense, global warming is bunk, Covid is overblown, plus endless, dull squid ink on the perpetual History Wars regarding Aborigines.

That 2% of the population seems to occupy 20% of the words ever written by white intellectuals on both sides, which is funny because few Aborigines will read a word of it.

Oh, and they obsess over ABC bias of course.

Tell us something we don’t know. This is stodgy, middle-brow stuff that we can hear in 3-minute format from Andrew Bolt on YouTube. [Edit: that link no longer works because Sky News just shitcanned him.]

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Vaccine mandates intensify (Victoria, Australia)

One of the few positive outcomes of the Covid hysteria has been that the world has improved its previously shameful knowledge of Australian geography. Today we’re talking about Victoria and I expect you all to know what that means. It will be on the test.

While the Australian Prime Minister promised there would be no vaccine mandates, state premiers are free to do what they want. Victorian premier Dan Andrews wants to make certain ‘authorised workers’ (those allowed to go to work under current lockdown rules plus some others) get vaccinated. They have two weeks to get the first jab or they cannot legally work anymore.

What jobs does this mandate cover? A local newspaper provides a handy list, quoted below. Victorian or not, see if your job is here!

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Once a prison island . . .

The First Fleet Ships (Convicts) | Discovery of Australia | Seacraft Gallery

Convicts sent to Australia from England and Ireland were sentenced to either seven years of hard labour, fourteen years or life. None were allowed to return home. That was the punishment: to live out their lives on the opposite side of the world, far from civilization.

Those who escaped mostly assimilated into Aboriginal tribes beyond the frontier of settlement. Finding a berth for the perilous, eight-month return journey was almost impossible.

In one of history’s customary ironies, some convicts found life in the antipodal hellscape agreeable enough to send for their families, a policy encouraged due to the severe sex imbalance. Colonial women frequently suffered problems during labour because they were small from growing up in poverty while their unborn babies grew large from their mother’s new, protein-rich diet.

They were still poor but land was plentiful and mutton was cheap.

Few of the big, colonial-born subjects of the Empire returned to their ancestral homelands. They were allowed to but the tyranny of distance meant that few could even consider such a journey.

In later years, many Europeans would emigrate as free settlers in hope of a better life. Like the convicts, their farewells were mostly final as few saw their relatives in the old country again.

In 2021, we see a rebirth of this strange phenomenon of prison-island-as-haven.

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When the Narrative goes off-script

Warning: disgusting content

The Australian media has taken a break from Covid hysteria to whip up a new wave of hysteria about men behaving badly in federal parliament. There was an accusation of rape committed inside the parliament one drunken night, with a police complaint being made two years after the alleged act. Then a senior politician was accused by a dead, bipolar ex-girlfriend of raping her decades ago. Yes, dead. She wrote something about these ‘recovered memories’ before she died.

So far, so Narrative-friendly. Men are bad! Believe all women!

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The Lame Reset
Klaus Schwab. Note the clearly evil hands. Source:

Oh, noes!

There’s an evil German engineer trying to take over the world through a nefarious scheme called The Great Reset. It’s probably full-on Soviet Marxism in Woke clothing. As for Klaus Schwab himself, I can’t tell whether he’s a demon in human form or just a lizard person. Maybe something halfway between.

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Yes, you all saw the story.  The UK’s Mr Lockdown, Neil Ferguson, resigned from his role as health tyrant after being caught breaking his own rules – by banging a married woman on the sly.

Ho hum, you thought.  Just another one of our hypocritical overlords making a fool of himself.  But digging deeper, we can learn a lot from this case.

Charles Murray was wrong.  Our overlords are not a cognitive elite.  They are a Twitocracy – ‘rule by twits’, and they are appointed by strange means we shall investigate.

For a while, higher education and the professions really did reflect IQ, and selective breeding among the elite genetically reinforced it.  However, universities now select for Read More