O, what to do? When you are solving an engineering problem and see the answer at last, it hits you like a thunderbolt. The conservatives, the normal people, the grill-Americans, must accept their own low energy. They must cease their futile reaching for passionate intensity . . . They must fight the shark on land.
Conservatives don’t care [about politics] —at least not enough. Yet they want to matter. Yet they live in a political system where mattering is a function of caring—not just voting. Therefore, there are two potential solutions: (a) make them care more; (b) make systems that let them matter more, without caring more.
You’ll have to read the whole article to get the point, and it’s overlong as usual. I think he does this deliberately to shake off the unworthy but comments under the line suggest his efforts are not entirely successful.
Anyway, here I am reading his article and becoming a little bit convinced.
Then I start thinking, wait a minute. What if the other side did it first?
There is a trend to describe new culture battles in terms of ‘public health’ in an attempt to piggyback various agendas on the shoulders of Covid panic.
BLM protests are okay amid Covid lockdowns because racism is a public health threat. Calling someone by the wrong pronouns is a public health risk because it causes suicide. Climate change is a public health risk. That sort of thing.
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.
You may have heard the odd case of Douglass Mackey, aka Twitter troll Ricky Vaughn. He was arrested in January 2021 for a 2016 tweet telling Hillary Clinton supporters they could vote for her via text:
Apparently 4,900 people fell for it or at least sent the text as a lark to see what would happen.
Mr. Mackey, who was released from custody on Wednesday on a $50,000 bond, faces an unusual charge: conspiracy to violate rights, which makes it illegal for people to conspire to “oppress” or “intimidate” anyone from exercising a constitutional right, such as voting. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
A notorious prankster, it seems a bit rough to arrest him and threaten a decade in jail for a stupid meme.
Compare a similar case from Australia in the 1990s:
This is true in human affairs. When people begin pushing for gay marriage, for example, the anti-gay marriage camp will redouble their efforts in response. When a new religion proselytizes, those who oppose it become more vocal.
The moral of the story is not to avoid changing anything. Rather, one must realize that any new initiative will be met with increased resistance by those who oppose it. While things might be quiet now, expect things to heat up once you start pushing.
This blog has become dour. That’s because my life’s been flipped upside down like a beetle and I’m not sure if I can turn it back the right way.
I’ve missed out on two jobs due to pandemic travel restrictions. My own country has abandoned me. Those closest to me have fallen into the Woke/Covidian cult. Right now I still have no good option for getting off this fecking island and doing something with my life.
I’ve become negative about the future because it appears that hysterical restrictions on everything and tyrannical controls on free speech are here to stay.
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!
On 25th February, 2020, I wrote an article listing the many US and world leaders over the age of 70, pointing out that there was a very high chance not all of them would survive that year (with or without the coof) and that this unsurprising outcome would likely give rise to baseless conspiracy allegations.
I’m not going to make the case for any of these things.
Rather, this is a reminder that Team Blue’s primary means of advocating these views are (a) to insist that we believe the science and listen to experts, and (b) to censor any alternative views as ‘disinformation’.
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.
Demoralization involves undermining a nation’s confidence and faith in its own moral fibre. Among the Woke, this has been achieved totally: they fervently believe everything about the West has always been broken and are prepared to use violence to upend it all and set it right.
Let us take it as given that a virus as contagious as Covid is virtually impossible to eradicate except in countries with easy-to-seal borders. At best, it can be somewhat suppressed until a vaccine arrives, treatment improves or herd immunity is achieved.
In Australia we tend to ape everything our Americans cousins do, good and bad. If they try zero-tolerance policing, so do we. If they bomb Syria, so do we. If they stick a spoon up their arse, so do we.
In the 1990s there was some antipodean muttering about our primitive electoral system. Voters mark paper ballots with pencils and these are counted by hand, the results telephoned into headquarters for the official tally. If it’s close, we might not get the result until very late at night or even the next day.
‘Why don’t we copy the Americans?’ asked the monkeys. ‘They have machines that can tally the vote instantly.’
First, here are some points that are not in question:
– Yes of course there was cheating. I’m trying to get at whether there was more than usual, i.e. enough to flip a race that was not already razor-tight.
– Yes, there are many dodgy things about the process itself including the movement of ballots, lack of scrutineers etc. I considered writing a post about how this could be improved but realized it was far, far too late. 2000 was the year to fix it.