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The Author Erik’s family emigrated from Britain to the island State of Tasmania then lived in the woods. The family home schooled, helping to pioneer the home education movement in Australia. The Blog …explores ways to create a sustainable and just community. Explores how that community can be best protected at all levels including social policy/economics/ military. The Book Erik’s autobiography is a humorous read about serious things. It concerns living in the bush, wilderness, home education, spirituality, and activism. Finding Home is available from Amazon, Barnes&Noble and all good e-book sellers.

Monday, 2 October 2017

How I left the Left



It’s a funny thing divorce. One the one hand it is sudden and traumatic. The door clicks, a part of your life has gone, you hear feet running in the hallway, nothing will ever be the same again. On the other hand, it happens slowly as the cords of love and attachment break one by one and you realise one day, perhaps years before you leave, that the relationship is over. I always thought I was a Lefty because I saw a role for Government in the provision of non-market goods: libraries, museums, national parks, basic research, the ABC. I believed that monopolies like water and airports should be publicly owned. I railed against economic rationalism and junk ‘trickle down’ economic philosophy. I was and am happy to pay high taxes to fund public health care despite the fact that I have and can afford insurance. After all, wasn’t it Jesus who told us to go heal the sick? I don’t have a miracle healing ministry but I can support a national health care plan. But over the last 20 years I have watched  the Marxist left infiltrate and subvert every progressive movement. Its not just that they are pushing a failed discredited ideology; they bring with them a pathological hatred of the foundational values of our culture – family, faith, and nationhood. The tipping point came in 2016. I was watching a youtube video of Roz Ward at a training seminar telling attendees that the Safe Schools Program “is not about bullying”. OK, so what is it about?

As a young Christian I adhered to the crazy Jewish notion that since we are all created in God’s image we are all inherently valuable. This is the real cultural and moral foundation for human rights in the West, and was the motive force behind the early progressive movements. As a young left wing activist, I felt that I stood proudly in the tradition of Wilberforce, the chartists and the suffragettes. Living in Tasmania, the environmental issue was unavoidable, and it made sense to me to care for the planet out of sheer gratitude.

At 17, I became a Wilderness Society activist and met the founders of the movement. They were not Marxists. They were a country doctor who once famously attempted to join the Liberal party, a scientist, a nurse, a farmer; two had strong Presbyterian upbringings. Bob was gay but pretty quiet about it. They were broadly libertarian and eschewed big technocratic government, which in their day was represented by the Hydro Electric Commission. Now it was 1991 and the mood was nationalistic – this was our country and we wanted it looked after, not chipped-up and sent to Japan. The local communist group rebranded as the ‘Green Left’ and tried to take over our meetings but we gave them short shrift. The forest campaign was tough, and we had little time for lefty theorists.

Ben Oquist came down to help with the campaign and flatted with me before going to work for Bob. I was on first name terms with Bob Brown, Christine Milne, Geoff Law, et al and worked closely with Cath Hughes. I completed Pete Hay’s post graduate course in environmental thought with distinction. The Greens introduced freedom of information legislation, and when not in jail, the leaders remained libertarian. They were good times. ‘Form One Lane’ road signs were sometimes altered to say ‘Form One Planet’, but no one seriously thought that one world government was a good idea, despite Agenda 21.

In later years though, the cognitive dissonance between the causes we campaigned on and the deeper social agenda became untenable. Feminism become a repudiation of motherhood. As mammals we reproduce. This requires on average each woman to have three children. Those children need to be held, nurtured and breastfed for the first three years of their life. Their neurological and emotional development depends on it. That means that on average each woman needs to take 10 years out of the workforce (wholly or partly) for society to be OK. If women were allowed to be in touch with their real desires and supported in them, that would happen. That means that women cannot realistically over their lifetime, earn on average the same as men. That is why marriage is so important as a stable social and economic structure to support women and children. Thanks to women’s liberation women are now sexually vulnerable, relationally vulnerable, and financially forced to work. Feminism has no intention of allowing women choice and it is clear that the true goals of contemporary feminism are the destruction of the family and the alienation of men, women and children aka destroying ‘patriarchy’. Women are now told that they not only have to abort their children for economic convenience but they are not allowed to admit to the deep shame, guilt and grief that naturally follows. In this, feminism has become violently abusive of women and indeed of the whole society. According to one NGO one seventh of the population of Britain has been killed through abortion since decriminalisation. The cultural revolution has been a very bloody revolution but the tiny dismembered corpses are not allowed to be shown in public and their silent scream is drowned in the onward tramp of liberation. This cannot be spoken.

Concern for the rights of refugees morphed into an open borders campaign. There are a quarter of a billion Indonesians to our north, mostly Muslim and 1.3 billion Chinese. How open to we want our borders to be? Third world birth rates mean that it will make no difference how many migrants we accept. The countries of origin will still be poor and dysfunctional. There are things we can do to help but dissolving our own nations and cultures will help no one. Furthermore one of the reasons we are successful and they are not is because of our cultural mores. If our country is flooded with people whose cultural mores are the reason their country sucks, what will happen to our country? There comes a point where ‘open borders’ ceases to be compassion and becomes treason. That point has been crossed in Europe and the United States but not in China, India, Russia, or South East Asia. This cannot be spoken.

Apart from being asked out a lot by queers (who were mostly nice people) I knew little about homosexuality at University but I did have on acquaintance who killed himself after graduation. He had been raped as a young person, was gay, and couldn’t deal with it all. De-criminalisation and acceptance was so important for people like him….but what about celebration? The fact is, the number of cases of genuine biological non-heterosexuality are vanishingly rare. Homosexuality and transgenderism are psychiatric/psychological conditions that respond well to treatment for a great many people but not for everyone. Why is it then, that the GLBTI movement is so vicious in seeking to criminalise and shut down proven treatments for those people who, for whatever reason, wish to change? Why do they bully ex-gays, or active gays who dissent from the GLBTI script? Yet at the same time, they openly recruit. This cannot be spoken.

Homosexual relationships were now recognised in law and all financial discriminations removed. This was a remarkable achievement given its relevance to only a small number of people within a minority group of less than three per cent of the population; but this was not enough. They wanted marriage and adoption too. For some this was a logical extension of the campaign. For many sober, thoughtful and compassionate people this was a red line, since in order to justify gay marriage and adoption, society must conclude that children have no need for a mother and a father but only a ‘significant other’. A societal shift so profound demands the kind of mature and respectful discussion, even plebiscite, the Left are determined not to have. Meanwhile ‘gay rights’ became an excuse to impose transgender ideology – a form of mental illness - on young children. Nevertheless, according to the emails I kept getting for a year and a half from Penny Wong, any attempt at reasonable discourse or plebiscite is a “referendum on hate”, yet the hate from the Left is palpable.  As a 15/16 year old in year 11 high school, I joined the Amnesty International Club and wrote letters on behalf of political prisoners in nasty regimes. Now even Amnesty has jumped on the GLBTI and anti-Russian band wagon. What has fundamental political freedom got to do with sodomy?

Climate change meanwhile had come to the fore. It had taken a long time and a lot of energy, but here again the agenda shifted.  Climate change became a reason to impose a kind of global Centrelink that takes from prosperous successful nations and gives to poor unsuccessful ones. Faith in big government was boundless.

Hostility to Christianity was now overt but Islam was embraced. Peter Singer said that the starting point for moral consideration was somewhere near a mollusc yet the movement militantly promoted abortion. The Greens tabled a bill in NSW to make abortion-to-term legal on demand. I had knelt in the mud in front of a bulldozer to defend the inherent sanctity of all life. How could I now be part of a movement that thinks killing a nine month old baby is OK? How could Bob Brown, a medical doctor, and Christine Milne, a Catholic, be silent? In Tasmania, the ‘Gunns 20’ had suffered much and strongly promoted the right to protest. Yet the Green’s pro-abortion bill would make it a crime to pray, protest, or offer counselling within 150 metres of an abortion clinic. Obstructing logging was OK but offering alternative abortion counselling was not. Fungi matters, the unborn do not. The right to protest or speak stops where social Marxism starts, even if you are Green. Meanwhile the real environmental issues are ongoing and urgent. The Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. The oceans are full of plastic. The Murray Darling is dying. The Koala is being pushed closer to extinction. But, how can anyone be expected to talk about that when they are triggered over a lack of transgender toilets? 

Oh, and along the way Trump inadvertently saved the Australian economy by scrapping the Trans Pacific Partnership free (sic) trade agreement. This would have handed over what little remains of the Australian economy to US multinational companies and handed Australia’s sovereignty, and our ability to protect the environment, over to transnational courts run by the same companies. The ALP had already agreed to the deal. Instead of celebrating from the roof tops the Left accused Trump of racism. Speaking of racism, the Left jumped on the anti-Russian band wagon which is scripted by the CIA, has no basis in fact, and is racist to the core.

By now, there had been 16 years of continuous war in the Middle East but Greenpeace said nothing. The slaughter of whales elicited great concern. The slaughter of Christians did not. Obama was granted a Nobel Peace Prize as being the only US President in history to be at war for every day of both his terms in office. When Hillary Clinton ran for President on a platform of “punishing Russia” for upholding international law and fighting terrorism in Syria, the Left supported her. When Trump suggested normalising relations with Russia he was viciously attacked. The Left now stood for war not peace. It got worse. Hillary was the policy architect and advocate for the destruction of Libya as a modern nation State, and for using ISIS to destroy Syria as a modern nation state. She laughed when Gaddafi was sodomised with a bayonet and had no problem with ISIS operating a market in sex slavery, throwing homosexuals off buildings, and torturing children to death. A million people died under her watch. Left wing feminists supported her Presidential bid merely because she has a vulva, this being more important than the lives of a million men women and children. Then it got worse. The Democrats and associated media, having rejected the outcome of the election and having called for the assassination of Julian Assange, allied with the CIA to undermine the peace initiatives of the newly elected President, and succeeded.

And the ultimate irony? The Southern Povery Law Centre is seeking to impoverish and shut down Christian organisations who refuse to promote the LGBTI agenda by listing them along with bona fide neo Nazi groups as hate organisations. 'Tolerance' it seems, means destroying anyone and anything that gets in your way.

Finally, in 2016 I asked the obvious question: ‘what would have to happen for all the feminists, leftists, and homosexual activists etc to be happy and stop making demands?’ In other words: ‘what is the end point of the campaign?’ The only answer seemed to be the complete dissolution of society and its replacement by a totalitarian state, so obviously that wasn’t it….but eventually (thanks in large part of a friend whose pastor is being sued for stating the traditional Christian view on sexuality) I found my way to Antonia Gramsci and the Marxist theorists of the 1930s. They realised that the working class had rejected Communism because of traditional moral values: the role of fathers and family, the sanctity of marriage, the church, faith, and patriotism. They reasoned that capitalism would fall if these things could be torn down and society reduced to a state of moral and social anarchy. Then would arise the Marxist State; but first a long march through the institutions was necessary.

Gramsci died in jail but his followers set up shop in the University of Frankfurt where they developed ‘critical theory’ aka ‘cultural Marxism’, before fleeing to the United States. The long march began in California in the 1950’s, energised the counter culture of the 1960s, thoroughly infiltrated the education system and the unions, and became influential in the church. The KGB referred to this process as ‘demoralisation’ but it got scant attention outside conservative religious circles even after KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov blew the whistle. After the USSR dissolved, the Communist movement continued unabashed. This time they focussed on subverting feminism and environmentalism. Key among their objectives were the abolition of independent schools, removing mothers from the home, promoting promiscuity and abortion, dissolving national borders, and indoctrinating youth against Christianity. It was all sounding familiar, but surely I was jumping at shadows?

Then I found Herbert Mercuse’ essay ‘Repressive Tolerance’ in which he argued that real tolerance meant tolerance for leftist ideas and repression of conservative ideas, even if that included violence. I guess that explains whatis happening at Evergreen College and why the Left have no problem with hooded thugs blockading public meetings organised by the Australian Christian Lobby. Then in the online Marxist archive I found a book published in 1932 Towards a Soviet America, which stepped out the planned destruction of the family, church, nation state, independent schools, and civil society. ‘Reactionary classes’ it said ‘will be eliminated’. “Once the power of the bourgeoisie is broken internationally and its States destroyed…There will be no place for the present narrow patriotism, the bigoted nationalist chauvinism…” I guess that is why the Democratic Party believes ‘no one is illegal’, and what better reason to remove national sovereignty than a truly international crisis like climate change? “Religious schools will be abolished and organised religious training for minors prohibited. Freedom will be established for anti-religious propaganda.” If traditional views on sexual morality and deviance are made illegal in the class room and replaced with promotional lessons for sexual degeneracy, that objective will largely have been achieved. This is the direction of State education in Canada, Sweden, and the United States under Obama.

As I perused the now mainstream anti-conservative hate sphere, which includes my once beloved ABC, it was obvious that the happy smiling face of progressivism had slipped and I was staring directly at the face of communism or some mutant variant thereof, and it was horrifying.

The Greens still have a chance to save themselves, shake up their party and move back to the centre, away from the security of the inner city cultural ghetto and values echo chamber. It won’t be easy and Bob may have to get off his laurels, but they are a side show anyway. The real action is the Communist take-over of the Labor Party, the education system, and the media.

Of course, the right have their contradictions and penchant of magical thinking on specific issues too, but that's another essay.

As I watch my children delight in their parents and in being boys and girl I reflect on the psychosexual abuse that passes for progressive ‘safe schools’ and am glad we home educate. Our kids will need to be resilient. There are no easy answers.

Divorce is never easy – I am still angry but in a way I have found myself again, and I’m not the one who moved.



Thursday, 7 September 2017

Is Slippery Slope a Logical Fallacy in Same Sex Marriage?





Owners of this Pizza Business Received Death Threats for Refusing to Service a Gay Wedding


The ABC recently wrote a post arguing that the entire NO campaign on same sex marriage is based on a series of logical fallacies, chief among them being the ‘slippery slope’. To better understand logical fallacies see my teachingmaterials on that topic.
 
A ‘slippery slope’ fallacy is the argument against change on the basis that the change will cause all sorts of disasters when there is no reason why that would necessarily occur. 

This can be a logical fallacy. It is also the case that history is littered with examples of slopes that were indeed slippery and disastrous consequences that did follow from bad decisions. 

To take an extreme example for the purposes of illustration consider the rise of the Nazi party in Germany in the 1930s. The Nazis were a tiny fringe party much like the gay liberation movement was in the 1950’s. You would have been considered crazy if you had suggested that Rosenberg and his followers would start another world war. The very significant popular support they received was due to their success at tackling unemployment, restoring national dignity, and asserting German interests in international affairs. 

Very few people foresaw that within a few years Hitler would have declared war on both the British Empire and the Soviets and the United States, or that cattle cars would be carrying Jews to gas chambers, or that the USAF would be dropping millions of tonnes of explosives on everyone’s heads. It was the ‘slippery slopers’ such as Ps Bonhoeffer, the Edelweiss and the later and better known WhiteRose who warned about anti-semitism, militarism, the reduction of civil liberties, and the takeover of the church and civil institutions by official State ideology. The crazy thing is that anyone who really took the time could have discerned what was coming as Churchill did. Churchill was widely reviled for stating the obvious at the time.

We are now witnessing concerted attempts to impose GLBTI ideology (and its fellow travellers) as formal State ideology with an ipso facto reduction in civil liberties and the takeover of the church and civil institutions from universities, to the AMA, to the professions of psychiatry and social work; and the open persecution of anyone who dissents. We are seeing concerted attempts to indoctrinate children into queer gender theory, to deny parental rights to object, to dismantle traditional social mores, and to contain, isolate and eradicate societal groups and organisations that stand in the way

This is not idle speculation about what ‘could happen’. It is what is happening.

In that context to suggest that SSM is just an isolated and minor change to the law is ridiculous. It is part of a long term, calculated, incremental strategy. That is why the YES lobby are so vicious and so panicked whenever anyone talks about the slippery slope because they know the slippery slope is precisely where they want to herd society; but the sheep must be herded quickly before they realise. 

It’s the job of the NO team to warn them.




Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The Mad Hatters Party - Antifa vs KKK







With extreme groups from the far Left and Right sticking their nose into everything from statues in small town America to gay marriage, it is timely to hold their beliefs up to scrutiny. Do they have anything to say? How do they compare from Left to Right?

The Left believe that:
There is a brutal global class war in which one tenth of one per cent of the population are screwing everyone else.

That is objectively true.

Communism is the natural and inevitable end result of human evolution in which there will be no nations or races but a singe world scientific government controlling all of humanity in which we will all be equal

I sure hope not.

The State can and should take the place of God, the church, fatherhood, the family, democracy, independent education, freedom, conscience, self-direction, and private property, as the all powerful benevolent force.

Um…no

All the reactionary classes, being those who believe God, the church, fatherhood, the family, democracy, independent education, freedom, conscience, and self-direction, and private property, must be eliminated through propaganda, repression and mass extermination if necessary.

Yes, they killed 100 million people, largely through starvation and forced labour, and yet their ideological children are feted by the liberal media in the West. Hitler’s efforts were rather limited in comparison though largely because the Red Army got in his way.

To bring about the destruction of bourgeois society it is necessary to erase all physical, cultural, and moral boundaries, divide society into competing groups and bring it to a state of demoralisation.

Can’t see a lot of human flourishing here

Sexual liberation means sexual promiscuity and sexual deviance from an early age. It is the role of the State to promote this in order to transition society from a Christian base to a Marxist one.

That is a formula for slavery, misery, and the Safe Schools program

The nuclear family is an oppressive institution created by capitalism.

The nuclear family is biologically hard wired and essential to human flourishing

Heterosexuality is a social construct created by capitalism

Heterosexuality is normal for around 98 per cent of people but individuals can be harmed in their sexuality, particularly at formative stages of their life; and some people are gay.

In summary then, as a truth assessment I give the Left about 1/8. 




 Now to the White Supremacists. As far as I can make out they believe that:

There is such a thing as race and there is such a thing as the white race(s).

This is objectively true.

The white race(s) are credited with varying origins and are superior in various ways to other races as demonstrated by the superior development of Western Civilisation.

Hhmmm. Western civilisation by any reasonable measure is the most successful and advanced civilisation humanity has achieved. Not perfect but we did come up with the declaration of independence and put man on the moon and banned slavery. This occurred because of a number of developments in our culture; primarily the emergence of Protestant Christianity and Biblical world view. That had nothing to do with being white, rather it and a lot to do with missionary activity to the West from elsewhere, and the reformation. Nazi groups tend to be anti-Christian and anti-Jewish.

The Marxist left are teaching everyone including school children to hate their culture, demonise their history, disrespect their native countries, and place any and every belief system and culture above their own.

This is objectively true

‘Multiculturalism’ is now a code word for the destruction of Wester culture and the marginalisation of the white race. Specifically indigenously white nations are under systemic physical and ideological attack by uncontrolled immigration of other races and cultures.

This is objective true.

This is all part of a Jewish/Zionist conspiracy for world domination.

Not seen any evidence of that. However, the anti-Western/open borders/progressive (sic) movement is largely funded by a Hungarian Jew called George Soros with the support of the US State Department. It is an open secret that US foreign policy is controlled by Israel. Could be a coincidence..

Hitler wasn’t really such a bad guy.

Hitler was a very bad guy who was most definitely channelling the dark side. However, the triumphant Western powers and the banks need to take some responsibility for the failure of the Weimar Republic and the intolerable conditions Germany found itself in during the Great Depression and what happened to Germany during the Allied occupation was no picnic…but no, Hitler was very very bad.

The Holocaust didn’t happen and six million Jews were not murdered

There was a holocaust but it was primarily of Slavs of whom the Nazis killed roughly 27 million. Hillary Clinton and her Neocon buddies were eager to repeat that effort BTW but Vlad and the Donald stopped them. There was also a holocaust of European and Russian Jewry. The figure of six million is rather tidy and if it is a historical fact why are historians not allowed to research it?

In light of the above we should form secret societies, wear silly hats, abuse Asians, desecrate cemeteries and synagogues, assault vulnerable people, and generally behave like infantile wimps.

Clearly, some people are missing something in their lives.



In summary then, as a truth assessment I give the white supremacists about 4/8. 

So on a scale of ‘bat shit crazy’ the Left is thus four times as bonkers as the Right and every bit as dangerous. Apart from that, they have a lot in common. They are both controlling, totalitarian, absolutist, violent, mean, petty, they both lie, and they both target youth. The main difference is that, whereas the Right are largely relegated to dark corners of the internet, the Left control most of Hollywood, the liberal media, the US Democratic party, the Australian Labor Party, the Australian Greens, European immigration policy, most of the education system, and hundreds of millions of dollars. 

Threat = capacity + intent. It’s not the Nazis we need to worry about.