Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Superb little ad from Manus …

Light, happy, ironic.

I don’t know its provenance but it really deserves more air time …

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  1. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    February 28, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    It took 12 years to clear the refugee camps in Europe after the war. It took 10 years to mop up the wave of post Indo China war refugees and those who couldn’t be resettled were eventually sent home. And they were both testaments to not oppressive governance, but good policy that ensured an orderly process of resettlement that didn’t exacerbate the problem by encouraging further waves of migration.

    You might remember how those awful British troops in Palestine after WW2 tried to stop Jewish emigration there and were subjected to some ruthless Zionist propaganda in the form of the book and film called ‘Exodus’. Do you remember what unconscionable bastards the British were and how so poor thing persecuted the now double persecuted ex concentration camp inmates were, when ‘all they wanted’ was to ‘go home’ to ‘their country’ that ‘God had given to them’. And didn’t we all feel the Jewish pain of a really sorry story of suffering that could have been so easily prevented if those stupid and wilful British swine had just ‘done the right thing’ and ‘let them all in’ because they ‘so deserved it’.

    Do ya remember being so righteously on the side of the angels when you walked out of that movie? Well do ya? Did you ever learn anything from that one? Did Ya? Do ya ever think about it every time you hear another story of a Palestinian kid getting his brains blown out by an Israeli soldier? Do ya?

    Poor and sloppy management of population movement over the last several decades has caused endless problems all over the world. Trump’s wall and the rise of neo-fascism in Europe ought to have by now given the well meaning slobs who allowed that to happen some pause for thought at their own folly and how really easy it is to stuff up multiculturalism by lousy governance and indulgent lack of respect for borders and the tolerances behind them.

    If any of them took the trouble to just look around our own region at the number of failed or comatose multicultural experiments to be found there, they might be more inclined to a smidge of moral humility. The expulsion of the Muslims of Myanmar and the appalling civil war in Sri Lanka should are a brutal warning of what can happen if things go badly in this department.

    Firm control of our borders is our only guarantee that that won’t happen to us. It almost certainly will if we do not ensure orderly entry into our country that is within our financial, social and intercultural means to absorb new populations with the minimum of risk of downstream conflict and discontent, because once that starts, there will be no end to it.

    To pretend that there is no such thing as queue to get into this country is unconscionable blather for which we will pay very dearly later if we listen to the blatherers. And we will thoroughly deserve that fate if that happens, because we have listened to people whose only real skill is organizing a disaster for their descendants to deal with in exactly the same way as the corporates are doing to economic and environmental misgovernance.

    If humanitarian compassion is not protected by a wall of shields it is worthless junk. If we have so lost our sense of responsible and sustainable stewardship that we really cannot tell the difference between a gooey and uncritical soft touch and rationally disciplined policy, we are at the mercy of people of people who have hopelessly conflated indulgence and the authentic decencies that actually hold us together as communities. If one cannot distinguish between personal and minor sectional benefit and the public good one is no less morally bankrupt than the corporates are. But at least they aren’t hypocrites about it.

    Those kinds of pseudo-humanitarians are no more benign than their fellow regime apparatchiks over the road in corporateland, because they share exactly the same indulgent deregulatory and privatization agendas that share exactly the same lack of respect for national or moral boundaries, and produce exactly the same sort of chronic disorder and bizarre behavior, whether in boardrooms or welfare communities and just about anywhere in between.

    Large blocks of world opinion now think that the humanist ascendency that emerged after the second world war has become a crock of shit that is as much a part of the regime of Indulgence Capitalism that emerged during the late 1960s in affluent consumer societies, as anyone or anything else, and as much in decline and chronically desecured as that whole system now is, whether we are talking social or economic governance. And while many inside those ‘redneck’ and ‘fundamentalist’ blocks of opinion aren’t particularly well educated in the modern sense, their instincts are good, up to a point. When you smell rat, you smell a rat and you don’t need a university degree to figure it out, even if you can’t get anything else right.

    What I want to see is a bit of humility and an ‘Oh my god, what have we done?’ moment, like the British Colonel had at the end of ‘Bridge Over the River Kwai’, starting to come out of that ascendency, because most of it still has got its head up its arse and behaving as if it was still the world of ‘business-as-Usual’ and it still has a monopoly on the moral high high ground.

    Like hell it does.

    • Wining Pom

      March 4, 2019 at 8:48 am

      I do find it amazing that white people in Australia can hold such views.

      • Christopher Eastman-Nagle

        March 4, 2019 at 9:50 am

        Spare me the stereotyping Wining. If you do not not like the argument I am making, see if you can manage to counter it.

        • Wining Pom

          March 4, 2019 at 10:33 am

          Well, I did suggest you read Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu. It may give you different thoughts about this country.

  2. Chris

    February 28, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Was this true? Do we as Christians lock people up forever?
    Where is our God?

  3. Russell

    February 28, 2019 at 7:40 am

    What happened to the ad, Ed?

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