Political resistance to totalitarian policies

I sent this to The Australian around 10 days ago but despite repeated reminders, they’ve not even done me the courtesy of responding. It is clear that the clampdown by Murdoch media on anything that might rock the boat of the false narrative (a once-in-100 year pandemic!) that’s been created by the media over the year 2020 will not be allowed to be published.

But I must keep moving. So here’s the piece:

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The Western civilization is about maximising individual liberty subject to any necessary government intervention in which the social benefits exceed social costs. In such consideration, the defence of liberty is an invariant, deontological principle. Any valid intervention by the government is a utilitarian or functional constraint, being at all times subordinate to the moral imperative of liberty.

Totalitarian, collectivist regimes have no space for such niceties. No eyebrows are raised in China, for instance, if Xi Jinping imposes draconian lockdowns for the first time in human history. But for some unfathomable reason, Australia decided to embrace China’s approach and switched off key elements of Western civilisation from mid-March 2020, with Australia’s politicians behaving almost like “headless chooks”.

Policy must never be made on the run but every public health policy last year has been made on the run by first overturning all approved pandemic plans and then recklessly adopting Jinping’s unproven inventions. It was known in February 2020 that this virus adversely impacts mainly the very elderly but instead of protecting this age group, untargeted society-wide lockdowns were imposed. Our youth and children have been grievously harmed in the name of preventing the deaths of the elderly. Professors Anna-Mia Ekström and Stefan Swartling Peterson have concluded that least as many people have died across the world as a result of the restrictions to fight covid as have died of covid directly.

Public health is quite unlike private, i.e. individual, health. Being a collectivist concept, it is vulnerable to the risk of centralisation. It can do a lot of good when its scope is limited to the supply of clean water and sewerage services but it can go astray when one-size-fits-all interventions are enforced. As F.A. Hayek would say, such interventions remove from consideration the insights and benefits obtained from the knowledge of local circumstances – which then dooms the society to inefficiency, apart from risking a breach of ethics and human rights.

It is to prevent such outcomes that our public health laws insist on stringent proofs for any intervention. But in haste to adopt Jinping’s inventions, both the Liberal and Labor parties tossed aside the proofs required by the principle of proportionality and the requirement to consider ethics and human rights.

Moreover, Australia’s purported arguments for border closures and lockdowns are built on an edifice of lies. This has been a relatively minor pandemic – at worst in the league of the Hong Kong flu. It is nothing short of criminal for health officers and Liberal and Labor party politicians to claim even today that this is a once-in-hundred years pandemic.

We know this because one Western nation – Sweden – did not fall into the trap set by CCP’s fake videos of people falling down and dying on the roadside from covid. Sweden followed its standard plans and refused to impose coercive lockdowns or quarantines. It had no border closures and no mask recommendations. Hysterical epidemiological modellers predicted 100,000 covid deaths in Sweden by June 2020 if it didn’t lockdown. Thumbing its nose at them, Sweden ended the year with around 3,000 excess deaths (as per the analysis of Nobel prize winner Michael Levitt).

I have yet to find any official pandemic plan or any manifesto of the Labor or Liberal parties that says that Australia would be shut down for two years to deal with minor pandemics. Are we now going to do this every few years? Moreover, such policies are inappropriate even if this were actually the Spanish flu.

The situation is being aggravated by attempts to get everyone to take the vaccine. Anthony Albanese has asked us to “Do it for Australia”. I take the flu shot each year to protect my personal health. Any benefits to Australia are incidental. But in this case the situation is a bit more complicated.

Health Minister Greg Hunt has stated on 20 February 2021 that “the world is engaged in the largest clinical trial; the largest global vaccination trial ever”. This is correct. We only have emergency use authorisation for the vaccines. This means they must be used only for a serious or life-threatening illness where it is reasonable to believe that the vaccine is effective and its benefits outweigh any risks, and when there are no adequate approved, alternative medical countermeasures.

The primary endpoint for these vaccine trials has been PCR-confirmed symptomatic covid-19. Many experts believe that these studies should have examined whether the vaccine prevents frail elderly people from dying, something also not possible to determine from the studies given their small sample size in this age cohort. Neither do we have any detailed analysis of the risks and benefits of the vaccines for different age groups. Such data will only emerge from post-market studies.

Even so, I believe the vaccines should be considered by those over 75 or by those with significant co-morbidities. At all times, though, individual freedom and choice must prevail.

Given the ongoing bipartisan support for the destruction of human rights in Australia, I have now been compelled to organise political resistance to both the Liberal and Labor parties with the support of thousands of youth and hundreds of organisers. If the booing at the Australian Open is an indication of the angst building in the community, I expect this movement to become a tsunami. The plan is to nominate candidates from participating minor political parties and ensure that incumbent MPs are placed last on the ballot.

 

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57 Responses to Political resistance to totalitarian policies

  1. Boambee John says:

    Good work Sanjeev. The (non) reaction from the Oz is ominous.

  2. Sanjeev;

    But for some unfathomable reason, Australia decided to embrace China’s approach and switched off key elements of Western civilisation from mid-March 2020, with Australia’s politicians behaving almost like “headless chooks”.

    China handed the leadership of the worlds democracies the excuse to behave like dictatorial filth, along with the bureaucracies and police forces.
    The Leadership then proceded to behave as they innately are – dictatorial filth.
    And they are not letting up. The bit is between their teeth and they are galloping for the cliff with no thought of stopping.

  3. egg_ says:

    The primary endpoint for these vaccine trials has been PCR-confirmed symptomatic covid-19. Many experts believe that these studies should have examined whether the vaccine prevents frail elderly people from dying

    Nursing homes first get clouted by the flu bug, then the Couf vax?

  4. Lee says:

    Newspapers (like The Australian) talk about “freedom of the press”, but then suppress or self-censor themselves.
    In the case of the coronavirus I am inclined to put it down to more sinister motives; strictly following the government/big pharma line.

  5. Behind Enemy Lines says:

    Count me in, Sanjeev. I will literally vote for a drover’s dog.

    Each politician in Australia could be immediately and satisfactorily replaced by any person of ordinary intelligence and ability. The loss of corporate knowledge would be an immense benefit to the country.

  6. Woolfe says:

    Biden falling meme, probably already posted but really funny.

  7. Woolfe says:

    Whoops, wrong forum!

  8. Cui Bono says:

    Tripped Woolfe? Maybe strong wind?

  9. gavalanche says:

    agreed. politics must be changed. no parties. term limits. devolution.

  10. Joanna Smythe says:

    As a very regular person who comments in the Australian, I know for a fact that their censoring of comments has increased dramatically. Opinions I would have had printed a year ago are now at least 75% rejected. A lot of their articles now don’t even include comments e.g. any on the Christian Porter allegations. There is no discussion at all allowed on the vaccine, unless it is support for. I have noticed most of the comments now are usually benign or agree with the article. I am only keeping my subscription going because I want to see how long it will be before it overtakes the Guardian. BTW they always include articles and comments that are anti Trump.

  11. Cassie of Sydney says:

    Great piece Sanjeev. I’m in.

  12. Professor Fred Lenin says:

    I think change could be made simply by limiting political office to two terms in the house of reps and one in the senate in a lifetime , people say we woukd lose talent ,what talent would that be ?
    Another thing would be banning lobbying (bribing ) And limiting political donations to $10per person ot organisation per year .
    We would probably like the difference that would make .

  13. Botswana O'Hooligan says:

    Yairs Joanna, I too was a regular contributor and my comments were almost always accepted and then it all changed for any mention of the religion of peace adherents, aboriginal affairs, the non crisis of the virus and then the border closures and restriction on international travel by the various states and feds completely ignoring the intent of section 92 of our constitution plus the so called national cabinet also contravening the constitution, are rejected immediately. We are extremely fortunate to have the “cat” and a couple of other sites. The Australian is but a ghost of it’s former self and not much different from the Fairfax lefties, ABC, and SBS.

  14. RobK says:

    I’ve been looking for a meaningful place to park my vote.

  15. Leo G says:

    Nursing homes first get clouted by the flu bug, then the Couf vax?

    The elderly also predominate in excess death estimates, suggesting that there has been systematic neglect of the group most directly at risk from the virus.

  16. Jannie says:

    Good luck with the Zombies.

  17. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “As a very regular person who comments in the Australian, I know for a fact that their censoring of comments has increased dramatically. “

    Without a doubt…which is why, sadly, I cancelled my sub.

  18. BrettW says:

    This sounds very familiar
    “incumbent MPs are placed last on the ballot”

    So essentially your voting policy will include trying to vote out good MP’s and not even consider whether they have been effective for their electorate.

    How about picking electorates with MP’s that are ideologically opposed to your views rather than putting all in the same basket.

  19. Lutz says:

    There are indications that a body vaccinated with the covid proteins may overreact when exposed to the real thing later on. This will lead to antibody-enhanced damage to the lungs. See:
    This not to frighten people but to question whether this area has been fully investigated under current conditions.
    Even being over 75, I think I’ll wait til late in the year before getting vaccinated.

  20. Lutz says:

    Something went wrong it was meant to be a link.
    https://vaxxter.com/covid-vaccines-part-2/

  21. Tim Neilson says:

    Each politician in Australia could be immediately and satisfactorily replaced by any person of ordinary intelligence and ability.

    Or by Otis the pug dog. Otis’ policy platform consists of sleeping, licking his own genitals and begging for scraps from the barbecue. His track record gives strong reason for believing that he’ll deliver on those promises.
    Anyone willing to assert that Victoria wouldn’t have been better off with Otis as Premier for the last five years in place of Maximum Leader?

  22. Tom Atkinson says:

    Well said, Sanjeev!

  23. Boambee John says:

    Each politician in Australia could be immediately and satisfactorily replaced by any person of ordinary intelligence and ability.

    Until the politicians recognise that bureaucrats are their advisers, not their masters, there will be no improvement, no matter how the politicians are selected.

  24. Fair Shake says:

    But but Sanjeev, keeping us safe, you can’t argue with the science, keeping us apart keeps us together, you just like seeing people die, it’s against the law, we have Job Keeper to thank, the cops will arrest us in our homes, so many testing positive, UK hospitals overflowing, Trump didn’t care, those damn Swiss, Florida is out of control, all lives matter, we need to follow WHO advise, until we don’t like it, we need to follow the experts advice no matter how deranged, we should be a code medium, orange or level 3,
    Lockdown in 48 hours, 24 hours, 6 hours, midnight, 11:58, can’t you feel the fear. Oh I feel so safe now …until next time.

    Will our COVID response be looked back upon as peak stupidity? Or will they write up history as our greatest triumph ever? Have we then set a new benchmark to be exceeded by future morons?

    I am despondent at our response over the last 12 months and the response by my fellow Victorians.

  25. Tim Neilson:

    Anyone willing to assert that Victoria wouldn’t have been better off with Otis as Premier for the last five years in place of Maximum Leader?

    So how is the Maximum Leader?
    Up and walking yet?
    I bet that’s the last time he does that Biden impersonation…

  26. Penny says:

    The Australian is published by News Corp which is owned by Murdoch, Murdoch has a huge interest in Glaxo Smith Clyne as does the Bill and Melinda Foundation, hence Andrew Bolt, Peta Credlin and others on Sky News will not question the experimental “vaccine”. If I post any article on Andrew Bolts blog in the Telegraph that in anyway questions the safety of the experimental “vaccine”, it’s on the pending list for 5 minutes then gone, never passes the moderators. Read up about GSK on the 2008 Swine flu vaccination
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=focypkN82Q8

  27. Penny says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=focypkN82Q8

    According to Geert Vanden Bossche, the vaccinated could become asymptotic vectors of the virus

  28. Fang says:

    I think it was just to long for the Oz intern to read! His iPhone kept popping up the Ginger & Whinger twitter spat!

  29. Lizzi55 says:

    Another interesting video with Geert Vanden Bossche, see link below.
    Its a good video to show to provaxxers.
    The guy is a vaccine developer and used to work for Bill Gates.
    He is concerned that the vaccines will destroy peoples natural immune system, and will also produce mutations that cause a real pandemic.
    Youtube may censor this, if so it can also be found on bitchute.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bAtg85QEKGk

  30. kaysee says:

    Given the ongoing bipartisan support for the destruction of human rights in Australia, I have now been compelled to organise political resistance to both the Liberal and Labor parties with the support of thousands of youth and hundreds of organisers.

    Sanjeev, thanks for the effort that you are putting in to make a change.

    We can’t count on the media for any assistance. The Australian has been moving sideways to the other side, so there is no point counting on them.

    For too long, the belief has been that we are stuck with two political options and have to choose between the lesser of two evils. Change has to start somewhere. Forming another party is necessary, and if all those who value their freedom are willing to co-operate and work together it is possible to come up with a viable alternative.

    All centre-right/Conservative smaller parties and groups should unite for the greater good.

  31. Ed Case says:

    Scotty is doing a good job.
    He’s effectively slowed the vax rollout without leaving fingerprints, axed Porter’s WorkChoices 2.0, again without leaving prints, saved the country with jobkeeper and jobseeker, reduced the population by a million, looked after Brittany Higgins, gave Reynolds her just desserts, effectively abandoned Porter by co0mp[aring him to Bill, managed a Ministry Top Heavy with useless women, and Tony Abbott, Julie Bishop, Christopher Pyne, and Mal Turnbull exited during his tenure.
    I’ve said it before and i’ll say it again: Scotty is the Ndamukong Suh of Australian Politics.
    Some random Tradie or Manager is going to do 1% of that?
    You’re dreaming.

  32. Rex Anger says:

    According to Geert Vanden Bossche, the vaccinated could become asymptotic vectors of the virus

    Simple- Ban all sales of graph paper and protractors to vaccinated citizens….

  33. chrism says:

    I enjoyed reading this Sanjeev, well done

    the obvious political group that fits with your focus on liberty would be the Lib Dems
    and their libertarian policies would fit well with your offerrings

    might I suggest speaking to some of the preference whisperers – horse/policy trading with One Nation & Fishers/Shooters – may be quite productive
    adding the single issue groups could give you upper house representation

    good luck

  34. Joanna Smythe says:

    Ed Case, I’ve said all along he’s doing all he can to slow down the roll out of the vaccine. Maybe he knows something he thinks we don’t.

  35. Ian of Brisbane says:

    I will not be voting for this government again. What they have done is despicable.

  36. Ian of Brisbane says:

    Fang:

    The Aus intern has to wade through the endless bilge of Paul Kelly’s scribblings. Against that, this is a footnote.

  37. Ozman says:

    Health Minister Greg Hunt has stated on 20 February 2021 that “the world is engaged in the largest clinical trial; the largest global vaccination trial ever”

    These trials are not being proclaimed publicly in the same manner as the propaganda about the tests being cases were published on every news bulletin.

  38. Ed Case says:

    Joanna Smythe,
    You were right, it’s all just a Farce but a deadly serious one.
    Frontline Doctors don’t have time to get Vaccinated “because they’re being run off their feet.”
    Pull the other one.
    Qld Health Minister Yvette D’ath issued a Press Release thursday, 10.30 am, stating that those who had previous adverse reactions to vaccines should adopt a wait and see approach to this one.
    By 5.18 pm she was saying that adverse reactions had been factored in and would be Vaccinants should wade in.
    Palaszczuk backed the backflip.

  39. Joanna Smythe says:

    You know it’s a farce when every year doctors administer thousands and thousands of flu vaccines, no drama, no problems. Suddenly there is a problem with the distribution of this flu virus.

  40. PeterPetrum says:

    Well, if this was meant to be a comment, it is clearly too long for the attention span of the comment police at the OZ. I cannot count the number of comments of mine to the OZ that have been rejected, whether it be be on climate change, the US election fraud (especially that one) or, as this article, the lack of real science and the draconian response to an infection that has a 99.7% recovery rate, only slightly less than influenza with something like a 99.9% recovery rate. The whole world, including the OZ, is moving left at an exponential rate.

  41. new guy says:

    I would not have used the word “deontological” in an Australian op-ed pitch.

    The first word “The” is also better dropped.

    Otherwise, +1.

  42. Dave of Reedy Creek, Qld says:

    I abandoned the Oz years ago, then tried again about 18 months ago then dropped it again at the end of last year, too far left for me. So are most of our politicians. Like many I am a long term conservative who feels let down and sold out by them. I think we went into overkill with Covid and that the PM created a monster with his “National Cabinet”. Some of premiers now behave like dictators. In Queensland a few weeks back we had the greater Brisbane area shut down because we supposedly had A person with a new strain of virus that was of a faster infection, then…….silence, nothing. I think we are being played for fools. We have our premier demanding more help for tourism when she actually destroyed it. We had 6 deaths, all of whom were chronically and some terminally ill. Plus the lies on numbers from many areas pushed by the media everywhere makes me a total sceptic of any news anywhere. I noticed
    comment on here about Florida. California has had lockdown for ages, great damage to many yet their infection rate is the same or higher than Florida per head of population who took a much more humane method.

  43. publius says:

    count me in.

  44. Mike Ryan says:

    Term Limits
    Drug Testing

    Canberra politicians and anyone who takes government stipends must be drug tested.
    Term limits for pollies and mandarins urgently.

  45. rickw says:

    Common sense! Never going to work in Australia!

    Count me in! I want to see every one of the fuckers currently in Government scrubbing toilets for the rest of their careers.

  46. rickw says:

    Term Limits
    Drug Testing

    Financial audits to detect those yummy Chicom $ ?

  47. another ian says:

    That Rutherford article is giving a page not found – still accessible from the link here

    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2021/03/07/w-o-o-d-7-mar-2021/#comment-141147

    ATM

  48. Kneel says:

    “Term Limits”

    Good grief – unless that includes public serpents, guess who’ll be running the joint? Certain “Yes, Minister” episodes are quite apropos here.

    In any case, the kickback about COVID-1984 and associated vaccines is too little too late – once they got the “waacist” crap mainstream, we were already done for. When you are waacist because you don’t care about someones skin colour, logic and common sense has already disappeared down the gurgler, so why complain about the coof response?

    Just shut up, ignore the idiots and go about your business protecting you and yours as best you can – with any luck, the place will hold together long enough to see you out. A bit of “evolution in action” to cull the idiocracy every now and then doesn’t hurt, just prepare your descendents as best you can. Nothing else to do, sorry to say.

  49. Matt says:

    It’s funny that you are surprised the Oz didn’t publish this.

  50. BalancedObservation2 says:

    “… one Western nation – Sweden – did not fall into the trap set by CCP’s fake videos of people falling down and dying on the roadside from covid. Sweden followed its standard plans and refused to impose coercive lockdowns or quarantines. It had no border closures.”

    Sweden’s death toll 13,262
    Sweden’s population 10.23 million

    Australia’s death toll 909
    Australia’s population 25 million.

  51. Rex Anger says:

    And how many of those Swedish dead were elderly people, crowded into tightly-packed communal living arrangements, with limited quarantine measures applied to said living arrangements?

    And how many Australian dead were stuck in the same arrangements in Victoria, and where infected patients were sent back from hospitals into their bursing homes because Vik’Health’ were trying to keep spaces open for the tsunami of snifflers who never materialised?

    You know, before you do a Confabulator Bob, and start beating your chest at us about the relative ratios of the dead, etc.

  52. BalancedObservation2 says:

    Joanna Smythe

    The censoring at The Australian has got out of hand. Unlike you I cancelled my subscription. I resented paying $40 a month to be censored, or the cheaper offer they made to keep me.

    But it’s not just The Australian. The Fairfax press is the same. I’ve cancelled there too. And again refused a cheaper rate. So many of my fair and objective comments on the media bargaining code were censored there. An issue Fairfax had a huge vested interest in.

    This is of great concern because these media companies control nearly all the media in Australia. Both have changed recently to be more like each other which is a further concern particularly when they are censoring comments which challenge their apparent bias and apparent lack of editorial integrity.

    The media bargaining code legislation is going to make the situation worse. It’s net effect has been to drive competitors in social media to make secret deals with the near monopoly local media – further concentrating sources of news in this country.

    The media code will not improve journalism in this country as its advocates claim. It’s already working to concentrate sources of news in the market with these secret deals.

    And the code does not have anything whatsoever in it to ensure any money in any of the secret agreements it’s spawned goes to improving journalism. Nor is there any provision whatsoever for feedback to determine whether the code has improved journalism. My view is journalism will get worse not better.

    And when a government takes a huge step to intervene in the private market it should have safeguards to ensure the intervention has been warranted and things have improved. There are no such safeguards at all in the legislation.

  53. STJOHNOFGRAFTON says:

    Great post Sanjeev. The only point on which I don’t have accord is giving oldies and co-morbids the jab. This would finish them off.

  54. Mak Siccar says:

    The philosopher Isaiah Berlin warned us: “The first people totalitarians destroy or silence are men of ideas and free minds.”

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