Home of the scared and land of the compliant

A security fence topped with razor wire surrounds the US Capitol in Washington. Picture: AFPA security fence topped with razor wire surrounds the US Capitol in Washington.

Is this the best journalist in Australia, the one who wrote this: Plague panic chills reason and chokes liberalism. Who else says anything like this anywhere?

Once the capital of the land of the free and home of the brave, the compliant and scared have taken their place in Washington, DC….

Deaths are sad, but COVID-19 has taken far more than loved ones. Conventions going back centuries restraining democratic governments have been dumped….

A few weeks ago former British Supreme Court judge and historian Jonathan Sumption gave the most eloquent and cogent critique of the “despotic and irrational” lockdown and mask obsessions that have “deprived everyone of what makes life worth living” and “thrown science out the window”….

Please watch it before Facebook, Twitter and Google remove it from the internet as part of a worrying trend towards censorship by firms that once praised free speech online….

A year on from the start of lockdowns around the world, we have learned three lessons. Foremost, we are far more compliant than we thought….

The pandemic also has revealed levels of intellectual laziness and credulity we might not have expected from ever higher spending on education….

Finally, despite decades of globalisation and internationalism, both Australians and Americans have evinced profoundly parochial sentiments….

Freedom and democracy aren’t the same. In the 19th century, the liberal John Stuart Mill worried that the gyrations of public sentiment would erode the individual rights of free association, movement, protest and speech.

His contemporary, Alexis de Tocqueville, in his famous observations on the US, said democracy unchecked would tend to “reduce each nation to being nothing more than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd”.

COVID is proving them right.

If he’s not the best, he is certainly the bravest. This is the “Most Liked” Comment found at The Oz where the article appeared.

Adam [Creighton], love your work (I mean all of your articles on this bender of public fear called COVID 19). I’ve always found it odd that myself and four of my siblings, now middle aged and over, reacted with anger and outrage the moment governments here started implementing COVID policies that curtailed personal liberties. We didn’t argue amongst ourselves, or cajole, bully or debate each other on the issue – we all saw red collectively. I see a similar outrage from some commenters here in the Australian (but more seem to argue for restrictions), and I don’t see any outrage or indignation in my workplace or amongst friends and acquaintances on the subject. The recent Qld election rout shows just how many are happy to be kept safe by Big Bro, too. The vast majority of Queenslanders are compliantly wearing masks – even when not required – while myself and fam avoid public places and seethe with anger and frustration behind our masks when we have to. I guess I’m confused as to why something that comes naturally to me and mine doesn’t come naturally to the majority, but Adam, I’m happy that we have you and your eloquence in our court.

And just below that comment was this:

Watching the West hand a decisive, overwhelming economic and industrial advantage to a huge dictatorship on the rise, China, over the last decade and more, by crippling ourselves with our Left’s insistence on industrially prohibitive expensive and unreliable energy, has been enough to cause many astute observers to conclude that the classical liberal ascendancy’s time is likely running out.

Watching the West implode with Covid put it beyond any doubt. For so many years we thought, in our complacency, that giving China an easy run in the WTO and in trade & climate agreements would make China more liberal, more like us. After Covid, we’re more like them, except that the downsides of Western modern ‘liberalism’ – the loss of social cohesion, the attacks on our long-standing institutions, the loss of cultural identity, the poison of identity politics and the demonisation of our historical legitimacy have only gotten worse.

All the attacks on our societies by our Left are now harnessed by the CCP. Observe the speechlessness of the new left-wing administration in the US in the face of CCP criticism at Anchorage. How could the US representative contradict China’s charges when the charges came straight from the US Dem’s political playbook? Our cultural self-loathing has become our adversaries’ most potent weapon.

We can now either learn from our extreme over-reaction to a ‘pandemic’ which doesn’t even come anywhere near as serious as those of the past such as the Spanish Flu of 1918-20, or we can continue down the path of totalitarianism towards the CCP model. Given the relentless denigration of our culture and history by the left-wing educators and media that dominate, however, it’s unlikely we’ll have the motivation to fight for what is being lost.

Worst of all, China remains free of the self-demonisation we have to endure, while we won’t be, under the increasingly censorious and illiberal trend of our governments, MSM and big tech. I don’t envy the Western young.

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55 Responses to Home of the scared and land of the compliant

  1. Steve trickler says:

    Please watch it before Facebook, Twitter and Google remove it from the internet as part of a worrying trend towards censorship by firms that once praised free speech online….

    Just a quibble.

    They can remove it from their platforms, but not the internet. Everything banned so far related to this scam can easily be found elsewhere😊

  2. Herodotus says:

    Basically we’re fucked because not enough people are prepared to go hard against this new totalitarianism.

  3. Herodotus says:

    And that goes for the blog management who allow all manner of crapologist trolls to denature threads here.

  4. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    A few weeks ago former British Supreme Court judge and historian Jonathan Sumption gave the most eloquent and cogent critique of the “despotic and irrational” lockdown and mask obsessions that have “deprived everyone of what makes life worth living” and “thrown science out the window”….

    Soon we will be seeing this sort of lament for the life we had before ‘the great re-set’ started to kick in. Based on similarly fallacious modelling as the highly variable Covid models we suffered, we will wake up too late to the true meaning of ‘woke’ when it comes to climate change and realise with sorrow what unreasoning belief there has done to us.

  5. Tel says:

    How could the US representative contradict China’s charges when the charges came straight from the US Dem’s political playbook?

    The Democrats contradict themselves every day, they have never seen hypocrisy as a problem … they no longer even bother to worry when people point it out.

  6. 132andBush says:

    A large % of our fellow citizens want no more than to have control over the rest of us.
    Convincing the still larger % of citizens that this is the case and that the motives of the former are not purely altruistic is bloody near impossible.

    A lot of people are ignorant of history.
    A lot of people are ignorant of human nature.

  7. miltonf says:

    There was a putsch in 2020- Brexit and Trump had to be stopped.

  8. miltonf says:

    I regard BloJo’s antics in Britain as a punishment imposed on the British people for supporting Brexit.

  9. Roger says:

    The pandemic also has revealed levels of intellectual laziness and credulity we might not have expected from ever higher spending on education….

    The disconnect between what is spent on education and the results from that expenditure has been evident for decades. Only someone who hasn’t been paying attention would be surprised.

    Creighton’s questioning of the covid consensus is welcome, but as someone who’s followed him for several years I can only say he runs hot and cold. Sorry, but if he’s our best it’s a mediocre field.

  10. miltonf says:

    if he’s our best it’s a mediocre field.

    we all know that

  11. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    Creighton’s questioning of the covid consensus is welcome, but as someone who’s followed him for several years I can only say he runs hot and cold. Sorry, but if he’s our best it’s a mediocre field.

    He’s about to head to US to become the Oz’s correspondent there, replacing the execrable Cameron Stewart.

    A true reflection of Creighton’s worth as a journalist will be how objectively he reports on the circus that’s siezed power there. I’m not hopeful.

  12. miltonf says:

    He’s about to head to US to become the Oz’s correspondent there, replacing the execrable Cameron Stewart.

    Why do I need some Australian germalist to tell me what’s going on in the US?

  13. Ceres says:

    we are far more compliant than we thought….
    The pandemic also has revealed levels of intellectual laziness and credulity

    Love Adam Creighton. So rational and sensible.
    This virus has brought out of the woodwork fellow citizens who’ve been itching to dob in others, berate others and control others. Ignorant, nasty people who’ve been given the green light with covid hysteria. They’ve always been lurking but civility and the law has kept a lid on their widespread emergence. Don’t know if it’s possible to put the genie back in the bottle. Worrying times.

  14. Jannie says:

    Maybe its time for revolution and civil war, and maybe the Russians will support the revolutionaries, but either way the problem is the Chinese will support the status quo.

  15. Mother Lode says:

    For so many years we thought, in our complacency, that giving China an easy run in the WTO and in trade & climate agreements would make China more liberal, more like us.

    I remember people defending the awarding of the Olympics to Beijing saying that it was like a reward to the Chinese for more liberal policies adopted and an encouragement to further good behaviour to come.

    I remember actually getting angry with someone (something I am generally loathe to do – and for which heatedness I apologised afterward) saying that it actually meant they could get what they wanted already.

    She also opined that overtime China would increasingly incline to full-blown democracy. I countered that it would change until it reached a stable state which need not be the same balance of rights and restrictions we have. That she did not get that quite surprised me.

    Somehow the fact this entire conversation took place in front of the Atomic Bomb Museum in Hiroshima seems to volunteer itself for some significance, but for the life of me I cannot imagine what.

  16. JC says:

    Isn’t the below the right word?

    He’s about to head to US to become the Oz’s correspondent there, replacing the excretable Cameron Stewart.

  17. Albatross says:

    Maybe if he were eaten by a lion. I would support such a measure.

  18. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    Why do I need some Australian germalist to tell me what’s going on in the US?

    Given I don’t have a subscription to the Oz, I’ll certainly be getting by without.

  19. Tel says:

    For so many years we thought, in our complacency, that giving China an easy run in the WTO and in trade & climate agreements would make China more liberal, more like us.

    And indeed they are becoming more like us … they are no longer starving, and they have cars, electricity, computers, that they didn’t have before and which make them more like us.

    They used to murder millions of their own population, but now they have reduced that down to feeding a few Falon Gung into the medical recycling plant and giving the Uighurs a gentle whipping to make them work. That’s huge progress, surely!

    Give China another 10 years and they will be finding some hapless Middle Eastern nation, with no hope of defending itself, and dropping bombs on it … they you will know they have become exactly like us.

  20. Tel says:

    I remember people defending the awarding of the Olympics to Beijing saying that it was like a reward to the Chinese for more liberal policies adopted and an encouragement to further good behaviour to come.

    I thought that was the first shot in the trade war … hoping to bankrupt China early and get the whole thing over with.

    The IOC managed to almost destroy NSW in 2000, you would have expected bigger things of them when they got to China.

  21. Albatross says:

    Tel says:
    April 6, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Kek!

  22. Mother Lode says:

    I thought that was the first shot in the trade war … hoping to bankrupt China early and get the whole thing over with.

    Didn’t think of that.

    I remember thinking something similar to Clinton granting them ‘Most Favored Nation’ status. Why change their modus operandi?

  23. Botswana O'Hooligan says:

    My Russian born wife who has been steadfastly against these impositions that go against our constitution remarked –years back the West was vociferous in condemning the Soviet Union of my childhood for the impositions placed upon its citizens, but now the West, the supposed cradle of democracy, is now subjecting its citizens to impositions as bad as, or far worse than those the Soviet Union imposed on its citizens, and most people are agreeing with that–.

  24. duncanm says:

    Botswana O’Hooligan says:
    April 6, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    The saviour of the Western tradition, if there is one, will be the former states of Eastern Europe.

    They still feel the sting of totalitarianism.

  25. BrettW says:

    Talking of Lord Sumption, isn’t it time the eminent legal minds below resigned from the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal ? Three are from Australia and others from UK and Commonwealth. It is no doubt a very lucrative gig for not very much time. However after the new national security laws in HK you would think they would resign rather than have their presence used to imply the rule of law and the “one country two systems” still exists in HK.

    I note Gleeson has even been awarded a medal for his services.
    Non-Permanent Judges of the Court of Final Appeal
    The Hon Mr Justice BOKHARY, GBM
    The Hon Mr Justice CHAN, GBM
    The Hon Mr Justice TANG, GBM, SBS
    The Hon Mr Justice STOCK, GBS
    The Rt Hon the Lord HOFFMANN, GBS
    The Rt Hon the Lord MILLETT, GBS
    The Hon Mr Justice Murray GLEESON, GBS
    The Rt Hon the Lord NEUBERGER of Abbotsbury, GBS
    The Rt Hon the Lord WALKER of Gestingthorpe, GBS
    The Rt Hon the Lord COLLINS of Mapesbury
    The Rt Hon the Lord PHILLIPS of Worth Matravers
    The Hon Mr Justice William GUMMOW
    The Hon Mr Justice Robert FRENCH
    The Rt Hon the Lord REED of Allermuir
    The Rt Hon the Baroness HALE of Richmond
    The Rt Hon Madam Justice Beverley McLACHLIN
    The Rt Hon Lord SUMPTION
    The Rt Hon Lord HODGE

  26. Eyrie says:

    A large % of our fellow citizens want no more than to have control over the rest of us.
    Convincing the still larger % of citizens that this is the case and that the motives of the former are not purely altruistic is bloody near impossible.

    Time for the Heinlein quote:

    “Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.”

  27. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    Western Democracy Death Watch

  28. Old School Conservative says:

    He’s about to head to US to become the Oz’s correspondent there, replacing the execrable Cameron Stewart.

    I gather from his article that Creighton is already there.
    Fait accompli.

  29. Chris M says:

    He’s about to head to US to become the Oz’s correspondent there

    Well they could just get reports from the ABC’s dis-United States correspondent seeing as News are embracing that sort of view more. Plus the news reports would be free, already paid for by the Australian people.

  30. Tim Neilson says:

    The saviour of the Western tradition, if there is one, will be the former states of Eastern Europe.

    They still feel the sting of totalitarianism.

    I, for one, would welcome the Winged Hussars saving us from our enemies within.

  31. egg_ says:

    SBS Vice News (US Production) featured selective? Romanians welcoming COVID Aid from both Russia and China, stating it was apolitical.

    Beware of Bad Samaritans
    China and Russia are sending medical aid to Italy and other coronavirus-stricken countries, but their motives aren’t so altruistic.

  32. Fair Shake says:

    Whilst elsewhere in the Australian there is article about a Centrist Aussie journo returning to Australia after several years working at Huffington Post. Centrist? Huffington Post? Defending Stephen Colbert from extreme Left makes one a centrist? Really? Of course the comment section was closed.

  33. Ozman says:

    Tel says:
    April 6, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    For so many years we thought…giving China an easy run…would make China…more like us…. they are no longer starving, and they have cars, electricity, computers, that they didn’t have before and which make them more like us…. another 10 years and they will be finding some hapless Middle Eastern nation, with no hope of defending itself, and dropping bombs on it…then you will know they have become exactly like us.

    Incisive comment. Except “us”, at the end, probably should be capitalized, as in “the US”.

  34. Entropy says:

    I am astonished that there are still fences and military surrounding Washington.

    The State taking such steps in protecting itself from its citizens is never a good look.

    Why the lack of media interest in this very obvious visual manifestation of the fear of the people within government is also gobsmacking.

  35. Mater says:

    I am astonished that there are still fences and military surrounding Washington.

    Might they still be fearful of what may yet be discovered, or come out?

  36. Paul says:

    Interesting article. There are no coinincidences here, communism and lockdowns, based on left wing generated fears.

    I still believe this was a plandemic.

    No past pandemics required freedom upon vaccinations.

  37. Marc says:

    The Phoenician Families have been playing this game for a very long time. It didn’t start with Covid, or climate change, or ratifying UN conventions. It has been in progress much longer.
    There is more information available to the masses than ever in our known history. Yet here we are. Swimming in a molasses like sludge of dis-information, ignorance and applied propaganda.
    The media is a part of this cabal of globalists. The key component. It was their tool to lull us all to sleep. Keep us entertained with the footy, the horses, whos going to win The Block or My kitchen Rules. It has kept us scared, and then reassured us in an endless cycle. Keeping us misinformed and in a state of ignorance. Brainwashed.
    It has worked in conjunction with the many destructions, the tearing down of traditions and societal constructs that were our strengths and reasons.
    It is globalist in its entirety. Not CCP, China, American or any one single nation, but truly globalist in their agenda. Their pursuit for power.
    It has been underway now for a very long time.
    We have been asleep at the wheel. More concerned with financing our retirements, or which caravan to next purchase. More afraid of dying than spending your time living.
    There are some very intelligent people here on the cat. Yet it seems that most are still asleep.
    Blaming individual politicians, governments, public servants, or banks and corporations is, at this late stage pointless. Even if they are deserving of our contempt.

    The only power you have left is to NOT comply. That’s it

    Take the hits. Suffer the consequences. Find the courage.
    Stand up for your convictions in the real world. Not just some online blog on the internet.

  38. Mak Siccar says:

    Slightly off thread but well worth a read. An extract follows.

    Rocco, +1000.

    https://spectator.com.au/2021/04/where-are-our-conservative-heroes/

    The biggest problem for the Prime Minister, however, is that he need look no further than himself to find many of the reasons for his government’s travails. As The Spectator Australia noted in its editorial on 20 March, just a fortnight ago, the unfortunate reality is that if you don’t always stand on points of principle and fight for values – such as the presumption of innocence or the importance of individual responsibility – when you have the leeway to do so, then you won’t get the opportunity to when you don’t.

    November 28 last year marked the thirtieth anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s resignation as prime pinister. Her success in government, along with that of Ronald Reagan, centred on the implementation of core conservative ideals: lower taxes, smaller government, reward for individual effort, defence of the family and the importance of: national sovereignty, the rule of law and, above all, individual liberty.

  39. Paul says:

    a person’s right to protest stops short at the point where they have to trample on other people rights to go about their ordinary business

    Well said because what we see is police succumbing to the fascist lefty mobs who do exactly that trample on our right to go lawfully about our business

    Freedom of speech does not convey the mobs right to trample on our freedom of speech let alone all our freedoms

  40. Paul says:

    The sooner we get back govt who can sack all of the commies in our public service the better.
    Nothing our govts do is without lefty bureaucrats making the suggestions then approving the directions of govt.

  41. Andre Lewis says:

    There are those in the West hopeful that the CCP/Xi regime will fade away or the proles will rise up and get rid of them but don’t be too sure. Mao was a murderous monster who enslaved and wholesale slaughtered millions of his people but he died in bed still officially in charge. His image is shown everywhere in the country still. They have an unlimited capacity to put up with psychopaths.

  42. Fat Tony says:

    Andre Lewis says:
    April 7, 2021 at 8:44 am
    …….. They have an unlimited capacity to put up with psychopaths.

    It’s amazing what you’ll put up with when they have guns and you don’t.

  43. Old School Conservative says:

    I am astonished that there are still fences and military surrounding Washington.

    The Biden/Harris duumvirate believe that Q is real. Trump and the military are poised to strike. Hence the proactive defence measures.

  44. duncanm says:

    Entropy says:
    April 7, 2021 at 6:36 am
    I am astonished that there are still fences and military surrounding Washington.

    Its Kabuki theatre… keeping the impression that there’s a white nationalist right-wing (Trump) threat to democracy.

  45. Roger says:

    Its Kabuki theatre… keeping the impression that there’s a white nationalist right-wing (Trump) threat to democracy.

    Democrats step up their efforts to “unify the US” post-6th January:

    House & Senate Democrats vow to “extinguish all bigoted beliefs.”

    Southern Poverty Law Centre report which identifies – among 800+ other groups – traditional Catholic & Evangelical groups as exponents of hate speech to form a template for policy.

  46. Chris M says:

    There is a transition to Harris soon and this will be a time of heightened tension so the defensive and enforcement measures need to remain in place.

  47. miltonf says:

    Why did they even bother with the old thief? Why not just put Harris straight in? How former citizens voted is irrelevant.

  48. Kneel says:

    “Why did they even bother with the old thief? Why not just put Harris straight in? “

    Because the Kackling Kamel is not very popular – she dropped out of the primaries at the first stage with, IIRC, less than 1% of voters supporting her.
    The Bidet was said to be “centrist” and voters were told that if you voted him in, things would “go back to normal”.
    Plus it was “his turn”.
    The Bidet will be kept in place as long as possible – 2 years minimum, so that the Kackling Kamel can to a full two terms on her own. Plus, with a mentally incompetent “leader”, the old Obama cabinet, which Bidet re-instated, can “do their thing” with no interference – they just need to gently remind Joe that he already agreed to it yesterday. True or not, he won’t know and will just agree.

  49. Mango Man says:

    I thought this Creighton bloke was an economist? He writes like Marx! Full of rhetoric and emphasis on images and puffery. Surely the substance of the China is its basic power, both economic and political? Even the US has to do business with China and will do for the foreseeable, as will Rio and BHP and Forrest – not to mention Mr Mineralogy!
    The US missed its main chance on China’s illegal projection when it did not act on China’s decision to occupy a shoal that is an important Indonesian fishing ground. Now it’s trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube after Trump undid its vital alliances and WTO architecture.
    China’s economic management isn’t great, but it’s a command economy. The main game now is blocking the theft of IP and the use of state capital to dominate commercial markets.

  50. Bad Samaritan says:

    Marc (7.59am) and all others with fancy explanations of why so many have been exposed as craven cowards and bed-wetters….

    How is it that some people; some pockets of people: some whole electorates of people are totally impervious to the incessant 24/7 BS?

    Example: in the Qld election last year, while Anastacia and her fascist goons got a thumping victory and a swing overall of 4%, the great electorate of Burdekin swung 11% against the fascists. The neighbouring electorate of Whitsundays, despite the turmoil of the sitting LNP member being expelled from the party, got a 2% swing.

    Facts are that up here in Burdekin/Whitsundays we are not gutless cowards like all the rest. Get up here now and join the resistance Kameraden Katze!

  51. Entropy says:

    I would support separation of north Qld from the rest of the country. Say north of the tropic.

  52. Entropy:

    I would support separation of north Qld from the rest of the country. Say north of the tropic.

    Nooo!
    It leaves Barcaldine about 20k into sub Qld.

  53. Bad Samaritan:

    How is it that some people; some pockets of people: some whole electorates of people are totally impervious to the incessant 24/7 BS?

    I suggest to you that the counting and transmission of the votes has been corrupted.

  54. Faceache says:

    “The human understanding when it has once adopted a position draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects or despises, or else by some distinction sets aside and rejects.” Francis Bacon

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