In response to a recent post, Carpe wrote a comment that has more thumbs up than any other comment so far on this blog. Reproduced in part below. Which got me thinking.
Watching history videos I have a new word today:
The chevauchée could be used as a way of forcing an enemy to fight, or as a means of discrediting the enemy’s government and detaching his subjects from their loyalty. This usually caused a massive flight of refugees to fortified towns and castles, which would be untouched by the chevauchée.
Are we being subject to some sort of modern cheevauchee? Is the idea of these insane policies to drive sentiment towards our governments and institutions to utter contempt?
Here it is in part, from Carpe:
My Australian citizenship was something I have always valued, but no longer. What I have seen in the last 2 years from the outside looking in horrifies me, this is not the country I knew as a boy nor is it the place where my children spent their years as toddlers and youths. It is not the place where my wife could spend her working and private life free from the formalities that exist in Japan but could unleash her inner bogan with a joy that was delightful to see.
Many people here know that I am an expat living in Japan, I have met and had dinner with people here and on the old iteration of the Cat. I am a FIFO worker (Building/Civil/Marine) primarily in pacific rim work and SE Asia.
I should thank you I suppose, you have given me the motivation to renounce my citizenship, something I never thought I would do, as being Australian defined who I was overseas. Becoming a Japanese citizen is a very difficult process (google it to find out how difficult it is), but what you write and the sense of entitlement that goes with it leaves me gobsmacked.
Australia is effectively a Gulag, run at the whim of insane premiers and the lackwit CHO’s who’s raison detre seems to be bedwetting and victimhood. The mere fact that the federal political class obviated their duty to the Australian people to these state based swine and their petty tyrants in waiting in both the bureaucracy and policing is a disgrace.
Australia may no longer be my home, but sadly, being an Australian is no longer what I wish to be.