I was with two friends on Friday over coffee. Re-education came up as it applies to communist China and the Uyghurs; to communist regimes generally. I thought, hello, we Australians have been subjected to massive re-education campaigns for some considerable time.
Of course, re-education is to do with replacing truths, or at least the pursuit of them, with lies to serve a political agenda. Think of the lie that Australia was invaded rather than settled. That the indigenous inhabitants formed nations. That there was ever a possibility of such technologically and culturally primitive and sparsely populated nomadic tribes ever being able to hold onto Australia. That there was ever a better outcome, out of all possible outcomes, than settlement by the British.
The lies go on and have gotten into schools. Who doesn’t believe in the lie of the so-called Stolen Generations? Hardly anyone. This is despite Keith Windschuttle’s masterly and scholarly debunking of the fabrication in his book, The Fabrication of Aboriginal History (Vol 3). Oh, Rudd apologised for it; it must be true. You notice how Peter Dutton got out of absenting himself from the Parliament on the fateful day. It was a mistake, he said. He couldn’t be there while Aboriginal children were still being abused dreadfully.
A lie on a lie, I suspect. He knows that there was no systematic removal of part-Aboriginal children from their families. He knows that good people who took neglected children into care have been unfairly maligned. Yet, he has to live the lie to survive. A pretty powerful and successful re-education campaign, I’d say.
Then, to segue, there’s Covid. Has there ever been anything like it? Healthy people prevented from leaving home; working, visiting infirm relatives and the like. But that’s not it. What’s it is that healthy people were persuaded to like being locked up. Voted back in politicians, who locked them up, with increased majorities. And the vaccines. No proof at all that they work. How many obese people with other comorbidities – the only cohort at material risk – did the vaccines save. Who knows? We are not told. I suspect none. Yet parents are apparently getting their healthy 5- to 11-year-olds jabbed to counter a non-existent threat. A bloke at lunch moved away from me last month because he discovered I was not vaccinated. The well-known fact that vaccinated people catch the virus and pass it on does not negate the power of the re-education campaign.
Finally, to climate change. Talk to anyone. Or most anyone. Not only do they believe that we are at existential risk from climate change, despite the evidence that natural disasters are causing much less harm than they ever did, but that we can do something about it. Tell them that China spews out 26 or 27 times more CO2 than Australia and is busily building many new coal-power stations. Talk to the wall. The remaining neurons in their brains shut down. Re-education complete.
The commies can learn a thing or two from us. I suspect those living in China, in the Soviet Union in the past, in North Korea, develop an immunity. A sledgehammer approach, obvious and ludicrous propaganda, might not be as effective as the more subtle techniques employed by our betters. Anyway, the proof is in the puddin. Look around you and despair. Six teals, empty-heads, deluded women, were voted in. My next-door neighbour, an otherwise sensible person, voted for one, she tells me.
One way to put it is that we are living in a society moulded by lies. Lies everywhere. The Father of Lies must be chortling, in his own demonic way.