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Where’s wisdom gone?

6 June 2020

9:00 AM

6 June 2020

9:00 AM

At what point did the West, including Australia, abandon common sense and reason in favour of decision-making worthy of the script of a bad 1980s dystopian horror flick? And why? That will be one for future historians to mull over, but it is clear that at some point in the last decade our politicians ceased to be motivated by cold hard facts and experience but chose instead to be guided by raw emotion and irrational, adolescent-type feelings designed to make matters worse, not better. The results, predictably, have not been pretty.

Cities in flames. Out-of-control looters risking being shot but still wearing their paper face masks to ward off a killer virus. Groups of tearful whites begging forgiveness from their bemused black neighbours. Entire towns and communities in lockdown, businesses boarded up and millions on the dole queues including in remote outback places where they are more likely to bump into Lord Lucan than the corona virus. Public health officials breaking their own draconian lockdown rules for a bit of hanky panky. A sixteen-year old seer who effortlessly morphs from high priestess of climate change (best line: ‘I see carbon dioxide’) to expert epidemiologist. Coroners finding no evidence of the killer virus that supposedly killed a 30-year-old man, whose death was used to justify the insane closing of state borders. You couldn’t make this stuff up. Indeed, if this movie weren’t so violent and tragic, it would be high farce.

Let’s start with the current riots in the United States, now spreading around the globe. It should go without saying that the death of George Floyd at the hands, or rather knee, of a police officer was grotesque and abhorrent. That officer now faces murder charges and no doubt his three colleagues will also be called to account. That should have been the end of the story. Roll credits.

Instead, that tragic death has triggered mayhem and violence (and deaths) across America and now around the world. Yet the facts are clear: more white men are killed by American cops than black men are killed by American cops. Full stop. By all means protest police brutality, but do so armed with facts and reason rather than hysterical misinformation. Yes, ‘black lives matter’, as do, equally, red, white, brown and yellow ones. To imply that black lives matter over and above other lives (now a common assertion among ‘woke’ activists) is to descend into the very racism that Dr Martin Luther King and others correctly warned against and deplored.

Equally dangerous and stupid (not to mention racist) are the attempts to draw parallels between the social grievances of African-Americans and the push for ‘recognition’ of indigenous Australians. Yet that is what local activists have done, borrowing the ‘black lives matter’ mantra from the US and repurposing it, much as they successfully did with other leftist concepts such as ‘First Nations’ (also borrowed from the States). When the likes of Liberal MP Ken Wyatt are prepared to fuel this divisive nonsense, it’s time for wiser voices to prevail before it’s too late.

As for the corona virus, it is now abundantly clear that the Australian government got one half of its ‘lives and livelihoods’ project right and the other half stupendously wrong. Full marks for closing the borders and banning large crowds back in March. The swiftness of that action definitely put Australia in our bug-beating position, with just over a hundred deaths to date despite the so-called experts warning of hundreds of thousands of dead within weeks. As we wrote on this page on 21 March, ‘There is a perverse logic to Covid-19: the more seriously we take it now, the less serious it will turn out to be.’

Which is precisely what occurred. A mere fortnight later, on 4 April, we then wrote that ‘if logic dictates the way to beat an exponentially-increasing virus is to go in hard and early, logic also dictates that in order not to do too much damage to the economy, a clear timetable for getting out is critical. This is not a war of attrition.’ Sadly, that advice was ignored and we now find ourselves having stopped the spread of the virus (terrific job, guys) but having saddled ourselves with massive debt and pointlessly destroyed untold livelihoods because we kept illogical restrictions going far too long. Come the next election, the Coalition will struggle to justify the recession we didn’t have to have. And as for the ‘national cabinet’ of state premiers – Inspector Clouseau-like caricatures of petty authoritarianism – we didn’t vote for them and we don’t want them in our national affairs.

Meanwhile, the climate change/renewables hoax gurgles away in the background, draining our people of the cheap energy critical to our economic recovery and future prosperity.

Common sense and heeding the voices of reason and experience would have allowed us to avoid the worst of these calamities. The wisdom of our forefathers appears to be missing, as we pander to the leftist mobs with emotion and irrational virtue-signalling.

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