Totalitaria – and our present road to serfdom?
If you want to give anyone a really must book for Christmas, then Ian Wishart’s Totalitaria is the one.
As the Australian commentator Bill Muehlenberg reminds us in CultureWatch, Malcolm Muggeridge, who died in 1990, a former Communist sympathizer turned strongly anti-Communist and Christian, foretold in attacking the evils of Soviet totalitarianism:
“We can watch the institutions and social structures of our time collapse – and I think you who are young are fated to watch them collapse … with…an irresistibly growing power of materialism and materialistic societies”.
Muggeridge became a powerful critic of western liberalism – “the great liberal death wish”. (http://www.billmuehlenberg
His warning? Totalitarianism is on the march, and the hour is late to oppose it.
Other warnings have been given us, as in Hilaire Belloc’s The Servile State, and more recently The Road to Serfdom, written by the Austrian-born economist and philosopher Friedrich von Hayek.
However, what if we in this country are further along this road to serfdom, than our grandparents, even our parents, would have thought possible?
What if the evidence is now inescapable of the creeping State – and if the growing threat to the West is white-anting our children’s future…while we are sleeping?
What if we as a country, and individually, don’t care enough; think it doesn’t really apply to us; are too defeatist – or lazy – or simply don’t realise the importance of caring to inform ourselves about what is really going on – and that these are factual issues?
Then it’s hard to dodge the fact that we share the responsibility for letting down ourselves, and our country.
Moreover, given that the few who do have the integrity and courage to oppose very wrong things that are happening are making considerable sacrifices to do so – and are often virulently targeted by those who have the ear of our “liberal” mainstream media, what are we doing to support them?
Our answer is important…
We’ve all seen the now only too prevalent replacing of much-needed debate by facile ridicule, and, in particular – by deliberately politicized and intimidatory accusations of “racist”, “homophobic”, and so on… degenerating into “conservative”, “out-of-touch” – or, apparently most dangerous of all, “Christian”.
Yes, Nietzsche reminded us, in his own words – although he deplored Western civilization’s underpinning by Christianity, arguing that there is no essential morality that governs all of us…“Christianity is the light of the West”.
What if that light is under ever-increasing, even virulent attack?
For an interesting and refreshing analysis on why he himself is Christian, read below for “U2’s Bono gives surprising interview on faith.”
No matter what our own personal beliefs, or sadly, lack of any, the question that needs facing is why the battle against Christianity is the primary focus of both neo-Marxism (Communism tarted up in cultural drag) and the One World agendists?
What do they fear?
And why is the latter being pushed by both the anti-the West, United Nations – promoted by the ubiquitous and smooth-tongued Helen Clark – and by the EU, intent on whittling away the sovereign rights and independent decision-making of its members’ governments?
Just well-intentioned Utopianism, surely?
Unfortunately, no. The evidence – no, not conspiracy theories – the actual evidence is not only to the contrary, but we would have to be very naive and/or extremely ignorant not to see that we have now turned in such wrong directions that it is going to be difficult indeed to find our way back.
Yes, it can be done – but not by your and my inertia, inactivity, laziness, excessive “tolerance”, pragmatism, fatalism – or any other of the excuses we use to justify doing nothing.
The US itself is being undermined, with a “liberal” activism gaining momentum, characterized both by an aggressive intolerance of genuine debate on important social and moral issues – and by a lessening of democratic freedoms which is being determinedly promoted by those surrounding its rogue President. And the evidence is all round us of the push for countries like New Zealand to gradually bring their citizens further and further under government control.
Our own government is now very much pressured by damagingly powerful overseas interests, with the complicity of the majority of our self-serving MPs representing their own career prospects, rather than those of New Zealanders at large – let alone actually democratically representing their electorates.
The 100 Days – Claiming Back New Zealand movement, illustrating what has gone wrong and how we can control our politicians (see this book in The Briefing information below) provides the blueprint for doing just this.
Our prior initiative is now being followed in Australia, with the “Give Us Back Our Country” movement and book co-authored by the highly respected Professor David Flint and Jai Martinkovits.
The coming election year is an opportune and highly promising time to make more widely known the one strategy that can eventually bring to a halt the rise of a soft totalitarianism in this country.
For example? – Dominion Post journalist Tracey Watkins, without a hint of irony, in a typically soft assessment of Prime Minister John Key’s wielding of political power for five years, writes: “Meanwhile, ministers’ offices keep churning out policy and printing new legislation. It is a grinding, relentless pace of around the clock government.”
We should be shocked. The never-ending stream of policies being inflicted on us – together with hundreds of pieces of new legislation these recent few years – have been almost totally produced without any democratic input from New Zealanders themselves.
Equally as culpably, on important issues – such as the infamous anti-smacking legislation; The Coastal and Marine Area Bill… the punitive Emissions Trading Scheme; the ongoing gravy train of highly contestable treaty settlements and resettlements – and the selling off of our national assets and our land – the wishes of New Zealanders themselves have been completely ignored.
We can include the deliberate dumbing down of education; the abandonment of effective traditional teaching; the propagandising of our vulnerable children through highly politicised, and inappropriately sexualized, programmes now inflicted on them in our State schools. All these are part of a direct attack on values was formerly most important to us as a stable and well-informed society.
This is creeping, soft totalitarianism.
Contrast this with a far more successful, highly educated – and the most democratic country in the world, Switzerland – where Parliament meets briefly only four times a year, and its MPs, working in other occupations, trades and professions, spend only one day a week on parliamentary activity.
The question Ms Watkins failed to ask is why our “ministers’ offices keep churning out policy and printing new legislation.”
And why are we being ground down by her reported “grinding relentless pace of around the clock government”?
The way forward?
Don’t vote – as a powerful protest?
Most important of all – don’t support undemocratic party politics – i.e. don’t give party hierarchies what they most desperately want – the party vote – virtually entrenching unaccountable List MPs answerable only to the party leader and hierarchy…then, in effect, ruling over New Zealanders at large -while unaccountably holding ministerial positions.
Vote only for individual MPs who stand for election, subjecting themselves to electoral scrutiny – and who undertake to actually represent their electorates – not jump (How high? obligingly asked Nick Smith) to do their leader’s bidding.
Otherwise, withhold your vote…join the growing movement determined on just this.
Until the 100 Days provision as detailed in our website: www.100days.co.nz is written into law – i.e. while we are gathering growing support to insist, as the Swiss do, that all legislation passed by MPs be delayed for 100 days for New Zealanders themselves to scrutinise it, accept or reject it…there is reason to support one particular political party – New Zealand First.
Like all political parties, New Zealand First has made questionable decisions. But its leader, Winston Peters, is apparently the one party leader in Parliament who is on record of providing a far better informed, far more accurate analysis of the very real threats this country is facing, internally and externally – and who has the courage to do so – in spite of the all too predictable jeering of liberal and ignorant media.
The way ahead?
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Because of his unique and highly valuable dedication to supplying much-needed investigative journalism in this country, I support Ian Wishart, even when our thinking may differ.
And no – don’t merely join the long queue for Totalitaria at the public library…
One of the dismaying effects of the-something-for-nothing welfare statism now so embedded in the New Zealand psyche is the unwillingness, if not actual thoughtlessness – or even a challengeable meanness – on the part of those who could well afford to actually buy the important books tracing what has gone wrong and the threats we face – and so genuinely support the much-needed fight-back to reclaim this country…
For what if the fight is abandoned? What then?
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