Many politicians and bureaucrats systematically cause delays and unnecessary expenditure, and ignore reality. Even worse, many from the ‘Left’, progressives, Cultural Marxists and activists keep trying to stymie democracy with their shrill, often illogical and ideological views. The following articles provide evidence.
- Social engineers determined to remove the wonder from childhood By Janet Albrechtsen, The Australian, 23 August 2017
- Need to deactivate activists 10 August 2017 . Need to deactivate activists, by Julian Tomlinson, 11 August 2017
- Freedom of speech is critical to all other freedoms By Janet Albrechtsen, The Australian, 9 August 2017
More previous articles are linked below the most recent three.
Social engineers determined to remove the wonder from childhood
Social engineers determined to remove the wonder from childhood By Janet Albrechtsen, The Australian, 23 August 2017
Decades of Increased litigation and skyrocketing insurance premiums have already wreaked havoc with kids’ playgrounds, writes Janet Albrechtsen.Childcare centres, preschools and libraries will be encouraged to scrutinise books, toys and posters to ensure play spaces are “gender equitable” in the latest government-led bid to tackle family violence starting in childhood.
Victoria should change its car numberplates to The Social Engineering State. A new guide has been drafted to help its councils conduct a gender audit on children’s playgrounds to ensure that gender stereotypes are not encouraging domestic violence. Question: what will ensure that children can be children, free from busybody bureaucrats imposing their social, moral and political judgments about kids playing families in the sandpit or race car drivers in the playground?
Decades of Increased litigation and skyrocketing insurance premiums have already wreaked havoc with kids’ playgrounds. These were once places of adventure where kids could explore the world beyond their home and parents. It’s where kids first push the boundaries of everyday risk, exploration and initiative, playing freely and making up their own stories long before helicoptering became a parenting technique rather than a feat of airborne engineering. It’s where a grazed knee and a bruise or bump taught kids some resilience; in other words, picking yourself up when something goes wrong. Today most playgrounds are humdrum places for kids. Swings are so safe they have lost their sense of fly-high exhilaration. If you can find a seesaw, it’s a shadow of its former self where squeals of delight once signalled tiny bums knocking on the ground.
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- Gender equality hits play area
Now playgrounds will be measured for more than litigious risk. They will be audited for gendered play so that local councils can think about “not only who is where, and how often, but what are they doing? What are the storylines of their play telling you about what the children think are the normal roles for women and men?” says the Creating Gender Equity in the Early Years guide produced by Melbourne’s Darebin City Council.
It’s bad enough that bureaucracies have built empires of paternalism in the adult world, sidelining the role of civil society and wrecking the symmetry between individual responsibility and individual liberty. Not content with intruding into the adult world, they search for new arenas to impose their activism.
Under the guise of Safe Schools, they injected LGBTI role playing into the classroom. Now, it’s a gender audit of playground. Social engineers of this kind often dress up their effort to regulate using inflated language. Here they are co-opting the emotion around domestic violence to justify policing in a playground to find episodes of a designated new evil of gendered play. Explaining this latest move as good intentions gone awry doesn’t wash any more.
The bureaucratic endeavour to create gender-free playgrounds assumes that this future utopia must be better than what has gone before. It’s a story as old and as flawed as the French Revolution. Just as Edmund Burke, in 1790, predicted that the lofty intentions of that period of social and political upheaval would lead to a worse form of tyranny, it’s safe to predict a new modern form of tyrannical paternalism by bureaucratic edict.
From health to education to human rights, large swathes of social policy have been delegated to unelected bureaucrats, destroying the little platoons of civil society described by Burke as central to a flourishing and free society. That collected wisdom of people, garnered from experience, tradition and custom, has been replaced with a form of mob rule where the claimed wisdom of an elite class is imposed from above.
It’s passing strange that adults cannot conceive that what’s an issue for them becomes an issue for kids only when adults make it one. Then again, maybe that’s the aim, to project adult obsessions about gender on to children. And this playground pursuit of gender equity by taxpayer-funded public servants is enabled by complacent followers of this latest bureaucratic baloney.
We risk losing the kind of adult-free play that emboldened childhood, assuming we haven’t lost it already. I recall a childhood where two working-class parents worked long and hard, and kids after school were left to explore their surrounds free from tightly scheduled afternoon activities. No Kumon lessons to create a maths genius or speech lessons to perfect our voice patterns. No ballet followed by music followed by enforced reading, before a rushed dinner and bed, only to be repeated the next day with a slightly different array of activities.
There was sport organised by schools and clubs, and then the play that kids made up on their own. No gender equity worries, let alone stereotypes. You could play with a Barbie, be a feisty young girl and grow up to be an empowered woman.
When we weren’t in school, a few of us local kids often headed to the local Sturt Gorge, a 244ha adult-free zone a good few kilometres from our home. We were nine and 10 years old; my younger brother, just seven, tagged along. We wandered and explored for hours, pretending to be lost in a big unknown world, with no mobile phones but with a bag of food and plenty of adventures in trees and mucky water. Sometimes we did get lost, but we always managed to be home by dinner, invariably dirty, dishevelled and tired, but also exhilarated by the responsibility and freedom of managing in a world away from parents and teachers.
We also set up stalls in our driveway selling a mix of watery orange cordial and old toys. Try that today. A few months ago a five-year old girl in east London set up a homemade lemonade stand. A half-hour later four council officials approached her father, read from a script about operating a stand without a permit and fined him £150 ($246). Her father, Andre Spicer, who was born in New Zealand and has lived in Australia, told one media outlet that he couldn’t imagine this kind of thing happening here. Except it did, in Bunbury, Western Australia, 18 months earlier when 11-year-old Chelsea-lee Downes wanted to earn some money over Christmas by selling “fresh organic” homemade lemonade, cupcakes and lemon meringue pies. Local councillors shut down her stall, too.
Today, child play is ruined by regulation. That deliciously thrilling and sometime scary dance manoeuvred by kids around responsibility and freedom is being undermined. If not by parents who overthink childhood for their children, then by a broader society that has taken a wholly disproportionate attitude to the normal risks we should expect to confront as children and indeed as adults. Bubble-wrapping kids from the freedom to fall and fail isn’t building resilient young adults if the rising rates of mental illness and childhood therapy are anything to go bycorrect.
Now we’re pushing kids around again, with Victorian social engineers adding their own layer of regulation to audit playgrounds for some lately imagined evil of gendered play. Not only are we imposing adult fixations about gender on kids, we’re regulating the wonder out of childhood. Before we rush headlong into this latest utopian future mapped out by social activists policing modern memes about gender equity, it pays to check whether pushing kids around in this way is moving them and us in the wrong direction.
Need to deactivate activists
Need to deactivate activists 10 August 2017 . Need to deactivate activists, by Julian Tomlinson, 11 August 2017
“Activists demand everyone do what they want without giving an inch in return. That’s not negotiation, it’s browbeating petulance”.
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- Socialism returns in the guise of sincerity By Nick Cater, The Australian, 25 July 2017
- Cairns Post editorial, An attack on our way of life, 170629 By Julian Tomlinson, Cairns Post, 29 June 2017
- Surely You’re Crying, Mr Feynman By Tony Thomas, Quadrant Online, 23 June 2017
- Masks slip to reveal the ugly face of the Marxist future By Maurice Newman, The Australian, 21 June 2017
- Standing up to political bullies takes courage By Dr Muriel Newman, NZCPR, 11 June 2017
- How radical Left shuts down debate Gerard Henderson, The Australian, 3 June 2017
- Australia’s Liberal inheritance sinks from view By Maurice Newman, The Australian, 22 May 2017
- The Gender Obsessed West Sets Itself Up for the Rise of Islam By Giulio Meotti, Gatestone Institute, 21 May 2017
- New Zealand, of all places, is bringing in cultural Marxism by stealth By Dr Muriel Newman, NZCPR, 14 May 2017
- Britain’s intrusive surveillance system, a threat to civil liberties By Graham Valgerben, Global Research, 11 May 2017
- The Plague Of Cultural Marxists Interview with Doug Casey, InternationalMan, 8 May 2017
- The Death Of Facts By Douglas Murray, The Gatestone Institute, 5 May 2017
- My Agenda, destroy Australia, and how well I’m doing By Frank Pledge, Quadrant Online, 13 April 2017
- The Australian public broadcasters, ABC and SBS, no longer have public purpose By Maurice Newman, The Australian, 10 April 2017
- Totalitarian-minded citizens challenge our freedom of speech By Stephen Chavura, The Australian, 6 April 2017
- Universities have become crucibles of PC indoctrination By Melanie Phillips, The Times, 4 April 2017
- Julian Tomlinson editorial, 30 March By Julian Tomlinson, The Cairns Post, 30 March 2017
- Memo to the politically correct, you have failed By Chris Kenny, The Australian, 29 March 2017
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- Why Do Leftists And Globalists Hate Tribalism So Much? By Brandon Smith, Alt-Market, 17 March 2017
- Graphic link Cairns Post Editorial, 160317 ; text link Green hue to sea of hysteria. By Julian Tomlinson, Cairns Post, 16 March
- Bill Leak’s final brilliant speech From John Roskam, Executive Director, IPA, 12 March 2017
- CP Editorial, 9 March 2017 By Rita Panahi, Cairns Post, 9 March 2017
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- CP Editorial, Rita Panahi, 7 Feb 2017 By Rita Panahi, The Cairns Post, 7 February 2017
- Politics, judiciary must remain separate By Janet Albrechtsen, The Australian, 4 February 2017
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- The Demise of the Left By Paul Craig Roberts, 26 January 2017
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- The censorious, mollycoddled environment of modern academe By Nick Cater, The Australian, 17 January 2017
- The Left’s near-total dominance of the political stage in Australia By Dr Michael Galak, Quadrant Online, 12 January 2
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- the-snobbish-nastiness-and-division-perpetuated-by-gender-studies-experts By Janet Albrechtsen, The Australian, 16 November 2016
- at-last-the-pontificating-media-elites-are-trumped By Nick Cater, The Australian, 15 November 2016
- trigger-warning-freedom-of-speech-not-welcome Editorial, The Australian, 8 October
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- taxpayer-funded-activism-undermining-the-nation The Australian editorial, 24 October 2016
- australias-thought-police-are-destroying-freedom-of-speech James Allan, The Australian, 20 October 2016
- the-war-on-free-speech-has-just-begun By Mark Steyn, The Australian, 19 October
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- offended-left-claims-exclusive-right-to-freedom-of-expression By Gerard Henderson, The Australian, 15 October 2016
- road-to-tyranny-is-paved-with-leftie-assumptions By Maurice Newman, The Australian, 27 September 2016
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- free-speech-inimical-to-lefts-stifling-orthodoxies By Janet Albrechtsen, The Australian, 21 September 2016
- swamped-by-outdated-multicultural-model By Nick Cater, The Australian, 20 September 2016
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- Don’t fear the freedom police By Julian Tomlinson, Deputy Editor, Cairns Post, 7 April
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