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Lessons for the Sanders’ Revolution of 2016 From the Doomed Progressive Politics of the Post-Vietnam Era in Australia

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new-logo25kohlsBy Gary G. Kohls, MD

 

“Fear and negativity won out in Australia after the coup. Again, that familiar tune. We learn from this that opponents of change will do anything. As we’ve seen here, they will play dirty, they will vow and pledge and undermine like there’s no tomorrow. We cannot expect them to abide by democracy or decency.” – Meaghan Delahunt

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Four decades ago in Viet Nam War-era Australia, after a decade in which that nation’s progressive thinkers (especially its logically anti-imperialist, antiwar youth) were fed up with Australia’s collaboration in the stupidity and the atrocities of the American-led Vietnam War, a political movement emerged that came close to revolutionizing the ever-lasting right-wing Australian political system.

The early 1970s were exciting times for progressives, and it was happening at the exact same time that the disastrous and ill-conceived agendas of Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger were provoking chants in the streets that said “Hell No, We Won’t Go”. Australian progressives were sympathizing with returning American Viet Nam veterans who testified about the war crimes that they had committed “in country” and then, in disgust, went to Washington, DC and threw their military medals at the Pentagon.

The revolutionary Australian movement of the early 1970s was virtually indistinguishable from the politics of the 2016 Bernie Sanders-led movement that came close to upsetting America’s entrenched, conservative, perpetual war, pro-Wall Street, pro-privatization political system that has had increasingly firm control of America’s electoral politics for the last century. Back then, in Australia’s major parliamentary elections of 1972 and 1974, the Australian Labour Party’s very popular progressive politician (and democratic socialist) Gough Whitlam was elected and then re-elected as Prime Minister. Whitlam was vigorously opposed by the very conservative (right-wing, NeoLiberal) Liberal Party – the equivalent of the conservative Tory Party in England.

Below is what author Meaghan Delahunt has to say about how progressive politics in Australia was decapitated. Delahunt has uniquely experienced both the crushing Australian coup d’etat in 1975 and the equally crushing (and failed) Scottish Independence Referendum of 2014 (to gain independence from Great Britain). More

AMERICA’S ROAD FROM FREEDOM TO DESPOTISM

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5aafc0a0-aeb0-11e3-93d2-12313b024af0-mediumWhat is Despotism? It is rule by a leader or a despot to where that person embraces a system of power that is unlimited. Other related words that have similar meanings are authoritarianism, dictatorship, totalitarianism and tyranny.

During the 20th century a number of countries around the world had rejected despotism in favor of democracy or a republic to where there would be greater freedom through constitutional protections, representation and self government by the people.

However, as nations entered into the final part of the 20th century and then later into the beginning of the 21rst century, greater shades of socialism began to gradually combine with capitalism which was designed as a mixed blueprint to provide more upward financial mobility for the lower classes, but secondly, and in the end, the plan would sadly act as a major set back and a framework for:

  • fewer civil rights,
  • open borders,
  • extravagant social programs,
  • multiculturalism,
  • high density housing,
  • sexual orientation,
  • corrupt courts,
  • Homeland Security,
  • drones,
  • FEMA Camps,
  • gun control,
  • censorship,
  • more regulatory agencies,
  • environmental fines and mandates,
  • International Building Codes and finally,

  • more taxation for the participation of wars abroad while expanding the police state.

    To accommodate such a vast mix of programs, a much larger budget and a greater form socialism would be needed to enhance and advance the elite’s desired outcome but not only in Europe but also in other parts of the world which of course included, yours truly, America.

    As time went on, hundreds upon hundreds of U.S. federal agencies and their unelected  and highly paid czars and employees began to rule the roost. But let’s not forget Washington D.C. and its premier connections which include the corporate lords, the U.N., the states, the counties, and the city governments . With that said, one can readily see that a massive centralized and socialized network of government has been formed right before our very eyes but remember its been for the “greater good” but with a cost…the loss of freedom.

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Thank you, America! For The Occasion of July the 4, 2016

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By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley 

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Indeed, No-way and Nixerland having already voted down the EU, Brexit may well be swiftly followed by Frexit, Grexit, Departugal, Italeave, Czechout, Oustria, Finish, Slovakuum, Latviaticum and Byebyegium.  At this rate, soon the only country still participating in the European tyranny-by-clerk will be Remainia.

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For my final broadcast to the nation on the eve of Britain’s Independence Day, the BBC asked me to imagine myself as one of the courtiers to whom Her Majesty had recently asked the question, “In one minute, give three reasons for your opinion on whether my United Kingdom should remain in or leave the European Union.”

My three reasons for departure, in strict order of precedence, were Democracy, Democracy, and Democracy. For the so-called “European Parliament” is no Parliament. It is a mere duma. It lacks even the power to bring forward a bill, and the 28 faceless, unelected, omnipotent Kommissars – the official German name for the shadowy Commissioners who exercise the supreme lawmaking power that was once vested in our elected Parliament – have the power, under the Treaty of Maastricht, to meet behind closed doors to override in secret any decision of that “Parliament” at will, and even to issue ” that bypass it altogether.

Worse, the treaty that established the European Stability Pact gives its governing body of absolute bankers the power, at will and without consultation, to demand any sum of money, however large, from any member state, and every member of that governing body, personally as well as collectively, is held entirely immune not only from any civil suit but also from any criminal prosecution. More

THE KINGDOM

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“Americans have reestablished the very sort of power that the Constitution most centrally forbade. Administrative law is extra-legal in that it binds Americans not through law but through other mechanisms—not through statutes but through regulations—and not through the decisions of courts but through other adjudications.” __________________________________________

Twas the day before Christmas and all through the castle not a
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THE LIMITS OF ELECTORAL POLITICS

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–Excerpts from Ken Knabb’s “The Joy of Revolution.”
The complete text is online at http://www.bopsecrets.org/PS/joyrev.htm

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Roughly speaking we can distinguish five degrees of “government”:

      (1) Unrestricted freedom
      (2) Direct democracy
      (3) Delegate democracy
      (4) Representative democracy
      (5) Overt minority dictatorship More

An Idea To Express Your Displeasure Over Health Care Bill

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by: Lynn Swearingen (c)copyright 2010

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If one is upset over the Recent Vote on Health Care, Kevin “Coach” Collins has a pretty good idea today on the Collins Report.

“Stupak lied!

In the dust and fury of the past few days the brazenly cynical Mr. Stupak showed his middle finger to you. On Friday afternoon when it was sure to be lost in the noise, Stupak announced his price and it was a rather cheap one befitting the character of the man himself. His envelop held just $726,409 for improving three airports in his district. So there you have it, you were suckered.

Giving Judas what he deserves

Now it’s our turn to “slip a little something” to this sticky fingered Judas.

Since he’ll now be in a tough re-election fight he’ll need donations. I will be sending him my contribution of thirty dimes which will serve as the 30 pieces of silver his model settled for…”

Mr. Collins application is for a different reason than my own – I truly believe that the entire Health Care Bill is a massive spending bill disguised to destroy the very fabric of our Social and Economic Structure, however one can find much more eloquent dissertations elsewhere. I tend to be more straight forward and the concept of expressing my displeasure leans to the literal.

I will be sending my 30 dimes to my state Legislator who sold out at the last moment. Who knows why he chose to. As far as I know there is no big massive monetary reward waiting in the wings here.

I haven’t decided what message to include to ensure he understands. Perhaps

“It may be my obligation to forgive you for your treasonous actions, however you can ensure I will never forget. Spend this well Sir. Your opponent will be receiving 100 fold for his/her campaign.”

If one does choose to do express their displeasure, please do not forget to send dimes that were minted after 1965. Ones minted pre ’65 actually were made of silver and are worth more than a dime. Save your coins for trade if need be when the Dollar becomes useful for visits to the Lavatory versus the local big box store.

The greatest and scariest conspiracy ever!

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 Michael Webster: Syndicated Investigative Reporter. Dec 17, 2009 at 12:30 PM PST.

As the first year of the Obama Administration comes to a close, many questions remain about the mysteries of the so-called “dark side” of the “war on terror”.  No investigation by this administration of the Bush/Cheney administration exists, even though during his campaign the investigation was promised by Obama. Therefore some of the most serious questions to face this nation remain unsolved. Some wonder if some sort of a deal was struck by Bush and Obama in the Oval Office of the White House during the transition. Al Qaeda’s 9/11 terror attacks, after all, were on the Bush/Cheney watch the day everything changed, and began the trillion dollar war on terror. More

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