The portentious date of November 11 has passed us again, 125 years after
the hanging of Ned Kelly, 87 years after the bogus Armistice of 1918,
and 30 years on from the dismissal of the Whitlam Labor government.
these 11/11s symbolise defeats for the progressive people of their
eras. The Kelly struggle was against property and state power, and
the corrupt police force terrorising the poor. The slaughtered and
maimed youth of World War I spent four years and three months fighting
and dying in the mud and snow for the inbred and worthless royal families
of Europe. The survivors were betrayed by the nations they fought
for, and the bogus armistice, because the imperial powers kept on
fighting the Russian Revolution for years after WWI. And they kept
on killing Arabs in Iraq from the air (Churchill wanted to gas the
Marsh Arabs), and pushed Greeks and Turks all over Asia Minor and
the Balkans. The new nations painfully contrived from the ashes of
the Austro-Hungarian, Russian and Ottoman empires represented ethnic
and religious rivalries long suppressed.
at the Versailles Treaty conference vengeful fuckwits like Clemenceau,
Lloyd George and of course Australia's own Billy Hughes planted the
seeds of WWII, by creating social conditions in Germany that would
throw up opportunities Hitler and the Nazis grabbed with both hands.
Hughes further distinguished himself by telling the Japanese (who
had been our allies in WWI) that they were subhuman, convincing them
that the only way they could avoid being conquered by the West would
be to have their own empire, inflicting fathomless misery on the Chinese,
Manchurians and Koreans in their ''co-prosperity sphere''. When Japan's
military government later joined the Fascist Axis the die was cast
for the next war being a global conflagration, which it duly was.
the troops returning from WWI, fed up with war and seething at the
politicians who sent them to fight, were organising in opposition
to the destitution and unemployment that greeted them, only to be
attacked by police in the ''Lands fit for Heroes''. And the 1918 flu
epidemic killed more than the war.
Maynard Keynes actually predicted the consequences of the settlement
forced on Germany in 1919, but was ignored. The war debt crippled
the world economy for years, and the social impact of countless maimed
and traumatised war veterans, and the grieving families of the slain,
changed both the demographic and emotional characteristics of Australia
for years to come. Those countless war memorials in parks, workplaces
and town halls, bear mute witness to the devastation wrought by the
impact of 60,000 Australian deaths and many more injured.
to 11/11 1975, the Whitlam dismissal was the culmination of efforts
by the ''natural rulers'' to break the Labor seizure of the Treasury
benches in 1972 by stacking the Senate with hostile replacements for
ALP senators deceased or resigned, then constantly forcing elections
by refusing to pass legislation. November 11 saw the toadying drunk
playing a Gilbert & Sullivan governor-general character sack the
government after the Senate blocked the budget
Nation's Prefect, Malcolm Fraser, announced that sport would replace
politics on the front pages of the newspapers and the press barons
obliged. The populace duly voted for sport, and the next Labor government
in 1983, wary of falling foul of the power elite, buckled at every
opportunity when purported ALP policy conflicted with vested interests
and corporate greed.
about its self-appointed task without electoral endorsement
of asset-stripping the nation to the benefit of the global
corporate caste, it came as no surprise when, in 1996, the electorate
decided to replace a superficially progressive right-wing governing
party with one that had all the trappings of real conservatism, along
with a bunch of campaign promises best described as deliberate, premeditated
lies cynically designed to mislead voters.
spiral of civil society into a cesspit of fear, moral panic and authoritarian
despotism under the Howard Government has exploited ignorance to wedge
and polarise the voting public. Blatant lying has become the normal
political discourse from Howard and his ministers. With the creation
of a police security state to attack all opposition to the government's
agenda, we will be watching with trepidation what calumnies future November
11s may bring.