We have seen the future and it’s fascist! The trashing of Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi’s electoral office by Finders University students is just one more example of the fascistic anti-intellectual mentality of the latest generation of the LGBTI-Green Left in Australia – the pathetic and cowardly demographic cohort that aspires ultimately to shape the future of our nation.
As their behaviour demonstrates, these gangs of political thugs are determinedly fascist (Bernardi called them “totalitarian”, but that’s far too nice). They fancy themselves as revolutionaries and are obsessed with the state and the power it has to remake society in their image. They are a self-defined political in-crowd demanding total power and total submission, and they utterly despise anyone who won’t genuflect to their ideological idiocies. They are moral absolutists who see the world in black and white and believe, feverishly, that they are always in the right. They allow no room for dissent, even resenting that others might have opposing opinions. They lust for total control over other people, and especially over their thoughts, words, values, and deeds. Above all, they hate those that thwart them with a passion, and it is this depthless rage that drives their rampage around the political stage as they desperately attempt to give meaning to their shallow lives and feed their narcissism.
They are the selfie generation of self-styled radicals, narcissists who are forever taking photos of themselves and their mindless acts. They wallow in their notoriety and think they’re brave, but know that the police and the authorities will never use the images to prosecute them (especially under an ALP government in South Australia). Indeed, one of the most striking things about the many images of the Socialist Alternative students wrecking an Australian senator’s office (left) is that their wild-eyed glee is so similar to the delirious, indeed orgasmic, expressions of the Hitler Youth, who also enjoyed state sanction of their book-burning bonfires in Berlin (right).
Eighty years ago, young fascists were burning books written by Jews and other non-Aryan thinkers whose ideas were declared to be beyond the pale, today they target similar people and shut down every debate and discussion they object to. Moreover, with the enthusiastic help of cyber-hacking vandals like Anonymous, they can also attack or shut down any website they choose.
Nothing, it seems, is more satisfying for these pampered, state-supported far-left political onanists than to not have to read, not have to listen, not have to argue, not have to care about other peoples’ opinions. Indeed, they don’t want people to have opinions at all, unless they are the same as theirs. That is their bottom line, that is the future world they want – and our gutless, short-sighted governments are letting them have it, as Tony Abbott’s abject retreat on the repeal of Section 18C heralded so well.
This fascist suppression of free speech is called the ‘No Platform’ strategy, employed by the left to deny everyone a hearing at any form of public meeting or broadcast. In the UK it has reached an unprecedented extreme and is even being applied to older far-left ideologues who still adhere to some remnant sense of free speech, as a recent Sunday Times article discusses. Even the grand old queen of gay activists, Peter Tatchell, has been black-balled by the National Union of Students as “transphobic” and “racist”, because he signed a letter to The Observer urging greater freedom of speech on university campuses. The signatories’ crime was to beg for a hearing for those feminists that objected to the LGBTI conceit that men undergo gender-reassignment surgery become 100% women.
Germaine Greer, in a great irony of history, similarly fell victim to this LGBTI ‘No Platform’ interdiction after observing that if her surgeon gave her long ears and liver spots it still wouldn’t make her a “f***ing cocker spaniel”, and that similar surgery couldn’t transform a man into woman. Julie Bindel, a life-long lesbian, writer and another activist of the old school, also fell victim to the young neo-fascists and their unyielding orifice politics. She rejected the claim that surgically re-engineered men were now absolutely women as “utter f***wittery” and was promptly banned from university campuses. As she remarked, this “is not proper politics … these people are narcissistic idiots”. In return she attracted a diatribe of vile abuse and a twitterstorm of hatred, as did another old-school feminist, Julie Burchill, who denounced the LGBTI operatives as “screaming-mimis” and “bed-wetters”.
The No Platform interdiction also applies, paradoxically, to those who query the role of Islam in the modern world. The same student militants that enthusiastically denounce anyone who expresses doubts about the LGBTI fantasy leap immediately to the defence of a religion that imposes the death penalty for homosexual acts, systematically assigns women to a subordinate status, accepts domestic violence, and practices female genital mutilation. This peculiar coalition was on display in Bernardi’s office where the most prominent and carefully prepared sign put up by the Socialist Alternative-LGBTI thugs was one that explicitly declared that “Muslims are welcome”.
Meanwhile, conservative political groups like the Australian Liberty Alliance and speakers such as Geert Wilders who seek to promote public debate in Australia about Islam are harassed. Pursued relentlessly around the country, their meetings must be held at secret locations with heavy security. Islamists are free to speak on campus but anyone deemed a threat to the leftist-Islamist orthodoxy is denied a hearing. In the UK, this reached absurd heights where Maryam Namazie, a Marxist-Leninist Iranian feminist and critic of the Iranian theocracy, was banned from campus because she was deemed to be an ‘Islamophobe’. Meanwhile, the NUS strongly defends an ‘equalities officer’ at Goldsmiths, University of London, Bahar Mustafa, whose favourite hashtag is her own catchphrase and motto “#killallwhitemen”.
But of course this tolerance doesn’t extend to Christianity or Judaism. Consequently, at the University of Sydney public meetings involving people who can be construed as sympathetic to Israel are disrupted and reduced to chaos, while anti-Israel Muslims are welcomed, including a leading proponent of the international boycott, divestment, and sanction campaign. Moreover, while special Muslim-only prayer rooms are provided to this favoured minority, the university’s Evangelical Union, with 600 members, is being threatened with deregistration, banning, and effective closure after serving the students and the community for over 80 years (“Christians banned for being Christian”, Daily Telegraph, 17/3). It will be banned, it has been informed by the Student Union, unless it changes its constitution to allow non-Christians to be members, which would of course allow it to be stacked by Muslims, atheists, and other anti-Christian activists who could then destroy it from within.
In an incredible inversion of the Cultural Revolution of the Sixties, universities are now supposed to be ‘safe spaces’, where young people are shielded from any thought or idea that might upset them. This includes demands for ‘trigger warnings’ in course reading material, so that students are not upset by any text-book content which might upset their delicate sensibilities. This type of mollycoddling of so-called young adults is applied with a vengeance in the US and UK and increasingly in Australia, where it is also being extended into society as a whole. Consequently, anyone who expresses misgivings about LGBTI issues or Islam is not only denied a hearing, denounced as homophobic or as a racist Islamophobe. Dismissed as reactionary dinosaurs, they are further accused of endangering the mental health of LGBTI folk and Muslims by virtue of their mere existence.
There are various explanations for the emergence of this oxymoronic, aggressively timid generation that desires nothing more than to shut down discussion and debate in order to protect itself from challenging ideas and arguments. The most persuasive interpretation is that offered by the eminent classical historian and experienced university teacher, Mary Beard, who also signed the letter championing free speech and suffered similar vicious retribution. She noted with incredulity that it was supposed to be the older generation that was afraid of discussing challenging ideas, and concluded that the current generation of university students is dominated by middle-class children who have been vastly over-protected by parents and nannies at home and minders and teachers in daycare and at school. They have been made excessively risk-averse, and have been taught to assume that they must be shielded from even innocuous ideas and experiences. They verge on panic when they challenged, put up barriers, retreat, become hysterical, and run away. As even the leftist journalist, Rod Liddell lamented:
These people have never been contradicted. And they do not like it when they are contradicted. They do not understand that it is just another point of view.
Bindel is even more forthright about this cohort:
The media and journalism and the universities are filled with … kids who have never been challenged on their views – not in school, not by their parents. It’s full of pampered tossers.
These are precisely the type of arrested adolescents who rampaged through Senator Bernardi’s electoral office. Theirs was not a revolutionary act, as they fantasize; it was a tantrum. At one level it was also an attack on him and the values and policies shared by millions of Australians that he represents. But at another level it was a harbinger of things to come, a political portent of the world this new pampered generation will seek to create. It will be a static, Orwellian, politically correct, risk-averse world where no offense whatsoever can be caused, no dissent from the ruling Green-Left-LGBTI-Islamist ideological orthodoxy will be tolerated, and where even to have wayward thoughts will be a crime.
And of course, this is all being enthusiastically facilitated by the leadership of the ALP, with Bill Shorten denouncing those who object to the outrageously overt Marxist-LGBTI ideological content of the Safe Schools program as “knuckle-dragging right-wing liberals”, while the Greens are also desperately anxious not to offend their natural constituency of inner-urban trendoids with their tiny over-indulged families.
Unfortunately for such political opportunists, the lesson to be learnt from the UK, the US and elsewhere overseas, is that this constituency will readily turn against them. After all, Shorten, Daniel Andrews, even Penny Wong and Malcolm Turnbull, don’t exactly epitomize the type of cool, cut and buffed persona that LGBTI enthusiasts really want to identify with. Such dowdy, middle-aged supporters are merely and momentarily convenient. They will be discarded with the same thoughtfulness and appreciation as a used prophylactic. Perhaps, in their craven, supine embrace of today’s little fascists, that is all they are worth.