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The real radicals?

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Are the silent majority now the real radicals? Last night I attended a gathering supporting Julian Assange. The half dozen speakers would all be considered ‘radicals’ and probably thought of as rat-bags by many of Morrison’s so-called ‘silent majority’.

One impressive local speaker is a very active member of Extinction Rebellion. ER is a rapidly growing worldwide non-violent protest movement which draws attention to the climate emergency. Morrison branded environmental protesters ‘anarchists’ and threatened a crackdown on their right to protest, saying that ‘progressives’ are seeking to ‘deny the liberties of Australians’.

Who does our fundamentalist PM think ‘Australians’ are? And in the face of overwhelming climate evidence, who are the radicals?

In Nazi Germany in the 1930s, around five per cent of the German population opposed the rise of Fascism.

Many escaped Germany. But if they stayed, they were branded radicals and most were interned, tortured and murdered for their views.

The remaining 95 per cent went along with the status quo as either compliant civilians, or they served in the military. History revealed that the silent majority who complied to a tyrannical regime were the true radicals.

Clearly in this climate emergency, it is no longer okay to remain silent. Sadly, history will reveal who the real radicals are.

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  1. There is a small flaw in your argument. We live in a well governed democracy and this is not Nazi Germany. Julian Assange published Australian classified material that we had shared with another democracy, none of which had to do with war crimes. As a democracy we we make laws to protect our rights and responsibilities under the Vienna Convention that protects diplomatic communication, and Assange is accused of breaking similar US laws. Unlike Assange, the people who stood up to the Nazis knew full well the importance of keeping information confidential, and the importance of not divulging contacts. .
    Lauding in this way people who do not support the right of democracies to make proper laws to protect their information, do not support rule of law, and do not support the diplomatic arrangements outlined in international agreements,is romantic tosh, and an insult to those who had the guts to stand up to the Nazis.


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