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Study Urges Australian Leaders to Guard Against 'Insidious' Threat of Right-Wing Extremism

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/10/09/study-urges-australian-leaders-guard-against-insidious-threat-right-wing-extremism


This jives with the FBI statements in the US.

It’s spreading.


So, is the dominant economic philosophy internationally, which has fractured societies and resulted in people feeling like they are left to fend for themselves, isolated, cut off from any connection to the society they exist in and other people, going to ever be debated? The left said that this would happen, the left warned against this system and its impact on the environment, and democracy. And here we are.


Not just the left. JFK said as much in some of his speeches, for example both his addresses to the United Nations.

Ike same.

Smedley Butler - same.

The problem isn’t the right or left - both of which are part of any healthy democracy and always will be,

The problem is an organized criminal system now spread worldwide.

The system has cover - it is called ‘business as usual’.

The World Health Organization’s definition of health speaks volumes - even here politically:

  • Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

  • The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.


The head of the German security service in explaining the rise of anti-semitism in Germany just had this important observation to make.

Haldenwang said radicalization follows a similar pattern among right-wing extremists, Islamists and other groups, who blame their personal problems and shortcomings on others.
“These are often difficult personal relationships, failures at school and at work,” he said. “These people blame minority groups for their desolate situation in life and then slide toward extremism.”

We need to deal with the root causes and try not to drive such extremist ideas underground where they will fester and spread until the prejudice pus bursts out


Yes - I’ve seen this developing on DW in Germany.

This is taking on a whole new dimension as we speak.


I’m going to paste the entire Preamble of the World Health Organization for our perusal in light of this developing situation. Every line has relevance to right now:

WHO remains firmly committed to the principles set out in the preamble to the Constitution

  • Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

  • The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition.

  • The health of all peoples is fundamental to the attainment of peace and security and is dependent on the fullest co-operation of individuals and States.

  • The achievement of any State in the promotion and protection of health is of value to all.

  • Unequal development in different countries in the promotion of health and control of diseases, especially communicable disease, is a common danger.

  • Healthy development of the child is of basic importance; the ability to live harmoniously in a changing total environment is essential to such development.

  • The extension to all peoples of the benefits of medical, psychological and related knowledge is essential to the fullest attainment of health.

  • Informed opinion and active co-operation on the part of the public are of the utmost importance in the improvement of the health of the people.

  • Governments have a responsibility for the health of their peoples which can be fulfilled only by the provision of adequate health and social measures.


These groups are growing across the Western World. Here a three part series on the Extreme right in Canada. Now they not as large in numbers as in the USA and there no Political party that speaks on their behalf , but they are growing and are trying to act together rather then running a bunch of rival groups as they used to do.



Celebrate our differences to heal our divisions.


Australia is mostly run from the US.

There’s no shortage of right-wing extremists, which of course would follow, and sure things might be easier if much of the population had more perspective, as tends to be the case. But if we want to talk about autocracy, that is not going to have a lot to do with a few racist locals in the bush.

You have to look at the 5 eyes, and then collusion over Assange and minerals and hydrocarbons in SE Asian islands.


Corporate media is downplaying the right wing insurrection attempt in Michegan which was carried out by Trump supporters. BLM protests are also now being underreported as the police killings of people continue. The goal seems to keep Americans ignorant of the real dangers that confront our society.


I concur with JoanRobinson (above). For decades we’ve read about the societal problem of loneliness. Join loneliness to resentment and on to anger and you will create a hate group.

Yet perhaps more fundamental to loneliness is emptiness. I grant that Mary Trump’s book title, Too Much and Never Enough, could apply to many of us, even though we’ve never owned hotels and casinos or golf courses.

Learning to live with less is a daily effort. I’m grateful to my father for illustrating that so well to me.


Australia is ripe for a right-wing insurgency for many of the same reasons as the USA is, but there are some extra reasons too.
One is that non-indigenous, multi-generational Australians come from the most defective genetic/social stock–the country was a penal colony, and only the most brutal and vicious were sent there and survived there to create the quintessentially harsh, survivalist, feral Australian man.
Sexism, racism against “Aborigines,” rape of the land, water and sea, and a Mad Max attitude are all typical in rural Australia.
They’re killed the Great Barrier Reef, and are still treating their indigenous peoples as bad as we treat Native Americans.
Rural Australians are much tougher than our Trump redneck Confederates. Anybody who can survive in that godforsaken outback has to be tough.
One fact that could help save Australia is that they passed strict gun laws after several mass shootings.
The sad thing is, a worldwide right-wing movement is happening, led by Trump, Bolsonaro, Duterte and other evil people.


Clearly you don’t realize just how easy it is to manufacture weapons using basic machine shop techniques, not to mention 3-D printer technology. In countries with strict civilian gun control, but armed police, it is not unusual for criminals to ambush police and take their guns and ammunition. Nearby countries like the Philippines are famous (infamous?) for their homemade firearms - many are quite sophisticated and could be easily smuggled to Australia if a market exists. Never overlook the possibility that not everyone in Australia was stupid enough to trust their government when ordered to turn in their guns.

As is Canada.

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Yeah all of those 300 million guns are really helping Americans preserve freedoms are they not?

The fact is they are using those guns to go and and shoot fellow Americans trying to exercise their freedoms.

The people of the USA do not have any more “freedoms” then the people in half the Countries on the globe. You can even be arrested or shot if you are black and walking with hands in pockets, jogging or driving a car.

Meanwhile it not unusual to see 80 people shot on a single weekend in a single city like Chicago by those same people “protecting their freedoms”


Ayn Rand and her compatriots-the gift that just keeps on giving. Including, of all our treasured American icons, Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane. Besides being racist as hell, they also preached extreme individualism while living off the cuff.
I suspect if in-depth interviews were given to all the folks who preach “the self-made-man” and “you can’t depend on others” philosophy, you’ll discover most of them read Wilder’s books as children, brainwashed by statements such as those in The Long Winter, when young Laura wondered why they didn’t help each other was told by her mother, “Gracious, Laura, you can’t depend on others for help. We do for ourselves”. This, from a family that lived off the cuff most of the time.
Ayn Rand has influenced generations of entitled trust-fund incels, who went into their legacy jobs thinking they were John Gault.
Our European culture has been estranged from Nature and each other for centuries. It became much worse when we invaded Turtle Island and gorged ourselves on all that “free land” and exploited resources. If the Indigenous peoples had refused help right out of the gate, we would not have survived.
Re-learning interdependence will demand we re-learn honor, to be worthy of trust. And that happiness does not come from success defined as being top dog in a dog-eat-dog world.


And it really pumps up trump’s ego that he is a global monsters. I was going to say we don’t have to worry about foreign terrorists but “homeland” terrorists. But, there are nations who governments are ran by dictators that can be embolden.

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So, the Michigan thirteen got away with the kidnapping of the governor, then what good did that serve, if it were done?
These radicals could then write letters to each other while in prison for the next 25 years to life.
If we have a successful coup, let it be to throw trump out on the street awaiting the charges ready for him. Trump’s list of real crimes is not a short one. That’s without potential charges for war crimes.

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Thus began the continuing hypocrisy of the fantasy of isolated individualism. A worse crime might be that they promote this lone wolf attitude to people who will never achieve it because it isn’t viable.
Who was it that said: “None of us got here without help from others or government.”

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