The Cross Belongs in the Dustbin of History, He Said? By Peter Ewer

     A bit of anti-Christian philosophy from two Muslim brothers who claimed that Australian law did not apply to them:
  https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2019/04/18/the-cross-belongs-in-the-dustbin-of-history-muslim-brothers-claim-islam-exempt-from-law/

“Two Muslim brothers who claimed Australian law did not apply to them or their religion have been fined for contempt of court. Mustapha and Diaa Kara-Ali reportedly laughed and began abusing the judge as the punishment was handed down in Sydney’s Land and Environment Court, after they were found guilty of felling trees without council permission. The brothers had tried to argue the Islamic organisation they ran, Diwan Al Dawla, was exempt from Australian law on religious grounds and they were free to develop their rural retreat – which included clearing native trees – as they saw fit. In sentencing the two men on Thursday, Justice Terence Sheahan said the pair only engaged in the court process “following my reluctant decision to have you arrested … to address the problems you’ve created”, describing their contempt of the court as “flagrant”. In his published reasons, Justice Sheahan said the brothers’ claim they do not have to comply with Australian law is false.

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Letter to The Editor - Racing to the Power Point in Birdsville

When 2,000 electric cars towing caravans descend on the Birdsville races, where do they charge their batteries overnight? Take a ticket and join the queue?
  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

Letter to The Editor - Green Cement?

Green Cement? Making cement from limestone produces carbon-dioxide. In the brave new world of zero emissions, what replaces concrete?
  Viv Forbes, Washpool, Qld

Authorised by K. W. Grundy
13 Carsten Court, Happy Valley, SA.

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The Silence of the (White) Lambs By James Reed

     Much of our reporting on the theatre of the politically correct absurd in the universities comes from America. But Australian universities are quickly catching up:
  https://www.heraldsun.com.au/blogs/andrew-bolt/white-students-may-be-seen-but-not-heard/news-story/eae6465ad65876f0c8cb971e6cf90cff
  https://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/ban-on-white-males-speaking-suggested-at-melbourne-university-seminar/news-story/60836a42ac2f18597a27b1ab0ebd9716

“Tensions have flared at the University of Melbourne after a workshop suggested “white males” and those who look like “Liberal voters” be forbidden from speaking during classes in a bid to dismantle privilege. Participating students at the “How privilege manifests in tutorials” workshop held last week were told that “white, male students” and “students resembling Liberal voters” should be discouraged from speaking to provide more space for women and non-binary people to contribute to discussions during tutorials. The workshop was part of the university’s “Radical Education Week”, which is organised by the University of Melbourne Student Union’s Environment ¬Collective. Other workshops included “Why & How to Be Less ¬Employed”, “A School Striker’s Experience” and “Climate vs Capitalism: Eco-socialism as an Alternative”.

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Now There is no Way of Criticising George Soros By Richard Miller

     Ok, we are sorry; there will be no further criticisms of George Soros from any of us; we have been intimidated into silence. We have read the memo, which apparently the philosopher
Roger Scruton did not get, or did not read:
  https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/04/15/the-right-to-criticise-george-soros/
  https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/04/11/the-real-roger-scruton-scandal/

“There was a time when criticism of Soros was not automatically condemned as a form of secular heresy. Some in the media were more than willing to draw attention to Soros’s parasitic behaviour as a ruthless speculator who seemed indifferent to the destructive impact of his actions on other people’s lives. Even the New Statesman was prepared to question Soros’s imperial ambitions and to question this oligarch’s motives. Indeed, Scruton’s reference to a ‘Soros Empire’ in Hungary comes across as positively restrained in comparison with the wording in a 2003 New Statesman profile of Soros. That profile drew attention to the who’s who of the American military-industrial complex who made up the boards of the numerous NGOs funded by Soros. It pointed out that Soros’s International Crisis Group included such ‘non-governmental’ personalities as former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and General Wesley Clark, a former NATO supreme allied commander for Europe. The NS profile said it ‘cannot be seriously’ doubted that Soros’s ‘companies and NGOs are closely wrapped up in US expansionism’. ‘For years’, it continued, ‘Soros and his NGOs have gone about their work extending the boundaries of the “free world”’.

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South Africa, Destroyed by Diversity By Bruce Bennett

     If it is true that diversity is a strength, and homogeneous societies therefore inferior to them, then South Africa would be a superpower, and China and Japan, backwaters. Not so:
  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-17/south-africa-s-decline-worst-of-nations-not-at-war-model-shows

“South Africa’s performance on a range of social, economic and governance measures deteriorated more in the past 12 years than any other nation not at war, according to Eunomix Business & Economics Ltd. The decline is likely to continue as the country wrestles with the consequences of nine years of worsening corruption and policy paralysis under former President Jacob Zuma, the Johannesburg-based political-risk advisory company said. The fragility of the economy may also limit the tenure of his successor Cyril Ramaphosa, who faces his first national election on May 8, it said. “There is the strongest likelihood of him being a one-term president,” Claude Baissac, the head of a Eunomix, said in an interview. “He is starting with a very weak economy, the weakest of any president since Mandela. He is also starting with a fairly weak hand from a political standpoint.” An index of security, governance, prosperity and welfare indicators shows South Africa slumped to 88th out of 178 nations in 2018 from 31st in 2006, according to an analysis of the country’s prospects by Eunomix. The company advises some of the biggest mining companies operating in the country. South Africa’s decline in ranking is only been superseded by conflict-riven countries such as Mali, Ukraine and Venezuela and its peers now include Colombia, Jamaica, Latvia and the Philippines, compared with Portugal and Slovenia in 2008.”

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South Africa, Destroyed by Diversity By Bruce Bennett

     If it is true that diversity is a strength, and homogeneous societies therefore inferior to them, then South Africa would be a superpower, and China and Japan, backwaters. Not so:
  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-17/south-africa-s-decline-worst-of-nations-not-at-war-model-shows

“South Africa’s performance on a range of social, economic and governance measures deteriorated more in the past 12 years than any other nation not at war, according to Eunomix Business & Economics Ltd. The decline is likely to continue as the country wrestles with the consequences of nine years of worsening corruption and policy paralysis under former President Jacob Zuma, the Johannesburg-based political-risk advisory company said. The fragility of the economy may also limit the tenure of his successor Cyril Ramaphosa, who faces his first national election on May 8, it said. “There is the strongest likelihood of him being a one-term president,” Claude Baissac, the head of a Eunomix, said in an interview. “He is starting with a very weak economy, the weakest of any president since Mandela. He is also starting with a fairly weak hand from a political standpoint.” An index of security, governance, prosperity and welfare indicators shows South Africa slumped to 88th out of 178 nations in 2018 from 31st in 2006, according to an analysis of the country’s prospects by Eunomix. The company advises some of the biggest mining companies operating in the country. South Africa’s decline in ranking is only been superseded by conflict-riven countries such as Mali, Ukraine and Venezuela and its peers now include Colombia, Jamaica, Latvia and the Philippines, compared with Portugal and Slovenia in 2008.”

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Blame it on Pesticides By Mrs Vera West

     One is supposed to be conspiratorial, if not “racist’ for blaming disorders like autism on pesticides. How dare anyone criticise our beautiful Big Agri! But, then there is this newly released paper in the British Medical Journal:
  https://www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.l962

“Objective To examine associations between early developmental exposure to ambient pesticides and autism spectrum disorder. Design Population based case-control study. Setting California’s main agricultural region, Central Valley, using 1998-2010 birth data from the Office of Vital Statistics. Population 2961 individuals with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition, revised (up to 31 December 2013), including 445 with intellectual disability comorbidity, were identified through records maintained at the California Department of Developmental Services and linked to their birth records. Controls derived from birth records were matched to cases 10:1 by sex and birth year. Exposure Data from California state mandated Pesticide Use Reporting were integrated into a geographic information system tool to estimate prenatal and infant exposures to pesticides (measured as pounds of pesticides applied per acre/month within 2000 m from the maternal residence). 11 high use pesticides were selected for examination a priori according to previous evidence of neurodevelopmental toxicity in vivo or in vitro (exposure defined as ever v never for each pesticide during specific developmental periods).

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Dancing on the Precipice By Paul Walker

     I stumbled onto the article below, could not find the author’s name but some good points are made about the way violence does not go away from human society, because human nature is human nature. Of course, the Leftists deny this, being sociological determinists, but they are dead wrong, and one could end up dead and wrong, believing their rhetoric:
  https://www.theburningplatform.com/2019/04/16/dancing-on-the-crumbling-precipice/

“Human nature never changes. We aren’t better or worse than the billions of people who have proceeded us on this earth. We are all susceptible to the vices which have plagued mankind for eternity: pride, greed, anger, envy, lust, gluttony and laziness. We are also capable of elevating our society through exercising displays of courage, applying justice fairly, prudently managing our affairs, treating others with respect, and acting charitably towards mankind. As Solzhenitsyn noted in his masterpiece, Gulag Archipelago, “the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being”. The violence in our nature is ingrained in our makeup as human beings. The Bible details our violent nature in the Garden of Eden, with the murder of Abel by Cain, his brother.

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Canada will be Part of China Even before Australia! By James Reed

     I hope you are impressed, for we are dragging out gems of information that the mainstream media here is not reporting on. Take for example Clive Hamilton’s analysis of China’s takeover of Canada. This surprised even me:
  https://nationalpost.com/news/world/academic-who-blew-the-whistle-on-chinas-influence-on-australia-says-canada-is-in-even-worse-trouble

“Some experts suggest the problem of Chinese soft-power interference is much more pronounced in Australia and New Zealand than here. Do you agree? I think it’s more of a problem in Canada. Yes, Australia’s economic dependence is higher — in terms of trade — but when I look, as I have been doing, at the subtle but intense influence of China on Canadian institutions — parliaments, provincial governments, local governments, universities, the intellectual community, the policy community — it makes me deadly worried. Can you give some examples of what disturbs you so much here? When I was last in Canada — in Ottawa, a few months ago — I was pretty dismayed at the extent of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence in the federal Parliament. I should probably not say any more to stay on the right side of the libel laws.

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So Much for Electric Cars! By James Reed

     I hate bloody electric cars; isn’t the case that some of them just burst into flames? Anyway, I will not go there because I have dug up something more damaging, namely a study showing that electric cars are more polluting in terms of the dreaded carbon dioxide than even diesel ones!
  http://www.brusselstimes.com/business/technology/15050/electric-vehicles-emit-more-co2-than-diesel-ones,-german-study-shows?

“Electric vehicles in Germany account for more CO2 emissions than diesel ones, according to a study by German scientists. When CO2 emissions linked to the production of batteries and the German energy mix - in which coal still plays an important role - are taken into consideration, electric vehicles emit 11% to 28% more than their diesel counterparts, according to the study, presented on Wednesday at the Ifo Institute in Munich. Mining and processing the lithium, cobalt and manganese used for batteries consume a great deal of energy. A Tesla Model 3 battery, for example, represents between 11 and 15 tonnes of CO2. Given a lifetime of 10 years and an annual travel distance of 15,000 kilometres, this translates into 73 to 98 grams of CO2 per kilometre, scientists Christoph Buchal, Hans-Dieter Karl and Hans-Werner Sinn noted in their study. The CO2 given off to produce the electricity that powers such vehicles also needs to be factored in, they say. When all these factors are considered, each Tesla emits 156 to 180 grams of CO2 per kilometre, which is more than a comparable diesel vehicle produced by the German company Mercedes, for example. The German researchers, therefore, take issue with the fact that European officials view electric vehicles as zero-emission ones. They note further that the EU target of 59 grams of CO2 per km by 2030 corresponds to a “technically unrealistic” consumption of 2.2 litres of diesel or 2.6 litres of gas per 100 kms.”

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A Great Legal Victory By Ian Wilson LL.B.

     Here is a great legal victory for free speech and intellectual dissent:
  https://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/james-cook-professors-sacking-ruled-unlawful/news-story/bd3c0e40c9e8d7f8b7bcf06461bccfa6

“A Federal Court judge has ruled that James Cook University acted unlawfully when it sacked professor Peter Ridd after he publicly criticised the institution and one of its star scientists over claims about the impact global warming had on the Great Barrier Reef. Professor Ridd, who worked at the university for 40 years, challenged the dismissal in the Federal Circuit Court, saying the university breached its own enterprise agreement which allowed all staff to express controversial or unpopular views. The physics professor argued that the Townsville-based university, which is renowned for its marine science expertise, dismissed him for breaching the university’s code of conduct. Handing down his decision today, judge Salvatore Vasta said that the 17 findings used by the university to justify the sacking were unlawful. “The Court rules that the 17 findings made by the University, the two speech directions, the five confidentiality directions, the no satire direction, the censure and the final censure given by the University and the termination of employment of Professor Ridd by the University were all unlawful,” Judge Vasta said.

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The Legacy of the New Socialism By Chris Knight

     We have seen opinion polls showing that the young are increasingly approving of socialism, showing how quickly the lessons of history are forgotten, by some, but not all:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-03-30-socialism-is-already-collapsing-in-the-usa-as-residents-flee.html

“What do New York, San Francisco and Chicago all have in common? They’re all willing victims of socialism. The far-left political ideologies that have consumed these cities are now driving them deep into financial ruin — and citizens are fleeing in greater numbers every year. Whether it’s a lack of job opportunity, exorbitantly expensive housing costs, or high taxes, there’s no shortage of bones to pick with socialist policies. While liberals may herald socialism as the progressive dream, its ideologies don’t hold up very well in the real world. There is no stronger evidence of that than the mass migration from the most liberal states and cities in the union. New York, San Francisco and Chicago are among the hardest hit — and it’s easy to see why. Citizens say high taxes, exorbitant costs of living and poor job prospects are driving them to look for new places to live. Socialist cities struck by mass exodus

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The Russian Collusion Hoax and Journo Awards By Chris Knight

     Here is one for the records, when some alien species having what humans lack, intelligence, sort through the rubble of our decayed world. The Russia stole the US election mania, which dominated the manic progressives since Hillary Clinton’s defeat, has been knocked firmly over. Yet, what about all of the articles excreted by mainstream journalist championing this idea, made with no evidence at all, or based upon secret sources? Well, as the articles below indicate, there is no recognition of error, let alone guilt. There is no point going through each article, as the titles, and hubris, are clear. This is further evidence that a collapse of the internal coherence of American society has occurred. It is difficult to see how this divide could be bridged, since the chasm now is so great. Thus, people need to recognise this, and cease the delusional belief that the system can be saved, or is even worth saving. That position is much worse than embracing the decline, and planning to rebuild anew, on fresh foundations.
  https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2019/03/31/cnns-tapper-defends-mueller-probe-coverage-i-dont-know-anybody-who-got-anything-wrong/
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-03-31-nyt-and-washpost-both-received-journalism-awards-for-fake-news.html
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-03-31-democrats-terrorize-themselves-with-endless-parade-of-fake-hate-crime-hoaxes.html
  https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt/andrew-bolt-baseless-witch-hunt-that-almost-destroyed-donald-trump/news-story/c3d9c63276a999752d13d0e32da3d671

     The same issue surfaced with the Jussie Smollett case of fake hate crimes, where Smollett gave a clearly absurd story which the mainstream media ran with just to attack white Americans. Then the “injustice” system let Smollett off, because, well, he was not white, for whites usually go down for faking crimes:
  https://www.counter-currents.com/2019/03/no-punishment-for-anti-white-hoaxes/print/
  https://www.amren.com/news/2019/03/indefensible-with-no-good-explanation-prosecutors-give-jussie-smollett-a-pass/
  https://vdare.com/articles/john-derbyshire-jussie-smollett-bill-de-blasio-stuyvesant-high-school-tales-of-black-privilege
  https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/03/28/donald-trump-says-fbi-look-into-jussie-smollett-case/3296713002/
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/11/jussie-smollett-jets-to-hawaii-after-skipping-out-on-police-bill/
  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6860231/Fantasist-jailed-falsely-accusing-15-men-rape-sexual-assault-appeals-conviction.html

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The Dangers of Thinking Machines By Brian Simpson

     I have been covering the issue of the rise of the machines and the dangers of high tech, which the average punter seems oblivious to. One aspect of this problem relates to the mind of robots, which have thought processes quite unlike humans, and that is where the dumb human race could come unstuck:
  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-06/robots-have-no-sense-humor-and-might-kill-you-over-joke
  https://www.theorganicprepper.com/ai-hate/
  https://www.apnews.com/bae71c3bef8145ecaaa84bca24d77430

“A robot walks into a bar. It goes CLANG. Alexa and Siri can tell jokes mined from a humor database, but they don’t get them. Linguists and computer scientists say this is something to consider on April Fools’ Day: Humor is what makes humans special. When people try to teach machines what’s funny, the results are at times laughable but not in the way intended. “Artificial intelligence will never get jokes like humans do,” said Kiki Hempelmann, a computational linguist who studies humor at Texas A&M University-Commerce. “In themselves, they have no need for humor. They miss completely context.” And when it comes to humor, the people who study it — sometimes until all laughs are beaten out of it — say context is key. Even expert linguists have trouble explaining humor, said Tristan Miller, a computer scientist and linguist at Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany. “Creative language — and humor in particular — is one of the hardest areas for computational intelligence to grasp,” said Miller, who has analyzed more than 10,000 puns and called it torture. “It’s because it relies so much on real-world knowledge — background knowledge and commonsense knowledge. A computer doesn’t have these real-world experiences to draw on. It only knows what you tell it and what it draws from.” Allison Bishop , a Columbia University computer scientist who also performs stand-up comedy, said computer learning looks for patterns, but comedy thrives on things hovering close to a pattern and veering off just a bit to be funny and edgy. Humor, she said, “has to skate the edge of being cohesive enough and surprising enough.”

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Matt Forney on the Apocalypse By John Steele

     I like young Matt Forney who has done a good job defending manhood:
  https://mattforney.com/

     Matt does a lot of podcasts, talk shows. In a recent one he criticises types like me, who are just eager to see collapse; well not eager, simply being brave enough to recognise the signs of history, and that all past civilisations have collapsed and the West is no different:
  https://mattforney.com/matt-forney-live-praying/

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A Symbol of the West, Burns Down By Richard Miller

     The fire at Notre Dame in Paris, is, I feel, a symbol of the future of the West. Slowly, but at an accelerating pace, all the achievements of Western man are being dismantled and disassembled. Everything is under attack, and there is no defence. Yet. The cathedral of the West is being burn down, with Nordic (Northern European) man, to be burnt at the stake. And, the sad thing is that many of out own kind are ethno-masochistic enough to like it, perhaps until the flames lick their feet, or they lose their stuff. Then, sheer fear and panic.
  https://www.wsj.com/articles/terrible-fire-at-notre-dame-in-paris-11555349676
  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-15/stunning-images-show-frances-historic-notre-dame-cathedral-engulfed-flames

     Say, does anyone know why so many churches are burning down all-over Europe? It is a really amazing coincidence is it not?
  https://www.newsweek.com/spate-attacks-catholic-churches-france-sees-altars-desecrated-christ-statue-1370800

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When Will the $243 Trillion Global Debt Bomb Explode? By James Reed

     It seems it is only a matter of time now before the entire house of cards of the global economy comes crashing down.
  https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-22/cataclysmic-243-trillion-global-debt-bomb-will-explode-impoverishing-everyone

“Global debt now stands at a terrifying $243 trillion according to a report by the Institute of International Finance this week. That’s quarter of a quadrillion. We’re in the realms of the absurd and the unsustainable. That’s money that will never be repaid. The debt-based system is irrevocably broken and is still propped up by the lies told by central bankers and governments in order to remain in positions of power over others. The record debt figure stands at three-times the world’s total gross domestic product (GDP). In other words, it’s three times larger than the value of all products and services on the planet.  And the United States is contributing massively to this problem, propping up a debt bubble that will crush everyone when it finally bursts. It’s pretty safe to say that if you aren’t concerned, you simply aren’t paying attention and will be hurt when it all collapses. An irresponsible monetary system addicted to printing money and issuing credit is destroying the standard of living almost everywhere on the planet. It’s time to admit that we, as human beings, need a new alternative to the control, wealth redistribution, theft, and slavery that’s overtaken humanity. And one website dares to say that while it’s far from perfect, bitcoin offers a viable solution with its fixed supply. According to CCN, Bitcoin, the decentralized cryptocurrency, is a way out of the poorly designed monetary system forced down all of our throats by power-hungry sociopaths. When economic growth is insufficient, governments and companies borrow more money.  But this is nothing more than a cycle of addiction, writes  John Mauldin inForbes:

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Mexico Invades America; Trump hides Under Bed By Charles Taylor

     Here the post-white post-American future, rushing up to hit us squarely in the jaw:
  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/mexican-troops-drew-weapons-on-american-soldiers-on-u-s-side-of-the-border

“Armed Mexican troops disarmed two United States soldiers while they were on the American side of the border, U.S. defense officials have said. U.S. Northern Command said in a statement that "five to six Mexican military personnel questioned two U.S. Army soldiers who were conducting border support operations" this month. The U.S. soldiers were in an unmarked Customs and Border Protection [CBP] vehicle near the southwest border near Clint, Texas. Officials confirmed that the Mexican troops were armed with what seemed to be rifles. They raised their weapons when they saw the two U.S. soldiers, and then took a pistol from one and put it in the CBP vehicle. According to officials talking to CNN, the two Americans obliged "in an attempt to de-escalate a potential volatile situation."

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Rethinking our Approach to China By James Reed

     Our noble director sent me the link to the article that I want to tell you about today, but included a note which I found profound, and thought-provoking, so let me quote what Ken said: “Australians are known for their weakness when trade deals are done.  You can imagine China declining to buy, for instance, our beef, because we have done something not within their approval.  It could be un-related like killing kangaroos etc.  BUT we would never use our commodities sold to China as a bargaining point over, say their illegal South-China sea activity. Underneath most problems we find the lack of adequate finance to over-ride most decisions.  We tolerate any negative things like mines threatening underground water, as long as the mine delivers something to export for more dollars!!” And that is so true, indicating that unless a nation strives for financial and economic self-reliance, it is doomed to dependency and being at the mercy of the rest of the world, which is really just another definition of globalism. Here is an extract by Adam Ni, on the challenges of China:
  http://www.visiontimes.com/2019/04/16/its-time-to-rethink-australias-approach-to-china.html

“The truth is, for too long, Australian elites have turned a blind eye to the challenges posed by China’s rise. Many of our political, business, and community leaders have developed cozy and profitable relations with the Chinese party-state. For too long, our elites have benefited from China’s economic rise without properly preparing the Australian public for the long-term challenges posed by an increasingly powerful authoritarian Middle Kingdom. There is no doubt that Australia needs to engage China on trade, investment, connectivity, security, and a raft of regional and international issues. But there is an urgent need to rethink our current modus operandi and recalibrate Australia’s approach to China. Of course, this process has been underway for some time. The bipartisan support for foreign interference laws and the decision to exclude Huawei and ZTE from the building of Australia’s 5G network highlight Australian concerns about China’s influence. However, I would argue that a deeper rethink is needed if we are to prepare Australia for a future in our corner of the world with an increasingly powerful China with vastly different political institutions and values.

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