On the eve of the WA election I was at a social event and a woman there said she was going to vote for the Libs. I asked why and she said because of the asylum seekers. When I asked what about asylum seeker she said that she got so many emails about them it must be true. She could not say except in very vague terms what must be true.
I was surprised how much support she had from others at the event.
Fear is the tool of the radical right. Create fear, no matter how irrational and offer a supposed solution and you will succeed in subverting logic, humanity and democracy.
Fear destroys any sense of rationality. There is no logic in being scared of spiders or mice. You may not like them but fear is not a rational response.
The weapon of the far right is irrational rear. In Nazi Germany it was fear of Jews. In Israel it is the fear of Palestinians that fuels the radical elements of politics. The Tea party in America create fear of everyone and everything.
Here in Australia we have the Murdoch-Abbot axis creating fear of asylum seekers, climate change, Labour’s economic management and anything else that can be used.
My only fear in Australian politics is the slow slide to the Fourth Reich.
That fear took on a new meaning with the opposition’s position of reporting to police and neighbours when asylum seekers moved into the district. That really is at the boundary of classic Forth Reich politics. Create irrational fear of a small minority who have no way of defending themselves and destroy any pretence of humanity. If you can say it is for ‘their own good’ so much the better.
Is my fear as irrational as the fear created by the Murdoch-Abbott alliance when I hear that a persons’ vote depends on how many hate emails they receive? The really scary thing is that the woman who made the remark, and those who supported her where not uneducated people. Most have a professional education and positions.
I cannot even dismiss them as a dumb ignorant minority, if I chose to be that judgmental. These are the very people that Australia looks to to provide leadership and guidance in many areas.
In Western Australia fear has played a major part in electing a far right government intent on continuing giving away state assets to developer in the name of balancing the budget. Perth City will have the Swan River Foreshore destroyed and major traffic problems created. Mengles Bay will be decimated and Lake Richmond put at grave environmental risk. In our North West and the Kimberly region traditional owners will continue to be told “Give us your land. If you don’t we will take it anyway.”
All this because federally the Murdoch-Abbott alliance has created an irrational fear of a very small number of people who are here because of very real fears they have ‘that forced them to leave their homelands to seek safety and support in Australia.