David Archibald discusses the Brereton Report

Dr Samantha Crompvoets (from “Does the ACT have Australia’s most parent-friendly company?”)

The text below is from David Archibald discussing an issue I know nothing about: Afghanistan: The Fevered Imaginations of the REMFs*. This is his final para:

The Federal Police will be given the job of prosecuting the servicemen mentioned in the Brereton report, but the effort will go the way of the McDade prosecutions. They will be dropped for lack of evidence because mostly they are complete fabrications.

I can only say that if these soldiers made up these stories just to tease the people who were interviewing them, they are a pretty stupid lot themselves. As for the photo above, this is the relevance to the story:

In March, 2016 the then head of the army, now chief of defence General Angus Campbell, commissioned a secret report on SAS culture from a Canberra sociologist, Dr Samantha Crompvoets.

Here is the above link once again to get a better sense of who was doing the interviews.

And if you want to know what an REMF is you will have to go to David’s link.

The therapeutic state

Really, why add to the crush of issues with this one when nothing whatever can be done about any of it? Still, I have only just cottoned onto it so thought I might share. This, however, is even less likely to be seen for what it is than my work on modern economic theory, but such is life.

I suppose I ought to have seen this sooner since it has been the elephant in the room since the Covid panic began. If anything is going to terrify us into a totalitarian state, it is the threat of disease, which is more than just the threat of death but includes all the psychological overhang that exists everywhere. This was all discussed by Thomas Szasz even as long ago as when I was at university. This is only a tiny bit of who he is:

Szasz was best known as a social critic of the moral and scientific foundations of psychiatry, as what he saw as the social control aims of medicine in modern society, as well as scientism. His books The Myth of Mental Illness (1961) and The Manufacture of Madness (1970) set out some of the arguments most associated with him.

I have been associating lately with people involved in dealing with the psychological damage that has apparently been visited on people who have been confined to home because of the Covid or who have been terrorised by the media reports. Really, I said to them, is this actually such an issue? Well, you have no idea the size of the industry associated with dealing with our mental health. Having come onto this monster in our midst, there was then this headline in The Oz just yesterday: Productivity Commission’s final report says toddlers should be screened for emotional distress.

Australia’s mental health system is failing the “missing middle” who don’t require hospital care and has a “narrow view of people seeking treatment and support”. The Productivity Commission’s final report into the country’s mental health system, two years in the making, recommends toddlers should be screened for early signs of emotional distress and better support offered to schoolchildren dealing with psychological issues as part of a push for earlier intervention. The commission says the system is “not comprehensive and fails to provide treatment and support that people who need it legitimately expect”. “The clinical care system has gaps, including, but not limited to, the so-called ‘missing middle’,” the report reads.

And then this came today with some material from Medibank:

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And when you start looking for these kinds of things they are everywhere. We are beyond mere socialism. If you would like to investigate further, you might have a look at this, also by Szasz, except from 2006, and specifically titled: The Therapeutic State. A long article, worth your time, with this the final para:

Formerly, people rushed to embrace totalitarian states. Now they rush to embrace the therapeutic state. By the time they discover that the therapeutic state is about tyranny, not therapy, it will be too late.

The entire article is so prescient it’s spooky. Perhaps it’s not too late, although perhaps it is.

The central question asked about Covid: am I dead?

Watching the economy over the years, the only crisis is the period in which the unemployment rate increases. During the say six months when the rate rises from 5% to 9%, there really is major concern everywhere. Then the rate plateaus and everyone relaxes, or at least among those who still have jobs which is the vast majority.

Same about Covid. The “I stand for Dan” types ask only one question, am I still alive? Following that, there is the ancillary question: is the government doing everything it can to protect me? Hardly anyone asks when will business open or when will the lockdown end? And if there is no vaccine till the end of 2021, they will patiently wait till then. And so will the rest of us, whether patiently or not.

I’m sure Bruce will like things on Manus Island

Talk about undesirable migrants: ‘I’ll see you on the next plane’: Bruce Springsteen says he’ll ‘move to Australia’ if Donald Trump is re-elected – after accusing the president of ‘dividing’ America.

He made the remark – which wasn’t intended to be taken seriously – after sharing his thoughts on Trump’s re-election campaign and its chances of success.

Pop stars now share the same ideology as leading academics, virtually the whole of the public service and most of the media. Lowest common denominator among the generally unproductive, I suppose.

The great coronavirus divide

These truly are a spectacular set of differences of attitude. This is a difference between hysterics (Democrats) and stoics (Republicans), and it goes well beyond the coronavirus. I also don’t think the numbers will converge. There is a difference of such profound consequence between the mentality of the left and the right and that difference may never have been better laid out than here.

Suggested by Bruce of Newcastle and taken from Powerline. And this was the “Best” comment there:

In my lifetime the Democrats have assured me that I would be dead from AIDS if I had unprotected relations only once; that I would be dead from Acid Rain; that I would be dead without mandatory seatbelt laws; that I would be dead unless the drinking age was raised to 21; that I would be dead from a nuclear war started by Ronald Reagan; that I would be dead from coastal floods caused by melting polar ice caps; that I would be dead from George W. Bush’s aggressive Middle East policy; that I would be dead from a worldwide famine caused by global warming; that I would be dead without aggressive regulation of the Internet; that I would be dead unless price controls were imposed upon Big Pharma; that I would be dead unless we made up and played nice with Iran; and now that I would be dead unless I stay home most of the time and continually wear a mask.

With this as well:


Not to mention this:

Fear is the great motivator on the left. If you vote for a party of the left you really are daft.

Saving Grace

I will begin with a single statement: if you do not already subscribe to Quadrant, then you should; it is the best political magazine of conservative thought in the world and I read them all. Subscribe here. Here is only part of the reason why.

Both TAFKAS and myself wrote posts in reaction to a Weekend Australia article by Katrina Grace Kelly: Public safety becomes a casualty to the culture wars. This was his: Safety, and this was mine: Australians watching American politics according to The Oz. To understand what she wrote, I will provide the following from Spartacus:

In her piece this past weekend, titled Public safety becomes a casualty to the culture wars, Kelly writes some “unusual” things.  To start with, it was a very odd mashing of Covid management in Australia, the US and the performance of President Trump.

This aside, it is Kelly’s closing paragraph that got to TAFKAS:

“Voters expect politicians to do everything to keep them safe, and many will vote along these lines.”

I just shortened her argument to, “Save me, she begs, save me.” You get the idea.

Then I turned to my latest October Quadrant which I go through end to end and read through every article that interests me, which most do. But not everything, and this was an article I expected to pass over, titled: The Sea. Turned out it was an investigation of the literature in relation to The Sea as a metaphor of danger. And then in the midst of this wonderful article, there was a passage from The Book of Common Prayer, which brought me back to that pathetic article by Princess Grace:

“O most powerful and glorious Lord God, at whose command the winds blow, and lift up the waves of the sea, and who stillest the rage thereof; We, thy creatures, but miserable sinners, do in this our great distress cry unto thee for help; Save, Lord, or else we perish.”

I am afraid Ms Kelly is a lost soul. She has lost touch with G-d; she can think of no other to save her woebegone self from the dangers of life but the Government. There are many lost souls such as herself who seek salvation in the hands of government from whom no salvation can ever be found. She turns to Joe Biden instead. If it weren’t so tragically sad it might be funny. She is a metaphor for our times.