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DavidV

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Originally Posted by Jennifer Oriel
ABC radio’s cancellation of Australia Day ­reflects the cultural relativism holding human progress hostage to political correctness. In the latest round of ABC protests, Triple J will move its annual Hottest 100 broadcast from January 26 to appease those offended by Anglo-European settlement. If the ABC’s hipster morons want to decolonise Australia, they should start by cleansing their safe spaces of Western cultural products — like the radio, for example.
 
Protests against patriotism are on the rise across the West. In the US, football players genuflected to the PC deity by taking a knee as the national anthem played. What began as an apparent protest against police brutality developed into a leftist campaign against American values. Lead kneeler Colin Kaepernick donated $25,000 to an organisation named in honour of cop-killing socialist Assata Shakur.
 
Protests against Australia Day began several years ago but have intensified thanks to the government’s continuing allocation of taxpayer funds to activist groups and organisations across the country. The ABC is one such recipient of taxpayer funding. Another is the university sector.
 
The University of Melbourne’s indigenous institute warned academics about celebrating Australia Day: “For some our national day is associated with thoughts of mourning, struggle and survival … images and words celebrating the arrival of Euro­pean culture and people can be deeply ­offensive to many.”
 
If you’re offended by the arrival of Anglo-European culture in Australia, let me suggest a few tips for decolonising the nation: turn off your radios, hand back your phones, smash your computers and TVs, toss out your toilet, give back your antibiotics, soap and running water, burn the vines and bulldoze the university, forget the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, ­Mozart, Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, democracy, formal equality, freedom of thought, freedom of expression, the English language, newspapers, cars, aeroplanes, movies, jeans. And switch off the lights on your way back to the cave.
 
Like some indigenous Australians, my Scottish kin are keen for a postcolonial existence. They want to take Scotland back from the English. It’s a given that the English can be boorish even as they claim cultural superiority over all mankind. Nothing says the Empire is dead like a slow train to Slough. Yet even dead Empire is preferable to postcolonialism and the puritanical activists paving the way to perdition.
 
The Scottish experiment in decolonisation includes recovery of the Gaelic language, indigenous food, dancing and attire. In short, grunting, haggis, ceilidhs and kilts. It’s all good fun until some puritan spots an Englishman hiding in the tartan.
 
Like indigenous movements worldwide, the Scottish independence movement has a web of alliances that include Islamist states. Some Scots believe that as countries like Palestine share a history of colonisation, they are natural allies in the fight for a postcol­onial future. Just don’t mention jihad, lads.
 
Palestine is a favourite pity object for the European left but anti-Israeli sentiment is growing in the US also. The Statesman ­reported a recent event at the University of Pennsylvania where students classified Israelis planting trees in the West Bank as eco-­imperialists. One speaker wanted to “show through postcolonial theory how we can problematise the idea of forestation … how intersectionality can affect human rights as well as the ecosystem and how it can serve the neocolonialist propaganda”. The ­speakers certainly succeeded in problematising the idea of basic cognition.
 
In 2015, the Institute of Public Affairs found that postcolonialism-imperialism was the third most commonly offered history subject in 34 Australian universities. From 2004 to 2014, the number of Australian universities offering postcolonialism as a subject increased from 15 to 21.
 
Postcolonialism and critical race theory are commonly taught as part of indigenous studies in universities. The architect of postcolonialism, Frantz Fanon, advocated revolution not only against discrimination but the virtues of Western civilisation as well. In The Wretched of the Earth, he imagines a post­colonial state where: “All the Mediterranean values — the triumph of the human individual, of clarity, and of beauty — become lifeless … individualism is the first to disappear.”
 
The death of the individual, of clarity and beauty is a totalitarian dream.
 
Fanon believed the relationship of the colonial subject to the coloniser was characterised by envy. He wrote that the colonised subject “dreams of possession. Every type of possession: of sitting at the colonist’s table and sleeping in his bed, preferably with his wife. The colonised man is an envious man”.
 
There is no cure for envy. It is the most ­socially corrosive of all human emotions. As Gonzalo Fernandez de la Mora observed, even Marx sought to distinguish between “developed communism” based on the ideal of a scientific society and “undeveloped communism”, which was “envious”. Postcolonialism is the bastard child of vulgar communism. It heralds the emergence of envy as a motive force for society.
 
Thinking of Triple J’s hottest 100 brings back happy memories. Like many young Aussies, my mates and I often spent Australia Day recovering from the night before or going to dance parties in the dunes. We were aware of the bloody nature of Australia’s founding and the abhorrent mistreatment of indigenous people that followed. On that day, however, we didn’t celebrate invasion but the modern nation that Australia had ­become. We celebrated freedom, equality and our ability to reconcile honestly the ­horrors of the past with the hope of the ­present. On January 26 we rejoiced in the siren song of the national anthem, to be “young and free”.
 
The green-left loves to spoil national unity. It trades in disunity and social division. Moves by local councils and ABC radio to spoil Australia Day represent the miserable left’s fear of a people united in the spirit of modern patriotism. Ignore them. Turn on another radio station and dance until dawn with the first peoples, the descendants of seafaring adventurers, the 20th century ring-ins and all the late arrivals — first generation ­immigrants like me.
 
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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/australian-students-beguiled-by-allure-of-the-cultural-left/news-story/87c67d26f7926a7cc4092df55072adc3

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Those doubting whether Australia’s education system has been captured by the cultural left need look no further than the results of the 2016 Years 6 and 10 civics and citizenship survey.

Given the politically correct nature of state and territory curriculums, it should not be surprising that students exhibit a strong cultural-left view of social issues and social movements.

In the report detailing students’ responses, released today, the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority quite happily boasts “it is heartening to note that the percentages of students demonstrating positive attitudes towards Australian indigenous culture and Australian diversity have increased significantly since 2010”.

In addition to strongly supporting “the cultural traditions and languages of indigenous cultures”, the ACARA report notes that students believe “immigrants should be encouraged to keep their cultural traditions and languages”, plus “all Australians should learn about different cultures and traditions at school”.

Not only does the civics and citizenship survey provide evidence that the curriculum pushes multiculturalism and indigenous perspectives, the report also notes students regard as most important “making personal efforts to protect natural resources (eg water saving, recycling, ethical shopping)”.

At the Year 6 level, 85 per cent of students rate highly “taking part in activities promoting human rights”, 89 per cent similarly with “activities to protect the environment” and 90 per cent “making personal efforts to protect natural resources”.

Year 10 students also show a strong commitment to being politically correct, with 77 per cent believing they should “promote human rights”, 79 per cent wanting to take part in activities “to protect the environment” and 85 per cent wanting to make “personal efforts to protect the natural resources”.

Similar to the poor performance in the recent PIRLS international literacy test where our students are ranked 21 out of 50 countries, the results for civics and citizenship are also cause for alarm. When measuring the number of students at or above the proficient level, only 38 per cent of Year 10 students reach the required standard while the figure for Year 6 students is 55 per cent.

The fact boys are generally outperformed by girls in the civics survey, as they are in reading and writing, and performance in Year 12 examinations, also proves how effective the feminist movement has been in taking control of the curriculum.

 
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 Meanwhile, the kids in North Korea are learning Chemistry and Physics.  It doesn't bode well for us.
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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/rita-panahi/rita-panahi-immigrants-to-australia-must-embrace-western-values-and-assimilate/news-story/caa17ab660165c724dc810b7c18c1643?nk=71c46b018ce913512dcac7f2077fb3ed-1513509749

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Originally Posted by Rita Panahi
THERE is enough crime in Australia without successive governments importing large numbers of people incapable or unwilling to respect our laws.
 
Elements of the Lebanese and Sudanese population continue to be over-represented in crime statistics, dramatically so in somecategories. Sudanese-born youth are more than 120 times as likely to commit an aggravated burglary, according to Victorian Crime Statistics Agency figures.
 
We learnt last year that two-thirds of those arrested for terrorism-related offences in Australia were from second- and third-generation Lebanese Muslim backgrounds.
 
And yet the mere mention of this by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, who noted the folly of Malcolm Fraser’s “Lebanon concession”, sent the usual race-baiting malcontents into a victim-playing frenzy with predictable cries of “racism” and “xenophobia”.
 
Lebanese Muslim Association president Samier Dandan accused the government of having a “toxic, assimilationist, nationalist” agenda and labelled Dutton’s comments “racist”, while Fairfax feminists called for his sacking.
 
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young called Dutton “a racist bigot” and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten demanded he apologise for his “ignorant stupidity” and the “disgraceful comments he made about migrants in Australia”.
 
The Left’s customary reaction to inconvenient yet indisputable facts is to scream “Nazi, racist, bigot, Islamophobe” in the hope of silencing opposing views.
 
Such smears can be an effective tool in shutting down debate but they do not change the data or the incidence of violent crime. Figures released this year show that in 2016, one in seven Sudanese-born Victorians aged 10 to 24 was charged with a crime. Muslims are dramatically over-represented in the prison population: 9 per cent of prisoners, including 20 per cent of maximum-security prisoners, are from Muslim backgrounds. A remarkable figure, given only about 3 per cent of the population identify as Muslim. The statistics mirror what we’ve seen in NSW, and present serious concerns for the criminal justice system, particularly given the growing Muslim population in Australia.
 
Of course, most crime in this country is committed by Australian-born offenders, given that they are the vast majority of the population. But it is the extraordinary over-representation of some groups that needs attention.
 
People born in Sudan have the highest imprisonment rate in the country, according to 2014 Australian Bureau of Statistics figures.
 
Among the most troubling aspects is the level and incidence of violence perpetrated by young offenders, particularly during aggravated burglaries, assaults and home invasions.
 
Sudanese-born youths aged 10 to 18 are responsible for 13.9 per cent of aggravated robberies and 7.44 per cent of home invasions in Victoria, despite being only 0.11 per cent of the population.
 
The level to which they are over-represented is not something that can be ignored. Nor can we continue to uncritically accept mealy-mouthed justifications from so-called community leaders and taxpayer-funded appeasers.
 
Last week, we saw hundreds of “youths of African appearance” involved in a prolonged brawl around the St Kilda foreshore. Over several hours, they were involved in assaults, thefts and property damage, and yet police failed to make an arrest.
 
Inspector Jason Kelly said: “Their behaviour was just totally unacceptable, and I’d call on them to come forward … before we track them down.”
 
Surely such obvious criminality in a public place should see scores arrested, not just a call for the culprits to come in at their leisure.
 
Later that same day, County Court judge Elizabeth Gaynor allowed a young offender, who was spared jail despite arming himself with a sledgehammer during terrifying jewellery store robberies that netted over $200,000, to holiday in Sudan while on bail.
 
The decision was made despite concerns from prosecutors that Akon Mawien, 20, was a flight risk.
 
Is it any wonder that people are losing faith in the justice system?
 
As someone who has long advocated for both Australia’s high skilled immigration intake, as well as our generous humanitarian program, I understand the damage that is done when a minority of immigrants fail to assimilate.
 
A number of recent polls show that a majority of Australians want to cut immigration, and around half support a full or partial ban on Muslim immigration.
 
Nothing turns the mainstream against immigration more than lawlessness and disrespect. It goes without saying that the vast majority of migrants are proud, productive members of Australian society and many migrant communities are under-represented in crime and imprisonment rates.
 
New Australians are often more patriotic and protective of this country than those fortunate enough to have been born here.
 
For many of us, this is truly the lucky country: welcoming, tolerant, peaceful and prosperous.
 
But for any individual or group to successfully integrate into Australian life, there needs to be an adherence to certain non-negotiables, including respecting the law. Assimilation is not a dirty word. It is not only desirable, but imperative for a cohesive society. If you can’t embrace core Western values of freedom, democracy and equality, then you have no business migrating to Australia.
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