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                        IS NECESSARY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH?

                        SUICIDE EPIDEMIC

                        CRIME DURING THE PANDEMIC

                        IMMIGRATION AND SKILL SHORTAGES

                        HISTORY: World War II – The Eastern Front - Part 2

                        BOOK REVIEWS:        Cynical Theories

                                                       Dangerous

                                                        A Dissident’s Guide to Blacks and Africa

                                                         Facing Reality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUMBER NINETY SEVEN                                                                       WINTER 2021

 

IS IMMIGRATION NECESSARY FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH?

 

            Figures on Australia’s economy show an impressive spurt of growth since the last financial year. More specifically, growth was 3.5% in the September 2020 quarter, 3.2% in the December quarter and 1.8% in the March 2021 quarter. That’s about 8.5% in nine months. (1)

            Meanwhile our current account, a figure which includes balance of payments on trade, interest payments on debt and shareholder dividends on foreign investment, is positive and expected to be $149 billion in the 2020-21 financial year. (2) Australia’s current account had been in deficit from the early 1970s until the latter part of 2019. This is good news for the economy and the country.

            Not surprisingly our foreign debt has started to shrink. (3) And the unemployment rate is only 5.1% despite the removal of the jobkeeper allowance. (4)

            What has gone down is immigration and population growth. The population grew by 136,300 to 25,694,393 in 2020. This was a rate of 0.5%. Only 2.4% of this growth was due to net overseas migration and 97.6% due to natural increase. (5) This was despite a slight drop in the birth rate.

            In other words despite a huge drop in immigration our economy is performing. This gives a lie to the claim that we need mass immigration for economic growth.

            In fact in the three years before Covid hit our economy was performing poorly despite pretty high levels of immigration and population growth as shown by the following figures:

 

Year:                            2017     2018     2019

Population growth:         1.57%   1.61%   1.54%

Economic growth:          2.30%   2.95%   2.16%   (6)

 

            One thing that tends not to be mentioned when discussing immigration is the amount migrants remit back to their home countries. With the Covid 19 epidemic remittances in most countries tended to slow down. This is good as, according to America’s Pew Research Center, remittances from Australia reached $20 billion in 2018 – and that was in U.S. dollars. (7)

            Meanwhile house prices have continued to go up and in the six months to 31 March rose by 8.7%. This was the fourth highest growth in house prices in the world. (8) Soaring house prices and household debt are driving inequality and damaging productivity according to the University of NSW’s Sydney’s City Futures Research Centre. National household debt has more than doubled over the last three decades, from 70% of GDP in 1990 to almost 185% in 2020. House prices could rise by 14% in the coming year meaning that even more families will not be able to own their own home. (9)

            Flooding the country with more migrants will add to these problems and will likely reverse the gains we have made with foreign debt and our current account. We seem to be doing better without mass immigration.

            One more point: Japan has had a shrinking population for about a decade but, until Covid struck, its economy grew each year. In 2017 for instance it population went down by 0.2% but its economy expanded by 2.17%. (10) More evidence that a country does not need immigration to grow the economy.

 

(1) www.abs.gov.au/statistics/economy/national-accounts 

(2) Michael Janda, “Current Account Surplus Gives Economy Breathing Room, Says Bank of America”, www.abc.net.au/news/  1 July 2021

(3) www.abs.gov.au/statistics/economy/international-trade/balance-of-payments-and-international-investment-position-australia

(4) www.abs.gov.au

(5) www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/population/national-state-an... December 2020

(6) Australian Bureau of Statistics, 3101.00, Estimated Residential Population; www.macrotrends.net/countries

(7) www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/06/22/sharp-decline-in...  18 June 2020

(8) MacKenzie Scott, “House Price Growth among Fastest in World”, The Australian, 10 June 2021

(9) “House Prices, Debt ‘Time Bomb’ Threat”, Daily Telegraph, 16 June 2021

(10 www.macrotrends.net/countries

 

 

 

SUICIDE EPIDEMIC IN AUSTRALIA

 

            Tre Williams, a young Aboriginal noted for his enthusiasm for rugby league, took his own life at the age of 21.  He came from Menindee in NSW but was living in Mildura at the time of his death, apparently just having had a relationship breakdown. His death focussed attention on the suicide epidemic among young Aboriginals. Statistics indicate that suicides of people aged between 15 and 24 is four times more likely among Aboriginals than non-Aboriginals in the same age bracket. (1)

            Suicide rates for Indigenous Australians have been rising in recent years. Their death rates for suicide increased from 21.3 per 100,000 in the years 2010-2014 to 24.6 in 2015-2019. Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death for Indigenous people overall but is the leading cause of death for Indigenous children aged 5-17 years. One third of Indigenous child deaths were due to suicide with most occurring in those aged 15-17. The suicide rate for Indigenous people, males and females is twice the rate of non-Indigenous. Western Australia has the highest suicide rate while New South Wales has the lowest. (2)

            Suicides have also been increasing among non-Indigenous Australians. In 2019 there were a total of 3,318 deaths by suicide, giving a rate per 100,000 of 12.9, with the rate for males being 19.8 and for females 6.3. In 2010 the rate for males was only 17.5 and for females it was 5 deaths per 100,000. Things have been worse however, back in 1930 the rate was 17.8, the highest suicide rate recorded for the Australian population. This was during the Great Depression indicating that bad economic times are not good for our mental health. (3)

 

(1) Derrick Krusche, “Tre’s Death Rallies Town”, Daily Telegraph, 23 June 2021

(2) Australian Bureau of Statistics, www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/causes-death/causes-death-au  Downloaded 10 July 2021

(3) Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, www.aihw.gov.au/suicide-self-harm-monitoring/date/deaths-b... Downloaded 10 July 2021

 

CRIME DURING THE PANDEMIC

 

            The economic disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic have seen a drop in many types of crime in Australia but a rise in some, particularly domestic related crimes. The number of robberies, unlawful entries and motor vehicle thefts went down in 2020. The rate for sexual assaults went up slightly but this includes incidents that were not reported in the year they occurred.

            The number of murders were four lower in 2020 than in 2019, attempted murders went down by 22 and there were five more cases of manslaughter. If we included attempted murders the homicide rate fell from 1.6 to 1.5 per 100,000 of population, and if we just include murder and manslaughter the homicide rate stayed at about 1.1 per 100,000.

            Family and domestic violence (FDV) related crime homicides rose by 12% and FDV related sexual assaults rose by 13%.

            The ABS does not give statistics on Aboriginal homicides for all states but in NSW the Aboriginal homicide rate fell from 2.8 to 2.1 per 100,000 in 2020, in the Northern Territory it fell from 10.3 to 3.8, in Queensland it rose from 3.8 to 4.6. Surprisingly in South Australia it fell from 13.3 in 2019 to zero last year. (1)

            The surge in domestic violence led to calls for more government funding of social housing for women fleeing domestic violence. About 17,000 homes are needed. This would cost $7.6 billion but create an estimated 47,000 jobs and reduce homelessness. Benefits, including women’s economic contribution, are claimed to outweigh costs. (2)

 

(1) www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/crime-and-justice/recorded-crime-victims/latest-release  24/06/2021

(2) Jennifer Duke, “Housing Plea for Family Violence Victims”, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 July 2021

 

 

DOES IMMIGRATION HELP AUSTRALIA’S SKILL SHORTAGE?

 

            A report from the “think tank” known as the Grattan Institute recommends a change in the skilled migration program to ensure we let in younger and more highly skilled workers with proficient English. It claims that this would make a substantial contribution to tax revenue. The permanent migration program had been set at 190,000 but was reduced to 160,000 including 79,600 places for skilled migrants. Up to 13,750 visas are also granted through the refugee/humanitarian program. (1)

            Others question the skilled workers shortage pointing out that a shortage should lead to wages growth but in fact wages have been stagnating. And what does it say about our education system. Since about 1994 there is said to have been a shortage skills including mechanics, upholsterers, boilermakers, pastry chefs, and in the professions accountants, health professionals, engineers and even secondary school teachers. Nevertheless there are plenty of stories about skilled migrants, including engineers and medical workers, who can’t get jobs they are qualified for and have to settle for more menial work like delivering takeaways or driving Ubers. Over the last 70 years Australia has taken in more than 7 million migrants and one million have arrived in the last decade. The OECD however in a recent assessment claims our per capita GDP growth was 9% lower that the OECD’s best performers and our productivity growth was 16% lower. (2)

            There have been calls for our immigration, especially skilled immigration to be ramped up but there has also be some questioning of why after years of large scale immigration we still have skills shortages. Low wages growth is said to be hurting our economy, endangering our recovery and not helping our “eye-watering” level of household debt. High immigration is a way of keeping labour costs “subdued”. Higher wages no doubt will lead to calls for more migrants. As it is there is high levels of underemployment in certain industries and many workers, such as those in hospitality are often left with barely enough to live on. Foreign workers are also said to be the greatest victims of wage theft. There are plenty of stories of exploitation and even sexual assault of migrants, including foreign students and temporary visa holders. (3)

            Ross Gittins bought into the argument and the implications of Treasure Josh Frydenberg’s intergenerational report. Gittins points out that a “Big Australia” may not be better for material living standards or our efforts to limit the damage our economic activity does to our natural environment. The report advises that population growth over the next 40 years can be expected to be lower than previously thought. We could reach 40 million by the first half of the 2060s, about 15 years later than the 2015 report projected. Net immigration will fall in the latest financial year and is likely to take another two years, (i.e. 2024-25) to reach 235,000 and stay at that level until 2060-61. Real GDP is expected to slow from the 3% a year we have had over the last 40 years to 2.6% over the next 40 years. Annual growth per person will slow slightly from 1.6% to 1.5%. This will be less due to lower population growth than lower productivity improvement. Immigrants may gain by moving to Australia but Australians don’t benefit from their coming. High immigration gives us the benefit of greater economies of scale but leaves us with higher costs for housing, capital equipment and public infrastructure – and may be a reason for our weak rate of productivity growth. (4)

 

(1) Nassim Khadem, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-31/visa-migrants-young-skill...

(2) Ian Verrender, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-19/verrender-the-great-skille...

(3) Ian Verrender, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-07-12/verrender-skilled-worker-s...

(4) Ross Gittins, “Our Aspirations for a Big Australia Need a Big Trim”, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 July 2021

 

AUSTRALIA’S MIGRATION PROGRAM 2019-20

 

            The permanent migration program for the 2019-20 saw only a slight drop in numbers with a total places down to 140,366, 12.3% less than the previous year. The skill stream accounted for 95,843 places, the family stream 41,961, the special eligibility stream 81, and the child stream 2,481.

                The main sources of the migrants were India with 25,698 places, China 18,587, United Kingdom 10,681, Philippines 8,965, Vietnam 5,398, Nepal 5,048, New Zealand 4,997, Pakistan 4,136, South Africa 3,743 and the United States 3,301.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, 2019-20 Migration Program Report

SCIENCE SNIPPETS

 

NEW HOMO SPECIES? The bones of an ancient species of human previously unknown to science have been discovered at the Nesher Ramia site in the Levant. Believed to be about 130,000 years old the species appears to be somewhere between Neanderthals and archaic populations of Homo in Asia and could be ancestral to both. They appear to have mated with Homo sapiens that arrived in the area about 200,000 years ago.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210624141540.htm  24 June 2021

 

ANOTHER NEW SPECIES: An ancient human cranium held at the Heibei GEO University in China is believed to a previously unrecognised species now known as Homo longi or “Dragon Man”. The cranium was actually discovered in the 1930s but is believed to be 146,000 years old. Homo longi is believed to be more closely related to modern humans that are the Neanderthals.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210625120419.htm  25 June 2021

 

WIZARD’S STAFF: A 4500-year-old staff used by shaman to communicate with the underworld has been unearthed in a peat bed near a lake in Finnish lake. The artefact, about 53 centimetres long depicts a snake slithering or swimming away and is said to be unique in style and character.

“Wizard’s Staff Dug Out of Bog”, Sunday Telegraph, 11 July 2021

 

DENISOVA CAVE: A study of DNA from sediments taken from the Denisova Cave in Siberia indicate it was occupied by hominins from about 300,000 years ago. Denisovan people appear to have lived in the cave from 250,000 years ago and Neanderthals from 200,000 to 40,000 years ago. Modern humans may have lived there from 60,000 years ago and made stone tools and ornaments found in the cave.

“Dirty Secrets”, https://the conversation.com/ 24 June 2021

 

EDUCATION AND INTELLIGENCE: In the 1960s the Norwegian government made an extra two years schooling compulsory but rolled out the change gradually, allowing comparisons between different regions. When the IQ tests of military conscripts were examined it indicated that the extra two years of education added 3.7 IQ points per year. A meta-analysis in 2018 also concluded that extra schooling raised IQ, and by about 1 to 5 points for each additional year of schooling. Reading, studying arithmetic and accruing general knowledge may be good training to perform well in IQ tests. Schooling may also teach children to maintain their concentration.

Caroline Williams (Ed.), “Why Some People Are Smarter”, New Scientist Essential Guide, The Human Brain, 2021

 

PREHISTORIC AMERICANS: It’s possible that humans arrived in the America’s 30,000 years ago, or 20,000 years earlier than originally thought. Andrew Somerville of Iowa State University based this idea on research examining animal bones from the Coxcatlan Cave in the Tehuacan Valley in Mexico dating them as being 33,448 to 28279 years old.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210601165038.htm  1 June 2021

 

AFRICAN BURIAL: The remains of a child found in Panga ya Saidi cave in Kenya are believed to be 78,000 years old making them the oldest evidence of a burial in Africa. Other finds in the cave include beads over 60,000 years old. Intentional burial of modern humans and Neanderthals dating back 120,000 have been found in Eurasia. Australia’s famous Mungo Man was buried around 40,000 years ago.

“Oldest Human Burial in Africa Unearthed”, Cosmos, Issue 91, Winter, 2021

 

 

 

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HISTORY

 

WORLD WAR II – The Eastern Front – Part Two

 

Meanwhile the German Blitzkrieg continued north, south and centre. The German armies had 117 divisions and 22 in reserve. They were backed by 14 Romanian divisions. The Germans took hundreds of thousands of prisoners as whole Soviet armies collapsed and most of European Russia was invaded. The Germans however had underestimated the strength of Stalin’s army, especially the number of tanks. Within the first six weeks the Germans lost 60,000 dead.

            In the north the Germans liberated Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and then proceeded to Leningrad. Finland entered the war on Germany’s side.

            The Germans laid siege to Leningrad and this lasted from September 1941 to January 1944. Almost three-quarters of a million German troops were bogged down for 900 days while in the city 641,803 people died, mainly from hunger and disease.

            The German centre army reached Moscow and entered some outer suburbs but failed to take the city. The Germans were disadvantaged by a lack of adequate supply lines. Marshal Zhukov, Stalin’s most outstanding general organised a counter attack and in December 1941 the Germans were forced into an orderly retreat.

            The Germans then concentrated on the south and made advances in the Kharkov area in May and June 1942. They then took the Crimea including the city of Sevastopol. They then attacked Stalingrad and in October had control of much of the city. Stalin sent Zhukov to recapture the city and in November 1942 the Germany Sixth Army, then numbering 200,000 men, was encircled. By 31 January 1943 there were only 91,000 Germans left, giving their leader, Field Marshal von Paulus little choice but to surrender.

            Stalin’s tactics were not just military but also psychological and he began to appeal to his people’s patriotism. He reminded the Russians about when their ancestors had defeated Napoleon and Kaiser Wilhelm. Religion was no longer to be repressed and churches were reopened.

            A lot of effort was put into anti-German propaganda and Soviet journalists, literary hacks, artists and historians were called on to produce works that caused Soviet citizens and soldiers to hate the Germans. It appears that the German attack on 22 June 1941 was anticipated and the war propaganda machine had a pre-established program. The writers included Nobel Prize winner, Mikhail Sholokhov and Alexei Tolstoy, a descendant of the famous Leo Tolstoy.

            The most important, and infamous propagandist however was Ilya Grigoryevich Ehrenburg, son of a Jewish beer brewer and proud of his Jewish origins. He has been compared to the Nazi propagandist Julius Streicher who was sentenced to death at the Nuremburg trials. Ehrenburg had already written novels promoting Communism and the defeat of the bourgeoisie, as well as one written after the fall of Paris which showed his contempt for the French bourgeoisie. Stalin wanted hate, not only against Fascism but also against everything German. Ehrenburg’s propaganda delivered this. Germans were not human and needed to be pitilessly exterminated. Ehrenburg’s incitements were often read to Soviet troops before the start of a battle.

            Another cruel tactic of Stain was a rejection of the Geneva Convention which regulated the treatment of wounded and prisoners of war. This meant that those captured by the Soviet forces were not guaranteed humane treatment and gave the Germans an excuse to not treat Soviet prisoners properly. Soviet soldiers who were captured by the Germans were actually considered criminals by their own country.

            The Soviet forces set up “blocking detachments” which were placed behind military units to execute those who retreated or spread panic. Initially these were part of the red Army but later they came under the NKVD which, like the Nazi SS, had its own large military force with 15 infantry divisions, tanks and artillery. In the first ten months of the war the blocking detachments detained 700,000 officers and men of the Red Army, for acting with suspicion. Most were returned to the front but about 10,000 were shot. In September 1941, Zhukov, at the behest of Stalin, ordered machine guns to be turned on retreating battalions.

            Eventually the progress of the war turned in favour of the Soviet forces. This however did not stop the atrocities.

            Mass purges were carried out as the Border Troops and the Special Troops of the NKVD, similar to the German Einsatzgruppen followed the Red Army. In March 1943 the city of Kharkov was briefly captured by the Soviets and at least 4,000 people were shot. Elsewhere hundreds of thousands were killed. During 1943-44 mass deportations of a number of minorities occurred. This included Kalmucks, Chechens, Ingushs and the Crimean Tartars. These deportations were carried out under inhumane conditions and would constitute the crime of genocide.

            The Soviet Union incidentally had been producing poisonous gas, capable of killing masses of people, for years before the war and had gas chambers in operation as early as 1938. Not surprisingly the Soviets were pushing the story about the Germans murdering people with gas early in the war and it formed an important part of their anti-German propaganda. The Soviets also tried to attribute some of their crimes to the Germans.

            Virtually from the start of the fighting German prisoners were murdered, including many who were wounded. Some were tortured, mutilated or burnt to death. German medical personnel were not spared and were killed along with their patients. Stalin reinforced the motivation to kill prisoners in a proclamation made on 6 November 1941 that stated it was the task of the Soviet forces to “exterminate to the last man all Germans having invaded the territory of our homeland”. Ilya Ehrenburg continued the vitriol with calls for the indiscriminate murder of all Germans. In an about turn, Stalin, on 23 November 1942, gave an order that the Red Army spare the lives of German soldiers if they surrender. This could have been just for propaganda as the murder of prisoners continued. The Germans issued instructions not to retaliate for the murders. An exception was made for those fighting out of uniform as partisans and a few officers responsible for atrocities.

            Soviet crimes appear not to have abated and as the Red Army entered German territory atrocities against the civilian population began on a mass scale. This included the wholesale murder of prisoners of war and civilians of all ages, the disgusting rape of females including the old and children, and the plundering and arson of both public and private property. This was followed by the mass deportation of tens of thousands of men and women for slave labour in the Soviet Union. Many died during transportation.

            The total number killed is not known exactly but it would run into hundreds of thousands. Under the inhumane conditions of the Soviet military administration, 90,000 died in Konigsberg alone. As many as 270,000 defenceless Germans were murdered in Czechoslovakia beginning in May 1945. Another 2.2 million may have died in the “expulsion areas” which would constitute an anti-German genocide. Similarly allowing soldiers to commit atrocities or even participating in these acts meant that many high ranking Soviet commanders were liable to be charged for war crimes but, unlike Nazi Leaders, they were not.

            The “liberated” peoples of Poland, the Baltic States, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania were also subject to excesses, violence, theft and murder.

            By May 1945 the Soviet forces had taken Berlin, Hitler having committed suicide in his bunker on 30 April. On 7 May, Germany unconditionally surrendered on all fronts. Stalin acquired eastern Poland, the Baltic States, Bessarabia and Bukovina, as well as territory taken from Finland during the Soviet-Finnish war. Poland was compensated with German territory east of the rivers Oder and Neisse. The Soviet Union now dominated Eastern Europe including the Soviet zones in Germany and Austria.

 

Sources:

Butler, Rupert, “Stalin’s Secret War”, Pen and Sword Military, Barnsley, 2010 (ISBN 978 1 84884 053 9)

Grenville, J.A.S., “Collins History of the World in the Twentieth Century”, Harper Collins Publishers, London, 1994 (ISBN 0 00 255169 1)

Hoffman, Joachim, “Stalin’s War of Extermination 1941-1945”, Castle Hill Publishers, Uckfield, 2015 (ISBN 1 59148 120 1)

Tolstoy, Nikolai, “Stalin’s Secret War”, Pan Books, London, 1981 (ISBN 0 330 26824 4)

 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

“CYNICAL THEORIES: How the Universities Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity” by Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay, Swift Press, 2020 (ISBN: 978-1-80-075006-7)

 

            Pluckrose and Lindsay describe the evolution of critical theories such as critical race Theory as beginning with the postmodernism of the 1960s. The “deconstructionism” of the postmodernists sought to render absurd our ways of understanding, approaching and living in the world and human societies. They had a radical scepticism about whether objective knowledge or truth is obtainable. The postmodern political principle is a belief that society is formed of systems of power and hierarchies which decide what can be known and how.

            Postmodernism morphed into Theory and hence we have queer Theory, postcolonial Theory and critical race Theory (CRT).

            Post colonialism and related Theory arose in the specific historical context of the political collapse of European colonialism. The postmodernists and like-minded writers saw much that was negative about European colonialism and the effect it had on colonised peoples. The backwardness and oppressive cultures of the colonised seems not to have been considered. For that matter neither the postmodernists or Pluckrose and Lindsay consider that many of these colonised peoples were descendants of earlier non-European colonialists.

            Critical race Theory (CRT) claims that race is a social construct that was created to maintain white privilege and white supremacy. This idea actually precedes postmodernism. Pluckrose and Lindsay actually accept this claim and go on a rant about the biological unreality of race. They seem determined to be politically correct but still find a lot wrong with CRT.

            They see CRT as moving away from liberalism, colour blindness and neutral principles. In fact many critical race theorists advocate Black Nationalism and segregation over universal human rights and cooperation. It encourages identity politics and sees only bad in white people. If white people notice race it’s said to be because they are racist – but if they do not see race it is because their white privilege allows them to not notice race. So no matter what you say, feel or do you are racist if you are white. This would seem to be either racial vilification or anti-white racism, or a mixture of both, but Pluckrose and Lindsay aren’t brave enough to say so.

            They do however point out that CRT leads to a focus on racial politics and could undermine “anti-racist” activism. They could have also pointed out that while CRT has implications for millions of people the actual theorists are, in number, just a drop in the ocean.

            Postmodernism and Theory have tended to reify in Social Justice scholarship and activism, Their assertions, such as that patriarchy, white supremacy, imperialism and heteronormativity are structuring society and infecting everything, are being accepted. Part of this has been the victimisation of people for trivial acts considered sexist or racist, as when a football commentator on the BBC tweeted a photograph of a chimpanzee in a coat and a bowler hat. And then there is the introduction of CRT into schools and universities, a case of indoctrination getting the better of education.

            In the United States a Social Justice industry worth billions of dollars has developed, dedicated to training companies and institutions to enact and police “The Truth” according to Social Justice. This is despite postmodernism and Theory not being based on objective and verifiable facts. In this way it is a bit like Marxism, and could be as dangerous.

            Meanwhile it gives a reason to reflect on our modern education system and how it has become politicised. It shows an incredible arrogance to use schools and colleges to indoctrinate young and impressionable young people. One wonders also how many students, after years of politically biased education will have learned anything of use let alone anything that will help them get a job.

 

 

 

“DANGEROUS” by Milo Yiannopoulos, Wilkinson Publishing, Melbourne, 2017 (ISBN: 9781925642353)

 

            Milo, a gay Jewish conservative, and “Dangerous Faggot”, takes aim at the New Left and any others he thinks attacks free speech. He explains why so many people hate him, and this includes everyone from the Progressive Left to Muslims. He is also a big supporter of Donald Trump who he refers to as “Daddy”.

            The New (or “Progressive”) Left he sees as starting in the 1950s and 1960s with expatriate European academics of the Frankfurt School who seem to think of themselves as starting a new revolutionary vanguard. This would be made up of students, feminists and minorities, who felt excluded from mainstream Western culture and sought to change it. They were responsible for much of the cultural upheaval of the 1960s. The New Left pivoted away from traditional class politics (and no doubt the white working class as well) and towards the divisive, politically-correct world of gender, racial, and sexual politics we know today. Racial politics and multiculturalism became major platforms. The New Left also became dominant in much of academia and enforcers of political correctness.

            Not that Milo is too enthusiastic about the alt-right, establishment Republicans or even establishment gays.

            In his chapter on why Muslims hate him, Milo reminds us that most of the Muslims that flooded Europe in 2015, allegedly fleeing the war in Syria, were not actually Syrians. In fact most were not refugees but economic migrants.

            One of the results of a million Muslims gaining access to Europe was a massive rise in cases of sexual harassment and rape, especially in Germany and Sweden. Next came terrorist attacks including one at Brussels Airport that killed 13, another in Maelbeek killing 20 and the Bastille Day attack in the French city of Nice that killed 86 and injured 400.

            In 2016 the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando in the United States, suffered a terrorist attack that killed 49 people. This was America’s worst terrorist attack since 9/11 and the country’s worst gay hate crime in its history. Not surprisingly Milo is totally against the migration of Muslims into Western nations.

            Some readers of Milo’s book may be put off by his narcissism and his blatant gayness but he has made a brave effort in support of free speech and free thought. Some four years after the book was published we no longer have Daddy Trump as president of the US. The outrages of Black Lives Matter, Antifa and the extreme left that the US suffered in 2020 show there is still much to fight for.

 

“A DISSIDENT’S GUIDE TO BLACKS AND AFRICA” by Jared Taylor and others, New Century Books, 2020 (ISBN: 978-1-952738-01-2)

 

            This book contains 24 articles and book reviews, most of them previously appearing in American Renaissance. They deal with the race question, and in particular black Africans and those of African descent in the United States.

            As you may expect most of the things said about blacks are not favourable and this includes a number of articles written by black people. Surprisingly Taylor contributes an article on what he likes about black people. Apparently their spontaneity, cheerfulness and lack of inhibition appeal to him. I suspect Taylor has never been mugged by a black person. Blacks incidentally have lower suicide rates than white Americans.

            In view of Australia’s “non-discriminatory” immigration program some of these articles are very relevant, especially one by South African Dan Roodt.

            Roodt points out that the world population is getting blacker. Africa’s population quadrupled from 200 million in 1950 and is likely to quadruple again in the next 60 years. Nigeria will have a population of 914 million by the year 2100 and the continent of Africa is expected to reach 4.2 billion.

            Back in 1950 there were twice as many Europeans as Africans but by 1996 Africa’s population overtook that of Europe. While whites become a smaller minority black populations surge. White fertility rates continue to fall and are well below the replacement fertility rate of 2.1.

            Meanwhile millions of Africans migrate to the West. Their remittances sent to relatives back home seem to stimulate emigration rather than development. Africa’s frail infrastructure cannot sustain its current population so how will it support another three billion?

            Over much of Africa the number of undernourished people is counted in the millions and has increased over the years. In the early 1960s Africa’s food exports roughly equalled imports. The value of exports has increased but the value of imports has increased much more to the point where Africa is a net importer of food.

            In some parts of the continent, particularly South Africa, the prevalence of diseases such as AIDs has slowed population growth. Black South Africans are 50 times more likely to contract AIDs than their white countrymen. The AIDs epidemic has reduced South Africa’s health system to Third World standards.

            Roodt believes that Europe and America have no option but to seal off Africa and leave it to its own devices. A “Fortress Europe” could save its civilisation.

            Unfortunately, as the pathetic response to the flood of illegals due to the conflicts in Iraq and Syria demonstrated, Europe’s leaders are likely to prove too weak. Australia’s leaders are unlikely to do any better. No doubt our future immigration intake will be darker and duller and we will see in this country the type of problems now facing Africa and the United States.

 

“FACING REALITY: Two Truths about Race in America” by Charles Murray, Encounter Books, New York, 2021 (ISBN: 978-1-64177-197-9)

 

            White Americans are constantly assailed with accusations of systemic racism and White privilege. These accusations have little to do with reality although they have had an influence on public policy in the United States. Murray however points out two truths that are documented beyond reasonable doubt and should be incorporated in public policy.

            These truths are that American Whites, Blacks, Latinos and Asians commit violent crime at different rates and have different levels of cognitive ability.

            He argues that people should be judged on an equal basis as individuals, not on their national origin, social class, race or religion. Ideology claiming systemic racism however demands that the power of the state must be used to favour some groups over others to advance social justice.

            Murray has collected data on the racial and ethnic make-up of the US. White non-Latino were 60.0% of the population in 2019 while White Latinos were 12.1%. Black non-Latino were 12.4% and Black Latino were 0.4%. DNA studies indicate that Whites have an ancestry that is 98.6% European, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% African and the rest “other”. Ancestry of Black Americans is more mixed and estimated at 82.1% Black, 16.7% White and 1.2% Native American.

            Murray points out that America is moving towards a situation in which Whites will be a minority. Different parts of America are moving towards even more different futures, and some parts of America are no more multiracial than America as a whole was back in 1960.

            When dealing with cognitive differences Murray gives the estimated White IQ as 103, Blacks 91, Latino 94 and Asian 108. The gap in IQ between Blacks and Whites is smaller than it was back in 1972 and tended to shrink from then until 1987, and since then has tended to remain about the same. Most interventions to raise minority IQ levels had little success and what improvement they did make, tended to wash out in the longer term. Allegations of bias in IQ tests, or for that matter tests like the Scholastic Aptitude Test used to determine who gets into college in America, do not reflect reality.

            Statistics on arrest rates for violent crime show that Latins are more likely to be arrested than Whites, and Blacks are even more likely to be arrested. With the exception of New York, Asians in most of the US are less likely to be arrested than Whites. When it comes to arrest rates for murder the ratios between Whites and Latins or Blacks is even worse. In Washington DC the ratio of Black to White arrests for murder is 84.9. Murray notes that even in areas where Blacks are a minority, Black victims of crime overwhelmingly describe their attackers as Black. Of 13 American cities, the Black arrest rate for violent crime is around 9 to 11 times the White rate, and for Latinos it is two to three times. Murray thinks the arrest rates reflect, and perhaps understate, race differences in violent criminal activity.

            As might be expected the lower IQs of Blacks and Latinos mean that they are underrepresented in cognitively demanding occupations such as engineering, medicine or law. However when taking IQs into account the position is reversed. Blacks and Latins get through the educational pipeline with preferential treatment in admissions to college and professional programs. Their IQs in most occupations are lower than that of Whites in the same occupations. Discrimination favours America’s non-Asian minorities.

            With race and crime Murray asserts two truths: In a random encounter between two individuals of different races the chances of any sort of violence is small. However the differences in group rates of violence are real and large, hence it is human nature not racism, to take precautions accordingly.

            Murray also points out the threat of the new ideologues of the far left. He compares them to the Red Guards of Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. He cites examples of university staff hounded from their jobs over allegations of political incorrectness. Worse still the new Red Guards are a danger to those doing important research in biology and medicine and some important projects have already been cancelled.

            Murray brings up the question of identity politics and sees a danger in working-class and middle-class Whites adopting identity politics. He admits that poorer people would have a more negative view of minorities because they are more likely to experience the problems caused by low IQ and black criminality. Murray admits that working-class and middle-class Whites see themselves as discriminated by affirmative action favouring minorities. Another problem is that affirmative action has placed less than competent people in important jobs like police, prosecutors and social welfare bureaucracies. Incompetent teachers have driven many from the public schools. He calls for the elimination of government sponsored preferential treatment by race.

            Murray’s book is short but important reading. As for its relevance to Australia it gives room for thought, especially in regards to Aboriginal polices and the problems with certain migrant populations.

 

NOTABLE QUOTES

 

            “A boy becomes a man by having an upper incisor pounded out of his head with a rock, without anaesthetic, without permission to express pain or terror, by having his foreskin cut off in little pieces with a stone knife and seeing it eaten by certain of his male relatives, and as a climax of the agony, by having his penis slit though the urethra from the scrotum to the meatus, like a hot dog.”

A description of an initiation rite practised by the Arrente Aboriginal tribe in Central Australia, quoted by Augusto Zimmerman, “What Constitutional Recognition Would Mean”, Quadrant, June 2021

 

            “Two sets of refugees were allowed into Ireland after the war: 500 Christian orphans and 100 Jewish orphans. If the Christians wanted, they could stay, and many did. But the Jewish orphans were obliged to return to the wasteland from which they had fled, regardless of their wishes…”

            Kevin Myers, “Letter from Dublin: The Nazis’ Last Remaining Allies in Europe”, Quadrant, July-August 2021

 

            “Muslims are the fastest growing community in Britain. The religious, political and social direction of travel inside this demographic will shape the future of the country.”

            Ed Husain, “Among the Mosques: A Journey across Muslim Britain”, 2021

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS SUMMARY


 

 

SAYLE NEWSON, recently jailed over the murder of his girlfriend Carly McBride, seven years ago, was bashed in the Shortland Correctional Centre, in NSW, by three other prisoners. McBride and two of the men who assaulted Newson are Aboriginal (Linda Silmalis, “Jealous Killer Boyfriend Cops a Vicious Prison Revenge Bashing”, Sunday Telegraph, 11/07/21).

 

TERRIFIED HIKERS were allegedly attacked by 15 to 20 neo-Nazis who punched and stabbed knives through a car’s side window. The fingerprints of Thomas Sewell, 28, described as a white supremacist figure, were found on the car. Sewell who is said to belong to the European Australian Movement and the Nationalist Socialist Movement had already been charged over the assault on a Channel 9 security guard (Frances Vinall, “Neo-Nazi Gang Attacked Terrified Group of Hikers”, The Australian, 10/06/21).

 

NOEL ZIHABAMWE, who arrived in Australia on a humanitarian visa in 2006 is lodging a complaint to the United Nations over the disappearance of his two brothers in Rwanda. He alleges that the two brothers were abducted by the Rwandan police (Anna Patty, “Australian Petitions UN over Missing Brothers”, Sydney Morning Herald, 7/06/21).

 

CHINESE STATE police are said to have tried to enlist an international student to spy on the Australian Muslim Uighur community. Other students claim they are harassed by pro-Beijing students who monitor what is said in classes in case there was criticism of the Chinese Communist Party (Lisa Visentin, SMH, 30/06/21).

 

GEORGE GREGAN, a coloured migrant from Zambia who played with the Wallabies Rugby Union team, has been accused of using racist language in a text. He talked of a blitzkrieg, used photos of a Nazi warplane and criticised parasites, apparently in relation to a Jewish business rival (Zoe Zaczek, Daily Mail Australia, 20/05/21).

 

A MULTINATIONAL company that had a government contract to support asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea billed the Australian government $75 an hour for local workers who actually only received $8 an hour. The company was Spanish-owned Applus Wokman which won the contract in 2017. Another company, Brisbane based Canstruct made huge profits for running an asylum seeker centre in Nauru and also made 11 political donations to the Coalition in the past three years (N. McKenzie, R. Baker, SMH, 24/05/21).

 

NADES MURUGAPPAN, his wife Priya and two children have received a lot of sympathy in their efforts to be recognised as refugees and allowed to stay in Australia. Both Nades and Priya come from Sri Lanka and not only left there freely but at one stage returned to that country where they claim they were persecuted. So far their claims for refugee status have been rejected (Peta Credlin, ST, 13/06/21).

 

ABORIGINAL CHILDREN are two years behind other students in maths and English by the time they finish school. Taxpayers spend 38% more on Aboriginal students than other students but they are falling behind their classmates by Year 3 and never catch up (“Money Not Closing Education Gap”, Daily Telegraph, 23/06/21).

 

TRISTAN SAILOR, son of black rugby league legend Wendell Sailor, pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a woman and will go on trial next year (DT, 19/06/21).

 

GRAFTON POLICE charged a boy, 17, with assault and stalking. The boy from the North Coast of NSW had a knife with a swastika emblem and threatened a female student. He is said to have been inspired by Brenton Tarrant, the man convicted over the Christchurch Mosque massacre

 

 


INTERNATIONAL NEWS SUMMARY

 

 

LIFE EXPECTANCY in the United States dropped to 77.3 years last year, compared to 78.8 years in 2019. Hispanics suffered the largest decline, about three years, while for whites life expectancy fell by 1.2 years (J. Bosman, S. Kasakove and D. Victor, The New York Times, 21/07/21).

 

VIOLENT CRIME in the US increased last year with the number of homicides increasing by 25%. In 2019 there were 16,424 homicides but this rose to 20,480 in 2020. The largest percentage increases were in the biggest cities, with Los Angles experiencing 351 homicides last year compared to 258 the year before, a jump of 36%. Surprisingly property crime dropped by 7.9% in 2020 (https://usafacts.org/articles/homicides-increased-by-25-but-overall-c… 8/07/21).

 

DOZENS OF people suffered burns and 64 died during a fire at the Al-Hussein hospital in the Iraqi city of Nasiryah. In an earlier incident 82 people died in a fire at a Baghdad Covid-19 hospital. Both fires appear to been sparked by the explosion of badly stored oxygen cylinders. Iraq has recorded 1.4 million coronavirus cases and 17,000 deaths (“Patients Burn to Death in Hospital Blaze” DT, 14/07/21).

 

CASH GERNON, a 4-year-old white boy was lifted from his bed early in the morning and found dead on a Dallas street. The boy had been in the care of his father’s girlfriend at the time. A black man Darriynn Brown was identified as the person who took the boy, some of his actions being caught on home surveillance video (Elinor Aspegren, USA Today https://currently.att.yahoo.com/att/just-terrifying-4-old-boy-2146233... 19/05/21).

 

TRIBAL VIOLENCE in Papua New Guinea resulted in 19 people being killed. High powered weapons and a hand grenade were used in the killing which seems to have stemmed from a dispute over land. A number of houses were burnt down (Rebecca Kuku, https://theguardian.com/world/  12/04/21).

 

A PROMINENT doctor in the US state of South Carolina was murdered along with his wife, two grandchildren aged 5 and 8, as well as a HVAC technician. The killer was Phillip Adams, a black ex-NFL player. It appears the doctor, Robert Lesslie had stopped prescribing pain medication for Adams who had suffered a number of injuries during his football career. Adams later killed himself with a single shot to the head (www.dailymail.co.uk  8/04/21). Another technician who was shot during the incident later died.

 

A DRIVER in Canada ran over a family of five in a ute, killing four and injuring a nine-year-old boy. The victims were all Muslim and the incident occurred in the Ontario town of London. The driver, Nathaniel Veltman, 20, who said he did not know the victims, has been charged with four counts of murder. The incident has been called a terrorist attack and possible hate crime (ABC News, 8/06/21).

 

TWENTY-NINE men have been charged over the sexual exploitation of a female in the English towns of Calderdale and Bradford over the period from 2003 to 2010. The victim was 13 when the crimes began and the charges include rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and conspiracy to rape. All the men appear to be from a Muslim, Pakistani or Arabic background

(https://news.sky.com/story/calderdale-and-bradford-29-men-charged... 12/05/21).

 

MARVIN LAKE, a black man from El Paso, Texas, has been charged over the murder of a white 13-month-old white infant who he had been babysitting. Lake, 24, a friend of the victim’s parents, had gripped the infant’s head like a football and used wrestling moves on him (Crystal Bonvillian, www.wftv/com 21/04/21).

 

VIGILANTE JUSTICE, including necklacing, has returned to South Africa. In May, vigilantes killed eight suspected criminals in the Johannesburg suburb of Zandspruit, some by necklacing. This method of killing involves placing a car tyre filled with gasoline around the victim’s neck and setting them on fire. Vigilante killings have become common in South Africa due to the ineffectiveness of police. Last year there were 903 cases (USSA News.com 25/05/21).

 

A CEASEFIRE allowed Israelis and Palestinians to return to a normal life after 11 days of deadly fighting in May. Israel claims to have killed more than 200 terrorists in airstrikes against Gaza. In fact the airstrikes may have killed 248 people including 66 children, as well as flattening large areas and displacing up to 120,000 people (“Everyone’s a Winner in Gaza, Except for the Dead”, Sunday Telegraph, 23/05/21).

 

RIOTS BROKE out in South Africa in July following the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma over alleged corruption and contempt of court. Despite the army being called in looting and destruction of property on a mass scale occurred. Over 300 people are believed to have died, many being killed in stampedes that accompanied the looting.

 

THE PRESIDENT of Haiti, Jovenal Moise, was murdered in his home when a group of people stormed his private residence and shot him dead. The attackers claimed to be from the US Drug Enforcement Agency but were most likely mercenaries. Twenty three people were arrested including a senior police officer. Of the population of Haiti, 60% live below the poverty line (“President Gunned Down in His Home”, DT, 8/07/21).

 

DAISEY PAULSEN, a 14-year-old white girl was stabbed 20 times in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. The killer, a black man named Arthur Prince Kollie, 23, had been doing meth the day before and claims he can’t remember the incident (Christopher Eberhart, www.dailymail.co  10/06/21).

 

RUSSIAN Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that anti-white racism has been building in the US and political correctness taken to extremes would have lamentable consequences (Chris Menahan, www.informationliberation.com 2/04/21).

 

THE USA is withdrawing from Afghanistan but fears are arising about renewed terrorism emerging in west Africa from Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other militias. The French have 5,100 troops in the region but 55 have been killed and they are reconsidering the future of their commitment. The US has been providing air transport for the French while Britain has 300 troops in Mali (“Fears of New ISIS Caliphate in Africa”, ST, 20/06/21).

 

A SOMALI man was overpowered after killing three people and seriously injuring five others in a brutal knife rampage in the German city of Wuerzburg. The man who has lived in the city since 2015 was not known as an Islamist but did call out “Allahu Akbar” during the attack (ST, 27/06/21).

 

ISLAMIC STATE terrorists claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb that exploded in a busy market in the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City. Up to 30 people were killed and 50 wounded (Daily Telegraph, 21/07/21).