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Some thoughts on the Freedom rally

Returning to something more topical, Saturday I attended the Freedom rally in the Perth CBD.

This was an anti-mandatory vaccination event, inclusive of more general agitation against the Health Dictatorship. The event consisted of a few brief speeches at the Supreme Court Gardens (featuring the well-known Augusto Zimmermann), a two kilometre march through various main streets, before finishing with a Q & A segment.

Below are some photos taken from the Freedom rally:

This day brought forth various thoughts which I wanted to draw out.

The first of these related to the demographic makeup of this event. The rally was overwhelmingly white, with only a handful of non-whites present out of a thousand-strong crowd. Without speculating on the reasons for this being the case, clearly, the Australian dissident right (encompassing objectors to the Health Dictatorship) is a disproportionately white movement.

The second of these was a candid assessment of where most dissidents, ideologically speaking, are at. It was brought home that those who oppose the status quo, in the main, are not fully fledged reactionaries. For most attendees of the Freedom rally were not nationalists, paleoconservatives or traditionalists. Certainly, there were some with more controversial views; but the people were mostly libertarian, patriotic and anti-PC types. For example in one speech, Mark McGowan was compared to Adolf Hitler, while praises were made of Winston Churchill. (Comments which, reminded me more of the anti-Islam priorities of this blog in 2015, than being suited to our predicament in 2021)…

At any rate, the foregoing only confirmed the need for a ‘big tent’ movement in opposing the Health Dictatorship.

Furthermore, Saturday was reflective of the benefits proceeding from real-life political rallies. To be sure, they are not so much about actuating political change: the Freedom rally has not (and will not) change anything about increased government control under the pretense of countering coronavirus. However, the Freedom rally provided a unique opportunity for like-minded people to network and share stories from the last few years. This experience seemed to moralise rally attendees; who presumably, would often be unable to openly share their concerns with family members, work colleagues and friends.

In order to grasp the importance of this, it is well to consider the main hindrance to our ideas succeeding: the psychological barrier. As we are social creatures, most people identify themselves with the prevailing ideas of their time, so as to assimilate into mainstream, respectable society. Which, in 2021, moves people to concur with mass immigration, liberalism, mandatory vaccination, etc. This pressure to conform for fear of being otherwise ostracized as a ‘Nazi’, ‘racist’, or ‘anti-vaxxer’–renders most people incapable of accepting our ideas, even when they are are presented with logical probity and brevity.

However, events like the Freedom rally aid in exposing these labels as the baseless tropes they are. This is because in real life, accused ‘anti-vaxxers’ are demonstrated to be decent people: these are ordinary mums and dads; small business owners; and people with well founded fears about the trajectory of our country.

So, by providing a necessary outlet and unveiling the true nature of fellow dissidents, these events reduce the psychological anguish which tends to go with holding dissident views. Likewise, for those who have not yet taken to our ideas–such as bystanders to the two kilometre march–the strong optics of rally-goers may have softened hearts or altered preconceived notions about ‘anti-vaxxers’.

One final point. On an average day, the Perth CBD is filled by a concoction of recent arrivals and emasculated white leftists. For a brief time on Saturday, it was therefore uplifting to see the city predominated by the true custodians of Australia–for whom this nation was explicitly created.

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