Non-Oz customers may not have heard of Mark Latham - Biffo to his friends on both sides - as he rode into battle some years ago and was cut off at the knees by his own troops. More's the pity. He was 'Leader of the Opposition' for a short time on the basis that he looked the part - a working chap - and had the only brain amongst them.
His greatest error it appears is that he could write and think, often at the same time, and that of course is most unusual in the Labour Party. He wrote a handy tome which was acknowledged as being pragmatic. That of course means it was not in the mad-idealism of the left. He wrote as though he understood economics and social issues.
That was an anathema to his lefty troops. So he had to go.
He was a pugilistic sort of fellow, which endeared him somewhat to even those fighters on the right. He chased a taxi-driver one night, so the story goes and broke his arm. Don't mess with 'Biffo'. He nearly took John Howard's (the PM at the time) arm off at the elbow too.
|He has a vigorous and manly way of shaking hands|
I was pulling pints in the P&B while he was in the Oz Room with The Prof, JJ Ray. I am told this is what he said.
JJ introduced him around:From reason to radicalism: "Gender fluidity"
Former leading Leftist in Australia, Mark Latham is in many ways an old-fashioned Leftist -- still with good reality contact and not totally into destruction.
Let's hear from Biffo....He says not only is the modern Left's post-structuralist agenda anti-reason, anti-science & anti-family, it is anti-education
WHEN John Maynard Keynes declared “Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler a few years back”, he knew what he was talking about.
The craziest trend in Australian politics is to teach Neo-Marxist genderless programs in our schools through the Orwellian-named Safe Schools and Building Respectful Relationships (BRR) curriculum.
Even though Australian students are falling down the international league tables in maths, science and English, teachers are devoting class-time to the mechanics of breast-binding and penis-tucking.
As Keynes envisaged, the thinking behind this madness is distilled from an academic scribbler a few years back. BRR’s author, Debbie Ollis from Deakin University, has attributed the intellectual inspiration for the program to a “post-structural understanding of gender construction”, drawing on the work of a Welsh academic Christine Weedon in her book Feminist Practice and Poststructuralist Theory.
To understand what’s happening in today’s Labor Party and its attitude to education, Weedon’s tome is compulsory reading. I got my copy last week from the NSW State Library and was spellbound by its contents.
Parents deserve to know where the Safe Schools and BRR philosophy comes from, and Weedon brazenly sets out the ideology behind these new teaching materials.Post-structuralism argues for a different way of looking at society, especially in understanding the nature of knowledge and learning.Since the rise of the 18th century Age of Enlightenment, people have applied reason, rationality and observable truths in trying to build a better life.
Hence, the left, feminists, perverts of many stripes, are intent on bringing their own brainwashing. And their chosen targets are Children.Weedon regards this process as inherently misleading.
She thinks that from our first moments alive, we are brainwashed into accepting the social order around us.
Governments, schools, churches, the media, popular culture and even fashion trends combine to reinforce the “power relations” and dominance of capitalism.The things we know from observing nature and studying science are dismissed as “biological determinism”.
So too notions of truth, commonsense and life-experience are disparaged as “historical constructs” — delivering “false consciousness” and tricking people into a misunderstanding of their best interests. For Weedon, the process of social conditioning denies its “own partiality”.
“It fails to acknowledge that it is but one possible version of meaning, rather than ‘truth’ itself and that it represents particular (political) interests.”
For instance, growing up with two straight parents is said to “lead to the acquisition by children of a heterosexual gendered identity”. Weedon writes of how: “For young girls, the acquisition of femininity involves a recognition that they are already castrated like their mother”, forcing them to submit to patriarchy, or male dominance. No one is immune from the process of false gender identity.Individuals are said to be “sexual beings from birth”, reflected in the “initial bisexuality of the child”.This is the kind of thinking behind the Start Early program developed by Early Childhood Australia (ECA), which teaches childcare and preschool infants about sexuality, cross-dressing and the opposite sex’s toilets.An ECA spokeswoman has said that, “(young) children are sexual beings, it’s a strong part of their identity’’.Most parents would be horrified by this stance but it’s become commonplace in the Australian education system.Having lost the battle for economic and foreign policy in the 1980s, Neo-Marxists embarked on a long march through the institutions of the public sector, especially universities and schools.
Indoctrination programs like Safe Schools, BRR and Start Early are the inevitable result. This breaks the longstanding, bipartisan practice in Australian politics of keeping ideology out of schools.
The purpose of a quality education has been to equip young people with the knowledge and vocational skills of a civilised society. If graduating students wish to pursue social and political change, they can do so through the democratic process in their adult years.
Education has been relatively free from ideological indoctrination.
But this is not the view of the new curriculum designers, with Ollis depicting schools as “in a unique position to educate for social change”.
Weedon also said she wants to engineer an androgynous “ungendered” society through classroom tutoring. The other key Leftist battleground is for the control of language.
Inspired by French post-structuralist Michel Foucault, Weedon writes, “If language is the site where meaningful experience is constituted (in capitalist societies) then language also determines how we perceive possibilities of change”.This is why Safe Schools seeks to eradicate the use of terms like “his and her” and “boys and girls”.It believes genderless language will produce a genderless generation of young Australians, self-selecting their sexuality as a fluid identity.Political correctness is not an accident, a random form of censorship.
It could have been pointed out - were I there - that pink was always a boy's colour and blue for girls right up to around 1900. Have you not noticed that even the Virgin Mary is depicted in a blue gown?It’s a carefully targeted campaign designed to outlaw the language of observable facts in the discussion of race, gender and sexuality.
For every commonsense aspect of life, there’s a PC push to eliminate identity differences. Weedon writes of how the “dominant meanings of language” force boys and girls “to differentiate between pink and blue and to understand their social connotations”.
“Little girls should look pretty and be compliant and helpful, while boys should be adventurous, assertive and tough … (shaping) their future social destinations within a patriarchal society”.This pink/blue phobia is the basis of the Leftist ‘‘No Gender December’’ campaign, trying to outlaw gender-specific toys each year at Christmas.
But if it is men's then the feminists have to have it.
Ahhh, well, that's easy. They are part of it. It is one of the problems that Biffo always had. He did not see what his Party was about.The more I research the BRR and Safe Schools programs, the more bewildered I am as to how Labor leaders like Bill Shorten and Daniel Andrews endorsed this rubbish. Gough Whitlam must be turning in his grave.
Quite a good rant, m'thinks. But while I may point a finger at the communist-lites of the Labour Party, let us not forget who was funding all that crap. Yep, the conservatives under that other pollie who does not know his party. The Turnbull.The Great Man dedicated his life to the principles of the Age of Enlightenment: that rational, evidence-based argument could create a better and fairer society. Not only is the post-structuralist agenda anti-reason, anti-science and anti-family, it is also anti-education.
It wants to abandon the conventional process of learning through known facts and universally established truths, creating a borderless world of genderless individuals.
Australia’s political leaders are sleepwalking into an educational disaster.As parents we need to make our views known to election candidates and school leaders alike. Anyone who has researched this issue will know we are fighting for the future of our civilisation.
Events have moved during the week. The 'safe shools' brainwashing has come under withering fire, such that the architect (well, scapegoat may be a better word) Rox Ward - leasbain, feminist, marxist - has been forced out and even brought her University into the glare of spotlights. So thay have sacked her.
The coerced and unwilling taxpayer is still funding though !
University suspends hate-filled Marxist
La Trobe University yesterday suspended Safe Schools co-founder Roz Ward, as a former -member of Victoria’s gay and transgender advisory committee warned the program was untenable because it had been hijacked by radical gender theory.
The Australian revealed last week that Ms Ward had called for the “racist Australian flag” at state parliament to be replaced with a “red one”, prompting her to quit her advisory role with the Victorian government and sparking a university investigation.
That investigation resulted in the Marxist Ms Ward’s suspension yesterday for “undermining” public confidence in the program because she continued to push ideologies that were “unrelated”.
A spokesman for La Trobe University said: “We are following our normal HR procures and we will not make any further comment.”The National Tertiary Education Union said La Trobe had charged Ms Ward with “serious misconduct over media commentary on her private Facebook post”.
Some explanatory notes for the Non-Ozers here......NTEU Victorian secretary Colin Long accused the univer¬sity of giving in to a “media campaign”, invoking the spectre of the Soviet Union that once incubated the world view Ms Ward has since adopted.
“That La Trobe University has apparently allowed itself to be cowed into participating in this anti-intellectual, anti-democratic attack reflects the dismal state of intellectual capacity at the senior management level in some Australian universities,” Dr Long said. “We are very concerned that La Trobe University management seem to think that political views should be a ¬criterion for employment, as was the case in the Soviet Union.”
The NTEU said it “considers that this is discrimination on the basis of political opinion and will be considering all legal avenues of redress”.Gay rights activist Rob Mitchell — who was sacked from his Victorian government advisory role in 2014, arguing that he lost his job because he was too publicly critical of the former Napthine government for its naction on tackling homophobia in schools — now believes Safe Schools has gone too far.“They are completely out of control,’’ he told The Australian.The Ballarat farmer was frustrated while on the government advisory committee with the slow rollout of Safe Schools and other anti-homophobia programs and was pushing for more resources and government initi¬atives. He said he threatened to make a bumper sticker saying that his boss — then ministerial advisory committee chairwoman Ruth McNair — was undermining the health of young people.“The tragedy in all this is: when I was agitating for money to be put in anti-homophobia programs, the Safe Schools Coalition was what I would call a vanilla anti-homophobia program,’’ he said. “It seems to have been transformed into this queer theory sort of academic-driven lot of bullshit. As part of that process, they have lost their core constituency, which is parents of school kids. It has been completely hijacked, been derailed.”He said the program needed to be replaced and that La Trobe University was too influential in gay and transgender research.Mr Mitchell was instrumental in the AFL Players’ Association’s anti-homophobia campaign in 2010. “Safe Schools is now busted. The brand that is Safe Schools is now indelibly linked to this sort of out-there radical queer theory narrative,” he said. “It’s really out there academic theory about how people construct their gender identity. This is all just academic. We didn’t sign up for this.”He said Safe Schools was meant to be about teaching children some people were gay, some were straight, some were bisexual, and they shouldn’t be abused. “Parents will get behind that and say, ‘I don’t want my kid ¬abused at school for any basis’,” he said. “If they stuck to the basics and rolled that out, they might have got a bit of resistance (from right-wing radicals) but that resistance would not have got any traction.”
The Safe Schools Coalition, which is to be compulsory in Victorian secondary state schools by 2018, has been widely criticised by conservatives, particularly for its teachings on gender.
Its material tells teachers not to refer to students as “boys and girls”, as the terms are “heterosexist”, and pupils as young as 11 are encouraged to role-play as gay teenagers.
Perverts are running our schools. Sacking one who is found out still leaves many, many others in charge. Medusa has many snakes in her head.The program teaches that gender is not a binary male-female stereotype but about “how you feel inside” and “may change over time”.
Fight like Biffo.
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