Doth Protest Too Much – The Australian Left

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Doth Protest Too Much

Despite our decisively strict immigration and cultural nationalism, evident in the Liberal Party and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, it is evident that, from an economic standpoint, Australia has some rather left-wing policies in place; be it through Medicare or welfare.

Many in my own city of Adelaide feel as if Australia has not done enough to kick-start the violent overthrow of the fascist empiricist bourgeois… proper support and programs needed in order to help those in need.

The void left by a lack of Marxists in the Australian government has instead been filled by the shrill shrieks of banshees who have found that their sociology courses are yet to pay for themselves, which has resulted in “Make Education Free Again,” an initiative set up by the National Union of Students.

As a student myself, I understand that the concept of having everything free may seem appealing, but as the phrase goes, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”

So, I waddled my way to the mob that had parked itself outside of Parliament House and I sat at the back. I peered through poorly constructed signs and people with Lenin imagery on themselves, to the keynote speakers that stood on the steps and shouted at the crowd in uproar.

In response to the cavalcade of communism, which came in waves of androgynous people with shaved heads, egregious obesity, and septum piercings, I sat at the back with a sign which read “Taxation is Theft” and my “Make America Great Again” hat.

I felt that a few Anarcho-Communists would relate to the works of Slavoj Žižek and his support of Trump under the theory of gradualism, but alas, there weren’t too many interested in political philosophy or discussion.

There were eight overall attempts to steal my cap (it was eventually taken and thrown into the crowd) and I was able to meet some of the more interesting members there. There was a woman who called me (an Anarchist) a fascist and then proceeded to berate me using every word ending in “ist,” an Adelaide High student who had at first attempted to steal my hat but then later calmed down (after a discussion with me) and was able to respect others.

As the protest was beginning to disperse down Rundle Mall and began to block roads (inconveniencing many commuters) a crowd had formed around me chanting “Fuck off An-cap Scum” in response to my sign. In retaliation I remained as calm as I possibly could, with the patience of a Zen monk, taking the full force of Tumblr’s vitriol.

Heading down the mall, I remained ahead of the crowd to stop myself from getting pushed around anymore, I began to wave at passers-by with my sign, gaining a lot of support along the way.

I was relaxed and enjoying myself, both the left and myself were managing to exercise our respective right to peaceful demonstration.

This was until I heard the fires of hell materialise in the form of an ear piercing screech and as soon as I had turned around, I was tackled to the ground by a member of the crowd who tried her hardest to tear the paper out of my hands, elbowing me a couple of times as she did so.

Luckily the police were able to pull her off of me and she was dealt with accordingly, although when asked, I refused to press charges.  I was then advised to stay away from the crowd in order to refrain from getting hurt any more.

The YouTube channel ZeroFilter recently interviewed members of Adelaide University about their thoughts on the Gender Spectrum, in which, participants were scared to speak up about their true opinions for fear of being ostracized or attacked by Socialist Alternative (a revolutionary Marxist group here in Australia).

So, with the most self-professed ‘tolerant’ group of political activists managing to silence political discourse with violence and fear, whilst calling anyone that disagrees a fascist, we must wonder where the future of freedom is in Australia.

Perhaps the left has pushed people away, perhaps it has increased in size or perhaps I doth protest too much.

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David McManus

David McManus has an extensive background in youth politics and of advocacy with regards to the libertarian and anarcho-capitalist movements. David draws his values from the works of Stirner, Hoppe and Rothbard. He is currently a student in Australia with a passion for writing, which carries into a healthy zest for liberty-based activism. Despite an aspiring career in politics, he considers himself a writer at heart with a steady niche for freelance work.