Posts tagged history
there was no “Australian Thatcher”, or rather, the same neoliberalising policies were carried out primarily by the 1980-1996 Labor governments. while the LNP 1975-1980 Fraser government did mark a shift to the right, they were much less thorough at union-smashing, privatisation, and for that matter the marginalisation of migrants than Labor PMs Hawke and Keating — both of whom are seen by large portions of the broad Left as lovable wags. never forget that the policy of mandatory detention of asylum seekers was instituted by Keating in 1992, that the union movement had the guts ripped out of it on purpose by Hawke’s amalgmations, and that they both sold everything they could get their hands on. the rhetoric was a lot nicer but the effects were the same. in other words, fucking stop loving on the ALP already, they’re a pack of treacherous neoliberal arseholes, you’ve been sucked in
ay-cono said: these days i just say ‘im like convict-level white’
I feel like white australians keep forgetting that we are literally here because giant prison island???? or the word “convict” is thrown around but we forget that it means something
the more anglo you are and the deeper your post-1788 roots are here, the more likely you are to be descended from members of a criminalised british underclass
the more secure your status in the national imaginary as an Australian, the more secure you’re likely to feel in your right to pontificate on the moral character and law-abidingness of migrants, the more likely it is that your own family wouldn’t meet your standards
I have not seen a lot of good discussions on what it means that Australian history is so deeply intertwined with criminalisation and incarceration
I also don’t trust white people in this country because of the Pacific Islander slave trade that was going on in Australia from 1842-1904, which til this day is either ignored or in describing it, words like recruited, encouraged and employed are used. When in reality South Sea Islanders were coerced, kidnapped, forced, and sold. Slavery by any other name, is still slavery.
And the only reason this stopped is because of the ‘white Australia’ policy that was brought into place to try and keep Australia for white people. When thousands of the men and women who were stolen from their homes, were returned, some being returned to the wrong Island (because brown and black people are all the same to white people) and others dying on the journey home.
Also, to add on to this is that during the period of labour that was forced onto Pacific Islanders, many of those people did settle down and have families with Indigenous communities in the places that they were made to work.
They had already built new lives for themselves, with the means that were given to them- they had families and new identities, so when the white supremacist policy took place, not only were these people displaced AGAIN but they were FORCED to leave their families AGAIN there for harming their own community but also the Indigenous communities in those areas.
Australian history is a load of fuckery and so is the federation that this nation is founded upon and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise
Inscriptions in pre-Roman Italy attest between 12 and 15 different languages, quite different from one another, and belonging to between 5 and 10 branches of at least 4 distinct families — 3 branches of Indo-European (Celtic, Italic, and Greek) plus Etrucsan, which was non-European. The Romans did not actively try to stamp out other languages — indeed, the retention of other languages by non-Romans favoured the policy of “diuide et impera” (“divide and rule”). Umbrians, for example, continued to make inscriptions in their languages for centuries after Roman annexation. But eventually the power and status of Latin prevailed, particularly after all resident of Italy became Roman citizens in the middle of the last century BC. At first other groups would just have used Latin for “outside” purposes, but gradually the centralising power of Rome “relegated the local speech, just as it did political initiative and concerns, to a secondary, subordinate, and ever retreating position.” Nicholas Evans, in Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have To Tell Us