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An argument for left libertarian ‘community sufficiency’ (land-bonded, neopeasant, anarchist mobilisation)

By Patrick. 15 minute read.

Possibly the earliest recorded approach to workplace safety begins in ancient Mesopotamia, found in The Code of Hammurabi (c. 1750 BC). This document was a set of regulatory laws that applied broadly to Mesopotamian society including workers’ rights and responsibilities. The history of workplace (and other forms of) safety is not a single progressive line. The road to this current era of safety laws, where say, picking up a useful tool or material to repurpose from a council waste transfer station is prohibited on the grounds that this action is potentially unsafe, has been circuitous. Inarguably, we have entered an era of safetyism, and here I argue this ideology is now politically motivated.

Safetyism has morphed from an ideology to a tactic of immobilising, steering people into a permanent risk-adverse and fearful state. On the surface it appears wholesome and well-meaning, attempting to create a non-suffering world where accidents or harmful events are no longer part of life. Such a pursuit of safety, which has no real place in the living and dying, decomposing and renewing of life itself, is safety that’s gone wrong story. Governments are increasingly utilising fear tactics to immobilise populations, and notably they are labelling dissenting and critical voices of these tactics as dangerous or harmful.

While liberal threads have existed since Enlightenment Europe, the political movement of liberalism was defined in 1948 by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which outlined basic freedoms and rights that should apply to all people. The etymological root of the words liberal, libertine, libertarian and liberty is from the Latin liber, which means free. Today, liberalism is barely recognisable, liberals have become champions for curtailing free-speech and applauding safetyism as a core strategy for controlling those they believe to be inferior. In other words, the meritorious approach to workplace safety (led by both leftist and liberal politics since industrialisation) has grown into another significant neoliberal growth industry, setting up a hyper-paternalistic culture around safety, which in turn has led to broad societal immobilisation and even, as some critics are reading it, a slide into fascism.

A permanent state of fear

Fear, and encouraging its centre place in people’s lives, is a well worn strategy for controlling populations. Influencers of left and liberal politics who embrace safetyism are likewise helping to march us all into a society where thought, action and diverse ways of being are curtailed and controlled. Increasingly, any critique of such immobilising is quickly labelled libertarian, ableist, white supremacist, and even neo-nazist despite the broad ethnicities of resistance. Such reductive shame labels play well into governments’ strategies to deter people from looking at the diversity of independent voices raising red flags about how safety is being misused and how it has become an instrument of control.

In The Five Eyes (FVEY) countries of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Britain and the US, these nation-states have an agreement to spy on each other’s citizens and pass on this information across borders, in order to not breach constitutional laws that prohibit countries spying on their own citizens. These colonial-constituted countries are using the next generation of technologies to advance global development, a term that really should be treated as next generation colonialism.

An effective strategy for liberal governments throughout the world now is to spruik the message that they are in the business of protecting vulnerable peoples while in reality they are deliberately creating vulnerability – economic and social – in a range of minority groups who are actively resisting the paternalism of this new brand of liberalism.

Governments and corporations have different interests, but both use data and behavioural insights teams to help manipulate and control populations. There is a neatly crafted relationship between governments and corporations, serving each other’s interests. While financial power drives corporate interest, it’s the control of people that drives the government’s, where immobilisation and compliance is achieved by fabricating materialist ideas of social good that favour city- or human-centric modes of life-making. In the city life is controlled more than anywhere else by people, and it is this monospeciesist world view that derives from urbane monocultures that feeds such disconnected paternalism.

An example of this is how liberals continue to use masks, even if only as a form of identity, despite little evidence that hospital grade masks provide any meaningful benefits in stopping acute respiratory infections (ARIs). Liberals and leftists using handmade cloth masks refuse to educate themselves on how these masks provide no benefits and really should be considered as nothing more than virtue signalling or as a signifying textile of compliance to the order of safetyism.

Don’t climb that tree kid, take this screen and go sit inside!

While the nexus of state and corporate power is not a new thing, with new surveillance technologies the possibilities for control and manipulation have never been so sophisticated, posing new threats to peoples’ liberties and to democracy. If we continue along this path I can see a time in the near future, where blog posts such as this (on independent websites) will be barred from being transmitted, and critical voices who challenge the state-corporate nexus will be removed from sight, and even from their communities. Smear campaigns and more subtle forms of censorship are now common place. Liberal elites have made the cost of dissent too high for the expert class.

The city and indeed civilisation itself is a mirror to what I call fallen or lopsided patriarchy. The past 5000 years of city building has accompanied the past 5000 years of debt as a tactic of economic incarceration, where a civilisational kinship between banking, militarism and go-it-alone patriarchy has dominated power struggles. Patriarchy is only healthy when common lore derives from the logic and culture directives of Mother Country (Gaia) and people are earth-honouring in all their organisation and activity. Our species’ severance from the divinity of Mother Country by ‘patriarchy’s project’ (Vandana Shiva) – colonialism, materialist science, debt and permanent war – is the meta story behind this next phase of authoritarianism brought into play via a supposedly well-meaning desire for increased levels of safety.

The transition from a meritorious emphasis on safety in a dynamic relationship with risk, to overreaching governmental paternalism regarding anything or anyone perceived to be dangerous, to a new unfolding era of control and censorship is rarely critiqued by leftist and liberal commentators currently. Strangely it’s the commentators on the right who have taken up this vacuum of discourse, which is why the term libertarianism has become so derided by liberal academia. In recent years the neoliberal academy (the university as a branch of neoliberal corporatism) has been in a process of radically cleansing itself of heterodox thinkers and deleting from its memory the important history of left libertarianism, otherwise known as anarchy. There are many reasons for this, including the buy up of liberal media by elites increasingly behaving as the puppeteers of a new world order. This order aims to immobilise and keep people in a state of fear and deference to power. The promise of Zuckerberg’s Metaverse is the most striking example of this tactic of hyper immobilisation and control, packaged as our utopian future, where you’ll live a better life.

Regulatory capture fans pharmacolonisation

A recent article by former ABC science journalist, Maryanne Demasi, exposes how billionaires like Bill Gates are bypassing democratic processes in order to manipulate the narrative alongside government agencies. She writes that “[t]en of the past 11 FDA commissioners left the agency and secured roles with pharmaceutical companies they once regulated,” and how Gates is instrumental in the capture of the FDA. And yet it appears that any mention of Bill Gates in the pejorative, at least inside liberal and leftist circles, immediately earns you the reputation of a conspiracy theorist.

This slide from left and liberal critiques of power that I grew up with as a young thinker, to the capitulation to the state-corporate nexus of left and liberal scholarship and journalism, is a travesty for democracy. Yet, it is quite understandable in the context of how universities have been captured by big money and how behavioural insights and indeed pysops teams work in tandem to first game the expert class (by position and handsome wages) and then game a large remainder of society willing to put their trust in these experts, governments and corporates.

An example that immediately comes to mind is the Green tech mining bonanza taking place where saving the world from certain destruction with lithium and other minerals becomes, in actuality, just the continuation of fallen patriarchy’s violation of Mother Country, albeit by a new, hip, liberal mining industry. This example is akin to degrowth activists who on the one hand call for decentralisation and economic degrowing while on the other put their faith in the hyper-growth medicalisation of the world, and deriding those who resist it.

Emergency porn

Resistance to aggregating authoritarianism requires leaving behind the emergency porn and fear campaigns that media outlets like the Australian government-controlled ABC have crafted so well through the immobilising art of keeping people glued to their screens or radios. As we go into this next fire season in Australia, the ABC will again want to hold our attention and shape our thinking by amplifying certain voices while disappearing others.

In my years as a volunteer consultant in my community’s bushfire mitigation group, I have seen firsthand how governments use community groups such ours to tick boxes and appear like they are doing something, while wasting millions of dollars, setting up well-meaning local people to fail in their collaboration with government. It is by being in local and state government-initiated community groups for decades where I have developed a deep-seated distrust of any level of government in Australia. Appearance is everything in political and bureaucratic worlds.

As Bill Gates, the WHO, the US government, pharmaceutical giants, their captured regulators and many organisations such as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (Gavi) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) ‘prepare’ us for the next pandemic (as they ‘prepared’ us for Covid-19), we will need to ask ourselves again, should we trust the narrative? Should we trust the ‘experts’?

Colonialism’s camouflage

Western civilisation is inseparable from western colonialism, which continues to hone its strategy of divide and conquer. What liberal governments and their corporate bully mates are deliberately doing now is dividing populations into two camps – acceptable vulnerable peoples and unacceptable vulnerable peoples, the latter of who are the classes of deplorables, contagions, conspiracists and other resisters that will be increasingly targeted in the liberal media.

Instead of listening to the differences of neighbours and community others around us, and respecting and honouring our differences, society is standing at a threshold where reductive shame labels applied to certain groups by academia, the political class and the liberal media automatically give people the permission to be discriminatory. This podcast episode featuring academic Tyson Yunkaporta using doctoral student Tammi Jonas as a prompt to head kick heterodox thinkers like David Holmgren and myself, while lamenting how certain ‘friends’ have fallen victim to “conspiracies” and “radicalism,” is a timely example of this. Yunkaporta’s slide in recent years from important Indigenous thoughtsmith to promoter of correct-think neoliberalism is just one of the many cultural losses sustained throughout the Covid safetyism moment. Yunkaporta’s muzzling of me in this episode of his podcast is another such example of refusing to listen to the other, ironic because his podcast series is called The Other Others and he claims his emphasis is on yarning – generative conversing through threads – not positioning and posturing.

Governments, corporations, academies and behavioural insights units will continue to make sure that such honouring and respect for diverse approaches is decimated, and that mob morality rules, encouraging those who wish to keep their jobs, get promoted, and be part of the in-crowd to distance themselves from ratbags and deplorables. In this cultural milieu we wholeheartedly embrace being outside such a wrong story tent.

As we saw with Covid, the construction of a contagion class was essential for the rolling out of novel medical treatments. This strategy will be deployed again, probably with a more deadly pathogen next time, and again ‘accidentally’ escaped a gain-of-function lab. There are only 100 or so of them around the world, what could possibly go wrong?

We all heard governments confidently state that Covid was of ‘natural origin’ and the novel Covid jabs were both safe and effective, and anyone who disagreed with these proclamations was a danger to society. We saw the introduction of medical passports, the decimation of small businesses, the freezing of bank accounts of those who supported protesters, the biggest wealth transfer to elites in history, and now the rollout of misinformation and disinformation bills, affectively, giving governments, corporates and their institutional ‘fact-checkers” an unprecedented right to call what is truth and what isn’t.

Claiming the ‘correct’ narrative

Above: data showing excess deaths in Australia trending upwards since the Covid response. Health officials have not sufficiently accounted for this huge rise in deaths, many heart-related, and refuse to look into whether mass vaccination of novel GMO vaccines have contributed.

Any government or institution that claims to hold the truth, when so many have lied so egregiously throughout the Covid response, are of course the real threat to democracy. That this position is unpopular with my fellow left and liberal colleagues is deeply concerning, especially given papers like this just published in Japan where scientists show widespread (as yet) asymptomatic myocardial inflammation in people who took these so-called safe and effective jabs as opposed to the unvaccinated cohort who didn’t. There is now a deluge of sudden cardiac deaths in the most vaccinated countries, who are experiencing ‘unexplainable’ excess mortality figures, yet health officials, governments and left and liberal commentators remain tight lipped that there could be a link to the these novel vaccines, that many in the science community are now admitting are GMOs.

The doubling down on ‘natural origin’ and ‘safe and effective’ propaganda is understandable when you’ve gone down those rabbit holes so unequivocally.

Limited hangout – the well oiled tactic massaging the message

In an Age newspaper article (pictured) from a few days ago, the journalist gives a limited hangout regarding the Covid response. At the beginning of her article she states when Covid occurred health officials completely ignored the long founded response for a respiratory virus pandemic, which essentially is focused protection where immunocompromised and other vulnerable people are offered the majority of resources while herd immunity via infection is quickly established by healthy normals. But instead of critiquing the completely novel and human-rights violating Covid response and the throwing out of the prior gold standard approach, the journalist proceeds to amplify the architects of the diabolical Covid response, finishing with a statement from Brett Sutton, the senior Victorian health official responsible for one of the worlds most brutal Covid responses, seeing Victorians locked up for longer periods than most and riot squads and liberal media raining rubber bullets on those who protested. There is zero reflection in the article on what Sutton orchestrated, rather an elevation of his opinion, which expectedly is focussed not on health but more ideological attacks on those dissenting and critiquing his damaging and militaristic response.

This Age article is yet another piece of propaganda preparing its readers for an inevitable “next pandemic”, and holding its readers in a place of ‘trust the captured science’ or forever be cast into the contagion or deplorable classes.

Responding is a dance; reacting is war

In the lead up to the pandemic Brett Sutton was a public health registrar at Burnet Institute in Melbourne, which has received over a million dollars from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation since 2009. This trickle feeding of monies to universities, research centres and media institutions is Bill Gate’s ingenius way of subtly, slowly controlling which narratives are heard while disappearing those that don’t conspire to grow his fortunes via the invisible threat of such funding running out. Gates’ role in pharmacolonisation is central, and puppets like Sutton are his well-paid foot soldiers who keep getting promoted up the rungs of the global health-fascism network.

Understanding what is going on is critically vital for individuals, households and communities in continuing to respond to and prepare our networks and economic lifeways to be increasingly independent of corporates, governments and neoliberal academia. Removing ourselves from dependency on corporate-government education, food, medicine, energy, and basic essentials for life making may grant us greater freedoms. Right libertarian approaches of hyper individualism are limited because of their isolationism. However, left libertarianism invites communities to be self organising and interdependent, and is by nature communitarian, compassionate and sensitive to tyranny. As I have argued before, real communitarianism is never top down, it is never meted out by power.

It is those of us who devise creative, subversive and generative lifeways to either slip away from or dance with the growing fundamentalism of the state-corporate nexus, will be those who thrive in this coming period. By building ever more relationships with life, with Mother Country – not in an ideological but in a sacred sense – and mobilising ourselves into what Artist as Family calls a flow of gifts or belonging economies, we can transition to diverse communities that will trade paternalistic urbane ‘services’ for neopeasant community sufficiency – a term we devised many years ago to signal mobilisation of both household and community economies.

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  1. Maureen Corbett says:

    Excellent article…. very interesting death stats graph. We all know of people who have died “strangely” before their time or who presently have very odd illnesses.

    1. It’s a taboo subject, Maureen. Every week we hear of new ‘died suddenly’ folk in our circles. People in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s dying before their time. Yet, the liberal media has no interest in investigating the real causes of excess deaths, despite all the signals and studies now becoming available. So deep in the narrative they cannot open, or are so invested in their careers and/or up to their eyeballs in debt they cannot entertain a heterodox curiosity. As a result the expert class march us all down a slippery slope by turning away from the mounting evidence and refusing to smell the stench of corruption.

  2. SueS says:

    Thanks so much Patrick for taking such broad, true, big picture snapshots of where we’re at. Given I’m a housebound hermit, living a 2020 life in 2023 and don’t get out much, it’s impossible to get a sniff of the wind to see if there’s any change coming from the left at the grassroots level. Do you have a take on this?

    Have to give a hat tip to the socialist Workers League’s outlet Red Fire, which dared to call the COVID response “fraudulent” a few weeks ago: Van Badham must be infuriated.

    1. Thanks for this link, Sue. Not sure who Von Badhock is, but no doubt an important subsistence pork farmer working to rid arsenic from the soils of colonialism, one field at a time.

  3. nathan edwards says:

    My house is north of your country. South side Castelmaine in the bush. Compost toilet, eggs, vegies, family, fire, instruments. We are a small tribe but strong. And clever ones. And brave ones too. We’ll be alright you and me brother. We’re on the lookout and trouble coming – always does in fourth turnings. Me, I’m exocarpus cupressiformis- building good soil while gently robbing the big man overstory without him even knowing just looking green and lush. Cherry Ballarat the Sun Tzu of my country. Tyson thinks I’m gorse – but he’s wrong. I belong here for the rebuilding.

    1. Love this brother. Do you know this lil beaut counter narrative on ancestral gorse?

  4. Kate Beveridge says:

    Hi Patrick, things are sure getting more intense. I move between periods of confidence in the looming collapse by continuing to build a resilience, and periods of despair wondering where we are all going to end up. What sort of world will my grandkids inherit. I have absolutely no idea but I try and enjoy what the days bring, working in my garden, communing with our many visitors and playing with the grandkids. And building resilience. Thanks once agin for your writings. Much love to you, Meg and Woody.

    1. Thanks Kate, that’s us too.

  5. kate smiley says:

    As always, well done, Patrick, from freedom-loving South Gippsland, where we have a strong community oasis among the mask-wearing, dying-suddenly populace of Victoria.
    My strongest recommendation for resiliency and to help awaken others is to get a grasp on the biology and illusion of consensus that threatens to hijack us with climate agenda as well as pandemics etc. Jonathon Couey, here is giving an excellent presentation to the doctors for covid ethics with the wonderful Australian Charles Kovess. Begin at the 12 minute mark for JJ’s presentation. He is refining it each time to cement a kind of set of basic tenets that will secure us against the massive propaganda aimed at us.
    Kindest regards,

    1. Thanks Kate, biggest takeaway from that Couey piece for us is how the meta narrative of a ‘permanent pandemic new world order’ is not being critiqued or discussed. Keeping open to that. Thanks.

  6. Barbara says:

    One small critique – the use of the word porn as an emphasis – I heard another commentator critique this and I agree with it, so I offer you this. Porn is a very particular word and describes a very specific ill/addiction in our society – the use of it in another context waters down it’s effectiveness, it’s meaning and therefore normalizes the thing itself. That is another road down which we are being led by increment – I feel it is necessary to leave the impact of that descriptor for it’s own category so that the word retains it’s power to communicate that and that the concept is not normalized in the rest of reality.

    I invite all word smiths to work harder to find the words to speak their message and refrain from using concept words, like porn, that belong to another category of discussion – the English language is rich enough to enable such. I also invite all to advocate for not watering language down such that it loses impact – especially with this word but also to be vigilant where other concepts are being brought into common parlance in a way that normalizes them and as such permeates/adulterates other arenas of reality.

    1. Thank you for your engagement, Barbara, it is always great to have comments that make us pause, consider and see things from another point of view, so we’re really thrilled you bring this here. However, we respectfully disagree with you on this one. Language is a dance. ‘Emergency porn’ as a term encapsulates both the seduction and addiction nature of the emergency mediatisation industry, as exemplified by the ABC.

  7. Finn says:

    Matt Kennard and Claire Provost’s book, Silent Coup: How Corporations Overthrew Democracy. Came across Chris Hedges interviewing author about this book, sounds like an interesting read.

    1. Thanks so much for this recommendation, Finn. We are big fans of Chris Hedges. For other interested readers here is a link to that interview Finn mentions:

  8. Alexandre Prado says:

    Hi Patrick, Thanks so much for your well written and important article tackling the biggest issue of our time – corporate colonialism and their crimes against humanity. Tyson Yunkaporta’s podcast is so disappointing in so many levels. His lack of critical engagement and black and white thinking is astonishing and worrisome to say the least. But thanks again for your work. I have deep respect for what you are doing.

    1. Thanks Alexandre, appreciate the love brother.

      1. Nicole says:

        Yikes, I listened to the podcast episode linked. What a thing to put up for the world to hear.
        Fascist antivaxxers, wow, I thought we were well past all that.
        It actually just made me sad, for everyone, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
        I’m right and you’re wrong. I’m good and you’re bad. Hating on the other.
        And here we are.
        our social relationships a microcosm of the wider disaster now unfolding in occupied Palestine.
        There’s a lot of healing to be done outside all these institutions hey.
        Also love to recommend a podcast you may enjoy, it’s a short series you need to start at the beginning really.
        Draws on a good amount of Ian McGilchrist’s work on rebuilding our right brain capacity.

        1. Yes, that podcast with the pharmacompliance academics is fairly revealing, Nicole. Healing is a taboo word in neoliberal academia, as is wisdom. Prometheus (brain logic) rules, while Pandora (gut logic) and Epimetheus (heart logic) are banished. The chance for an integration between these three logic centres in the body is not possible in academic institutions. Thanks for the link to the right brain series, we’ll check it out. We’d like to see McGilchrist explore the other ‘brains’ of the body too.

  9. Shane says:

    Thanks for this well-organised rallying cry, Patrick!

    I know two women who developed heart trouble for the first time just after receiving boosters. Only one made the connection. The other still trusts Medicine.

    BTW, the root of the word porn is ‘prostitute’ – well suited as a multi-purpose descriptor in our corporate capitalist world where ‘truth’ can be bought & sold?

    Thanks for all the links too. Whew – Tyson’s woven a tangled yarn. But hey, at least he recognises his own sarcasm. 🙂 I remember when you two yarned & the topic of over-prescribing meds came up, & he said, was it a thing? Maybe it’s more obvious when one spends time around unwell elderly people?

    For many years I’ve felt that politics & psychology need each other to make sense of existence. How to comprehend the outer world w/o knowledge of the inner (& vice versa)? Psychology w/o politics can untether a person from the Earth until they disappear up their own bum. But politics devoid of psychological insight is a zero-sum game in which no player can be whole. It takes a powerful ego indeed to believe one’s totally right while others are totally wrong. And if the ego’s that strong, how can a person understand others – any others – enough to genuinely help them?

    A too-strong ego can block healthy instincts & intuition, can tune out the wisdom of the heart – as symbolised by Covid vaccines wreaking coronary havoc?

    1. Thanks Shane, a few questions to you and other readers:

      What does living beyond the corporatised state look like today? How do we continue to live outside the snares that corporatism has set for the world’s populations wherever we are?

      Some of the answers for us over the past two decades has been to learn to live largely outside corporate food, medicine and energy supply systems. This takes time to achieve and we’re glad we started early, offering at public talks over the past dozen years or more our personal story of transition, and encouraging others to begin theirs while there is still relative societal stability. That stability is fast ending.

      We hadn’t fully realised how bad things had become in these spaces over the past few decades. I was fairly sus on university ways of operating when I completed my doctorate in 2014 but they’re barely recognisable now. It’s been a gradual slide and I’m glad I trusted my intuition to stay away. As I said to Tyson on his podcast, the mainstream media (which I meant both liberal and conservative medias) is now a greater threat to society than crackpot, marginal conspiracists, but he didn’t see it that way. Status within the academy and in the liberal media is what he’s chasing now, regrettably, so he’s become another scholar-apologist for neoliberal corporatism.

      We thought our eyes were open before 2020, but now we see clearly what Matt and Claire have articulated so finely in their book, Silent Coup: How Corporations Overthrew Democracy. Once you see the systemic corruption of corporate media, academia and public discourse there is no going back. The only thing to do now, for us and our cohort, is to keep building a more beautiful world as a parallel society that is, step-by-step, less and less dependent on corporate-state power.

  10. Jac says:

    This article seems to talk about what I want to hear about, and I was glad to be able to understand it.

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