Thomas Malthus [17966-1834]. English clergyman and political economist. Presented the theory of overpopulation contra production and resources.

A Malthusian Catastrophe?

I perceive, hiding behind the tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ugly face of Western egocentrism and, I suspect, the gravestone to our economic stupidity.

Excluding China and the glaring tragedy of Iran, the pandemic has to date hit the economically developed world hardest. Through the sophistication of the totality of our public infrastructure we are, to varying degrees, endeavouring to manage the problem. We may consider ourselves extremely lucky that we live in the modern west with its first class health systems.

Let us cast our sombre reflections to what might have happened had the outbreak occurred in deepest Africa or other poorer and densely overpopulated regions in the world. Furthermore, what effective measures are being taken to safeguard these regions? The tragedy could be Gothic to say the very least.

But then, I ask you to reflect back only a couple of months: How many of us really gave a tinker’s tot about humanitarian problems around the world? Who among us could name a disease that doesn’t exist in the dystopic continent of Africa? How many even raised an eyebrow about stories of massacred Christians around the world? What about the brutally repressed peoples of China and its uncompromising totalitarian occupation of Tibet? The list is extensive.  

I don’t exclude myself from our cohort of cant. I live a life of social seclusion far from the Madding Crowd. I lead a life of relative simplicity. I am fortunate by being blessed by geography, relatively safe and secure from the immediate problems of the world.

This isolation gives me ample opportunity to think. And I readily confess that I spend much of my time in my parallel universe contemplating my ‘otherworld’. My recent cogitations have led me to confront some unpleasant truths.

This brings me to one significant facet of the ugly face of western society, being the sensationalist and panicked media reaction to the pandemic. I am not gainsaying the critical nature of the situation, but what I am expressing is my perception of a strong undercurrent of western-centric sensationalism about our reaction to this potential Malthusian Catastrophe.

The voices in the media are shrill – they are shrill because this is a problem that is affecting us – not deepest Africa. And, of course, because we matter - something needs to be done now!

But rather than treating the situation calmly and in a civilised intelligent manner, even before the western world entered its various stages of ‘lock-down’, the triplet evils of Selfishness, Greed and Excess sullied our character. These evils were so disgracefully exemplified by anally fixated and grossly overweight Australians frantically brawling in their endeavours to stockpile bog paper! I have never been so utterly ashamed of my country and my culture as I was when I viewed those scenes on television; replayed over and over again for the world to see. I then fully appreciated the truth and the depth of decline to which our civilisation has been reduced.

I can only pray that our current Malthusian crisis might concentrate the minds of some of this country’s over-fed and intellectually malnourished community leaders, intelligentsia and commentariat towards matters that are really important to the world. In this broader world, wracked as it is by violence, disease, starvation, persecution and repression, our petty preoccupation with gender theory, political point scoring, carbon emissions, Twitter, equality for simiiformes and reusable toilet tissue really don’t cut the mustard.

All people matter, irrespective of race, creed and culture. To this end, it is my hope that this situation wakes us all up to that fact. That in future we will be, not only more understanding of the plight of those less fortunate than ourselves, but we will pursue tangible policies that marry our interests with theirs.

At this juncture, please allow me to immediately disavow you of any notion that during the course of my lonely cogitations I have evolved into some bed-wetting one-world globalist. The opposite is absolutely true. I am unashamedly and totally opposed to the very ‘idea’ of globalism as it exists today.

Modern ‘globalism’, as envisaged by the United Nation’s New World Order Lima Declaration, is strictly an economic construct. It is the consequence of the United Nation’s long-standing programme of technology and manufacturing transference from the First to the Third worlds. So successful has this programme been that the world is now so interconnected economically that if a CEO in Hamburg farts, a worker in Sierra Leonne drops a spanner. 

In my view this ‘New World Order’, to give its correct title, is the source of many ills and much misery in the world. It is personified by the consolidations of power and capital. It is characterised by armies of unaccountable and spiritually impoverished bureaucracies exercising policy made by ‘government from afar’. It has destroyed and continues to destroy cultures and it serves to alienate swathes of people from their families, from their countries, from nations and from their families.  

No, I am by no means a bet-wetting globalist. But those details are another story. We have to weather our potential Malthusian Catastrophe first.

It is my hope that all my readers will remain safe from the virus and, should you be unfortunate enough to catch it, I hope you effect a swift recovery.    

Sincerely

Mordechai



[1] Thomas Malthus [17966-1834]. English clergyman and political economist. Presented the theory of overpopulation contra production and resources.

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I am working on a major manuscript on history and politics. 

Some of my previous essays published on this website have been included. Last year I wrote a number of essays direct into the manuscript, some polemical and others academic. I now intend to publish some of these on this site for general comment and further ideas.

To this end, I present the first of these:

Australia and the United Nations'

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I am Mordechai Brown.

I am a former soldier, political apparatchik and academic. Now formally retired, I am a scholar and political activist.

I am an unreconstructed melange of contradictions. I am a Hobbesian realist; a Marxian idealist and an unashamed Deist. I am a moral conservative, a social traditionalist and a political radical. I believe in most things now considered unfashionable – such as good manners, respect for ladies, elders and my fellows. I have a firm belief that little children should be seen and not heard.

I have a deep and enduring detestation of social engineering, apathy and cowardice. I despise political correctness; relativism; fence-sitters and those that keep their silence when they should speak out. I dismiss any political party, movement or group containing the world ‘liberal’. I respect those with convictions, especially those who hold the public courage of those convictions, irrespective of whether I agree with same. I believe in the inherent superiority and desirability of Christendom and am an advocate of the traditional values contained therein.

I believe in the inherent common sense and the voice of the so-called ‘common-man’. I am unreservedly Australian and am an active advocate of what used to be traditional Australian egalitarian values. And I believe that, consequent to our declining ethical standards, our political structures are failing us and that we are in dire need of a period of thorough political upheaval – violent or otherwise - to cleanse our soiled constitutional stables.

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Keep the Aspidistra Flying
"Aspidistra"
Watercolour 1971
by Eric Malthouse

The question of engagement is fundamental to the healthy working of a democratic society. In such a society you have the right to remain an outsider, an observer or an apathetic cypher in the political and social processes. By choosing thus you accept what happens to you and you forfeit the right to complain about the consequences of social or political policy. Alternatively, you can choose to ‘engage’ with these processes and endeavour to exert some little influence over your life and the future life and health of your society.

I belong unashamedly in the latter camp. I am also a moral conservative and very much a political freethinker. I can see worthlessness equally in all political actors – indeed, if there is a leitmotif in my writing, it is a deeply held suspicion of politicians and their works. A short professional career in political party organisation imbued me with the idea that politics and social policy is too important to be left in the hands of self-serving politicians. Why a short career – a victory of principle over corruption.

Thus much, but not all, my writing is about politics and social policy. For those interested in my comments in this area, I invite you to turn to the Menu and click onto my “Blog” or browse through the list of items under “Politics”.

As an historian and biographer in my real life I write about history and people. I will be increasing this content in the site in due course. I also intend to write reviews and other items which are of interest to me. I hope you might share some of these interests.

Please feel free to leave me a message: to do so you are required to leave your e.mail address - I hasten to add that it remains strictly confidential and unavailable to me - it is a digital process which allows the programme to generate a direct e.mail to you alerting you that I have responded to your comment.  

I shall also post below the title and location of some of my more recent offerings for your convenience.

Have fun, drop me a comment and Keep the Aspidistra Flying!

Mordechai

At War with the Political Establishment!

The state of politics in the Western world is of concern to most of us.

The political paradigms have changed dramatically under our noses; our political classes have sorely failed us save in one respect, our expectation of their rapacity and arrogance; our belief in and respect for our democratic and judicial institutions is crumbling daily towards the abyss and we, the supposed font of political power, feel increasingly disenfranchised and alienated from the political system. No matter whom we vote for, we end up with a politician we are facing a crisis in our political culture.

For too long have we fiddle-faddled, content to let our elected representatives run loose in the farmyard. It is, I suggest, nigh-time that we, the people, took charge, round-up the chooks and cleanse the House of its filth.

Now is the time to say enough! Now is the time to declare war on the political establishment! In doing so I am strongly reminded of the words of Oliver Cromwell, as he dissolved the Rump Parliament in London on 20 April 1653:

"It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice. Ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government. Ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money. In the name of God, go!”

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A misty Autumn day in 1983 taken with a 1959 Zies Ikon Contaflex by the writer.

I received an e.mail from an old friend, an American expat living in Australia, and a former card carrying and now Hon. Life Member of the "I hate Karl Marx Society".  

 In his correspondence he asked me why I had a photo of “Old Carbuncles” [Karl Marx] on the Front Page of my Website. Good Question. Answer: because I took it and rather liked it. I won’t go into his further and witty comments about old Carbuncles, nor is it my intention to bore readers by entering into detailed dialectical counter-argument here, but his comment served to remind me that perhaps the page could do with ‘freshening’ up.  Those that miss ‘Old Carbuncles’ will find him on my next page: About this Site.

 However, continuing in the theme of being peripatetic, I attach a photo of an international architectural icon which I took decades ago whilst staying in a studio flat just around the corner of the street. The object of my research whilst there was Vichy France and the tragedy that was la Guerre d’Indochine (1945-54].

 On the subject of Paris I will however take the opportunity to remind readers, and my good friend, that the 1848 révolution de Févrie; Victor Hugo’s 1862 masterpiece, Les Misérables, and the revolutionary socialist 1871 Paris Commune served as inspiration for Karl Marx.  Indeed, he devoted much time to analysing and writing about the latter which he described as an example of the “dictatorship of the proletariat”.

 My friend finds it difficult to understand my not so crypto-Marxism. He also knows me as a staunch anti-Communist and proponent of freedom. He knows I loathe dictatorships either by the proletariat or by anyone else. Moreover, he also knows I also hold deep spiritual views – so how therefore can I countenance the atheism of Marxism. This raises the interesting question – can one hold two irreconcilable views and remain committed to both?

 Quite probably not, that’s why I’m confined to my own private asylum which allows me to vent my unsolicited passions on you, my poor friends and readers. And the operative word here is ‘passion’.

 Having faced the Marxist enemy over battle sights so to speak, I sought throughout my academic life to get into his brain. In doing so, my concerns and opposition to communism - both academic and political – were reinforced. Notwithstanding, I came to appreciate many of the subtleties that Marx had to offer rather than just his simplistic account of the millenarian march of history and the hijacking of his ideas by evil, power drunk, politically pathogenic lunatics. 

 So, I contend that whatever his faults in economics and however simplistic his history, his narrative about la condition humain remains a significant contribution towards our understanding of society. And what cannot be denied is his passion. His passion for humanity, for a better way of understanding economics and his passion to conduce to societal equity remained with him until his old age.  These passions reflect in many respects my own world view.

I remain angry about the same things I did whilst a young man. I loathe capitalism rampant - evidence the exploitation of third world workers to feed our hedonist materialism. I loathe the stock market – as I have said elsewhere – if the stock market is the apogee of our Western civilization then we really haven’t come too far. I abhor political hypocrisy and the sham that plays out daily in our parliaments in the name of liberal democracy. I am disgusted at the materialism of our society; appalled at our smugness in moving our filthy industries off shore; I am saddened at the decline of the church; I despair at the lack of spiritual values in our society and, last but certainly not least, I worry about our armaments industry and our propensity to keep finding wars to fight.

 None of these contradict my spiritual faith, far from it.

 Conversely, I loathe quasi-Marxist leftist revisionism and post-modernist relativism. The decline of university standards; the morbid idiocy that passes as tertiary level social studies programmes; the obvious political bias inherent in so many quarters of our education industry; the arrant rubbish that serves as Australian history; graduate journalists who have no idea what a “Patron” is and who think the Viet Nam war was fought in 1900. Primary school teachers who don’t know who their current premier is – do I need to go on?  This dumbing down of our education system ergo our society is a direct consequence of the deliberate application of quasi-Marxist policies. I deplore the replacement of a justice system with a legal system and I remain particularly critical of political correctness and the muzzling of the free press. All of which can be directly slated to social engineers trained in the closed-mind school of progressive social sciences.

 Well we don’t have to put up with it. The internet has given us a tool to express our views in any number of ways. I have said elsewhere in this website: “You and I can make a difference. We can read the papers. We can say no! Enough already! We can write to politicians. We can vote responsibly rather than ideologically or the way we’ve always voted.  We can sign on-line petitions. We can keep in touch. We can go to church, the temple, the mosque or the synagogue. We can lend a helping hand. You name it, we can do it. No matter how old or frail we are.”

 Suffice it be said that I shall continue, in Dylan Thomas’ immortal words, to “rage against the dying of the light” – and to me that light is the ethical health of our society. I urge you all to rage at what you see as injustice, ignorance; corruption and sheer evil-doings. We certainly won’t all agree, but at least we’ve been true to ourselves. 

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