Monday, August 30, 2021

Whitman’s Caution

Once known for it’s rugged individualism, the former penal colony of Australia  is now closer to tyranny than we are. Some are having none of it:


Truck drivers are reportedly planning to 'block every highway entering into every state'

It began today:

Australian truck drivers have blocked a major highway in the north-eastern state of Queensland in a protest against vaccine mandates and tough border restrictions, causing traffic to back up for several kilometers.

I don’t know how it will turn out for our brothers of another mother, so all I can do is wish them well and pass along Walt Whitman’s caution:




To the States or any one of them, or any city of the States, Resist
much, obey little,

Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved,

Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this earth, ever after-
ward resumes its liberty.


resist much obey little

I will also pass on another caution from one of our own nation’s old, white, paternalistic founders:


Of course we’d all rather live in peace but they seem hell-bent on not letting us.


Yesterday’s headlines continue relentlessly into today: continuing prayers for the victims in the path of Ida and everyone still in Afghanistan.