January 29, 2023

Juan Kabayan

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Defeating the Bulldozer With Love: We Will Win

This story is about resilience and joy that we need to hold on to as the bulldozer of tyranny is trying to bulldoze over our freedom and dignity, and then make our flattened selves thank the tyrants.

In this dystopian theater of absurd, where the bulldozer is going round and round, showing no promise of relief, we need a lot of resilience and a tight connection to our inalienable joy in order to deal with the bulldozer and keep our hearts protected.

That dystopian theater of absurd, a million of cruel bulldozers, going round and round, working in unison, from horizon to horizon — flattening everyone’s memory of dignity, personal autonomy, and free expression — is what the world is like today for so many. It is very abnormal. And yet, here we are, standing tall, our hearts are beating, giving us strength to resist the tyrants.

The abuse though … the abuse is so insane that it feels almost like a cartoon made by a sadistic cartoon director.

In New Zealand, the director general of security Rebecca Kitteridge eyes, is asking good citizens to rat on their friends and neighbors. Here is the Guardian:

“New Zealand is rolling out a bespoke deradicalisation program as the threat from people holding violent anti-authority beliefs grows and its security agencies make an unprecedented plea for the public to report those showing signs of taking extremist action …

Rebecca Kitteridge, the director general of security, said her agency’s caseload was now an equal split between violent extremism motivated by identity, faith, and anti-authority views — a significant shift from a year ago when the latter did not feature on the threat landscape.

Such views gained momentum during New Zealand’s Covid-19 lockdowns and vaccine rollout, and some were on display during the occupation of the grounds of parliament.”

The official definition of “extremism” listed on the New Zealand government website is kind of peculiar: