Firstly I need to point out that BA does not have any members at all. It is a collection of people who facilitate action. The actions they facilitate are usually blockades, as from what I can gather, their supporters generally feel blockades are the best way of disrupting commerce. BA attempted to ‘close down Sydney’ a couple of months ago. They were up front about their aims. Not only did they want to abolish the fossil fuel industry, but they also said they wanted to dismantle the system that supports it and all the other shit going down around us. Naturally, the powers that be, in this instance the NSW parliament, minus The Greens, were determined to disrupt their disruption. For them it was a red rag to a bull. Hopefully BA learnt from the experience of experiencing the full force of the law.
It appears that you cannot take on the state, with all its laws, guns and money, without a lot of vocal support from a significant minority of people. Yes, the vast majority of Australians want action on climate, but how much action do they want? ..and what are they prepared to do to get it?
Obviously not very much at this stage.
A few more calamities close to home might rouse them from their slumber, we shall see.
Without a vocal civil liberties movement the Law will always crush its opposition using evermore draconian methods, such as that infamous bunch of psychopaths called The Raptor Squad.
If we are in a movement for change, no matter how solid our movement is, if we are confronting an equally solid adversary, who also happens to posses the awesome power of the state, we will surely falter. (See Margaret Thatcher V The British Miners)
So obviously, we must weaken the power of our adversary. This is not accomplished by shouting at them. We must gather allies who also have a grudge against the same foe. We must seduce our foe into showing their hand. Blockade Australia was knocked for 6 in Sydney last June, by a massive over-reaction from the state. B.A. were unsuccessful at their valiant attempt to briefly close down commerce in the Sydney C.B.D. but their action was immensely successful in garnering publicity, and also immensely successful in forcing the state into showing what side they were on. Both Labor and Liberal were united in their heart felt belief that the need to maintain the smooth flow of commercial trade is paramount. They believe free trade trumps the need for free speech, it trumps the right to protest, it trumps the right to privacy, in fact it gazumps all other needs. Both major parties in N.S.W. were in lock-step in their ideological unity – ‘The smooth flow of commercial trade is the ‘raison d’etre’ of all governments, across the board.’
As soon as the ink was dry on Perrottet’s draconian new anti-protest laws, he unleashed his most fearsome weapon against BA, the Raptor Squad, usually deployed taking out ‘the rubbish’- drug lords and bikie gangs. The Raptors actually found it humiliating to be dealing with peace-loving vegans who wouldn’t hurt a fly, literally!
The Raptors moved in with helicopters, drones, attack dogs and automatic weapons, ‘dispersing’ the hapless activists into the bush. Perrottet, back in his bunker, was rubbing his hands with glee when no one batted an eyelid, except of course the Councli for Civil Liberties, Amnesty International, The United Nations Human Rights Commission – “the usual parade of bleeding heart liberal do gooders.”
Every other little Napoleon in their dominion jumped on the band-wagon, not to be out-done by Dom.
Now the powers-that-be are united front against ‘the threat of street protest’,
and it is so much clearer where we all stand.
Ben Boyang September 2022
‘The Burning of the Rice Fields’ an ancient Japanese parable