The one huge reason the Victorian Liberals got annihilated (and why it will happen again).
The Victorian state election was a humiliating annihilation for the Liberals. In the aftermath the ABC, the Guardian and the Fairfax papers have been quick to offer helpful “advice” on how the libs can become competitive again by shifting to the far left (thus of course bringing their views more into line with the leftist journalists) but actual in depth analysis of what happened has been rare to non-existent.
The huge elephant in the room missed by almost all analysts is that the Libs didn’t just lose in the marginals where the ALP government’s infrastructure policies were clearly more popular than anyone expected, but suffered a huge swing against them with rich voters as well.
This continues a trend seen in the recent by-election for the Sydney electorate of Wentworth and more broadly over the last decade where the rich are increasingly abandoning their traditional affiliation for the Liberal Party and are instead voting for the ALP and the Greens.
This is huge. Really huge. Earth shatteringly huge. Outside of the demographic changes caused by immigration and the slower, longer term realignment of working class white males to the Liberals this is probably the most significant movement in the political make up of Australia since the fall of Gough Whitlam and perhaps even before.
Over the course of the last half century the children of the rich have been increasingly educated in classrooms on university campuses. These university campuses have evolved to the point that nearly the entire humanities faculty on every campus in the nation is staffed by lecturers not simply of the far left but the extreme left. I have the pleasure of sharing social circles with a few of these distinguished professors and have had other contacts with the breed over the course of the last decade or so. Over time I have seen the average political opinion of the average lecturer in the social sciences change from being on the left of the ALP to being on the left of the Greens. These days any even vaguely non-left leaning professor (and even some more moderate leftist ones) need to keep their heads down to avoid being ostracised and, inevitably, unemployed.
What this means is that for at least four decades the ruling elite of our country have had their young, impressionable minds moulded by people with ideologies so extreme that when put to a vote only tiny minorities of the population vote for them. While in the short term this is a minor concern over the course of decades it shifts the culture, the outlook and even the cosmology of this highly influential demographic ever more inexorably towards the worldview of the extreme left.
While originally only an issue for the humanities (who teach our social workers, teachers, journalists, lawyers and political hacks) it has now spread. This was amply illustrated this week with the Edith Cowan University of Western Australia appearing to accept the prolific tweeting of their business school lecturer Andrew Priest in support of a far left campaign to boycott companies who advertise on Sky News because he believes they are supporting “racism, bigotry, misogyny and abuse of women”.
A contagion once confined to the humanities faculty has metastasized. Business, science and even engineering lecturers now spend their time preaching leftist pieties alongside their more traditionally far left colleagues.
The effect of having generations of your nation’s elite educated in the swamps of far left poison to hate the very nation they live in and to despise the very people they live alongside has been profound. And the Victorian election is just the canary in the coalmine.
Mark Richardson of the Ozconservative site (one of the finest political philosophers In Australia today) ran some of the numbers here:
In the Camberwell booth the results were 646 for the Liberals, 562 for Labor and 338 for the Greens. So that’s 646 vs 900. In the Hawthorn booth, the results were 655 for the Liberals, 682 for Labor and 392 for the Greens, which adds up to 655 vs 1074. In Ivanhoe, it was 599 for the Liberals, 921 for Labor and 354 for the Greens, which is 599 vs 1275.
The leafier parts of Melbourne are becoming increasingly left-wing, with both Labor and the Greens picking up much of the vote.
As Richardson notes these areas were once considered the “Jewel in the Liberals crown”. A heartland as important to the silvertails as the inner north of Melbourne is to the Laborites.
This is just the beginning and it’s going to get far worse. This could have been avoided, but instead of objecting to their enemies brainwashing their own children those on the right in Australia have spent the last three or four decades arguing over tax cuts and using what political capital they possessed to implement easily reversible industrial relations laws.
Over and over again the Australian right has refused to face the obvious reality that if you let your enemies teach your children and grandchildren how to view the world your enemies will eventually win.
Ignatius of Loyola the founder of the Jesuits used to say that if you gave him a boy till the age of 7 and he would give you the man. The entire right side of the Australian political spectrum has been handing over its children to be brainwashed by activists from the furthest left ten per cent of the population for 12 to 18 years of their lives and then wonders why decade after decade their philosophies, political ideas and the values they hold dear continue to lose ground.
Without removing leftism from the education system there can be no victory. That is the most important battleground, the most vital stronghold in the culture war. Without it sanity will not prevail, and the fantasies of the deluded will continue to thrive.
There has been no right wing push to hire or train conservative teachers or lecturers, no right wing program to combat the fact that the very institutions set up to mould the minds of our own children have been taken over by people who hate us, hate our country, hate our history, hate our civilisation and want to destroy them all.
Until something is done, until the culture war is actually fought then the trend of each new generation being further to the left than the last will continue.
And that will mean the end. The end of everything our ancestors spent the sweat and blood of generations striving to create and defend. And all that we hold dear will die slowly to the gloating soundtrack of leftist laughter.