Your reporter recently (29th-30th June 2012) attended the annual meeting, in Rockhampton Queensland this year, of Property Rights Australia, a group of which he has been a very ordinary member for a number of years, usually without attending anything.
Young nationalists may wonder what a property rights group has to do with the interests of nationalists. This is one of those matters that aren’t what they appear to be, to a casual glance. Secure property rights are one of the things that make the difference between a civilised country and an uncivilised one.
Without going into a lot of romantic stuff about our Christian heritage and the gradual development of “law and order” and the protection of the individual down through the centuries, it is still true, generally speaking, that our rellies in Europe and North America have secure property rights, and the dwellers in the uncivilised world do not.
In the uncivilised world, generally speaking, individuals do not have property: they are property. Their superiors own them. This is of course also the position of, for example, soldiers, even in the civilised world.
The first property right for the individual is the right not to be the property of someone more important, or of a group or commune. Communists disregard property rights, and even their highest leaders, once fallen from grace, have no practical rights against collective decisions. Lenin himself was strictly supervised, told what he could and could not write, in his last days.
The existence of people with secure property rights is a great hindrance to power-hungry governments. They do everything they can to whittle property rights away.
At present the stress point for property rights is the “global warming” story concocted by the environmentalists. It is claimed that the deadly danger of global warming makes it necessary for governments to override property rights. This drives people who own real property (land) wild: they never know what rights are going to be taken away next.
One of the differences between Communists and Fascists is that Communists seize property, but Fascists tell you it is still yours and you are still responsible for it, but they will tell you what you can and can’t do with it, often in considerable detail. Our democratic governments today are very much fascist governments. They have even taken over the family, telling parents increasingly what they can and cannot do with their children, while still holding the parents responsible if the children go wrong.
That is the great joke of the twentieth century: Mussolini and Hitler were denounced as evil men, and their armies were defeated, but the principles they had in common were increasingly adopted by their erstwhile enemies.
Today, we in Australia are the property of the worldwide collective. The plan is apparently to breed us out of existence, in favour of other races who for one reason or another enjoy the favour of the higher groups (pseudo-intellectuals and sentimentalists) who own us. (We might recall the replacement of Hereford cattle by Zebus forty years ago as an analogy.) We do not have property: we are property, and we are junk property at that. Our owners are planning to switch brands.