The Australian government wants to criminalize coercive control.
When I first read the headline I thought, “Wow! They’ve finally seen the light down under!”
Alas, it was not to be.
The Aussie government will criminalize coercive control for mere citizens but completely ignore its own coercive threats, actions and human rights abuses during The Lockdown Era.
The New South Wales Government will soon begin drafting legislation aimed at criminalising coercive control.
The new laws will create a standalone criminal offence for coercive control, in an attempt to deter such conduct and make it clear that such abuse is not acceptable in our society.
The decision comes after a parliamentary inquiry which tested the calls to make coercive control a crime.
The inquiry made 17 recommendations to the NSW state government, including that education and training initiatives be rolled out across government organisations and the wider community so that everyone understands what coercive control is.
If you or I, individually, attempt to coerce another person using physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial threats or actions, we will be subject to criminal sanctions.
The Australian government, which continues to make international news for its own coercive control, its own physical, psychological, emotional or financial threats and actions, is never even acknowledged.
NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence has acknowledged that the new laws will need to be drafted with a significant amount of consultation and will take some time to get right considering that criminal law is typically incident-based, rather than behaviour based.
They also believe that passing laws to criminalise such behaviour will create much broader social awareness of coercive control, particularly to educate victims who may already be suffering coercive control and don’t realise it.
They complain that during the Covid lockdowns, domestic violence rose across Australia and around the world while ignoring the fact that their lockdowns are the stressor that largely caused domestic violence to rise.
Were there issues before the lockdowns? Of course.
Human beings abuse each other. It’s just what we do. It’s also why most people get involved in politics, no matter what lies they tell themselves or allow others to believe. They want to impose their personal ideology on the rest of us “for our own good.”
Most people are just too dumb to manage their own lives, the unspoken but heartfelt conviction typically says.
As a result, these human beings always want to hold power over others and they will go to great lengths to achieve that control.
Witness any COVID measure introduced in the past two years. It’s the very definition of coercive control – the use of physical,
sexual, psychological, emotional and financial threats or actions “for our own good.”
C.S. Lewis, in “God in the Dock: Essays on Theology” describes this phenomenon perfectly:
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth.
This very kindness stings with intolerable insult.
To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.
The Australian government’s cognitive dissonance may be astonishing, but it’s not surprising. This rational disconnect, this intellectual dishonesty, is mirrored by almost every national government in the world.
In the Western world, our governments are not supposed to be our Lords and Masters. They are supposed to be our servants, hence the term “public servant.”
Our society is in the abysmal state it’s in because human beings – on a scale never before seen in human history – abdicated personal responsibility for their lives and for the decisions they ought to make for themselves and their families.
Perhaps, and I know this is a zany thought, if our elected officials stop their coercive efforts to control our every thought, deed and desire in us, we can all get back to living our lives based on gratitude, love, joy and compassion.
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