The Sydney Morning Herald of 22 August explains how Peter Costello has stated that many school teachers in Australia are spreading anti-USA messages and ideas amongst their students. The news goes on to analyse the potential implications of this, but, having read this far, I couldn’t help but think “well, of course”. What is the problem with spreading anti-USA messages? The USA has many negative traits, and criticising them publicly is a healthy and righteous activity, much like criticising any other aspect of our world that we don’t like. Or does Mr Costello mean that we cannot criticise what we don’t like?
The issue gets even better. Mr Costello went on to declare that anti-USA messages could mutate into anti-Westernism and, in turn, into terrorist attacks against Australia. Wow. What a hyperbole or, as we say in Spain, what a mental jerk-off.
Costello also said that teachers are carrying left-wing ideological baggage from the 1970s. Of course! Fortunately, some teachers carry left-wing baggage from the 1970s. What would we do without them? How would we combat the overwhelmingly reactionary and conservative brain-wash to which kids are nowadays subjected? The NSW Teachers Federation stated that Costello’s words are nonsense. Bunch of lefties.
Now, if Mr Costello had stopped there, all this would be probably forgotten in a few days. I would forget about it, at least. But he went on to declare that “if the world is to have a hegemon, the modern United States is the kind of hegemon we would like to have: democratic, respectful of human rights, with strong and genuine belief in individual liberty”. Aaaaahhhh! Who are the “we” in his proclamation? He and his friends? All the Australians? All the “West”? All the world? Who? Democratic? The USA? Where dubious corporations and crazy catholics rule the country? Respectful of human rights? Like in Guantanamo? Like when they sentence human beings to death? Like when they set a minimum age to have sex? Don’t make me laugh. And that strong and genuine belief in individual liberty… well, don’t you think that a “strong and genuine” belief in anything, whether it is liberty or religion or technology or your favourite ideas, is too close to fanatism? How do they know that they are right? What if individual liberty were not the best thing? How many strong and genuine beliefs in great ideals have we watched falling apart in the last 100 years?