…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
I guess that when, on 26th January 1788, the so called “First Fleet” of British soldiers and convicts landed here, the southern Aborigine bands welcomed the opportunity for expansion of commerce, hitherto restricted to their northern brethren, who traded their women for tobacco with Makassan trepangers; incidentally both articles of a short term pleasure and long term problems.
It was the idea fermented in the febrile and putrid minds of our semi-educated, Marxist academics, almost 200 years later, who directed the activist Aborigines to call that date an “Invasion Day” or “Survival Day”; the latter, of course, being nicely ironic. For if it was Spanish, French or, God forbid, Portuguese coming here, the Aborigines would follow the mega-fauna’s evolutionary path*. Aborigines should thank God for Cook.
One should not blame the real Aborigines for the “Invasion Day” idiocy. Thanks to the above mentioned ill-meaning academics, their literacy is getting worse:
“…most damning evidence came from the indigenous Kardu Numida Council (Wadeye). In 1998, it gave the following estimate of its constituents’ literacy and numeracy skills -
40 -60-years-olds: good literacy, fair numeracy skills;
25 -40-years-olds: poor literacy, poor numeracy;
under 25: nil literacy, nil numeracy.” / from Learning Lessons via White Out
This is not too surprising. Those twenty-five years old were born in 1973; the Whitlam’s Labor government was elected in 1972. Before it was constitutionally dismissed in 1975 it managed to mess up a lot.” / Aboriginal literacy and its enemies / The situation is even worse today.
All the more reasons for us, but especially for the remaining Aborigines, to reminisce over the old times, not-so-good, but definitely better than those coming:
*/ As the most non-PC scientists admits, the extinction of mega-fauna and conversion of the vast areas of the continent to deserts can be safely attributed to the arrival of tribes from what is now called Indonesia and their fire-stick hunting methods.