The conspiracy theory that the military would assemble at gunpoint and keep Indigenous peoples on the ground to forcibly vaccinate them appears to have developed out of an increasingly feverish dialogue between the United States. and Australia.
American libertarians and pro-freedom groups were shocked by Australia’s record for the world’s longest lockdown (in Victoria) and the brutal crackdown on pandemic protests in Victoria and New South Wales . Pro-gun groups saw this as a rationale for the United States’ Second Amendment, a constitutionally enshrined right for citizens to arm themselves, originally intended to protect the new America from the tyranny of government in the old. world.
Australian conspiracy theorists have fueled the myth expanding 10,000 miles with stories that match the narrative, if not the facts. As Matthew Blackwell, head of backcountry drug and alcohol affairs writes, âThose of us who live in the Northern Territory have seen with astonishment British and American pundits with huge audiences promoting out of breathâ¦ crazy allegations â. The theory was amplified in the United States by YouTube personality Tim Pool, who broadcast it to his million followers.
Essays attempting to set the record straight have been posted on the ideas website Quillette, which has a large readership in the United States. This put a target on Keel the head of the editor Claire Lehmann. Lehmann has been attacked by thousands of US Twitter accounts demanding to know why she was “an apologist for a totalitarian stateâ.
Cheekily, she then shared on Instagram photos of young Australians quarantined at the Howard Springs quarantine facility, searching the world as if they were on vacation, angering conspirators who insist on describing the facility. like a “concentration camp”.
This is a characterization most Australians may have heard for the first time when it moved from the conspiracy web to the mainstream following MP George Christensen’s acquiescence to the description used by Infowars presenter Alex Jones.
Jones is known in the United States for his bonkers claims. He even claimed that a school shooting in the United States was rigged by gun control advocates. Christensen, in the interview, urged international viewers of Infowars to protest outside Australian embassies internationally.
These stories feed into alternate realities that may be of use to their authors. In the United States, the story that freedom fails overseas creates a politically useful siege mentality. In Australia, he creates an electoral platform for extremists.
The Russians know that when one side nurtures a theory and the other doesn’t care, chaos and disunity begin to discredit democracy. They don’t care which party wins in a given election, but that the party system loses by all accounts. The makers of American myths can create the same polarization here. There is only one way to dispel a conspiracy theory and that is to admit the grain around which it is built. Only then can we demystify the savage elaborations of malicious minds.