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How to Recognise Early Signs of Subversive Activities in Political Movements


In political discourse, movements emerge with varying agendas, some seeking reform through established legal frameworks, while others may harbour intentions that edge towards subversion. Recognising the early signs of such subversive activities within political movements is not merely an exercise in caution but a necessary defence of the democratic structures that underpin modern societies.


Subversion in political movements often starts subtly, hidden under the guise of advocacy and reform. It is characterised by efforts to undermine the existing legal and moral frameworks of a society without overtly breaking the law. These activities can gradually erode trust in institutions and destabilise the societal order, making it crucial to identify these signs early in their manifestation.


The core of recognising subversion lies in understanding the principles upon which societies are built: justice, fairness, and the rule of law. Subversive activities typically seek to exploit societal divisions, often under the banner of addressing grievances. While the articulation of grievances is a fundamental right, the methods employed can distinguish legitimate political dissent from subversive undertakings.


From an economic standpoint, subversive movements advocate for policies that appear beneficial in the short term but are unsustainable in the long term, such as drastic economic reforms that destabilise the market system. The recent failure of the VOICE campaign a very obvious example of such a drastic and destructive reform agenda. Additionally, the psychological manipulation of grievances, where real or perceived injustices are amplified without offering practical solutions, is a hallmark of subversion.


Some obvious indicators


1. Disproportionate Focus on Ideology Over Action: While political movements naturally embrace ideologies, those veering towards subversion often prioritise ideological purity over practical outcomes, dismissing or vilifying any form of compromise. Calling other opinion misinformation.


2. Encouragement of Us vs. Them Mentalities: This is evident when a movement consistently frames issues in terms of conflict between 'the oppressed' and 'the oppressors', often oversimplifying complex socio-political issues into binary conflicts. Using race or cultural differences to impose divisions.


3. Delegitimization of Opponents: Subversive activities often involve the systematic delegitimization of opponents, not merely criticising their policies but questioning their legitimacy or right to participate in the political process. Seeking to cancel opposing thoughts and beliefs on social media, for instance.


4. Secrecy and Lack of Transparency: Movements that lean towards subversion often operate under a veil of secrecy, promoting a lack of transparency that can hinder accountability. Like failing to provide details for proposed agenda's, like the failed VOICE campaign.


5. Endorsement of Radical Changes Without Democratic Consensus: Advocating for significant changes to the fundamental laws and structures of society without seeking a broad consensus can be a sign of subversive intent. The creation of unelected appointments and provisions of power for officials, like the voice campaign attempted to impose, and the Northern Territories opposition party also seeks to impose through a "Uber Bureaucrat" to fast track their policies.


In Australia, the cases of radical environmental groups and eco-terrorism provide a clear example. While many advocate for necessary environmental protections through legal means, some fringe groups have endorsed sabotage or eco-terrorism as legitimate tactics. These actions not only undermine the rule of law but also alienate potential allies and the broader public, ultimately detracting from their stated goals. Recently, one of my colleagues had his foot impaled by a four-pronged road spike used to damage property and people. The shame of such actions led to many of the protestors avoiding the area for fear of justifiable retribution by the security members protecting the property.


The early recognition of subversive activities within political movements requires a vigilant public educated in the principles of critical thinking and democracy. Moreover, institutions must maintain their integrity by upholding the rule of law and addressing grievances through just, lawful means.


Recognising the early signs of subversive activities in political movements is crucial for maintaining societal stability and the integrity of democratic processes. By understanding the nuanced difference between legitimate political reform and subversion, societies can safeguard themselves against those who would undermine them from within. As political landscapes evolve, the vigilance of both citizens and institutions will be paramount in preserving the foundational principles of justice and democracy.



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The opinions and statements are those of Sam Wilks and do not necessarily represent whom Sam Consults or contracts to. Sam Wilks is a skilled and experienced Security Consultant with almost 3 decades of expertise in the fields of Real estate, Security, and the hospitality/gaming industry. His knowledge and practical experience have made him a valuable asset to many organizations looking to enhance their security measures and provide a safe and secure environment for their clients and staff.

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