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The Link Between Revisionism and Extremism: Lessons here in Australia


In the realm of historical narratives, the act of revisionism—the reinterpreting of historical facts and figures—can have profound and often unforeseen consequences. Let's explore the link between historical revisionism and the rise of extremist ideologies, drawing upon the insights of observation and applying these lessons to Australia.


It is important to understand economic history to avoid the pitfalls of past policy errors. In Australia, the misinterpretation of the Great Depression led to prolonged economic policies that favoured protectionism and government intervention, a form of economic revisionism that ignored global trends toward free markets. This laid the groundwork for extremist economic ideologies, both from the left and the right, to take root. This pendulum unfortunately has seldom spent any meaningful time in the center.


There was a book I read in primary school, and reread only a few years ago called "the road to serfdom" by Firdrick Hayek and it warned about the dangers of government intervention in the economy, arguing that such actions often lead to a loss of freedom. In the Australian context, the revisionist view of the role of government in the economy has sometimes led to a radical shift towards socialist ideologies, particularly among the youth and especially in contemporary times, leading to massive government-imposed debt, and the associated inflation that accompanies it.

The prominent thinker and psychologist Dr Jordan Peterson emphasizes the importance of understanding the psychological motivations behind historical events and warns that failing to do so can lead to a repeat of past mistakes. In Australia, revisionist interpretations of colonial history have sometimes ignored the complexities of these events, leading to polarizing and extremist views. The worst of this extremism is promoted by the Australian Government, and the taxpayer-funded ABC Media entity.

The prominent psychologist that Dr Peterson loves to refer to Dr Carl Jung spoke of the collective unconscious and how myths and history shape our perception of the world. In Australia, the revisionist retelling of Aboriginal history, while well-intentioned, has led to an oversimplified narrative that fuels extremist ideologies, both in terms of far-right nationalist sentiments and far-left radical activism. This culminated recently in a failed referendum promoted by the elites, Government, and media to escalate the division and impose apartheid policies into the Australian Constitution, It failed miserably, however, the very obvious actors on both sides continue to profit from the greater division and new "crisis" in Australian Identity they have created.

I've written at length about the security requirements, techniques, and tools needed to address the psychological impact of societal breakdowns and the role of historical understanding in maintaining social order. In the Australian context, revisionist narratives about the nation's foundation and history have contributed to a sense of disenfranchisement and alienation, particularly among the youth, leading to the rise of extremist groups, particularly a rise in "socialism" and the Australian Communist Party, the evidently biggest killers in the planet's history.


My observed Australian Case Studies include -

  • Economic Revisionism: The revisionist interpretation of the Australian protectionist policies of the early 20th century led to a resurgence of extremist economic ideologies, ignoring the lessons learned from history about the benefits of free trade and open markets.


  • Cultural Revisionism: The oversimplified narratives of Aboriginal history in Australia, while aiming to correct past injustices, have led to extreme ideological stances, and polarizing society.


  • Social Consequences: The rise of extremist groups in Australia, both on the political left and in smaller numbers on the right, can be partially attributed to the revisionist narratives that dominate the public discourse, leading to a fragmented society.

The link between historical revisionism and extremism is a complex issue. In the Australian context, as shown through the lenses of economics and psychology, it is evident that a simplistic or biased reinterpretation of history can lead to the rise of extremist ideologies.


The teachings of both past and contemporary writers offer valuable insights into understanding and mitigating this phenomenon. As Australia continues to grapple with its past and its future, the careful interpretation of history remains a crucial tool in preventing the drift toward extremist views. From the author.


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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