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The Unseen Perils: Ignoring History in Modern Australia



The annals of history are not just a record of past events; they are a compass for navigating the present and future. The disregard of historical facts can cause economic and societal unrest in Australia, a country with a distinctive blend of indigenous heritage and Western colonization.

Australia's journey from a protectionist past to a more liberal economic present serves as a testament to free-market principles. The shift towards free-market policies in the late 20th century, inspired by global trends and historical lessons, propelled Australia's economic growth. However, recent protectionist policies, ignoring the lessons from the past, threaten this progress.

Australia's successful navigation of the 2008 global financial crisis owes much to adherence to the principle that tax dollars are better in the hands of the public than bureaucratic principles. However, the current debate on monetary interventions, especially in the wake of the pandemic, often overlooks the historical perils of unchecked monetary expansion, setting the stage for future economic instability and a very obvious national depression.

I've often argued the dangers of excessive government intervention, advocating for the free market's role in economic and societal order. Australia's balance between government policies and market freedom, particularly in healthcare and education, reflects an inability to avoid intervetionalists. But recent moves toward even more government control in many areas, which don't take into account what we know about how markets work, will obviously upset the delicate balance that the market struggles to reach.

There are some profound insights into the psychological impact of ignoring history. The individual's role in understanding history resonates with Australia's current cultural and political discourse. The growing trend of revising or neglecting historical narratives, especially those related to indigenous history and colonisation, has led to a societal identity crisis.

Carl Jung's exploration of the collective unconscious highlights the danger of ignoring the shared histories that shape societal norms and values. In Australia, reconciliation with its indigenous past is a poignant example. Ignoring this aspect of history has lead to a fragmented national psyche, impacting societal cohesion and individual identity.

I hope to shed light on the societal and individual psychological consequences of failing to acknowledge uncomfortable historical truths. In the Australian context, this is evident in the handling of historical narratives around indigenous populations and the Stolen Generations. The societal reluctance to confront these painful parts of history has prolonged the psychological and social healing process.

Australian Examples: Historical Ignorance and Consequences

  • Economic Policy Missteps: Australia’s flirtation with protectionist policies in the early 20th century, ignoring the global trend towards market liberalization, led to economic stagnation.


  • Cultural and Social Unrest: The debate over Australia Day and the lack of widespread understanding of indigenous history exemplify concerns about the psychological impact of historical ignorance.


  • Healthcare and Education Systems: The evolution of these systems reflects a mix of economist's warnings against overregulation and the need for informed historical perspectives to guide policy-making. The massive expansion in iatrogenic deaths in Australia, with up to 18% greater mortality due to bureaucratic interventions in personal health care, has exposed the very dark, evil, and ignorant ideology attached to government interventionism.

Ignoring historical facts does not erase them; it only blinds us to the lessons they hold. In Australia, as in other parts of the world, the disregard for historical truths in economics, society, and politics paves the way for repeated mistakes and missed opportunities for growth and reconciliation. As we navigate the complexities of this century, the lessons should serve as crucial guides, reminding us of the indispensable value of our historical compass. 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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