The Chinese flu crisis grows ever more serious and the economic outlook becomes bleaker by the day, yet for Nationalists, it appears as though we may, in the short to medium term at least, be getting many of the things we want.
This is the first real stress-test put upon the modern, multicultural societies. It is also the most severe disruption to the capitalist system since the World Wars of the 20th century. So far, things seem to be holding together, but the realisation is starting to set-in that Australia may never get back to “normal” if this insidious viral creation, born out of Asiatic corruption and superstition, becomes endemic in the outside world.
The apocalypse preachers and revolutionary larpers on the fringes of the political spectrum have long held the egotistical belief that a collapse of the globalist-capitalist world would see their vanguard of zealots, ride into the citadels of power to reign in totalitarian grandeur.
The vanity of such fools has always been galling to the Nationalists and the wilful infliction of further miseries upon the working classes atop the privations of a bona fide national crisis is anathema to our cadres.
I am confident that there will be no widespread collapse of social norms to flatter the egos of the Pseudo-Left and the Neo-Fascists, there will be no uprisings from the toilet paper queues given that the Wuhan plague is so contagious that even now, in the pre-outbreak phase, people are unwilling to spend a second more in a crowd than they absolutely have to.
There will be no Mad Max bikie gangs roaming the hinterland and raising hell, denuding the general stores of steaks and sanitary products, in the short-term there will just be shortages, unemployment and self-isolation.
To be frank, I believe that if this crisis does develop into the worst-case scenario then our future will look more like Australia in the 1970s than Europe during the Thirty Years War.
In those days people travelled abroad less, were more likely to holiday relatively close to home, and spent the bulk of their work and leisure time in their hometown or suburb.
Shops were usually only open during the day and everything shut down between 12PM on Saturday and Monday morning. Evening and weekend entertainment occurred in local pubs, restaurants, cinemas and discotheques and outdoor activities were more popular than they are today.
The difference being, of course, that we have the advantages of the internet and digital communications. If these awful Chinese diseases become endemic or seasonal, or if they mutate into something worse, then in tandem with a return to localism and easy living Australian society will continue its development in online spaces.
Of course, this may mean that, in order to grow employment in the technology sector new, localised social networks would need to be developed and the multinationals barred from competing in the Australian market, this could only be a good thing.
Depending on whether the Chinese virus breaks out into the Australian population as it has done overseas this may be a short ordeal or a long and difficult struggle; what is becoming obvious though is that the era of globalism, mass movements of people and open borders is likely at an end, the future is regional and local.
I take heart from the response to the Wuhan plague by Canadian musician Devin Townsend, whose touring and production company has been hit hard by the travel bans and prohibitions on large gatherings.
Townsend, ever the showman, has pledged to do what he can to keep his employees afloat by webcasting live gigs, presumably on a pay-per-view model and releasing music and other digital content in lieu of his extremely popular concert tours.
His “Quarantine Project” is a forward-looking from an artist and businessman whose enterprise has always been centred on the fan experience, this is the future, for the time being at least, only creativity and positive thinking of this type will save the day.