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‘The Time Machine’ in Australia, in the Age of Covid

In the classic H G Wells story The Time Machine, the Eloi are the surface-dwelling descendants of the upper class who are bred and fed on by the subterranean-dwelling Morlock cannibals, descendants of the working class.

In the story, the Eloi don’t ask any questions and line up voluntarily to be food for the Morlocks on a regular basis.

Similarly, naive Australian Eloi don’t know what has hit them. The Morlocks came up with a new plan to harvest them even faster than usual. Normally Australian Eloi live complacent, idyllic lives, since government Morlocks keep them happy and sedated. 



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