The Abbott Government is leading Australia down America’s path on a range of social and economic issues, and holding the reigns is Rupert Murdoch. American writer Vegasjessie gives us an international perspective on the social damage of Murdoch’s influence, and the ramifications this could have for Australia.
Denying the climate-change crisis and taking away people’s health care is not what most Americans want, but the “Murdochracy” is very persuasive to the contrary.
Pro-war, anti-humanity, pro-pollution is precisely the objective of the conservatives who are merely puppets of Rupert Murdoch. In addition to the undying support for the merciless bombing of Gaza by most American media outlets, Australia’s conservative government is mirroring the sentiments of the GOP and their war-mongering media with its deferential view of the far-right Israeli government.
The impending doom the Affordable Care Act faces in its next Supreme Court battle is extremely depressing for American Progressives who think health care is a right, not a privilege. Funny thing, universal health care in Australia, thanks to the Abbott government, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch, is facing a similar battle.
Murdoch argued that true morality lies in the free-market rather than socialism because “it gives people incentives to put their own wants and needs aside to address the wants and needs of others.” (Abbott) praised Murdoch in his IPA speech, itself weighty with Biblical references, the tradition of politics Tony Abbott has embraced was clear – that of obstinacy, demagoguery, and dogmatism. Reforms promised by Abbott during the speech included privatizing Medibank; the state-owned private health insurer for over three million Australians, and repealing Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Sound depressingly familiar?
The idea that Americans reject equality, health care for all, or any restraints on emissions is parroted by our media, which is very much in danger of monopolization by Murdoch. The efforts to purchase Time-Warner will continue. To create more capital, Rupert is selling his lesser assets: Britain’s BSkyB agreed to pay $9 billion to buy Murdoch’s pay-TV companies in Germany and Italy. Fox is expected to use the proceeds to fuel its pursuit of Time Warner.
The abolition of the carbon tax by Australia last week was the first industrialized nation to take a giant step backward in the efforts to curtail man-made climate change. As Rupert owns 70% of the Australian media, this was easily accomplished, much to the horror of every scientist not in the employ of the Fox empire. In America, According to USA Today/Stanford University polling, 73 percent of Americans believe in climate change and 52 percent of Americans say that it will be a “very serious” problem if we don’t implement policies to reduce it (as opposed to 10 percent who say that climate change will be “not serious at all”).
When anti-climate change legislation is presented by the Murdochracy as an essential component to protect people’s delicate finances, America, like Australia, is going down a dark path, all thanks to a megalomaniacal 83 year old who won’t be around to live in the awful world he is helping to destroy. With the track record of our Supreme Court, it wouldn’t be surprising if “clean coal” wins a massive law suit against those damned scientists who report on facts in the not-too-distant future.
This article was first published on crooksandliars.com.