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Day to Day Politics: In answer to Phil and Kyran.

Thursday 12 April 2018

After posting my first piece about making our democracy better in which I appealed to our readers “can you please help me” to respond with comments, I was overwhelmed with them. Two however, stood out and I ended up posting them as stand-alone articles. The first was from Phil and focused on the monetary system and its effects on our democracy. And the second was from Kyran and it dwelt with our constitution. “How do you ‘reform’ something that, by its very nature and construct, is impervious to change?”

The quandary for me was how to respond to two such articulate essays. I somehow did, with the help of some words I had filed away two or three years ago from an American friend by the name of Frank Innis. We frequently use each other’s thoughts. So, I have combined our thoughts to produce what follows:

“Capitalism, socialism, fascism, and communism and other isms are but economic THEORIES! They are nothing more than words written on paper. Think about it. They are not active and they do nothing. Each theory is neither good nor bad. Each is ultimately what the people make of them. 

Democracy is nothing more than a theory. The US Constitution and Bill of Rights have NO AUTHORITY … they are nothing more than what we “The People’ make of them (when we the people ignore and neglect our government it is then taken over by self-interest groups to serve their own purposes and there is nothing that says that those who come to manage the government must be ethical, moral, or responsible to the people. 

When good people neglect their government they are then governed by lesser people. We the People have the government we deserve. The fault of government or our economic system is within us; We the People! – the problem is to be found right behind your nose.”

Therein is the problem facing the Australian electorate. It has to date been successfully conned by the opposition into believing that the current government is the worst ever. Its leader says the most negative and moronic things and frequently lies but the public never turns its head. The Murdoch press and other mainstream media has also sought to bolster this negative view. One only has to raise the subject of politics in general conversation to gauge the utter apathy of the electorate. Proof of the MSM deception can be evidenced when an opinion is sought about the governments performance. People will indicate a dissatisfaction but cannot articulate why. And they have no idea what their government stands for or indeed what his policies are.

It is a fascination that is always floating somewhere in the back of my mind that people can express a hatred for those they oppose but cannot, when asked, express the reasons behind their support for a particular political philosophy.

Even though I am a locked in social democrat I have always considered myself a believer in democracy first and foremost.

An observation

“You cannot possibly believe in democracy if at the same time you believe that your party is the only one that should ever win. That is not democracy.” 

The great shame is that we have these things in the wrong order. If people placed the condition of our democracy ahead of party politics then the politics would be in better health.

Equally, I am surprised at those on the left who argue for leftist responses of a time long past without taking into account the fact that those solutions no longer fit the changes that have taken place in society. Broad, far/reaching changes whose speed leaves us all breathless. 

The right does the same thing searching for answers in concepts that no longer work such as drip down economics that no longer work.

Throughout the world there is a recognition that democracy, as we have known it, has failed and no longer works, has resulted in an experimentation with various forms on an old theme. The main one being dictatorial democracy with a capitalistic monetary system.

China and the Soviet Union are two such cases with this sort of democracy, while the USA experiments with a brand of populist democracy that has little sense nor makes any. There is a move to the left in the USA and England that is people based but yet to be understood by its own party. France is experimenting with its own form of centrist Liberal Democracy under Macron.

The catalyst for any reform in democracy lays firmly at the feet of capitalism. Unbridled capitalism has not worked and can only work if it is regulated and takes into account the self inflicted wounds of the inequality it delivers. The why of wealth needs to be answered.

We have wealth but it is concentrated in the hands of a few. 

My thought for the day

“We live in a failed system. Capitalism does not allow for an equitable flow of economic resources. With this system a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level”.

PS: By 2030 it is forecast that the wealthiest 1% will own two thirds of the worlds wealth.

Further thoughts

“Never in the history of this nation have the rich and the privileged been so openly brazen.”

“How is it possible for the inherited rich and privileged to understand poverty?”

 


10 comments

  1. Terry2

    Interesting that those who a few months ago were prepared to die in a ditch for the right to freedom of speech – which is not guaranteed by our constitution – are now condemning a young footballer with particular views on homosexuality and freedom of speech.

    Israel Folau caused an uproar when he said last week gay people were destined for hell “unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”

    Now, I don’t know which religion Folau follows and it’s probably not relevant as such views are not uncommon in certain religious circles but, I do agree with the statement attributed to Voltaire (but possibly came from a biographer of Voltaire) “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

    Qantas have said that they disagree with Folau and as a major sponsor of rugby they may withdraw their
    sponsorship ; again, entirely up to them nobody is forcing them to sponsor particular sports but does the utterance of one player necessarily mean that all players and the code should suffer or that one player should be disciplined for holding and expressing a particular view or belief (that used to be commonplace just a few years ago) ?

    Democracy is a strange creature and for some, a moveable feast adjusted to what they feel on the day and how it suits their particular ideology : look at the way Yassmin Abdel-Magied was hounded by right-wing commentators for daring to say on ANZAC day : “Lest We Forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine . She actually left the country because of the threats to her safety arsing from this, in my view, quite reasonable statement.

    It takes all sorts !

    Have a good day, John. ‘Hope you daughter-in-law is recovering.

  2. Zathras

    Never mind free speech, the Folau statement illustrates the selective way people use religion to justify their own prejudices.

    As well as condemning homosexuality, the Bible says “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:28).

    The heavily tattooed Folau typically ignores that verse (and other rules he transgresses) in favour of just the one that personally offends him. At least he’s publicly stopped short of calling for gays to be put to death, as the Bible also specifically commands.

    That’s the way the world works – people making noise while reactionaries complain and things move on regardless.
    Democracy permits us to complain that but ultimately we serve the State and not the other way around.

  3. David Bruce

    Interesting read, John! Your comments about Left and Right allegiances reminded me of the following passages from PROTOCOL 10 PREPARING FOR POWER, OUR GOAL – WORLD POWER. I know it is a “hoax”, “forgery” and all the rest of the babble, so the fact that most of these protocols are already in place, then perhaps we should consider counter measures!

    “Voting; which we have made the instrument which will set us on the throne of the world, by teaching even the very smallest units of members of the human race to vote, by means of meetings and agreements by groups; will then have served its purposes and will play its part then, for the last time, by a unanimity of desire to make close acquaintances with us before condemning us”.

    “To secure this we must have everybody vote without distinction of classes and qualifications, in order to establish an absolute majority, which cannot be got from the educated propertied classes. In this way, by inculcating in all a sense of self-importance, we shall destroy among the goyim the importance of the family and its educational value and remove the possibility of individual minds splitting off, for the mob, handled by us, will not let them come to the front, nor even give them a hearing; it is accustomed to listen only to us who pay it for obedience and attention. In this way we shall create a blind, mighty force, which will never be in a position to move in any direction, without the guidance of our agents, set at its head, by us, as leaders of the mob. The people will submit to this regime, because it will know, that upon these leaders will depend its earnings, gratifications and the receipt of all kinds of benefits”.

    When I hear the words Economic Growth, I know that is part of the pyramid scheme of our banking systems. When is the term “prosperity” is used, I know that it is outside the banking system, which includes the World Bank, the International Misery Fund, the Federal Reserve System, Central Banks and Western Democracy. The system is controlled by the Committee of 300 (also mentioned in the Protocols) and headed by the king or queen of England.

    As more and more people realize we are being conned, I expect the top of the pyramid will become acquainted with the pitchfork.

  4. helvityni

    I don’t know any more about Rugby than what I know about Cricket… I’m with Groucho Marx when he said: I watched a Cricket match for three hours waiting for it to start. And when it comes Rugby I thought it was a game for gays…they are always on top of each other or lifting each other up, lots hugs too…

  5. Terry2

    The next big question for Peter Dutton is what to do with the athletes from the Cameroons who have done a runner ; at this stage their visas are still current, but not for long.

    If you see a man who looks like a potato carrying a big butterfly-net then you know it’s our Peter on the job and he will not rest until these athletes have been captured and, and what ?

    Does he send them to Nauru or to Manus if not is it because they came by air and not by boat and is that a consistent approach to border protection ?

    Weighty matters for Dutton to delegate !

  6. Zathras

    helvityni,

    What’s more, after the match those macho rugby players all rush off and shower together.

  7. jimhaz

    [Does he send them to Nauru or to Manus if not is it because they came by air and not by boat and is that a consistent approach to border protection ?]

    He’ll store them in detention for allocation when the glorious South African farmers accept their VIP invitation to come here and do something in farming – we are not sure what they’d do yet, maybe plant Abbott’s Green Army trees.

  8. stephengb2014

    Democracy is not following or voting for a party, it is voting for a group of individuals who are “A”politics to represent the interests of the collective.

    We do not have that and that is what Oliver Cromwell discovered himself which 8s why he became Lord Protector.

  9. Glenn Barry

    Kronomex, I love your optimism…

    I wish that Malcolm would take that clenched fist and slam it into his own face

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