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In a Convenient Troth

noun: troth

faith or loyalty when pledged in a solemn agreement or undertaking.

“a token of troth”

Have you ever wondered, along with myself, why in some controversial situations involving either the judiciary, bureaucracy or academia, while the popular opinion rails for the righting of a obvious wrong against what seems an inadmissible proof, that no headway can be made against what seems insurmountable ‘establishment‘ or the mainstream media (MSM) opposition? Often the call goes out from social media seeking back-up from influential persons of those above institutions; judicial authorities, government authorities and high academic achievers … but all we get, in the main, is an eerie silence.

Take the contradiction of the Thomson/Jackson accusations. The former gets humiliated, charged, trial-by-media, is publicly eviscerated … while the latter, it seems, is still swanning around with her “magistrate fiancé” after even being found culpable for questions to be answered in a court of law by the very inquiry that she had used to bring down Thomson, who, by the by, is now acquitted of all major charges and left with a “guilt” of small-change offences. What gives? Or the now “dual citizen” controversy , where it seems it is left to either social media outrage to get any sort of investigation motivated, or left to the people involved to go about their own sometimes duplicitous ways of justification. Where is the official oversight?

And of course, we had the former PM of this country being remorsesly hounded by a completely “in-step”, group-think, group-voiced MSM. With barely a dissenting or protesting voice from higher judiciary, academia or independent politics – just the howling cries of “not-fair, not-fair” from us on social media. Yet even our deafening outcry brought forward little constructive defence for an innocent party. What gives there too?

I have many times raised the suspicion of a conspiracy. Perhaps dwelt on the idea of secret meetings at “The Club”, or some other private gathering where an exchange of conversation aligns opinions and action to be taken or not – as the case may be. But this is not necessarily so, there may not need to be any meetings, no conversations, not the slightest collusion on discussion or exchange of tactics. Perhaps all the time what has always been “in-situ” is a structure I can name as a “Convenient Troth”.

An “agreement” in kind has been nurtured for many years in many of our most revered bureaucracies and institutions. A kind of accepted “nod” toward each-other that in the case of required back up, “I’ll scratch your back if you’ll scratch mine” … and “One doesn’t ‘peach’ on a fellow”. Perhaps it is more complicated than such a simple notion, but in the end, I do believe that an “understanding” exists that a path will be cleared, positions granted and glittering prizes awarded to them who “play the game”. The rules being unwritten, but clearly defined, the boundaries unmarked, but clearly aligned on the social-grid of class and education. There need not be any conspiracy, for there already exists that embarrassing but consensual camaraderie that can wince shamefully at one’s lack of courage, but at the same time salve ones conscience that one is part of a greater, more “noble confederacy”.

Consider these several quotes from a very astute early twentieth century social economist:

“In the communities belonging to the higher barbarian culture there is a considerable differentiation of sub-classes within what may be comprehensively called the leisure class; and there is a corresponding differentiation of employments between these sub-classes … The occupations of the class are correspondingly diversified; but they have the common economic characteristic of being non-industrial. These non-industrial upper-class occupations may be roughly comprised under government, warfare, religious observances, and sports.”

“The habit of distinguishing between the interests of the individual and those of the group to which he belongs is apparently a later growth. Invidious comparison between the possessor of the honorific booty and his less successful neighbours within the group was no doubt present early as an element of the utility of the things possessed, though this was not at the outset the chief element of their value. The man’s prowess was still primarily the group’s prowess, and the possessor of the booty felt himself to be primarily the keeper of the honour of his group.”

“Those members of the community who fall short of this, somewhat indefinite, normal degree of prowess or of property suffer in the esteem of their fellow-men; and consequently they suffer also in their own esteem, since the usual basis of self-respect is the respect accorded by one’s neighbours. Only individuals with an aberrant temperament can in the long run retain their self-esteem in the face of the disesteem of their fellows.” (Thorsten Veblen: ’Theory of the Leisure Class’).

That certainly applies in a convenient troth.


  1. wam

    It isn’t rare to hear the rabbott and trumble plighting their troth to us with the significant “o” replacing the “u”.
    Thanks, joseph, for veblen, his description, written so long ago, is still accurate in the lnp
    “Freedom from scruple,from sympathy, honesty and regard for life, may, within fairly wide limits, be said to further the success of the individual in the pecuniary culture”
    Sadly, as our treatment of gillard showed, his
    . “women perform many of the tasks necessary to keep a people and their economy alive but are actively disparaged for their efforts.”
    is also accurate.”
    Will the green white and purple be forever silenced? Surely, the need for a ‘pankhurst’ is just as necessary now as then.

  2. Joseph Carli

    Yes, wam…I have a pretty good library representing many renowned social and philosophical commentators, but I have honed the mass down to only a few sincere, lasting and succinct people…I continually refer back to those intellectual giants for example and quotable maxim..Thorsten Veblen is , in my opinion, one of those “intellectual giants”…and though his wordiness can be a touch “dense” sometimes, he hits the nail right on the head as far as I am concerned.

  3. Theresa

    Joseph, the ‘convenient troth’ theory sounds true.
    There are some people who cannot read or write, yet they can hold an intelligent conversation. In some cases, successful businesses have been created by people we’d call illiterate, eg. Chris Dawson, billionaire founder of The Range. They learned to function and speak well enough to flourish how? Call it osmosis. Anyone working in the business world, mainstream media, “judiciary, bureaucracy or academia”, really all of us, learn two sets of rules – the formal written and the circumstantial informal unwritten (by osmosis). That’s the game. What’s happening? Players give of their faith or ‘troth’ in exchange for reputation/goods/payola. Material game, material gain. Aim low? Is there more to life?

  4. Keitha Granville

    We the people need to become the MSM, we should shun the Convenient Truth and continue to call out those living by it.
    The behaviour of those involved in the whole citizenship mess is reprehensible. They work FOR us, we need to insist that they do.

  5. Joseph Carli

    Theresa..I think some are so addicted to false praise / flattery, they keep repeating that line of goods that gets and maintains the matter how absurd and ridiculous it starts to become.

    I am of the opinion that having read from history of the many intelligent people who have warned, written against and in the final round, given their lives to try and ameliorate the hard-core direction of a tyranny and yet have failed…I wonder if we here of pedestrian smarts can do or say anything to stop the slide into another historical oblivion.

  6. Theresa

    Yes Joseph, I sometimes wonder the same. 7 billion people pulling the direction of their own interest is going to lead where? About all I can monitor is my intention, that’s it. That’s all I have, and what is it I want for 7 billion people – how about peace?

  7. diannaart

    Who needs a conspiracy when there continue to be enough of like mind over a long enough period of time to be mundane and, therefore, blindly accepted.

    Great article, Joseph.

  8. jimhaz

    “Regulatory capture” is related to this article, and is getting worse, year by year. It is not hard to see cases where it is clearly supported by politicians both in terms of jobs for the boys and policies that benefit business/wealthy. You see crazy things like the IPA and Queensland Sugar Ltd gaining charity status.

    Should the ATP (or whoever) now be investigating all parliament ministers in light of what has occurred – there is potential widespread election fraud? Will they – No. Howard’s Libs long ago captured the ATP IMO.

    One of the worst things to have happened to Aust government is the creation of Public Service contracts for executives – it changes loyalty from the department to the appointment personal / groups and allows inappropriate appointments (such as Michelle Guthrie to the ABC or Tim Wilson Human Rights) to then fill up the ranks with persons who believe the same things as the appointer. These people then start making bad precedents and the lack of morality flows out into all social management areas.

    Other precedents for policy immorality come from the fully captured US government plutocracy and old UK money and power circles.

  9. Joseph Carli

    Exactly! jimhaz..ex-bloody-actly…a kind of mutual understanding where all is needed is a nuge-nudge agreement…no paper-trails, no emails or electronic fingerprints…I have wondered for many years why no-one has chased down Rupert’s penchant for younger ladies…a situation that a male with his wealth and apparent degeneracy would take extreme advantage of…but then, his own media is the main culprit in chasing down scullious innuendo in others and why would he do it to himself!!..

    Very good link, btw….there , in black and white.

  10. helvityni

    Moving into an election mode, even terrorist attacks, or attempts, can be convenient….

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