By Christian Marx
The world is in crisis. Endless wars, famine, rampant racism, assassinations, coups, a corrupted media landscape, increasing attacks on workers’ rights. All of these calamities are not happening in isolation. They can all be linked directly back to the political ideology of conservatism.
Conservative politics – in a nutshell – is designed to protect the old and wealthy establishment. Not only this, it is calculated to claw back as much of the wealth within society as possible, thus pushing millions of people in Western countries into poverty. It is a form of legalised theft. Below are some of the evils of conservatism.
Scapegoating Minorities: This is a tried and true conservative trope. In order to weaken resistance against their attacks on peoples’ social and working rights, attacking the powerless and those who are different, is a key conservative strategy.
This is done to divide those who are opposed to conservatism into sub-factions who will fight against one another and blame each other, instead of blaming the cause of all the social and economic dislocation.
Media Monopolies: The very wealthy own all the mainstream media and they ultimately all have the same goals … to protect their power and wealth. They utilize their media to push the economic dogma of neoliberalism. Neoliberalism pushes for the erosion of state services, workers’ rights, radical privatisation, the decimation of unions and the persecution/demonization of left wing political thought. See here for a comprehensive assessment of neoliberalism.
Attacking the Unemployed: This ties in with the first key point. Although the scapegoating of minorities tends to target those from a different religious or cultural background living in Australia, local minorities are also targeted, as well as those who are unfortunate to end up on welfare. The irony of attacking these unfortunates is that many are a direct result of the laissez faire economics of the free market. Specifically, globalisation, and bringing in non-nationals for exploitative wage deals, thus undercutting the local workforce and destroying the Australian manufacturing sector.
Dismantling Social Systems: A universal trait among conservatives is to try and attack and destroy social safety systems, such as healthcare, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, etc.
Free market zealots – aka classical liberals – believe in the survival of the fittest principle and only place value on wealth creation. They see no benefit in saving lives or enhancing the quality of life in a non-profit way.
An extreme version of this can be seen in the United States, where millions have no affordable healthcare and tens of thousands a year die needlessly, simply because they can’t afford the exorbitant health costs in the for-profit sector. Universal healthcare which could save millions of lives at a fraction of the cost of private for-profit care is labelled as “communism” by the elites.
Stealing Public Utilities: This may sound like hyperbole, but this is exactly what conservatives do and, in some cases, even some so-called left-wing governments. The idea is to starve a service of funds and make it unworkable, causing outrage among the public. The corporate run media blames it on socialism and the string-pullers in parliament organise for their corporate friends to buy the failing system at a heavily reduced cost. Thus, a once great social service used to benefit the people is stolen and prices immediately skyrocket and the quality of service suffers.
Right now, the biggest catastrophe in Australia is the privatised training system. Tax payer’s money is being siphoned into these corporate-owned entities and the service is abysmal.
And in the U.K. the Tories are trying to destroy the National Health System. Savage cuts are now putting lives at risk and many doctors are desperately speaking out.
Endless Wars and Coups: While modern day “left” wing parties have been involved in some pretty atrocious war mongering (see the Tony Blair government on Iraq), it is mainly a common trait among conservative governments. Every country the U.S wants to destroy for their own sick financial and geopolitical gain, the conservatives have been in lock step with Uncle Sam. No matter how dubious the intelligence or how flimsy the evidence, conservatives love a good war. It fosters false patriotism and provides a perfect scapegoat for the next bogeyman, and in many cases helps push the financial interests for the shady conglomerates who run our political system.
War-mongers such as Murdoch push this dogma. In Murdoch’s case he has a vested interest in the Middle Eastern wars via his company, Geanie Energy. You won’t read that information in any mainstream publication!
Unfortunately, Australia will continue to go down the toilet if the majority do not seek alternative media avenues. Mainstream media has an iron clad, rigid narrative that when analysed does not benefit the majority of Australians in any shape or form. Mainstream media is propaganda and extreme omission in order to shape public perception and support for classical liberal economics. Don’t be duped. Truth is the mightiest hammer and it does not emanate from the festering crap known as the mainstream media! Tread your own path!
Christian Marx is a political and social activist interested in making the world a fairer place. He has a Bachelor of Social Science and has a keen interest in sociology, politics and history. He was one of the organizers of the March in March rallies in Melbourne and is the founder of the progressive news and information page, “Don`t Look At This Page”, and is also a co-founder of “The Global Revolution” website.
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