If any of us on the “progressive” side of politics still believe there is room for civilised and rational debate on the current portfolio of LNP Government policy, then I would confrontingly suggest you are a f#cking idiot!
With the cancellation of next week’s parliamentary sitting, we see white-hot evidence of corporate interference from both the banking sector and the religious hierarchy to forestall the inevitable popular demands for both financial and social change. For this cabal of “corporate grease-nipples” that call themselves the LNP to act in the best interests of the State, they first would have to extract themselves from their toothy grip firmly planted on the inner colon of big business.
We … the people are being royally screwed over by the fossil-fuel energy suppliers, the energy re-sellers ,the Financial Banking sector, water supply authorities, petroleum suppliers, medical, educational and many other once safe, secure government run utilities that are now if not totally in the hands of incompetent private corporations, are being given over to private outsourcing to manage and manage badly all in the interests of the stupidity vacant middle-class opportunists comfortably ensconced in their pension seats of Parliament.
There are so many corporate bodies circling and lobbying the federal government these days, the Canberra Capital’s roundabouts look more like a Hollywood movie set of Red-Indians circling the covered wagons on the American prairie and there are more strings being pulled in the corridors of power than in a Sicilian Puppetry theatre.
This current malaka of a government has laid an egg … a Machiavellian egg … in that it is not only has a soft centre open to corporate corruption sucking, but it also has a brittle shell all ready to be shattered at the first tap of a voter’s fingernail. It is such a stereotype of a corrupt government, it is a wonder Seth Blatter is not on their payroll as some sort of adviser … except they’d have to replace Rupert Murdoch and we all know HE now needs the money!
But old Machiavelli knew a thing or two about how a government works … particularly a right-wing government and he drew up the “rules of engagement” for the running of such and those of that persuasion who now sit in the catbird seat of power are running the country according to script. Turnbull and his entire cabinet are but mummers … thespians ham-acting set pieces and lines for corporate power …
We are the Corporate State
The LNP have betrayed us as a People and Sovereign State to international corporate bodies. Our energy producers are mainly international corporations, as are many of our water holdings, our financial sector is controlled by international banking, our petroleum managed by international manipulated pricing, much of our food produce, delivery and resale … we are being squeezed for every penny we have in both our savings and future prospects. The LNP has sold us down the river to these voracious corporations for their own personal gain … which if we read their philosophies so clearly stated on their IPA manifesto of 100 (or whatever it is) wish-list … decrees quite openly if a tad convolutedly that it is a case of every person for themselves and if we but peruse the property portfolios of that end of the political town, we can see they have achieved that end with more than a degree of success!
We are Gorn!
Machiavelli recognised the above problem arising as a matter of course in civil governance and did write a very lucid and instructive chapter on cause and effect of such an event in his “Discourses”. Here is a short example (from Chapter 33: When an Evil has Sprung up Either Within a State or Against a State, it is a More Salutary Proceeding to Temporize With it than to Attack it Rashly) that will lead those with more an interest in instruction than argumentative confrontation to have a read:
“On which subject it will first be discussed, that when an evil springs up either within a Republic or against a Republic, whether from intrinsic or extrinsic causes, and has become so great that it begins to make [everyone] afraid, it is a much more safe procedure to temporize with it than to try to extinguish it. For almost always those who try to crush it, make its force greater, and make that evil which is suspected from it to be accelerated. And incidents similar to these arise more frequently in a Republic from intrinsic and extrinsic causes, as it often occurs that it allows a Citizen more power than is reasonable, or the corrupting of a law is begun which is the nerve and life of a free society: and this error is allowed to run so far, that it is a more harmful procedure to want to remedy it than to let it go on. And it is so much more difficult to recognize these evils when they first arise, as it seems more natural to men always to favor the beginning of things: And such favors are accorded more to those accomplishments which have in them some virtu or are done by young men, than to any other thing: for if some young noble is seen to spring up in a Republic who has in him some extraordinary virtu, the eyes of all the Citizens begin to turn toward him, and they agree without regard [to consequences] to honor him … “
What we see now in our State is the shifting of the base of power from the democratic process to the autocratic … when the democratically elected govt’ goes against the parliamentary majority to suspend the Sitting of the House, without doubt upon instruction (we can’t seriously believe that a Turnbull cabinet made the decision on its own!) from an “extrinsic cause”, for to stall essential legislation that would forfeit the power of the corporations, then without doubt we have an autocratic regime … no longer a government, but a Fascist State.
We have but one last chance to crush this takeover of our future and that is by the next election and we need the ALP to combine with any other political entity to be able to effectively muscle-up against this global right-wing power grab … and we see the same modus operandi in Britain and America and rising very fast in Europe … We have to extend the “progressive” out-reach to bring into the tent those many groups operating in a loose conglomerate to unify action against this direct threat (and not to make too fine a point on it) to life and liberty. For as that great Machiavellian scholar himself said: “The delicate problem those who oppose bad politics have is that they; being the good people, cannot act in any way that brings them down to the same level as those they need to defeat.”
Our hands may be tied, but our noble intentions and our demand for equality touch everywhere.