These senior business journalists. These people who constantly, in AFR and Australian, scream hatred of Greens, Unions, Labor. Would, it seems, like to see all three groups banned, their members jailed. What the hell is this all about in what remains, on paper at least, a Democracy?
The only interest. I repeat, because it is so extraordinary, the only interest these people have is the welfare of a small number of very large companies and their Emperor-like owners. The aim is for these companies to pay very little, preferably none, tax. That their workers be subject to the most restrictive workplace conditions (“flexibility”), and are paid the lowest possible wages. That the companies are freed from all legislative, regulatory restrictions, so they can do whatever they like to the environment, to the social structure of the towns under their domain. That they will keep gobbling up small companies, even larger rivals.
They have set great snowballs rolling across the continent. These companies gathering up all people, resources, money in their path so as to grow bigger and bigger, more and more powerful, returning ever greater profits to owners here or in Australia, whatever. Australia and its people are merely there to serve, to feed, these monsters as they roll along. And all of this is presented, by these media Enablers, as the most natural thing in the world, the only possible way an economy can work, the end of history, all of human endeavour for thousands of years destined for this outcome. In other countries Enablers are doing the same enabling for their Behemoths.
The astute among my readers, and you are all astute, will have noticed one tiny problem with this cunning plan. If these giant companies are sending massive profits overseas, and if their tax contribution is getting smaller, then the country’s government, its people, will be getting smaller and smaller. Now to our Enablers this is not a flaw but part of the plan. These people, and their mates in right wing think tanks, think government should be drowned in a bathtub. That everything in economy and society should be just handed over to the free market, with the people, through their government, to have absolutely no say.
So let us see Australia through the Enabler’s eyes. Species and ecosystems are disappearing fast, trees are cleared, unregulated irrigation dries up rivers, overfishing and pollution wrecks the oceans. Schools suffer from lack of teachers, resources, decent buildings. Hospitals lack nurses and doctors and modern facilities. Old people are dumped into rooms with few care staff waiting for death. Arts and other cultural activities dry up through lack of support. Infrastructure – roads, ports, railways, airports, electricity distribution, irrigation – crumbles and decays. Aboriginal communities battle the problems of health, education, social dysfunction. Child care costs more than a second salary can pay for, as the qualifications of carers decrease. The disabled continue to receive little support. Housing is unavailable to the poor. Rural communities die as they lose support facilities.
The Enablers don’t want you to see any of this, to see that their Emperors have no clothes. Don’t want you to see that their “modern economy” is just nineteenth century robber barons writ large. Don’t want anyone, Greens, Unionists, Labor, who see reality, to be able to communicate that reality to the public, transfixed by the glorious robes. So they abuse them, denigrate them, call them old-fashioned, call them Communist, do anything to discredit them. And so far it is working.
But hey, you bastards, I’m calling you – the Emperors are naked. Anyone else want to add their voice to mine?