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Lessons for us all from the United States

The disintegration of US democracy, that is being reflected in the governments in the United Kingdom and Australia, could be reversed by a landslide against Trump and the Republicans, but I’m not holding my breath. The Republicans have for a long time been breaking the US electoral system with gross gerrymandering, voter suppression, and risible hypocrisy. And their cult politics have their imitators in the the UK and Australia.

Trump, whom Republicans have enabled with intellectual dishonesty and moral incompetence, is the grotesque embodiment of their ideology, their perversion of democracy, their corrupt relationships with an avaricious oligarchy, their subversion of democratic principles, processes and institutions, and their betrayal of one of those core principles – serving the welfare of the people. That’s what modern Fascism looks like and the UK and Australia are on the cusp of that axis of evil.

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What the Australian extremist neoliberal government looks like

The thing is that extremist neoliberals like Morrison, Dutton and the LNP Coalition, who have captured office in western countries by pretending conservatism, don’t do leadership – they do domination. They don’t do democracy – they serve plutocracy. They don’t do service – they privatise public assets. They don’t do equity – they serve corporate avarice. They don’t do sustainability – they service polluters. They don’t do amelioration of the climate crisis – they have no food security strategies, no planning, deregulate the polluters, and do deals with coalminers. They don’t do equality before the law – they get rid of the core principle of habeas corpus and ensure the costs of the law are beyond average citizens. They don’t do the principle of serving the welfare of the people – they ignore the experts and scientists and fail to protect the nation from conflagration and pandemics. They don’t do worker and family financial security – they enable exploitation, job insecurity, and low wages. They don’t ensure universal quality education – they expend education funds primarily on the schools of the wealthy. They don’t do support and facilitation of Aboriginal dignity – they turn to apartheid ideology, victim blaming and racism. They don’t do inclusion – they do marginalisation. They don’t do human rights – they violate them. They don’t do civil liberties – they do mass surveillance and pass oppressive laws. They don’t distinguish the defence of the nation and serving security – they do militarisation of police, of customs, and stand before the nation flanked by army officers who are selling out the independence of defence from domestic politics. They don’t do patriotism – they do nationalism, xenophobia, and misuse the flag. They don’t do decency, honour, honesty and prudence – they do arrogance, choose fascism, lie and deceive daily, and are driven by propaganda, lack of substance, and all manner of shifty trickery with one sole objective – to maintain themselves in power.

Privatisation and outsourcing – the work of the enemy within.

“Outsourcing”, or “privatisation”, has never made sense financially, administratively, efficiently, or democratically. It is never more than a betrayal of the concept of service to the public. It is driven by the lie and the delusion that business can do government jobs better than the public sector; the lie and the delusion that job security undermines efficiency.

Inefficient workers certainly undermine the principles of public service and there are legitimate means to protect the public from lazy and inefficient workers as well as honouring workers’ rights. But neoliberalism – the ideology behind these lies – has a core anti-democratic agenda: the diminution of democratic government and service to the Australian people. It is the driving force for the embezzlement of public funds to fill profiteers’ pockets and they look not to improving public service but destroying it.

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Morrison’s neoliberalism impels Australia towards neofascism

When a neoliberal government sabotages every element of democracy it takes us down the road to neofascism and Australian Prime Minister Morrison heads such a subversive Regime. Neoliberalism and neofascism are joined at the hip: they both involve the subversion of the state, aided by corrupt neoliberal government, and its takeover by corporate interests that supplant core democratic principles such as the protection of the welfare of the people, the violation of human rights, the white-anting of civil liberties, the asset-stripping of government services and their handover to private corporations for profit (so-called privatisation). The underbelly of this state of affairs with its lies and ideological mythology is an authoritarian proclivity and a tendency toward totalitarianism with its centralisation of power and the mass surveillance of citizens. These conditions have been impelled by successive Liberal and National Party Regimes since John Howard’s deceitful and reprehensible government set Australia on this dreadful path of selling out the nation.

James McDonald
12 May 2020

Morrison finally commits serious relief for exhausted volunteers – isn’t it a bit late?

I watched Morrison announcing the involvement of military infrastructure this morning on the ABC.

My first response was: isn’t this a little late? The fires have been raging since September. The fire authorities have been warning about catastrophe for a long time. And the scientists even longer ago warned of the danger of extreme fire events as elements in the pattern of climate crisis, which is no longer expected 20 or 50 or a 100 years into the future, but faces Australia here and now. Serious fires are burning in every State in the country.

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While the nation burns: where is the planning for climate crises and catastrophe?

A national state of danger has existed for months and it is only now that the Prime Minister, who cleared out to Hawaii as the disaster built up, announced yesterday a goddam meeting by the Federal Government: “The National Security Committee of Cabinet would meet on Monday to address ‘contingencies’ required for the current fire season “as well as the longer-term response and some issues we have identified to consider amongst premiers after the fires”.

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Sydney chokes under the gloom of bushfire smoke from massive fires on its outskirts

An angry response to Regime failure

A comment on ” ‘Mega blaze’: Several fires join to cover an area bigger than greater Sydney”, The New Daily 6 December 2019

I’m not suggesting that anything could have been done to prevent these fires unprecedented since European settlement. But Australian people have voted the Governments that deny climate change and act against the national interest and the welfare of the nation.

The likes of a hostile government that is ruining the nation with vicious intent have been supported by Australians who endorse the facile, moral incompetence, and idiotic reasoning of MPs unsuitable for government, and who oppose every democratic principle.

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