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.
“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.
COVID-19 Reflections, Lockdown, Italy, Day 54
The problem for the United States is not just the haphazard idiocy of Trump authoritarianism and his spectacular puerile ignorance and overweening self-obsession. It is the squirrel grip of corporations and moguls from extremist corporations over government and both major Parties [this article from Business Insider has a picture of Joe Biden with two corporate donors that perfectly illustrates the problem]. These unelected and unrepresentative forces are are marked by obscene avarice, buy the loyalty of politicians , and sell out the welfare of the people, a primary democratic principle.
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
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”.
There is a sleazy, international body of espionage against democracy – the “advisors” and campaign consults who care nothing for democracy, employ neo-fascist populist strategies to manipulate public opinion with data-mining techniques, and construct the iterative and blatant lies that Boris Johnson, Donald Trump in the USA, and Australia’s Scott Morrison and their administrations and Ministers live and breathe.
are the agent-provocateurs of a brand of neo-liberalism, so extreme
that it is authoritarian to the core, that serves the wealthy and
corporate greed at the expense of democratic government, and bullies
backbenchers who exhibit any recalcitrance about the disturbing
antics of their leaders.