Last point first. I do have a life outside this board! But you've got an inquisitive mind and I guess you're keen to chat with one of Railpage's leading intellectuals about the global political economy so I should be more generous with my time...
Yes, that is correct. You to value a good debate on all things on the world stage, even with you, despite how we disagree on many things. Being inquisitive and desiring to suck up as much knowledge as possible is in my character. We all do have lives to go back to you of this place, but alas and onto the topic at hand!
It goes deeper than that - there should have been a comprehensive plan to keep the populace economically included at the end of forty years of neoliberalism but instead (and this is the really hilarious bit) the kicker is that the majority of the population all get to work for $10 an hour while the astronomical cost of housing and utilities keeps escalating. I'm not sure where you live in Australia but I'm seeing a lot more homelessness in my part of the nation recently - people who sleep in their cars at supermarket car-parks after dark. Edge of the wedge kinda thing. But that's just another consequence of winding down all the last protections against exploitation first gained in Australia by the union movement in the 1890's. We haven't really had mass urban poverty in this country since the 1950's when the last of the Dickensian conditions that existed in Sydney and Melbourne (mostly) were cleared away by the Housing Commission; I think in time we'll just get accustomed to stepping over the homeless here in urban OZ like they do in the United States (especially San Fransciso by all accounts), diabolical poverty will just become normalised. That's your neoliberalism end game.
correct indeed and I agree with what your saying but we both view it as a result of differing reasoning. I Entirely agree with your disgust of that economic liberalization has done to this country with Privatization and so one. I personally view It to be as a result in the inherit exploitative nature of capitalism serving the elites, but alas that's off topic and I don't wish to open that can of worms ATM. The Prices are a result of Stagnating wages as we all know and the governments failure to raise them or implement price controls.
Don, if you got to the Melbourne CBD in this day and age (I occasionally do when I have to) or at times rural centers Homelessness is rampart. Its one of the most depressing things about this country, all so desperate and eyes full of hopelessness and despair. So many reasons for this enigma of a problem, Lack of investment in public housing and family abuse. Its Just Downright Depressing. The union movement in my eyes has also become a tool of control and normalization of worker exploitation and abuse in this country, like the Labor party has, Sellouts. Selling their ideals and base for corporate support of their governments in the Hawke Era.
I Entirely agree with you on this but I do belief its a result of the inherit Characteristics of Capitalism, exacerbated by being more Laissez-Fair, rather than planned and controlled as it formerly was.
Again, you people don't have historical perspective, we could well have been surrendered to yet another dictatorship had the cards not fallen the way they did. Anyone on this board who knows me would recall my (late) grandmother's tale about air raid drills in Melbourne during the war and having burnt grand-dad's dinner because the all-clear hand't come. We were in absolute, diabolical mortal danger as a nation. We would have been subjected to (potentially) the absolutely genocidal rein of the Japanese as evidenced by their earlier genocides in Manchuria. That might have well happened to us you realise. There is no threat of a hot war with THEY WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED yet but they've committed a very many hostile acts against Australian universities, business and the government itself yet there seems to be a consistent tone in the way that we deal with it which is that the perpetrator is always just some 'foreign power'. ANU's entire student database for many years was stolen by a 'foreign entity' - whatever happened about that? THEY SHALL NOT BE NAMED! Now tell me that an Anglosphere, the shining light of liberty, progress and equality for the entire world where people are still prepared to get onto leaky boats in the hope of getting into - is long term compatible with a system where there is no rule of law, there are a million plus people in concentration camps, do I really have to spell out what's going on? Can't talk about them you know, even ANU is too frightened to name them! Read history, liberty is a very short-term thing, generally people live under oppression usually by some sort of dictatorship (religious or political) - sometimes you need to defend your freedoms and your system. Maybe we should start with naming THEY WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED!
The Japanese Ironically were toppled as a result of the sudden Soviet Invasion of Manchuria, so much for tyranny then. Also Japan was not a Fascist dictatorship like you are characterizing, it was a militaristic Nationalistic democracy. Based on how the Japanese treated the Europeans in there occupied territories I think we'd not be treated to poorly. Calling Japan a dictatorship is very extreme. At times it sounds like a government you'd have liked. The Japanese High Command did not seriously consider a full scale invasion of Australia to be practical or necessary at all, the bombings were to maim us and damage military installations. They Had the Idea of capturing PNG as part of their massive defensive wall to protect their sphere of influence over south East Asia and the Pacific. The Idea of an invasion? just to drum up moral in the masses. Committing to invading was impractical and unnecessary.
Fear mongering 'the others' classic strategy.
Foreign Powers for Years have meddled in our affairs in attempts to bring us over into their spheres of influence, this is nothing new. The Most substantial example would be the Whitlam government being ousted by the Yanks and the Poms, something we still don't know the full extent of to this day as a result of pushing back against American policy of the era. Undoubtably we should try to curb all foreign interference in this country but I fear that doing so would be one-sided, going only against Chinese influence rather than the accepted American Influence. The Hypocrisy and xenophobia in eradicating it would be massive.
Don, I have criticized the CCP and their actions many times on this board as you'd be aware (or perhaps not), but you really are in full McCarthyist like hysteria when mentioning the PRC. Lol at one stage you called me a Chinese Bot FFS.
You're starting to remind me of all things the Harry Potter series by not naming China, treating it like a lord Voldemort type figure of 'you know who'. Not naming 'THEY WHO SHALL NO BE NAMED' makes you sound McCarthyist, Paranoid and hysterical about this, making you look like a fringe nut job, not that you are one.
The Liberty you Name is only subservient to the elites of society and is easily manipulated by them to serve their interests in society. You seem to be Contradicting your self here claim freedom needs to be fought for but also claiming a hot war with china is off the cards. Hmm its confusing.
The Refuges are coming here as they are persecuted politicly and economically, its an utter disgrace that we lock them in Near Concentration camps In Nauru. Im surprised your promoting this, I thought you'd be all for stop the boats. Your Quite the enigma Don at times.