A BUDGET REFLECTION May 15, 2014Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Democracy.
The Federal Budget will affect everybody, perhaps in different ways, including those people who live and work, or at some future point once lived and worked around the neighbourhood.
The budget is clear example of cruelty as public policy. Refugee policy is the other example. Myths can be understood as being true. Cruelty is code for violence. Carried to its extreme this policy formation and prescription leads to so framing of an intermediate stage, if not full blown fascism.
The budget is couched in economic terms, with economic imperatives – a fiscal emergency. It has both social and environmental implications. It is a strange thing that the implications and ramifications of fundamental social policy are assessed but framed in economic ideological terms alone. This was particularly true of the Commission of Audit in terms of its’ membership and no doubt its’ recommendations. How did the recommendations shaped and confirmed the various decisions?
By definition ideology is political. It determines whether attention is concentrated on revenue or expenditure. Attacking expenditure is a form of making the crooked places (and people) straight. A bit of straightening can easily go wrong. If the oppressed or unheard were to straighten their backs they could cause problems, and we don’t want that. They might just stand and demand a fair go for all, including heaven forbid those impoverished in lands across the seas. So better to resort to the tried and true, the ancient wisdom. Scapegoating works with refugees and border fascism, why not with the disabled, or lesser public servants, or the young unemployed, or anybody we chose to point at.
Ben Eltham says the potential for revenue increases are just not there. That encapsulates and identifies social power and social control. At one and the same time, it appears to be social delusion.
There is the opinion that the budget crisis is about coal, combustion and carbon dioxide. This embodies the notion of the well known and influential ideologue geologist and miner, Professor Ian Plimer, who argues effusively that the quality of life is dependent on mining of coal. Consequently, we might suppose, the scientific theory of climate change is without validity. (I was waiting to hear why the guest of the very civilized “diavolo” should use a long spoon. This story, if told might be mythic, and thus not scientific, but equally of note the demonization of the other isn’t.) This ideology has other public revenue, expenditure consequences as illustrated in the need to supply water for coal mining in the Galilee Basin and transport to the preferred port of Abbotts Point.
The public will and the private will are neatly switched up to prevail over positions that were either voiceless or not given expression, such is the functioning of a democratic government at its best. Violence is a socially sanctioned prescription, provided it it exercised by the powerful upon the weak, or what are perceived as the less important and useful members of society, if indeed in any practical sense they are accorded any form of realizable democratic citizenship.
An early reference is in Chaucer’s ( 1343c – 1400) unfinished The Squires Tale. (Ref:603)
Therfore bihoueth hire a ful long spoon That shal ete with a feend.
Senator Christine Milne argues, perhaps to illustrate “stupidity”, there was no “budget emergency”: