CORPORATE TRIUMPHALISM, DEMISE OF DEMOCRACY? December 23, 2014Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics.
If this is the challenge, how do we meet it? Let me quote myself from a comment posted in response to “The Ship of Fools”:
I am not partial to the corporatism or the mobilization of the unemployed army to reduce the level of human decency, or the criminal and wanton trashing of the ecological system, but there are nonetheless ironies aplenty. Principally it is beyond amusing that the party of business and capital cannot manage to save themselves. They, in particular the PM, do not, and maybe cannot, exercise executive disciplines. The corporate lords must either be aghast or don’t care. The prescription offered might be to disregard the underlying condition, and rely on the messaging of the spin doctors. The other recourse is to rely on secrecy which gives rise to the appalling and disgraceful treatment of refugees with a policy that is both unsustainable and will unleash a increasing cycle of violence. I suggest this means that elections are reduced to fictions and the process of democratic governance is fundamentally imperilled. If so, every citizen has a duty not to tolerate such a situation. Perhaps “the shy hope” may extend to include the fierce, striving competitors of monopoly capitalism, but they may be trapped in a prison without social and democratic imagination.
My strong sense is that incompetence is more apparent than real. How did the Prime Minister get the gig, when he is apparently deaf and blind to what is required? I am not sure that the Leader of the Opposition measures up either.
My sense of it is that the major parties do not represent the public opinion and are not forums for debate. They have become machinery for the election of candidates, albeit a role they have. Political Parties, not that I know much about them, may always run the risk of capture by minority ideologies. It is difficult for me to believe, that Liberal Party members in the branches, if they exist, universally have adopted climate change denial despite the accumulated scientific evidence. I don’t believe they LIberal Party members would accept the cruelty of the refugee policy. Nor do I think that small business, other than the suppliers of luxury goods, would see the long terms interest in reduced living conditions for the wider population. We need thinking rather than ideology, or run the risk of being drawn into absurdity and inhumanity.
At best I can claim a partial insight. You may disagree.
Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, recommends Direct Democracy. It is an interesting idea, and one familiar to the Australian electorate from uneven history of constitutional amendment:
Chris Hedges talks with Abby Martin about “Willful Blindness, Climate Corporatism & the Underground Revolt” at the time of the now forgotten New York Climate March: