Collapse is in the cards
It’s time to have a serious conversation. I know we’ve been having it, but maybe there’s another glove hidden beneath the one we’ve already taken off.
Put bluntly, there doesn’t seem to be any hope of avoiding a collapse of civilization. The forces of the Business-As-Usual crowd are just too strong, the narrative machine too honed, the interests too entrenched to allow any sort of meaningful course correction at this time.
But is that the case?
Writing about the outcomes of the recent Australian elections which saw a pro-business, conservative government elected, Australian based reader-member ezlxq1949 said:
“They’ve stolen our future!”
That was the wail of the 11-y.o. daughter of a Greens candidate who cried herself to sleep the night after the astonishing election results came in. It couldn’t be worse; the public have sold themselves into almost complete captivity to the neoliberal élites called the Liberal Party. (Liberal = Conservative. Go figure.) It was supposed to have been a climate change election but became a jobs ‘n growth election.
Mind you, it wouldn’t have been much better if the opposition Labor Party had won; they’ve moved so far to the right that like the US we really have only one party with two heads. For instance, Labor would not commit to stopping the monster Adani coal mine.
So it’s goodbye to:
- the ABC (the excellent government broadcaster which has the gall and temerity to criticise the government of the day; the government badly wants to get even)
- renewable energy (fossil fools rule ok)
- the Great Barrier Reef (sliced and diced to let coal ships cross it)
- our river systems (suck them dry, privatise the water, send the profits to the Cayman Islands — as is already happening)
- the Great Artesian Basin (world’s largest and deepest, to be contaminated by coal mines and fracking)
- public services (cut back yet again to create a damaging government budget surplus)
- public health (to be Americanised)
- public education (to be privatised; maybe high schools this time)
- the Great Australian Bight (a pristine area which may have oil under it; damn the pollution, full greed ahead)
- southern ocean fish stocks (they’ll let the supertrawlers in now).
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