I went to a demonstration on raw milk banning a few days back rather than the Aboriginal one the following day, because I knew the latter was the more obvious cause to support, and I was interested in meeting people who may see subtler links at play.
But between that demo and a dinner meeting of one of the largest Green groups in Victoria last night, to even my surprise, I could count on two hands the number of people there between the ages of 30 and 50, the kinds who most realistically could come to influential positions.
Even my few old ‘friends’ in Australia who give enough of a shit to talk, say they can’t do (or say) anything because they have kids. They ALL have kids. Which also means being left with no choice but to live bound to the financial wheel to support their choices – LONG term.
My mind flashes back to the beginning of Howard before I left the country, listening to him droning on the conservative mantra of ‘jobs and family, jobs and family’, wondering what on earth he thought life was, and when it was supposed to happen. I never imagined for a second that my entire generation would take him so literally that not a single one of them would not end up effectively disempowered, without even the time to concern themselves they may simply be rearing fodder for the future fascists, to live in a country in utter denial & fear, and and a world so wracked by climate change on the most vulnerable continent on earth, that is not worth living in at all, if living is even possible.
Now, I have nothing against jobs or family, any more than wealth or prosperity, for those whose true and natural inclination is to pursue these things, but what strikes me as odd, is when an idea is somewhat subtly made so homogenous that it is clear that damn near EVERYONE perceived that to do anything other would leave them behind, on the shelf, left out of participating in any shreds of culture left over. It also clearly explains why this culture has become so utterly boring, unfriendly and meaningless over the last 15 years. Then the diversity and individuality that the conservatives pretend to stand for is effectively SHUT DOWN.
I am totally shocked that it seems my entire generation has fallen for this pernicious junk. Now only the pathetic spectacle of our revered way of life involving sexless bogan princesses with whiney voices endlesly deliberating on how much it costs to impress their friends with their wine choice, when rarely they can tell them apart from vinegar.
And so we are forced to note that on so many levels, particulary politically, the net result is that no-one is at the wheel.
I put to you what you may consider conspiratorial, that the conservative agenda is pre-considered to yield this exact result. They do have ideological theories you know. Just as Marx knew that competition was the Achilles heel to the altruism that should be at the centre of any real society, the central liberal/conservative philosophy of self-interest for citizens and politicians alike necessarily leads to ever worsening inequality and corruption… thus leaving the right-wing literally a sub-human, amoral, devilish failure.
The blindingly obvious proof of its success (as this utter failure), even before the recent clear movements towards effective dictatorship, is the theft of practically all new wealth from the last 30 years into the pockets of the super-rich club worldwide.
This is not ‘same as it ever was’ stuff as the apathetic say, this is a very new low.
Their theorists knew full well what few even now see. The homogenisation and resultant stratification of culture is to best way to subjugate it.
Result? Power over you.
The equality you (hopefully) say you believe in, for those few moments at least perhaps when you sit in the movie theatre, all the good values you may know in what is left of your heart, these are of NO ISSUE WHATSOEVER to these people.
The sooner that uncomfortable truth is faced, the more effective any possible remaining opposition could be.
Think your middle class world is safe? Look to the US, who were are nothing but an action replay of, because the entire middle class are the next to go. As George Carlin said in one of his routines – ‘they won’t stop till they’ve taken it all’. Stare into the eyes of ‘the Devil’, and you will grudgingly admit it is true. You don’t have to look very far, he’s on the news every night.
Wake up! Smell the coffee. The human heart is good, the heart forgotten descends into what can rightly be called evil. It matters not who does the ‘rolling of heads’. Evil is evil.
Alas, the score as it stands ….Nasty little fascists – 99. My generation – 0.