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If. as might have happened, the public have been successfully “deceived and oppressed” by the employees of “Capital”, elected to the parliament for that very purpose, over past centuries, then perhaps the people are not “enraged” for that very reason, they are systematically and deliberately, in pursuit of private profit, decieved and oppressed.

Neo-liberalism, (not a very self-explanatory term is it?), just seems to be the successful selling of by governments of natural monopolies, with the paying public being gouged and shareholders of the “monopolies” being very handsomely rewarded for very little effort.

I remember one indignant shareholder of Macquarie bank shares claiming toe quite happy with his 20% plus returns, despite being told that such could only be the case through the exploitation of a monopoly, every other return on investment being about a quarter of that because of competition.


Adam Smith described the students he lectured in the English universities being divided between the gambling, drinking and whoring scions if the upper classes and the poor students whose very poverty made them risk averse and very conservative.

You’d think that the Labor party could actually teach the history of their party, the eight hour day, the living wage, ordinary people with saving in the banks instead of debt, it is all their in their early Australian history, in sharp contrast to the present conditions.

Maybe they are just exhausted. People have been protesting on the streets, even this week. And there so many issues, one doesn’t know where to focus anymore. On top of that, the nihilism comes in knowing that unless there is really radical reform, then the whole system is doomed anyway, along with many millions of people. If it is so hard to get even minor changes on negative gearing, you can imagine why people are exhausted when they contemplate the recycling crisis, the fossil energy dependence, the dependence on constant extraction of resources (sending our wildlife to the brink of extinction) and all this in the midst of cities that never stop growing, building projects (for houses and infrastructure) that are reshaping our very suburbs around us – all forces over which we have little control, and all which we know need to be resisted. Can you not see that no-one is offering a positive pathway that will energise people to face and deal with the necessary challenges? Can you not see why people are throwing up their hands in despair and helplessness? And that is just the awake, there are heaps that think everything is just fine. I supposed if you own three of four negatively geared houses that go up in value every week it might seem that way. Nothing pleases a neo-liberal like free wealth.

If. as might have happened, the public have been successfully “deceived and oppressed” by the employees of “Capital”, elected to the parliament for that very purpose, over past centuries, then perhaps the people are not “enraged” for that very reason, they are systematically and deliberately, in pursuit of private profit, being deceived and oppressed.

Neo-liberalism, (not a very self-explanatory term is it?), just seems to be the successful selling of by governments of natural monopolies, with the paying public being gouged and shareholders of the “monopolies” being very handsomely rewarded for very little effort.

I remember one indignant shareholder of Macquarie bank shares claiming toe quite happy with his 20% plus returns, despite being told that such could only be the case through the exploitation of a monopoly, every other return on investment being about a quarter of that because of competition.

Adam Smith described the students he lectured in the English universities being divided between the gambling, drinking and whoring scions if the upper classes and the poor students whose very poverty made them risk averse and very conservative.

You’d think that the Labor party could actually teach the history of their party, the eight hour day, the living wage, ordinary people with saving in the banks instead of debt, it is all there in their early Australian history, in sharp contrast to the present conditions.

Interesting choice of history there Covenanter, I would say a more up to date economic history would suffice, such as Ian Mcleans ‘Why Australia Prospered’, his contention is that Australia’s policy and institutional adaptability has fostered prolonged prosperity since the early 1900s. That is, for me, the vital ingredient that is holding Australia back, Turnbull and Morrison et al have no ability to adapt to changing global political economic circumstances. it seems that this lot in the Liberal party are so blinded by their trickle-down ideology, they simply return to the same old stale neoliberal approach. Australia is stagnating with these jokers at the helm, pissing against the winds of change, wedded to the outdated notion that the wealth will trickledown, coal is the future, tax cuts, deregulation, wage suppression etc. So I agree, reading a bit of economic history wouldn’t go astray, especially for those who study economics, a discipline almost entirely beholden to the neo-classical hayekian garbage these Liberal party hacks still zealously defend