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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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The Liberal Parteh is bending over backwards …

Satire: Thomas Kent

The Liberal Parteh is bending over backwards trying to explain why the fact that they have lost Wentworth and Victoria doesn’t mean that they are in for total annihilation at the 2019 NSW and Federal Elections.

Well-known Liberal supporter Anthony Green for example, and just about everybody else, said that the election was fought mainly on State issues and was all Mathew Guy’s fault.  At the same time, they also said that it was undoubtedly because of knifing the only decent man on their benches, but that the people, easily being fooled, would forget about that by the time the whirl of Christmas buying buying buying on overseas websites has sponged clear their memories.

The fact is that whether or not shooting a good man for their own ego-gratification had anything to do with the loss is irrelevant.  The reason for the loss is simple and I will put it here in VERY LARGE TYPE so that even CEOs, Liberal Leaders, and also that female Liberal politician who expressed the view that Labor voters were stupid, will be able to read, if not understand it.

What is happening is that the present Liberal Party leadership hates the people and the people hate them back

The Liberals have a very small party MEMBERSHIP composed of very OLD people and a party LEADERSHIP composed of very NASTY people.

For the past decade they have been making decisions that showed an utter disdain and contempt for the people of Australia and they have been allowed to get away with it because of an electorate that thought both sides were equally as bad and has just discovered they were shockingly mistaken.

The Leadership spill, a tussle between Ultra-Right-wing extremists and out-and-out-Nazis, showed beyond any doubt and far more than any Labor spill that the Liberal Leadership’s sole interest was their own ambitions.

But what they showed even more was that the party has been completely taken over by extremist ideologues.  The absolute insanity of almost half of the parliamentary party voting for a man, Dutton, who is unelectable and has more serious issues hanging over his head than the protagonist of the ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’, a man whose electors are shortly about to kick him so hard in the pants that he will have to remain standing for the rest of his life.

The only moderate Liberal left in Parliament, Julie Bishop, confirmed the electorate’s opinion that she was a decent person and not one obsessed by power and money by refusing to be any part of this government.

Scott Morrison believes that God will grant him a CEO spot in Heaven for whipping poor people.  In many ways it is a perfectly logical belief.  Has God, in fact, not risen Scott to fame, money and power for doing just exactly that?  The fact that traditionally it is not God who is supposed to be in charge of fame, money and power on this earth and that Scott is in for a nasty surprise when he tries to get an appointment with God escapes him.

It’s no longer about State issues or Federal issues.  It’s about how completely out of touch and morally bankrupt the entire Liberal party has become nationally.

In general, almost everyone of prominence in the party now confirms the theories of conspiracy theorists that the world is secretly being run by reptilian overlords.  Matthew Guy, who is supposed to be a moderate, although when Morrison calls himself a moderate this word is without meaning, still gives the impression that at any moment he will pull off his rubber mask and start devouring mice.

He offered the people cheaper fridges and televisions, because after all, everyone knows that poor people spend their whole time stuck in font of the TV instead of, and this is just an idea, oh, purely a suggestion, slaving at illegal low pay at three jobs for Matthew’s mates in order to put the half-sawdust bread made by Matthew’s mates in the months of their twelve children living in a shithole owned by Matthew’s mates.

A Labor Party that has finally got its head out of the sand enough to build a new Footscray Hospital that has been needed and neglected by both parties for over thirty years (Labour got a + 14.3% to it in Footscray.  I had been planning to unify every single minor party and independent to belabour this issue, but they drew our teeth) will easily win.

They may throw a lot of money at the wrong things, they may throw a lot of it at their developer mates, but at least some of it is hitting and sticking to needed infrastructure.  I don’t mind them blowing $200 billion on unnecessary roads; just give us our hospital  And I don’t quite understand why people hate Shorten.  Under his direction the Labor Party is at its best in thirty years.

ONE Liberal, the recent head of the Clean Energy Corporation (coal with a chimney filed with cigarette filters) actually got it.  Now Oliver Yates is certainly not any radiant intellect.  He was after all a CEO.  In one recent article (1) Oliver said: “”If we don’t address climate change and start to reduce our emissions, then it’s likely that billions of families could be forced to move home unnecessarily.” Oh my God Mr. Yates.  Do you think they might actually have to wash their Mercedes more often?   Or is this actually code for “Three million people in Australia and about 200 million in developed countries will become penniless Climate Change refugees by 2040 an it’s too late to do anything about it”.

But where Mt. Yates did not pull his punches was in an article pointing out that the Liberals risk following the Nationals into extinction[i], in fact the very point that I was planning to make in this article before he made it for me.  And personally I think it is inevitable.  Some other contender, like Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party for example, is going to put forward a nice moderate program, develop comprehensive policies, change its name, and take over.  That’s why Clive Palmer and any number of others are starting parties, folks.

But the person who actually saw clearest was my subcontinental taxi driver on Saturday when I asked him about Guy’s promises.  “I don’t actually have time to watch television” he said.  “Tell that man that people need houses.  And electricity.  And gas.  And good water, before they need fridges.”

The NSW and Federal elections will wipe out most of what still remains of the Liberal Party.

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/26/the-liberal-party-must-reform-itself-rapidly-or-accept-its-demise?fbclid=IwAR1Mzwf6UYs8LzPc4Gb9xtAqD7g-HawcwiVeF-WZT7Qji8OqiwkjQUiTzfk

Thomas Kent is a composer, poet, photographer, artist, and an appointed Buddhist and Meditation teacher. As an organiser and professional writer, he has assisted multicultural communities with humanitarian issues for over forty years, and at present is working with Muslim and Buddhist leaders in Western Melbourne. In 2009 community leaders nominated him for the Premier’s Award for Multicultural Journalism. Tom attempted to retire from political writing when he turned 60, but the anger at humanitarian abuses that the powerful inflict on the powerless could not be suppressed. Though disabled Tom has released over 100 musical pieces in many genres and is now studying composition at university.

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  1. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    November 28, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    What is so lamentable about this kind of commentary is that it assumes that the behavior going on inside the Liberal Party and the Coalition as a whole is somehow just a function of perverse individuals armed with ‘nasty’ agendas informed by ‘dark forces’ that only affect one side of the political divide.

    There is no sense that the free market economics graduates whose work we now see in parts of The Coalition, who have been coming out of our universities since the 1960s and colonising our economic, social and political systems with their (mis)governance/stewardship, aren’t paralleled by equally noxious post 1960s humanities graduates who are running exactly the same pernicious agenda inside the system of social administration, with exactly the same disastrous outcomes in their area of regime (mis)governance/stewardship.

    This article is very selective about the libertarian villains it chooses to criticise. Our ever-squabbling regime Tweedle Dees and Dums create the impression of democratic criticism and an ‘open society’ by perfectly correctly accusing each other of abuse of the common weal they are supposed to be stewarding. And in the process, they obfuscate what is really going on, by barrages of indignant mutually neutralizing cross fire that allows the character of the regime as whole to escape under the radar.

    Misgovernance crosses class boundaries whether we are talking about bank and insurance senior executives who are into institutional cannibalism, or welfare serial fathered child ferals whose latest step Dad gets them when they hit adolescence .. or the almost totally unreported near chaos and dysfunctional behavior in between that is causing welfare systems to collapse under the colossal pressure of child welfare reporting.

    Since the 1960s, nobody’s mummies and daddies have known how to socially potty train their children. And even if they did, they weren’t and aren’t allowed to enforce their edicts against child recalcitrants. Children aren’t fools. They know a paper tiger when they see one, and they have rights that they qualify for, just because, without any of the mentorship, training, maturity of judgement and sense of responsible agency that gives them life.

    And that is the giveaway. We are not talking freedom or rights. We are talking indulgence where rules-based behaviour and boundaries are no longer cool because deregulation is where it is at, whether we are corporates or social ‘Libertarchs’.

    Adolescent excuses and exceptionalism are the order of the day, and privatisation means we can all, rich and poor alike, screw the commons without being held accountable unless we actually get caught doing something so transparently gross that the public gaze can no longer avert itself.

    At least with the corporates, they can’t get out of it by trying to make out that it was white imperialists who discombobulated their judgement; plain old fashioned rapacity just has to do. Nor can they so easily (though they try) shift blame for malfeasance onto low level regime apparatchiks like the humanists can, who, not being such an organised hierarchy, can more easily pin it on prison officers who can’t deal with the completely shameless, unconscionably out-of-control and perversely ‘maltrained’ young thugs who have debouched from welfare communities that have lost all moral compass and existential grounding. And then our humanist friends have the bloody gall to accuse anyone who points that out as ‘racists’ even though most of the little bastards are lilywhites; the perfect get-out-of-jail card that absolves them of everything. I can feel a royal commission coming on now …

    Self absolution is the humanist’s biggest speciality, followed by absolving their clients and then being in total denial of the chaos they have created throughout our social infrastructure, or what is left of it, after 50-60 years of deregulation and privatisation of our social infrastructure.

    Humanists are the secular clerics of our age who destroy their ‘parishioners’ because they have all absorbed the values of an economic system that produces and trades on indulgence, where ordinary needs and wants are no longer enough to sustain it. It has to create a potentially bottomless pit of fantasy driven demand where rules, discipline, boundaries and restraints of any sort ‘get in the way’.

    Indulgence driven ideology is never benign. It seems so at first as we all learn to relax, be flexible and make all the right excuses. It turns us into anesthetised somnambulists, and then it acid burns, dissolves and digests everything, whether it be the environment, the nation state, family life or the internal existential security of individuals.

    Religious leaders like Martin Luther saw this clearly 500 years ago. The rising tide of religious fundamentalism worldwide can see it too. We seculars aren’t listening .. to our eventual terrible cost.

    So, Thomas Kent, when you point the ideological finger at the likes of the political neo-cons, remember that the seemingly sweet little ideological fairies-at-the-bottom-of-the-garden aren’t anything of the sort. It is just that they have become expert at mouthing all the right ideological sentiments as the social order they are presiding over implodes.

    The neo-liberals are made of exactly the same rotten stuff as their neoconservatives opposite numbers, and our now almost defenseless and gutted social infrastructure can be invaded by anyone, no matter how tendentious and spurious their agenda is.

    If Joseph Goebbels came back today he would listen to these people, admire their work and take copious notes as to how to keep a regime going well past its use-by date.

  2. Chris

    November 28, 2018 at 6:36 am

    When there are Liberals/IPA/ Abetzers in this state, where theft of power, both by pubs, clubs and Aurora, is tolerated and accepted, is it handling stolen goods?

    From January this theft will manifest itself when the power bills come and the solar owners see they are being ripped off to balance Gutwhiner’s budget.

    Then Erica comes on Q & A and claims credit for voluntary changes to birth certificates. No link to cancer this time?

    Let’s hear Hodgman agree with him, or is he preparing the sale notices for the ABC?

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