Monday, 27 February 2017

Corporate globalisation is a path to destruction.

Allowing corporations to have their way with us is both foolish & a perilous path. These faceless entities have no empathy or care for the impact they have on society. They have no plan for what they discard. They have no desire to fix what they break.
                                                                       
We are told that the world is changing. That we are moving to a world where there are very few jobs. They call it automation. In a world where discussions about unemployment & welfare are so immature. Governments severely compromised by their relationships with lobbyists and corporations seemingly have no plans to combat this, in fact, they seem to be in bed with it.
                                                                           
I wonder how a society that has real trouble resolving issues like euthanasia, is going to feel when kids as young as 15 will have no prospect of employment. What will be the stimulus provided to these people to make their life meaningful? Or are they simply being written off, without care for the consequence? Can you imagine the problems this will cause society? Does society still exist?
I'd say no while we still can. The massive division in rich & poor is widening. The people have the power to change this. They must fight for a future if they want to have one for future generations. Embracing progress assuming its motives are good is no longer prudent. If our governments & politicians refuse to listen they must be removed.
Progress is only progressing if it is inclusive & adds value to the quality of life of people and is respectful of the planet with its finite resources.


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Be like Iceland. Australia can be a 'great southern land'.

There is a real sense of futility in the community. It was noticeable when I was campaigning last year. While the anger & frustration is warranted generally, we do have options. We don't have to accept what our MPs & Senators serve up. We know that there is corruption in and around our parliament. We know that there are inappropriate relationships with donors & government contractors. We know that many very ordinary politicians are being gifted roles they don't deserve. In some instances, we can see how they have got the rewards they are so blatant. We can see the authorities that should be the providers of political oversight have been slowly scuttled over decades with appointments & all sorts of intimidation. Our political system is recognised as one of the more corrupt systems in the world today & it hasn't even been properly investigated. Our system is far worse than Iceland's was.

                                                                       

We should be looking at what they did as inspiration. A catalyst for change in Australia. We could do the same and more. Install an interim government. Become a republic. Investigate corruption. Fund the services society requires. Re-nationalise our bank. Reduce government interference in people's lives. Ensure the corporations pay their taxes by modifying their tax system. Introduce an ASX tax of 0.25% to help get the national debt heading towards balance. Build & retain ownership of all new infrastructure.                

Stop companies that are pillaging our nation's resources. Invest in education. Work on reducing welfare without negativity. Try & lift the living standards & opportunities for those who struggle. Find solutions to issues today instead of leaving them for future generations. So much is possible if we find the right people.
I am sure we could put together a team of diversely talented people to solve the many issues that are snowballing under our current system & representation. What happened in Iceland was the will of the people. It wasn't violent. It just required the engagement of the people.