General thoughts

I thought I would cross post this from my blog:

I found it interesting that former Australian Rupert Murdoch was being grilled on ANZAC day by the Leveson Committee.  Even more interesting was his comment along the lines that “Citizens should take an interest in their media”  First off, the comment comes from someone who has done a wonderful job of subverting the media in most of the markets which he is a player.

That said, we come to the US media which hasn’t caught on, or isn’t allowing its citizens to watch the actual Nordic Noir programmes such as the Killing, or the latest–the Bridge.  I seriously doubt that the Bridge will make it to the US airwaves due to its controversial topics and “class war” plot.  A body is found on the Bridge which goes between Denmark and Sweden leading to a five point manifesto by the  perp.  The first two points being that there is inequality before the law between the rich and poor, the next point has to deal with the homeless.

Can’t have ideas like those running loose in the land of opportunity, especially since the advent of the occupy movement.  Not to mention, the occupy movement sounds as if it will be coming out from hibernation on Mayday, the worker’s day in the rest of the world.

The reason that the right wants to destroy public media and come up with ridiculous reporting is because it wants to control the public.  The problem is that control leads to revolt and disillusion when people find out they have been told lies.  In the case of the US,  people will become disillusioned that opportunity has been snatched from them.

To go back to the Australian thing,  Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan wrote an essay where he said he feared Australia’s “proud egalitarian tradition” was in danger from the huge economic changes of the Asian Century. Australia has had the belief that everyone deserves a “fair go” and the opportunity to do well.  Unfortunately, that tradition is being threatened by the super rich who are doing what the super rich are doing in the US and elsewhere–dismantling the societal institutions which allow for people to get ahead in the world.

Mr Swan said he was against “the combination of deep pockets, conservative political support and the ranting of the shock jocks” which had promoted the interests of very narrow section of the economy. “So the debate over the future of our country is at risk of being distorted and decided not by the strength of ideas, but the strength of influence,” Mr Swan told the National Press Club.

It’s not socialism or anything else to allow people a fair go, if anything it would be considered the “Christian thing to do”, but the right has taken aim at any religion which mentions social justice.  But, isn’t the real question whether a society which talks about equality should be working on destroyin the mechanisms which allow for people to be equal?
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7 thoughts on “General thoughts

  1. The right has a bad vocabulary. They don’t appear to disapprove of the words or deeds of special interests and corruption, associated with big money. But these same people, unreasonably and unconscionably, condemn the words and concepts of moderates in their midst in favor of extremism; there is no valid justification for condeming social justice in religion or outside of it.

    You cannot legitimately separate social justice from any of the major world religions. The so-called conservative Bible which seeks to remove such ideas in favor of greed stressing the euphemism of capitalism is an abomination to Christianity.

    Another nice post Laci! We need men with brains like yours to stand up for ideas ad fairness against the greedy, ignorand, and lazy! Hurrah for a great start to our Monday. Well done!

  2. Anyone else notice that, currently and in the past, Rupert Murdoch has been handled with velvet gloves but anyone who challenges him (or any of his companies*) is dealt with severely? Here is an unbelievable story about the disparity of justice:

    http://mediamatters.org/blog/201204270003

    * In college we were required to subscribe to the Wall Street Journal every year. Lately I have seen references to the Journal that didn’t make sense to me. My spouse pointed out that Murdoch purchased the Journal in 2007. Seems a lot of people are kicking themselves now.

  3. Laci notes, The problem is that control leads to revolt and disillusion when people find out they have been told lies. In the case of the US, people will become disillusioned that opportunity has been snatched from them.

    When they find out…

    When will they find out? We are slow to ‘delete’ ideas from our minds on this side of the pond. Propaganda works quite swell in the land of the free due to the many hours of TV absorbed by The People each day. We are ripe, eager and willing to absorb messages, and discard them sloooooooooowly.

  4. First, Laci, let me commend you for an interesting Post and taking some of the “need to Post pressure off M_R…I wish I could assist, but seem to be thwarted by wordpress at every turn that M_R attmepts to help me…

    In response to the Post, M_R writes, “We are slow to ‘delete’ ideas from our minds on this side of the pond.” Well, “over there”, they
    don’t seem to be fairing too much better. The dominant “idea” in
    Europe and GB is “austerity”. What has it got them? Failed , governments from Greece, to Portugal, to Spain, to Italy, to
    France, to Ireland, and now Great Britain. This last week, GB
    fell into a second recession due to the austerity programs enacted
    by the new Conservative Govt.
    Now, when I taught history I often remarked that one could tell the future of the United States by looking at what Europe and the “mother-country does. In this case the lesson is austerity.
    What will happen in the United States if Romney and GOP are the elected government in November? Another question is why has
    not Germany gone into recession?

    1. “The dominant “idea” in Europe and GB is “austerity”. What has it got them? Failed , governments from Greece, to Portugal, to Spain, to Italy, to
      France, to Ireland, and now Great Britain.”

      This is an excellent reason to teach (macro) economics in high school. Most people don’t have a clue why austerity is the worst thing to do in a recession.

      1. Agreed, but unfortunately, the right is trying to push the thoughts of the Austrian School since it preaches laissez-faire. That school tends to ignore the causes of recession and depression for some fiction of the business cycle.

        Although, they are correct in that consumption cannot be the driving force for growth.

        What is left then?

        Why, government spending on public works and other services.

  5. Of course, austerity is being challenged pretty much everywhere else it has been tried. It hasn’t worked in the past and that will not change just ‘cos.

    Of course, it isn’tso much the governments as much as the superrich who want the benefits government gives them without having the obligation.

    They want more than just a “fair go”. And Wayne Swan got roasted for his comments.

    as for US propaganda, it has been well formed through advertising as I keep pointing out and mentioning this article. We can add in that people in the US tend to identify more with the wealthy than their own class.

    The problem is that the Austerity bandwagon of small government started in the US and is moving out.

    Maybe Germany with its social programmes is the answer why they aren’t in recession.

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