Thinking of democracy as voting for our representatives is only part of the process. For democracy to work our representatives have to tell us the truth. As ex senator Richardson once said it politicians told the truth the would never get elected. If they don’t tell us the truth we do not know what we are voting for.
Abbot continually uses the ‘Prove you are not a witch’ method of telling lies.
Imagine this is the Spanish Inquisition. You are accused of being a witch. Prove you are not. You cannot even though it is probable that you are not a witch.
What Abbott says does not have to be true for voters to believe him. It only has to be impossible to prove it is not.
When the truth does arrive, such as in the carbon pricing scheme destroying the economy and wiping whole towns off the map the lie is so ingrained that cammot accept the truth. Under these circumstances Democracy is dead.
Democracy can only exist were there is an informed public. Murdoch has taken Joseph Goebbels’ crude Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda and turned it into an art form. At least with Goebbels if you looked you could see the crude control. Murdoch is so much more sophisticated.
Now that the ‘Public’ has been suitably ‘Enlightened’ it is almost time to establish the Murdoch State.
Sometimes it looks inevitable and all I can say is ‘No Surrender.’