That description came from an American PBS broadcast relayed on channel 24. The reporter described a political system of total brutality and infighting with no reference to policy. His description was absolutely correct.
What do you do when the climate is warming, the Earth is burning, the seas are dying and democracy is collapsing into mob rule? Do what the Romans did. Give the people the circus.
Give them a place where you can go to watch the lions eat the Christians. Where the people can watch fully armed gladiators slaughter the innocent. Where everything is ruled by brute force. Where a ‘Thumbs up’ or ‘Thumbs down’ determines political life of death.
Einstein said that the world will not be destroyed by bad people. It will be destroyed by those who watch. Australia is being destroyed by a political system that relies on ideas and policies but has become so corrupted that it is now only a blood sport.
As each brutal encounter comes to a close the people give a ‘Thumbs up’ or ‘Thumps down’ via the opinion poles and the victor progresses to the next round. Who rises and all falls is dependant on brute force and bloody murder not on ability or policy.
The people have their games and Australia burns.