Whenever control of the media falls into the hands of one individual the country is in deep trouble.
Every country has an underbelly of ignorance and stupidity that is not representative of the country but when mobilised as a block distorts the democratic process. To mobilize the underbelly of a society there needs to be a concerted and consistent distortion of reality.
The Ultra-right wing of politics has known this for a very long time and mass media has been consistently used for this purpose.
In the lead-up to the Great War the big media baron in the UK was Alfred Harmsworth, later 1st Viscount Northcliffe. Harmsworth believed that war would be good for selling newspapers and actively suppressed news of the high level negotiations taking place to avoid a war. He also spread a vile campaign of hatred to all things German and manipulated ‘public opinion’ against any form of resolution.
Hitler had Joseph Geobbels to run his Minister for Public Education and Propaganda. In Mein Kampf Hitler lays out how to control and manipulate the poor and uneducated into an unthinking political force. Mein Kampf is well written and is clear in its methodology which is one of the reasons it is so disturbing to read.
As disturbing as it is please read Mien Kampf to understand how a country can be slowly led down the path to hell. Australia is not immune to this form of manipulation. Forget ‘She’ll be right mate’ it might not be.
That methodology of Mein Kampf bears a striking resemblance to the tactics of Murdoch in suppressing any information that did not conform to his unrelenting patronage of Abbott. These tactics must not be allowed to continue in Australia.
It is no use trying to fight ignorance and stupidity as those opposed to Hitler found out. Ignorance and stupidity are not natural states, they are learned, and in Australia we have a great teacher in Rupert Murdoch.
The fight to save the soul of Australia begins with the establishing a free and open press. We also need to put in place checks and balances to ensure that Australian democracy can never be distorted by the likes of Murdoch.
If we can regain a free press the next election might be about policy and future direction instead of a free-for-all based greed and a lust for power.