This is a comment on my blog Abbott and Santamaria that needed more prominence than the comments section.
Yosef, I’m afraid that yes, we do forget the lessons of history very quickly. And yes, you have every reason to be afraid of his economics and his politics. I strongly suspect that Tony is on ‘a mission from God.’ Why else would he use the expression ‘act of contrition’ after meeting with Malaysian leaders, or ‘the government is on the side of the angels’ after refusing to stop GMH from leaving the country? I think that Tony honestly believes that God is a neo-liberal and that he’s been put on earth to carry out God’s work.
This is not the first time such lunatics have caused social dislocation on a massive scale. In China, during the 1850s, a gentleman who claimed to be the brother of Jesus started the T’ai Ping Rebellion and literally millions died as a result. ‘Sam Collinson’ (Hung Hsiu-ch’aun) believed that he was creating ‘Dai-ping, Dai-guo’, a Kingdom of Heavenly Peace. Hung was barking mad of course but then again insanity has never been an impediment to entering politics (Hitler, Stalin, Mao). I wouldn’t be in the least surprised if Abbott feels that he’s creating his own ‘kingdom of heavenly peace.’ With a little help from George Pell (spiritual adviser) and Rupert Murdoch ( Ministry of Information).
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