Is Abbott on a Mission from God?

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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Will someone please tell me Abbott is a bad dream?

If I was in any doubt that Australia has a feral bogan for a Prime Minister those doubts are now gone. His overseas performance must be taken as his intentions at home. If he knows and approvals of tapping the mobile phones of the Indonesian President, his wife and top government ministers what does that say for our telephone/internet security once he has given the internet and communications to Rupert Goebbels? Abbott won’t have to tap our phones because his Minister for Public Education and Propaganda will own the phones.

Is the acceptance of ‘Extraordinary measure’ (torture) in Sri Lanka an indication of the methods he is prepared to use against asylum seekers arriving by boat or will there be ‘rendition’ of Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka for ‘Extraordinary’ treatment? We already have a blackout of boat arrivals and no idea of who has been sent to the ‘offshore’ concentration camps. This is a very dangerous situation. Nameless people shipped off unseen and unrecorded to inaccessible place with no way of checking on their conditions or their well being and now Abbott has given tacit approval for ‘Extraordinary Measures.’ This is how it begins. Refugees now, Australian citizens next? Every time we do not protect the rights of the vulnerable our own rights are eroded. This must not happen in Australia.

Abbott was elected because Rupert Goebbels mobilised the minority bogan underbelly of Australian society. A minority acting as a block does not have to be large to distort democracy and it would be untrue to label Australians as bogan when they are only a small part of our society. Does Abbott even understand why he is Prime Minister? He is Prime Minister because Rupert Goebbels used the same tactics as his predecessor Joseph and used the media to mobilise a relatively small block of the gullible to vote for the Australian Tea Party, which made the return of the Labour government impossible. It is an old tactic but one that still works.

Does Abbott understand that he cannot treat the Indonesian Government like the bogans who were used to elected him? We are now part of Asia and we have a Prime Minister who treats the governments of other counties as if they are uneducated simpletons like his own government. If Abbott continues the way he is going in Asia it will take decades to undo the damage he is doing to Australia. He cannot treat Asia the way he is trying to treat the citizens of Australia. How can this be happening to Australia? It has to be a bad dream.

Propaganda should be popular, not intellectually pleasing. Joseph Goebbels

This is a comment I received from zwetschgen after my blog on Murdoch and the Fourth Reich. It is an excellent addition to the conversation so I have included it in my blog with permission from zwetschgen.

“On his Australian social experiment/political manipulation, Rupert Murdoch has already tweeted, “other nations to follow in time” – perhaps he’s has been reading Joseph Goebbels.

“To attract people, to win over people to that which I have realized as being true, that is called propaganda. In the beginning there is the understanding, this understanding uses propaganda as a tool to find those men, that shall turn understanding into politics. Success is the important thing. Propaganda is not a matter for average minds, but rather a matter for practitioners. It is not supposed to be lovely or theoretically correct. I do not care if I give wonderful, aesthetically elegant speeches, or speak so that women cry. The point of a political speech is to persuade people of what we think right. I speak differently in the provinces than I do in Berlin (Canberra?), and when I speak in Bayreuth (Western Sydney?), I say different things than I say in the Pharus Hall (the Party Room). That is a matter of practice, not of theory. We do not want to be a movement of a few straw brains, but rather a movement that can conquer the broad masses. Propaganda should be popular, not intellectually pleasing. It is not the task of propaganda to discover intellectual truths. Those are found in other circumstances, I find them when thinking at my desk, but not in the meeting hall.”

***Speech by Joseph Goebbels 9 January 1928 to an audience of party members at the “Hochschule für Politik”, a series of training talks for Nazi party members in Berlin.
(bracketed suggestions are mine)
original quote taken from, http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Joseph_Goebbels”

 

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Welcome to the Fourth Reich

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.

Propaganda and Murdoch

Whilst researching for a new book I came across the following quote. I thought immediately of the Murdoch press. Some things never change.

 

During the War, propaganda was a means to an end. And this end was the struggle for existence of the German nation. Propaganda, therefore, should have been regarded from the standpoint of its utility for that purpose. The most cruel weapons were then the most humane, provided they helped towards a speedier decision; and only those methods were good and beautiful which helped towards securing the dignity and freedom of the nation. Such was the only possible attitude to adopt towards war propaganda in the life-or-death struggle.  If those in what are called positions of authority had realized this there would have been no uncertainty about the form and employment of war propaganda as a weapon; for it is nothing but a weapon, and indeed a most terrifying weapon in the hands of those who know how to use it.  The second question of decisive importance is this: To whom should propaganda be made to appeal? To the educated intellectual classes? Or to the less intellectual?  Propaganda must always address itself to the broad masses of the people. For the intellectual classes, or what are called the intellectual classes to-day, propaganda is not suited, but only scientific exposition. Propaganda has as little to do with science as an advertisement poster has to do with art, as far as concerns the form in which it presents its message.

 

Hitler ,Adolf. Mein Kampf . Translated by James Murphy. http://www.gutenberg.org/

Australian Politics. A Soap Opera Directed by Tarantino

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.

Truth in politics

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.’