War on Business

It seems that whenever those in power believe their rulership is under threat, they turn to
the tried and tested tactic of fear mongering. Whether it be threats to our physical safety via
an enemy, a threat to our freedoms via potential changes in law, changes to the status quo
or changes to our ability to prosper, it is fear that is relied upon to prevent rational thought
and to stir the beast of mindless aggression.
During our elections it is this fear that has once again been ushered into the three ring
circus, to bedevil and bewitch us with its many horrid forms. The threats of refugees in
boats, simultaneously taking our jobs and lying perpetually in the “overly generous” sty of
welfare entitlements, the threat of mega-corporations ceasing to pillage our landscape and
taking their generous business elsewhere, the ever present threat of unions staging a
Marxist uprising and forcing us all to work in blue collars while taking away our hard won
freedom to exploit our lesser. The threat of religious extremists using our own freedoms
against us to lock us into a prison system of harsh religious decrees, bringing us back to the
literal “stone age”.
As long as people are afraid they will choose those who preach fear. As long as they
perceive a threat, they will be afraid. As long as we allow fear to be used as a weapon we
will perceive things as threats. So, we are slaves to our own elected representatives and
they are slaves to their donors and it is the donors themselves that cynically exploit both our
freedoms and fears, exacerbating the issues that cause people to flee their homelands, that
cause smaller businesses to be crushed, that force workers to stand up and demand their
rights and that force people to turn to God or the supernatural for aid, because they know
none will be forthcoming from earthly powers.
The irony is both tragic and priceless.
Restarting the engine
Finding ways to mitigate the cycle of selfish consumerism isn’t an easy thing to do. We
have reached a state where the lack of opportunity means a large proportion of our national
resources needs to be spend on “survival mode” programs, work for the dole; emergency
health services, unemployment programs and most recently the “Green Army” which is a
token gesture towards dealing with Climate Change and unemployment.
Due to the ease with which statistics regarding employment can be manipulated, these
programs have proven to be a winner for governments without real answers; for whom a
“shove it under the mattress” plan has kept them in the halls of power for decades at both
state and national levels.
What do I mean by this? I mean that often statistics quoted by representatives only tell half
the story, that they often include in employment figures those who do any activity, paid or
unpaid that means they cannot technically be classed as underemployed although they still
receive income from government sources due to a lack of actual full time paid employment.
Of course these numbers are also used the other way to tell us how much of our national

budget is spent on welfare although much of that is actually spent on aged pensions and
the systems governing unemployment, not on the unemployed themselves, which actually
account for around 2% of the budget, far less than the 35% of the National Budget spent on
the welfare portfolio. It must be noted though that the aged pension is not something that
should be reduced as those receiving it have usually spent fifty plus years contributing
taxes toward it, trusting that once they are unable to continue paid work, they will be looked
after by the government as our society traditionally expects.
As a nation, perhaps we are so jaded by the lack of quality in our leaders that we expect
them to fib whenever their actions are brought under scrutiny and further, we expect them
to strongly obfuscate any actual truth with layers of counterclaims and protests until
observers become bored and move onto the next scandal. It has certainly worked for the
current government and many members of the opposition although in the opposition’s
defence, they aren’t the ones making decisions currently.
So why does this all matter at all? Should we try to do anything about it? What’s the worst
that could happen if we don’t?
During the Great Depression a decision was made by the US government to undertake a
series of great public works which would revitalise flagging industries and provide the jump
start the economy needed to get the nation productive again. The collapse of many
traditional industries meant large numbers of citizens were jobless and as a result the
wheels of capitalism threatened to fall off completely. The “New Deal” as it was named did
not fix all the problems of the society but it allowed it to start running effectively enough to
save itself over time.
Australia, although by no means in such dire straits, needs a similar program; but with the
benefit of hindsight you would hope a government could improve upon the weaker areas of
the New Deal program.
The Great Depression began, arguably; as a result of the Stock Market Crash of 1929
which itself was the result of many years of speculation, uninsured borrowing and bad
financial management at both an industrial and a national level. Combined with agricultural
hardship and a glut of manufactured products the mistakes were ignored for long enough
for the economic situation to reach crisis point.
I am wondering if our current national situation sounds familiar now. Farmers increasingly
struggling against reduced farm gate rates paid by the few large packaging and wholesaling
companies who themselves are at the mercy of the duopoly of large supermarkets; a
manufacturing sector unable to retain its market share in the face of cheaper imports and
open market provisions which were meant to increase, not decrease our trading power and
finally the creeping cost of living which is outstripping the abilities of workers to keep pace
with rising prices.
Now, it should be obvious that history is repeating itself and that again, just as almost a
hundred years ago we are on a collision course for ruin, which will undoubtedly lead to a

few profiting greatly at the expense of the many, reducing our society towards a feudal state
where the vast majority of the population are at the complete mercy of a very few who
virtually own us purely by force of financial power.
It has taken democracy over two thousand years from its origins in Ancient Greece to reach
its current state, two thousand years for humanity to believe in a system of government
wherein our worth is not determined by race, or gender or the social status of our parents or
the nation in which we were born.
It has taken two thousand years of slow, painful evolution, costing millions of lives; decades
of lost time and years of failed experimentation before we again set foot on the path that
leads us all to prosperity.
We simply cannot afford to take more backward steps, we cannot as a species afford to
lose more years standing listless in the muck of selfish egotism and allowing ourselves to
be manipulated by half-truths and the same tired lies that have ruined societies throughout
history to ensure the continuity of the extravagances of a privileged few.
Our efforts must be toward the development of long term, sustainable industry; industries
that promise not a short term sugar hit, but a long, slowly growing improvement in our
nation’s earning and our people’s lives. We have the technology but sadly, our government
is hesitant to invest in our futures, again; perhaps this is due to their financial reliance on
donors who dominate yesterday’s technologies and who seek to retain their stranglehold on
our political system. Our politicians are little more than crack-heads addicted to injecting
themselves with the dirty money donated by firms using pseudo-legal practices, protected
by the application of dubiously constructed laws that work against the people of nations, but
entirely in line with the letter rather than the spirit of democratic law and freedoms.
Only a change in thinking can provide the impetus to drive a shift in government policies;
but without the ability to encourage diversified thinking within our youth it becomes
impossibility. If, the education system functions not as a catalyst for thinking analytically,
critically and freely then we as a species are doomed to continue our march into the
creation of a society that serves not humanity, but the mutable and moral-less economic
markets, themselves the playthings of super-rich speculation rather than social/economic
values.
Changing Gears
This may be why many who are beholden to corporate values say they espouse a need for
“tradition” and “conservatism”, as it is easy to feel comfortable with what has gone before,
regardless of its deficiencies. It is much harder to look toward the future and say “We must
try to improve” especially if the past has been so financially profitable for you and yours.
Many arguments are use against progress; that it is too hard, that it takes too long, that it is
morally wrong because the current way is obviously morally correct. We are told change will
cause social disruption; that our families will be under threat, that our very way of life will
come crashing down and the literal end of the world will occur.

There’s that use of fear again.
But in truth it is rubbish, it is not progress that ruins nations or societies, it is the use of
change to effect control for control’s sake. No one has lost freedoms due to change, they
have lost freedoms as a result of people hijacking change in order to impose themselves as
moral guardians over others. Businesses do not fail as a result of trying to improve; they do
fail as a result of not managing their change with enough foresight to mitigate the difficulties
of sudden change or a lack of preparation for change. Human error is often the reason for
failure, the need to change itself is not a factor, but as it cannot defend itself; it is easily
blamed.
Our nation’s efforts, every nation’s efforts; must be put towards developing systems that
decrease our reliance on finite resources and rely instead of the renewable and
sustainable. This includes our energy sources, our water use and our food resources.
These three essentials to stable society in turn affect our consumer markets for other items,
our transport systems, our materials production, our health, education and welfare systems.
Each of these sectors plays an important part in the overall picture yet our leaders view
them often as separate entities and neglect to envisage their impact on each other, again
this is a result of ego outweighing collective vision, it is a case of individuals believing that
as long as their role is successful, their part is ended.
This is not the case.
I think that’s enough for now. Maybe more later.

B.Groot

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