politics

About political parties

These pages are to promote critical discussion about the various political parties and organisations whic operate on the Australian political landscape. They will particularly focus on parties which to varying degrees stand opposed to, or, at least, purport to stand opposed to the iniquitous, corrupt and unsustainable status quo, rather than on those which openly support that status quo such as the Liberal Party and the Nationals. The former category includes the Australian Labor Party, the Australian Democrats, the Greens, the Southern Cross party, One Nation and various far left groups including the Socialist Alliance and the recently revamped Communist Party of Australia. Whilst it is clear that all of these organisations purporting to stand for something better than what we now have are flawed, if not altogether corrupt, it would be a mistake to conclude that political parties will necessarily turn out thus and that operating as an independent is the only possible guarantee against becoming corrupt. The only way that we stand to change society for the better is to act in concert to achieve a common political goal. By definition as soon as this begins to occur then individuals can be said to be acting as a political party. The political party which eventually will emerge to meet the dire challenges facing our society will, in all liklihood, be comprised of individuals emerging from all of those parties as well as many currently unaligned individuals. Even the possibility of an existing political organisation such as the Greens becoming transformed into that new political party should not be altogether ruled out. Please feel encouraged to contribute your thoughts to the discussion whether or not you are a member of any of these organisations if you share our essential goals.

The problem is power, and our failure to learn

A couple of years back a Vietnamese colleague of mine told me how his father had to flee from Vietnam (after the war I believe). I asked about his family, and apart from his father, who was an academic, the rest were all farmers. Curious about how bad things really were in Vietnam before the war, and in so-called 'poor developing nations' in general, I enquired about the standard of living of his farming relatives, in particular his uncle - whom we were discussing.

What is this thing called "Progress"?

Many people look forward uncritically to a future not too different from the cartoon-world of the Jetsons, where people have mechanical maids, whiz around in airborne cars, and take space-cruises to asteroids and far off planets. Politics continue benignly and poverty has no place. Political rank is preserved in the form of cheerful paternal talking heads, but the slave and servile ranks have been transformed into machines which cannot feel pain or humiliation.