Another lesson in the ways of FUC-apitalism


In America today, three mega-billionaires – Bill Gates (Microsoft), Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Warren Buffett (an “investor”) – combined, have more than the collective wealth of the  poorest-half of Americans. Those three guys’ net worth is $248.5 billion, compared to $245 billion for the bottom 160 million of the United States.

This is the kind of society USA-groupies like Morrison, Frydenberg & Co want in Australia.

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Did the counter-culture win? Too early to tell...

The explosion of new ideas and ways of living that happened in the late 1960s and early 70s — known as the counter-culture — was not a frivolous indulgence in sex drugs and rock’n’roll, nor was it a failed attempt to redefine everything about our culture: it was a semi-successful attempt, and what we must do to save our species from self-extinction is complete the revolution.

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Countering Rupert, 50 years on

Since Rupert Murdoch will die soon, surely, I’m posting here the first of several brief encounters I’ve had with him and his Empire over the last half-century. This is about bringing Rolling Stone magazine to Australia, when it mattered.

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About Sahu

She spent the first 30 years of her adult life chasing after justice and equality for all, and particularly for people who were like her, black and female. She didn’t retreat or apologise on matters of principle.

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A man in Kansas has taken over the American political system

In practical terms, the Koch agenda is to remove all constraints on what individuals and businesses can do, which is what Charles Koch calls “libertarianism” (not to be confused with the anti-elite libertarianism promoted in the sixties by Sydney intellectuals such as Germaine Greer and John Anderson). They are shoveling billions into the US political system to build their dream society, the sole principle of which is unmitigated selfishness.

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News nuggets you may have missed:

“Quietly, the Liberals’ expectation now is that Turnbull will not be leading them to the next election.” Peter Dutton will be backed by those in the Coalition who, openly or secretly, prefer a leader whose only job outside of politics was being a Brisbane cop. Dutton goes after journalists with the same mouth-frothing energy he uses for immigrants, environmentalists, Dustin Martin’s dad, and Jonny Depp’s dogs.

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Trump, widely designated ‘a fucking moron’, still standing tall on his hind legs

After Trump’s first year on the job, actually most of it on the golf course, a fair percentage of the world’s 7.6 billion people now see that neither knowledge, understanding, compassion, nor concern for the planet press his buttons. We can only hope that he doesn’t press the button, and kill untold millions of us, which he’s odds on to do.

This crooked real estate moocher entered the White House with no plan other than to undo every socially useful thing President Obama did, and be his bullying self. He gave top jobs in his administration to people who’d given him campaign money, also to people who promised to demolish the agencies he hired them to manage (eg climate change denier Scott Pruitt to run the EPA, into the ground), and to fellow business alpha-males like ex-boss of Exxon-Mobil Rex Tillerson who knew jack shit about affairs of state, to be Secretary of State.

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