Why voting is fast becoming a farce……

17 06 2016

Unless you are Australian, dear reader, you may not know we are in the middle of one of the longest and most boring election campaigns this country has ever had to endure…. the party leaders are boring, visionless, ignorant, condescending, liars, dishonest, and I could go on….. and if you’re not Australian, I’ll bet you can recognise your own politicians in that list!

dinataleBut what got me inspired to write this piece, hot on the heels of the Great Leap Sideways, was the Australian Greens’ leader Richard Di Natale’s economic vision for Australia which just landed in my newsfeed…

Don’t get me wrong, he’s the standout nice guy compared to the morons leading the other parties, but this ‘economic vision’ had me rolling my eyes….. and on paper, he’s walking the walk, much as I am. He lives on a farm, in a solar powered off the grid passive solar house, raising animals ethically and growing much of his food. He’s been ‘there’ longer than I’ve been ‘here’, and I’m sure he’s also got loads more money, so he’s actually way ahead of me……. our goals are seemingly the same. However, it appears that as soon as one gets involved in politics, common sense just goes out the window.

He begins with “Let me start with a statement that you won’t hear from any politician during this election campaign. The fortunes and failures of Australia’s economy are largely hitched to the whims of the global marketplace and we politicians have limited control over Australia’s economic future.” He’s right of course….. so why get involved? The big end of town buys the best parliament money can buy, and the Greens don’t get a look in! So how do they combat this?  By appeasing them, even appealing to their greed!

Richard continues with “Governments are no longer in the driver’s seat. Rather their role is to ensure the air bag is able to cushion the impact on passengers when a crash occurs.” From where I sit, the airbags aren’t inflating.  Further down, “Governments have a role in addressing market failure and there is no greater example of market failure than dangerous global warming. The entire point of putting a price on greenhouse pollution is to internalize the externality of carbon pollution and to point us towards our inevitable economic future, with minimal economic disruption.”

Hmm….  methinks he’s never read Limits to Growth… and here’s the proof:  “The Greens plan for a new, clean economy would see GDP rise significantly, but that is not the only marker of progress.”

If ever there was one party that should be calling for an end to ‘jobs and growth’, it’s the Greens…. but instead, they try to appeal to the people who have been conned into believing that’s what we must have to ensure prosperity.

He goes on to ask “Where will our productive future lie?”, seemingly unaware that it’s this very ‘production’ that is the cause of the changing climate he correctly finds alarming.

Then, and this really got me glazing my eyes over, he delivers “Right now the CSIRO is piloting projects to create hydrogen through electrolysis from solar thermal power.[2] Gas and liquid fossil fuels could one day soon be replaced with pollution-free hydrogen in the use of energy, chemical feedstocks and vehicle fuels. We have the competitive advantages of sunlight, space and ingenuity, but we haven’t yet shown the political foresight to prepare.” So, he (and the CSIRO, obviously) have not heard of the energy cliff either……  I am actually appalled that the CSIRO are working on Hydrogen….. so much so, I hope Di Natale is wrong on this one.

Additionally, for a statement on the economy, there is zero mention of our debt predicaments….. it’s like the single biggest economic problem we face just doesn’t exist.

About all you can achieve by voting this year is to stop the most evil of the big parties to fail gaining office, because not one single one of them will avert the looming calamities facing us all.

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14 responses

17 06 2016
rabiddoomsayer

Few recognize that our paradigms are badly misleading, fewer still will admit it to themselves, fewer still will say the words aloud. Nobody wants to hear that civilization is done for, no body will vote for the party that admits it.

So we get the endless hopeium, failure to report what is around us and an absolute unwillingness to look at logical conclusions.

17 06 2016
T-rev

Completely agree but I see The Greens as a stepping stone towards an eventual honest conversation. We know for sure we won’t get it from the ALP/LNP loonies and we’re 99% sure we won’t from The Greens but … what comes after The Greens might. Of course by then things may be a tad more ‘collapsey’ (is that a word ?) 🙂

Yes, I am off grid, solar, low consumption blah blah blah. I don’t agree debt is a problem, it’s an artificial construct that’s not really needed but that’s possibly just the Anarchist in me 🙂 As an example, water on the other hand… too much and too little are both problems and climate change at 1C is already screwing with both.

17 06 2016
ejhr2015

You are definitely on the money here, Mike.
For me the worst thing about the Greens is that they fostered a lecture by an economist, Steven Hail about macroeconomics which debunked all the false narratives current in the mainstream sphere, media and politics.

The speaker, Steven H, said there was no follow up. The Greens have decided to ignore the truths he espoused. He was only describing how modern macroeconomics actually functions, not some theory for the future.

This brought to my mind this aphorism, not sure who said it;

“When people who are honestly mistaken learn the truth they will cease being mistaken, or cease being honest”

This is now the Greens problem having encouraged the truth, but not acting on it.

17 06 2016
mikestasse

When I mention the debt predicament, I wasn’t talking about the government debt, I meant the PRIVATE DEBT….

17 06 2016
ejhr2015

So do we. Government debt is a misnomer. It is private wealth stored with the government as bonds getting interest. private debt is debt as we understand it.

17 06 2016
Dr Bob Rich

Mike, actually, the official Greens economic policy has 24 points. The second is:
“In order to provide for the needs of present and future generations, economic management should prioritise improving the quality of life rather than the production and consumption of material output. The pursuit of continuous material-based economic growth is incompatible with the planet’s finite resources.”
http://greens.org.au/policies/economics
This is official party policy, and in the Greens that’s decided from the bottom up. The leader doesn’t have the power to vary it, except in the same way as any other member, by going through a quite long drawn-out democratic process.
Trouble is, in an election it’s got to be sound bytes. Try to explain the problems with the GDP as a measure, and people’s eyes glaze over. Richard is electioneereing, and while he is staying within the bounds of truth, he needs to present in in a way that attracts votes. No amount of intellectual purity does anything unless you get elected representatives.
So, of necessity, he is not speaking to you or me, but to people who distrust the two main mobs. He needs to stay within what THEY consider common sense in order to lead them out of it in time.

17 06 2016
mikestasse

Thanks for that Bob…….

18 06 2016
JJR

So what is the solution, I mean best outcome, for an Australian wanting to remain in Australia? Buy reasonable land with water source away from densely populated areas? Self-sufficient as possible?

18 06 2016
mikestasse

That’s what I’ve done….. and you’d be crazy to leave Australia, unless you want to go to NZ…

21 06 2016
Michael Davidovsky

Invest your energy (or spare change) into a electorate/voting reform. Most English speaking countries (and Germany) have a “system” which is not capable of delivering the adaption needed for the next 100 years.

Other systems do. By either collapsing completely as an answer or others again can incorporate new streams of consciousness into the body politic.

That’s all. It is tautological that if there is a point to vote, there is a point to vote…

and a remark to the Greens’ site… that site reeks of hip iThings user. 1.5MB for a bullet list.

22 06 2016
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27 06 2016
MargfromTassie

I have two friends, who both experienced bad earthquakes, who’ve now relocated from New Zealand to Tassie.

28 06 2016
Mikhail Kadyrowski

The greens are loons and mostly there as a guilt flash absorber.

After all what we learned of mass migration, oil wars and international meddling, the greens still consistently vote for urban sprawl, open borders and destruction of local culture, which feeds into sprawl and mistrust and consumerism. Most green voters are either muslim, rad feminist or from the salaried class in rich, American style suburbs. All three mistrust local agriculture because of their usual reasons (conservative, not halal and “unecological”) so they rather import soy, lamb from down under, amaranth and green tea from across the globe too.

No thanks.

1 07 2016
mikestasse

Sounds like the Australian Greens are a tad different to the Amrikan ones….

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