Posts tagged ‘Democracy’

April 28, 2013

Give A Man A Newspaper, and he can Overthrow Governments – by Penny Carter

We have all seen this quote:

But now, there is this:

text of images: Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank.
Give a man a bank, he can rob the world.

Give a man a newspaper and he can overthrow governments.

While the rest of us wait 4 years to cast our ballots, to choose governments, to have our say in democracy; the rich and powerful play by different rules.

They print front page headlines and entire governments can change. One person – One vote is meaningless when a headline in a neo-conservative newspaper can have more influence over the way the government runs, than every single voter who casts their ballot on election day.

Right now, Murdoch wants Labor and the Greens out of power, and their grubby headlines and their grubby puppets (for example Abbott’s homophobic innuendo against Slipper based on nothing more concrete than allegations) will say anything to make that happen.

News Limited will not stop until Tony Abbott is Prime Minister. News Ltd writers say that democracy is not sustainable, and they prove that every day, when a foreign billionaire (R Murdoch) has more power than every voting Australian.

Further reading: Rupert Murdoch’s war on Democracy… it is ‘not sustainable’ and interferes with his ability to make money

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April 24, 2012

Punish the terrorist with more democracy, tolerance and generosity

When a terrorist attacked his city, and his country, killing 77 people, Fabian Stang, the Oslo mayor, did not declare war or vow acts of vengeance, instead his response was

We shall punish the terrorist, and this will be his punishment: more democracy, more tolerance, more generosity.

April 21, 2012

Rupert Murdoch’s war on Democracy… it is ‘not sustainable’ and interferes with his ability to make money

Some countries go to great lengths, bloody military juntas, rebellions, wars, coups, all in the name of overthrowing the democratically elected government.

Here in Australia, we have a media mogul, who not only has his mind set on regime change and over throw the democratically elected Gillard government (in cooperation with the democratically elected Independents and Greens), we have a media mogul who wants to dismantle democracy all together.

Less expensive, less casualties, but the result is exactly the same.

An article in Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian (April 20) says

As Winston Churchill said, democracy may be the best form of government among known alternatives, but it is probably not sustainable.

This is the same media organisation that calls the Westminster system of choosing Prime Ministers bloodless coups and assassinations. They want to destroy entire political parties, governments, and systems of governing. Makes choosing a Prime Minister by ballot seem rather noble.

Democracies subsidise bad decisions. Voters, especially ones who pay no tax, care little for the preferences of future generations.

Remind me again, how much personal tax did Twiggy Forrester, Australia’s richest man pay in personal tax…. ZERO, you mean, someone who pays no tax. Yet dictates Australia’s taxation, workplace and environmental policy, that kind of subsidising, yep, that’s a big mistake on the part of democracy.

Alex de Tocqueville said democracy would “degrade men without tormenting them”, enmeshing them with stifling if well-meaning regulation.

Big deal, the writer of this Murdoch piece has bought a quote-of-the-day app for his mobile device.

Mussolini said Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power See I can quote dead people too, doesn’t mean we should destroy our system of government because of it.

And if by regulation, that means, paying people a fair wage, not damaging the community with toxic waste dumps or chopping down all the trees and poisoning the water or arresting rogue journalists for hacking peoples phones and paying off police, or children in the mines… yes, I can see how that would interfere with the economy.

Full article: Joe Hockey on the right track, if slightly idealistic

March 27, 2012

Art – totalitarianism, liberty or democracy?


image by @jot_au
quote by Mahatma Gandhi: What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?

March 19, 2012

Democracy is in the hands of those who show up…


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… these people show up.
When people give up on the democratic process, shrug their shoulders and say “What is the point of voting, a politician always wins”. This cynicism results in democracy being left in the hands of those who scream the loudest, hold the largest sign and listen to Allan Jones.

This protest was direct against the Labor party, and says

Hitlers & Stalin’s children are anti-elections, labor, greens goldman sachs soros, agenda 21 euthanasia homosexuals All Anti christians

These people vote… be afraid, be very afraid

text by: redglitterx
photo by: @greenat16