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.
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