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Why am I afraid of this Coalition Federal Government?

They're mad engineers - theocrats hell bent on enforcing an ideology. they're living out a (dystopian) fantasy.

To our lords and masters, the Market IS Society. Economics and Finance ARE us.

This Coalition government expects each of us to pay for everything we 'consume' individually, and directly (this means you have to pay for every service, every good, every time). But they don't believe that everyone ought to be paid for their contributions to these same things. Nor do they believe that it is fair that common goods, such as hospitals, roads, government, ought to be 'paid for' communally (this is what taxation IS - communal contributions towards the provision and delivery of communal goods).

This Coalition government believes taxes are bad, not because they may be inequitable, or inadequate, or be spent unwisely, but because taxes are theft. They believe that individuals shouldn't have to pay for other people. (But we're not merely individuals in a society, we're also supposed to BE a collective entity - a society. We just voted Margaret Thatcher into power in Australia?)

Even worse - yes there are worse things - this government believes that it shouldn't have the means to do anything (about inequalities or inequities). They believe in a particular form of 'small goverment'.

Small government is an idea. The variant this government appears to believe is this: the machinery of government (the number of people it employs, and the institutions it deploys) should be as small as possible. How small? Since they also believe that government shouldn't interfere in the market, too small to be ABLE to interfere.

In short: they want to strip away the capacity of government to do much more than enforce it's laws.

We're looking at the foundation of a police state.

A police state more like cyberpunk or shadowrun (RPGs), than say the USSR: a hybrid of Orwell's 1984, Kafka's the trial, and Ayn Rand's ... stuff. Where government has powers, and is obsessed with self-preservation, but almost all the capacity to act lies in the hands of corporations. (Let's leave aside, for the moment, the probability that they believe that corporations are people.)

The magnitude, scope, and sheer depth of the changes to our society, to our culture, that this government proposes to enact over the space of  a few months and years, are nothing short of breathtakingly terrifying.

It scares me to realise that it is not an exaggeration to say that this government proposes to dismantle pretty much everything that made Australian society the lucky country, and in the space of three years embark on a multi-generational economic experiment. (Of the ilk of a movie mad scientist: no interest in anything but the outcome. Mad engineering: no control, no hypothesis, no consideration of alternatives)

An 'experiment' designed to implement an ideology: and we know how well those go. (At least, those of us who bother with that history nonsense, anyway. It'll totally work out differently this time.)

#tonyabbott #australia #government #ideology #society #economy #market #market_is_society
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So much depends on the details...
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It's a meaningful statement on the essential emptiness of communicating solely through the incorporeal electronic medium of "social networking"
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definitely started my phd at the wrong uni
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Nah'al esse su vidas ne trevarien. Su tullas ne, veridan.

[Not sure whether I got the subjunctive tense right: might be "treverien."  Been too long since I've had to use it seriously.]
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ideology trumps education almost always.
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I am interested in technology policy - as a lawyer, technologist, academic, and end user.

Writing up a PhD examining the balance between privacy and security in privacy policy, law, and practice, with particular emphasis on biometrics and other forms of automated identification of individuals.
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