The election in Australia is well underway and a dangerous, worrying dimension has entered the equation. Big Business, with its massive wealth, is actively entering politics (of course, business has always been involved in politics but usually in a more subtle way).
Using television and the print media, they have commenced a multi-million dollar fear campaign trying to convince voters that if the pro-business, pro-capitalism Government of John Howard is not re-elected then interest rates will rise significantly and there will be a large increase in unemployment. The Government itself is also spending millions of taxpayer dollars in the same pursuit. Resultantly our tellies and newspapers are alive with dire warning about the coming catastrophe should Labor (Democrats) be elected. People are becoming scared!
This mischievous use of fear to stampede voters is alive and well in Australia as it is elsewhere in the world. Terrorism is involved as well. People don't know whether to look for danger from above or in their wallets! Talk about stampeding the cattle. The words of wisdom about fear in my side bar suddenly seem very appropriate.
So not only do we now have religious groups trying to influence the election of a government that favours them in areas like the funding of religious schools and low taxation but now we have big business blatantly pushing for the return of a right-wing government that has strongly favoured them during the last decade by disadvantaging workers. Lowering wages and removing conditions for workers in recent years has been turned into an art form by the Howard Government much to the delight of corpulent boardroom directors.
Of course, another factor that adds to my concern is that the MSM is largely controlled by those who are driven, not by an ambition to present the truth about national or world affairs, but by the amoral profit motive. It is in their interest to have a pro-business party in office too, help keep their profits high and rising and allow them to have multi-media outlets.
Democratic Government for the people, by the people? You wish!