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Uncertainty and instability – isn’t that what capitalism is all about?

Australia looks as if it will have a hung parliament. So the business and political classes have begun bleating abut uncertainty and instability.

Evidently these are things that must be avoided at all costs. 

Unfortunately the ruling elite are not talking about  the political and economic instability and uncertainty we in the West impose on the rest of the world with our invasions , nor do they mention the starvation and malnutrition for billions and job destroying crises across the globe.

No, what the bosses fear is uncertainty and instability for themselves and their pursuit of profit. They don’t fear the anarchy of their market; they welcome it.

The ruling elite want a stable government to rule in their interests, without nasty surprises like fair taxes and closer regulation of speculators or radical aspirations like peace and economic well-being.

 Their stability is the ability to sack thousands when they want because their system goes into crisis. Their stability is to be able to invade poor nations to impose our views on  long suffering nations in the name of democracy and liberation.

Their stability is the stability of the gun and the dollar. Their certainty is the certainty of more profit for themselves.

Workers want stability too. We want guaranteed employment on good wages. We want the stability of having enough time to spend with our families. We want the stability of being able to express ourselves without being stymied at work by the boss or in civil society by the press, police and politicians.

We want the stability of a safe workplace, one where workers aren’t killed and injured on site and where Ark Tribe is not threatened with jail for attending a union meeting over safety issues.

Capitalism is an inherently unstable and uncertain system built on constant change in the production process.

Our democracy isn’t unstable in rejecting the spin and do-nothing attitude of the Bobbsey twins of conservatism that are Labor and the liberals. It is a perfectly rational response to an unstable system.

The only way to get stability and certainty in our society is to extend democracy into the workplace, to ensure that the voice of the voiceless and the wishes of the exploited are reflected regularly in the  processes of daily life.

Let’s give them our stability and our certainty and rock their rotten system to its core.