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Saturday’s socialist speak out – have your say

The Greek Government is battling its own people and a debt crisis it can no longer control and which the EU and the IMF might be no longer be able to control. French and German banks may be dragged down with Greek capitalism, spreading the contagion across Europe and then the globe. 

Add in the ongoing crisis in the US, where unemployment is at over 9 percent and refusing to drop, and it all makes the nightmare scenario of prolonged depression around the world a possibility.  

That is why global capitalism will do all it can to stop the Greek debt crisis spreading. But it may not have the fire power necessary to do that.

The Arab revolutions continue, almost as a a counterpoise to the economic crisis threatening the developed countries. Here lies the possibility of a new world where production is organised to satisfy human need.

But that is for the future.

In Syria today the dictatorship is killing its own people to stay in power. The regime has some support, the working class has not yet found its voice as working class and its social weight may not be enough to topple Assad and his henchmen.

The overthrow of the Syrian regime might depend more on what happens in other countries, especially Egypt.

In Egypt the armed forces remain in power but there are signs that the demands of the left for a second revolution are getting a hearing. Tens of thousands turned up to Tahrir Square on 27 may to make that demand. 

The Army cannot satisfy the demands of Egyptian workers and peasants for justice and jobs, freedom and food and those contradictions will push the revolution relentlessly to its next stage.

In Morocco the king will announce reforms in an attempt to head off revolution. It may not be enough.

In Australia the economy bubbles along with the mining companies making huge profits thanks to China.

This two speed economy will burst asunder at some stage, particularly if Chinese growth figures continue to fall and the prolonged depression I mentioned above kicks in.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard refused to meet the Dalai Lama in case that would offend the butchers in Beijing. 

Magnificent demonstrations greeted Labor’s Immigration Minister Chris Bowen when he went to the University of New South Wales. If only every rotten reactionary Labor Minister met with the same response no matter where they went.

Twiggy Forrest, with a net worth according to Business Review Weekly of $6.2 billion, complained again about the proposed mining tax and muttered something about it being ‘unAustralian’.

Perhaps he means paying tax is unAustralian. According to Laura Tingle in today’s Australian Financial Review 

Forrest has never signed a corporate income tax cheque for any of  the listed companies he has run in the past 16 years. And FMG [his main company] has another $700 million in tax losses still to bring to account before he will have to do that.

To have your say or see what others are thinking hit the comments button.

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Comment from Reinhardt D.
Time June 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Normally, at least lately you have left Saturday open for general comment.
In the past I’d made comment about Australian issues.
I’m doing that again.
You don’t have to publish it if you don’t want to –
But here it is – from the CH team –

It goes too far.
There is something terminally wrong with our government.
They have lost all power of reason.

The ruling laborites intend to send a class of refugees to Malaysia.

It seems that several human rights organizations have a problem with that proposal.
The posture seems unpopular for a host of the tiniest little nitpicking reasons.

Apparently world opinion is that these refugees may risk being maltreated after arriving in Malaysia, abominably maltreated.

Here you go, Wiki again, but you never read it anyway – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Malaysia

Meanwhile our ruling laborites have decided that Australian cattle cannot be exported to Indonesia for the tiniest little nitpicking reason.
It seems that some few of our cattle exported to Indonesia have been slaughtered badly.

This is an important consideration.

The government knows that cattle exported to Indonesia soon die there, get chopped up into little slices and are eaten by Indonesians.

But our laborites have stepped in and banned the export of our cattle on the high principle that they will not countenance their small chance of maltreatment by inexpert slaughtermen – not even the occasional maltreatment.

Nonetheless they fully intend to send human beings off from Australia to maltreatment and possible torture in Malaysia.

Our government knows all about the incredibly bad human rights record in SE Asia but intends to ignore that.

In short our laborite government denies human rights but enforces cattle rights.
They ignore human rights but fall over themselves to enforce animal rights.

Conclusion –
Shit yeah – I agree wholeheartedly. Our cattle should not be being treated so badly.
If we must eat beef I’d like it old, tasty, stringy and tough.

If they have to sacrifice themselves for our bulging guts I’d much prefer to see them dispatched by our all so considerate slaughtermen – preferably one day before they drop off their perch due to natural causes and old age.

If I put that down on paper and sent it along to that Ludwig idiot – the very next day he’d clear beef exports to Indonesia again.

He’d do that just to give me the shits.
He’d do that – ‘cos that’s his small mentality.
He’d do that If I was the only Australian who wrote to him demanding that our cattle stayed here.
He’d do that to hurt me.
He’d do that because he believed and wanted it to be within his power to do that.
He’d do that because he believed he could and because it would give him joy to do what he could within his power to hurt another Australian.
That is the sort of base creature he is.

Now what I want to do is turn that logic around in the minds of the idiots who pretend to be the decisionmakers here.

About the refugee situation, I mean.

Surely it can’t be as simple as that?
What if I write to Gillard and insist that the Pol Pot Regime be reinvigorated and that we send all the refugees there?

If I apply the reverse logic and demand that those innocent refugees arriving on our shores be sent away to somewhere like that where they will be dealt with brutally – so they would be dealt with brutally, like our cattle.

By applying that reverse argument, I mean –
If I wrote to them and demanded they be sent away off our shores and be dealt with abominably by someone contracted to do that job out of sight and beyond surveillance – then Madame Gillard and her laborites would scotch that out of hand.
If I wrote to them and demanded that it might be, to deny an Australian citizen his request, that they would fold their stupidity, do the proverbial ‘backflip’, wake up to themselves and begin treating human beings a little better than cattle.

As it happens, this is an open letter to the prime minister of this sad turnout.

Ms Julia Gillard, PM –
Please stop treating human beings worse than cattle.
Please take a leaf from your august minister, Ludwig.
Please ban the export of humans to locations where they may be treated badly.
If cattle need to be handled ethically, then what is the problem with offering humans the same consideration?

Consider that if you send them off to such locations ‘Four Corners™ might catch up and film them being maltreated there on location.
If that happens you could end up in court in the Hague.
Please give this submission fair consideration.

Signed –
A Mob of Australians who would like to see some justice.