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The Heart of Politics   Dec 27 2017

Filed under Down Under by Throsby

In the strangest of dreams, Throsby welcomed to his neighbourhood an occupant of oriental origin.

Her nocturnal avatar visited his REM trance to disclose she lectures in politics – plus some other incidentals now lost in memory.

Still vivid, her face, voice, and gestures disclosed a truth that only a mocking subconscious could concoct from that quirky depth.

The hallucinated neighbour explained in a voice crisply intoned:

There is no exact word for politics in my language. But we have a phrase for politics that translates to English: “The heart of the manure.”

Throsby jests not. The moment was lucidly dreamt.

Don’t Look Before You Vote

Persisting through #AusPol 2017, a combined voting intention of Australians held that 53% (two-party preferred) would select a Labor candidate should an election occur.

Yet two recent by-election results – Barnaby Joyce in New England and John Alexander in Bennelong – cast doubt government would change.

Throsby doubts that doubt.

Gunna Joyce land-slid back into office, but lacked a high-profile opponent. His electorate – disdainful of southerners and predisposed to an independent State of New England – were plainly offended having to reaffirm their baby-kisser of choice because some glitch in the constitution was maddeningly reaffirmed by a High Court incapable of bending law, as country folk expect their friendly local wallopers would.

Tennis Elbow Alexander also romped in, but it’s more complicated. The large Chinese expat contingent of his Sydney suburban electorate should have, according to myth, favoured Labor’s bright red good luck T-shirts at the very least. They also ought been disturbed by the government’s “China-bashing” campaign directed at the Dastyari donations clusterfork. One might counter this surmise by walking a mile in their kung fu shoes to discover little love lost for a motherland regime from which they are presumably here to avoid and forget.

But why, pondering more broadly, did the purported sins of the Coalition LNP government (since the Mad Monk took reign and was abruptly turfed by Leather-top Turnbull) not ensure our two constitutional illiterates were by-elected into oblivion?

Even an objective observer of Australian politics (and Throsby is ever thus) would colour the government benches as a thuggish mix of opportunistic miscreants who cast major infrastructure projects into lost decades, wield misanthropic neoliberalism so clumsily it dragged social and economic progress back to the pre-Hawke era, and wave Hillsong crucifixes at the largely irreligious electorate with impunity?

But no matter how extensive the list of Coalition missteps (broadband, marriage equality, union-bashing, renewables hysteria, energy inaction, gas “shortage,” company tax cuts, banking enquiry, climate change, middle east wars, offshore detention camps, penalty rate cuts, Centrelink robo-debt, welfare cards, declining wages…) a majority of voters seems blithely indifferent.

Polling shows both for this year and 2018 that if voters feel their personal fortunes proceed swimmingly, he and she will ignore any amount of malevolent behaviour from their government – and happily return them term after term despite persistent damage to the nation through endlessly expedient or self-serving behaviour directed by an ideology that can generously be described as the opposite of nation-building.

Throsby suspects that most voters would not switch sides even were their favoured political party to ceremoniously burn that voter’s house down, right before their unseeing rusted-on eyes – Liberal, National, Green, PHON, or Labor.

And that is the great, eternal, agonising crux of politics: the lazy uninformed citizen of democracy.

As the famous pie chart of the 2016 US election explains: 63 million voted Trump, 66 million voted Clinton, while 71 million people didn’t give a shit.

Down Under


Ink Irresistable

Not the NYT Montaigne's what would I know? Huxley's almost anything about almost everything. Or Bierce and nothing matters. Codifying life's inimitable impromptu inclines irrestistably to essay.

Civilization ..

   defiles itself

Times past when warlords, priests and royalty hoarded luxury, life was a short grim struggle. Today most want for little yet still deny dignified survival to working poor, and ravage entire countries as collateral to our laissez faire fiesta.
double arrowOn not shedding a tear ..

A Century of Imperialism

     ..hasn't dulled the urge

American foreign policy never a pretty sight, finesse of the mobile crane chase from Terminator 3. Export democracy? Cure worse than disease. double arrow Read more ..


~ its own reward

And what's going on in Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? As 40% of kids fail graduation the Iraqistan wars suck $2.4 trillion [CBO 2017 est]. Imagine this staggering sum applied to rebuilding The Great Society. Think of others.
double arrow Where Charity Begins

This lazy unemployed

..crack-smoking welfare queen ran up U$15 trillion debt

lazy homeless scum
Odd how the ultra-wealthy gull even working poor to blame unemployed, disabled, weak, and vulnerable while but for the grace of God go all.

If he's a welfare leech then your soul is with the sociopaths and predators who own Warshington and its minions, the Repugnicans and Dumfocrats, gutting a once noble nation that aspired to equality.

This elite will survive the US economic train wreck, land softly on 300 million plundered taxpayers, then from fortresses of luxury and privilege prey elsewhere for spoils.

The dawn of civilization was greatly exaggerated.

Munch Montage

Painters, such a sad old bunch
None it seems more so than Munch
Upon that bridge with skies afire
A meme took flight to never tire.
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Quote Me

"I am an obsessive rewriter, doing one draft and then another and another. In a way I have nothing to say but a great deal to add
~ Gore Vidal

"Rulers of state are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying" (Well, that explains the last 2500 years)
~ Plato

"By 'known unknowns' I was referring to the universe's dark matter.."
~ Donald Rumsfeld

"I have neither time nor inclination to communicate the fullness of my heart in speech, I am resolved to do it in writing, and to print myself out.."
~ Joseph Addison