Behind every great fortune is a great theft
By BLUE COLLAR BOHEMIAN
As the new year grinds on its way Your Correspondent
has been reflecting on recent events, and has come to some pretty depressing
conclusions about the immediate future, given the Brave New World we
are being blessed with, courtesy of our chosen oppressors.
The next big wedge?
In the wake of Ngyuen Van Tuong's execution by the Singapore
Inc. Cartel for the crime of heroin smuggling on their turf, it's time
to look beyond the outpourings of grief and outrage at that residual
enthusiasm for the string-up from the hanging and flogging brigade that,
according to the Nielsen poll, are 47 percent of the electorate.
is fruit ripe for the picking by the right sort of unprincipled political
opportunist ruthlessly determined to hold on to power by whatever means,
who has seen his electoral shine fade in the wake of unpopular work
laws, crying "wolf" on terrorism too many times, the Iraq
atrocity further imploding, and flagrant abuse of executive power in
Let us imagine a situation where, in the face of an overbearing police
and spy agency harassment campaign, an attack on cops or spooks is perpetrated
by the targets of the harassment. The overwhelming police response creates
a Paris Riots situation that leads to police deaths and injuries, on
top of death and injury inflicted by police on the target population.
"Mainstream" outrage against the target population for defending
themselves against police attack, incited by the corporate media, with
"state of emergency" clampdowns to manipulate public fear,
would make it easy for the said political operator to "regretfully,
given the extraordinary circumstances, call for reintroduction
of the death penalty". Just wait and see.
As it is looking like Mrs Bucket's little rodent may have bitten off
more than the electorate is prepared to chew with the Workchoices (Obey
or Starve) laws, it's natural to expect a whole slew of stunts, contrivances,
moral panics and fear frenzies to emanate from the Bennelong Bunker.
With the enthusiastic support of the above-mentioned corporate media
shills, a cavalcade of evil threats to Our Way Of Life will be paraded
before us, with the strong message that only the Wyatt Earp of Wollstonecraft
can stand up to Them, protecting Us from the seething hordes without
and (shudder!) within.
the sight of armoured riot police attacking striking workers and pickets
at lockouts will no doubt look unpleasant, a moral panic is always good
medicine for a government on the ropes. A terrorist outrage either provoked
or perpetrated by the spooks and cops, like the Hilton bombing of 1978,
would be the "Reichstag Fire" needed to float the death penalty
to an anxious electorate, and the ALP would tear itself apart as Beazley
and the docile fuckwits around him roll over to Howard, while the few
remaining opposition members with a spine refuse to support the death
penalty on principled grounds.
What if Howard can't win next time in the face of the IR and further
civil liberties clampdowns? If his electoral prospects are really down
the toilet, who's to say that Howard and Ruddock, and more than likely
Beazley, wouldnt find "extraordinary and urgent" reasons
to suspend the next election?
I wouldn't put it past Beazley to join Howard in such a project, after
all, Howard himself said Beazley would be his first choice in forming
a national emergency coalition government, and I doubt Beazley has the
strength of character to resist a call to "patriotic duty".
After all he has a juvenile fascination with military subjects that
most boys get over around the age of 12, and has talked so much shit
on the subject of "security" that someone should just give
him back his blanket and let him suck his thumb.
Welcome to the Shire, where the trash is white and none too bright.
Back in the seventies, when your correspondent was a greasy young motorcycle
hoodlum, I would ride to places like Cronulla and the northern beaches
with my equally greasy mates to bait the locals, whom we referred to
as "weeds", and "shark-fuckers". They considered
themselves blonde gods, we considered them overprivileged prats. They
considered us unfit to enter their local areas, and sought to drive
us out. Sometimes we won, sometimes they did. There were no spy cameras
then, which made it easier to get away with such things than now, but
it's been going on for years in the sense of classes and subcultures
The deliberate race-baiting indulged in by the corporate media to stir
up the events of December 11, and embraced afterwards by both the state
government and opposition, plus the opportunity to further attack civil
rights seized by the government, points to the pressures that will build
to create the scenario I outlined above. And in the face of the IR changes,
the political Right throws down that old and reliable divider of those
it seeks to oppress, the race card, and plays it to the hilt.
Towards the end of last year the ABC Science Show on Radio National
reported on some exciting developments in the world of forensic science.
Angela van Daal, Associate Dean of Research at Bond University has announced
the development of a technique to identify the racial characteristics
of someone from DNA evidence.
Unsurprisingly, the first identifiers discovered are for red hair and
dark skin, so the major troublemakers, the Blacks and the Celts, can
be dealt with promptly. How reassuring, I feel safer already.
This problem with malignant science largely goes back to the consequences
of Darwin's Theory of Evolution, and its appropriation by the British
and American scientific establishment, deciding that evolution was a
brutal process of competition and selection, "survival of the fittest".
At the same time as Galton, Spencer, Huxley and all the other western
scientific heavies were using this idea to rationalise the most egregious
excesses of slavery, racism, imperialism and capitalism, on the grounds
that white Anglo-American males were the peak of evolution and destined
by Nature to conquer all before them, others, mainly Kropotkin, Poliakoff,
and Reclus saw much more evidence of co-operation and mutual aid in
nature than the Malthusian "war of all against all", so loved
by the Manchester school of laissez-faire economic exploitation.
This bogus science had, by the early 20th century, given us racial eugenics,
and led directly to the gas chambers of Auschwitz, and mass sterilizations
on "inferior" or "unfit" people in places as diverse
as the US, Canada, Sweden and Australia well into the 1960s and 70s.
Brutal practices such as separating indigenous children from their parents,
on the most spurious and racist grounds, continued in Australia as explicit
policy till the 60s, and continues in the disproportionate numbers of
indigenous people entrapped in the welfare and prison systems, often
going from one directly to the other.
Disturbing also is the number of scientifically skilled, and therefore
intelligent people are prepared to collaborate in State atrocities by
developing the most egregious and disgusting weapons, surveillance technology
and torture systems. From the gas filled trenches of WWI, napalm and
nuclear fire in WWII, Agent Orange in Vietnam to the depleted uranium
of Kosovo and Iraq, malignant science has left a bloody stain across
countless lives snuffed out or made miserable.
It was rumoured during the Reagan era that US weapons labs sought out
sufferers of Aspberger's Syndrome, a type of autism, to exploit both
their unusual mathematical ability and guileless lack of conscience.
Such are the ethical standards of the Masters of War, who are much more
psychopathic than autistic themselves.
White men in suits
Living as we are in the Emerald City, and just seen the Wizard of Oz
for the last ten years go off to collect his fee for services rendered,
and learnt his replacement got the job for being the most successful
wheedler of funds from his corporate overlords, we can sit back now
and watch the miracle of democracy unfold as Corporate Whore Party A
and Corporate Whore Party B duke it out to prove one is a bigger bunch
of cop-loving racists than the other.
Civil liberties are falling like Tasmanian trees as Scourge-of-all -the
Wogs Debnam hops into Iemma and Scully for not declaring martial law
and having all males of Arab or looks-like-Arab descent between 15 and
40 rounded up and shot, and the brave Sons of Toil have matched them
in vilification and pandering to the white-trash law n order,
hang em and flog em lynch mob that worship Stan Zemanek and Alan
Jones, and if they can read, Piers Akerman.
As evidence mounts that the fiscal genius of Michael Egan amounts to
a decade of deferred maintenance, and the ever diminishing gene pool
of the ALP has thrown up the spectacles of Costa, Hatsiszergos and Tripodi,
just to mention the most brutal and gormless, we can be fairly sure
the Sussex St Ship of Fools is heading for the rocks. Only the equally
apalling spectacle of the alternative gives the League of Trogs and
Terrigals even half a chance of re-election. As if it really matters.
Dead Bastards Society
Ducker, 1932 - 2005,
Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer, 1937 - 2005.
Good riddance to both of them. Ducker spent his time in the labour movement
whoring his scabby arse to the police special branch, ASIO, and the
CIA, and then went to be chairman of the board of Aristocrat Leisure,
a poker machine manufacturer. Notorious for his voracious greed at Aristocrat,
Ducker was the poster boy for the incestuous and despicable co-dependence
of the NSW ALP Right and the corrupt and criminal linked gaming industry.
I piss on his grave.
Packer, born to privilege, never knew the meaning of "enough".
Suffering a childhood of illness, didn't stop Packer picking up where
his father finished in growing a media and gambling empire of vast wealth
and little public benefit. With a once in a lifetime opportunity to
sell Alan Bond his TV station at the top of the market and buy it back
at the bottom, plucking Bond like the turkey he always was, Packer then
bought up big in gambling, the best way to extract money from the gullible
and stupid. Never fond of paying tax, Packer had the politicians thoroughly
spooked when called to answer to a Senate enquiry.
For all his professed "patriotism", Packer kept his companies
in Caribbean tax shelters and bolstered his public reputation by making
tax-deductible donations to things he found he might need, like defibrillators
in ambulances, costing him a lot less than actually paying tax like
a PAYE taxpayer. When you are obscenely rich you have the wherewithall
to be generous to those whose loyalty you can exploit to serve your
own purposes, leading to the "heartwarming" tales of Packer's
Packer famously once said, after being revived from heart failure,"I've
seen the Other Side, and there's nothing there, so you can behave as
you bloody well like and it doesn't matter".
This credo he lived up to to the hilt. Ethical considerations were not
high on his list of priorities unless they were of some personal benefit.
Balzac said "Behind every great fortune is a great theft".
We wait to see what his son now does with the money, as he'd been hanging
out for his father to drop off the twig for years, if evidence to the
One-Tel phone company collapse enquiry is to be believed. Kerry Packer
has gone to that eternity of oblivion from which we come and to which
we return, and he won't be missed. Except by his pilot, who didn't even
get his kidney back.
Well readers, thats all the shit that I'll be slinging at the
moment, and there's plenty more where that came from. Anyone, with any
decency and self respect, with any sense of whats right and wrong, must
be appalled at what this society is becoming, or what is being revealed
as the thin veneer of "democratic freedom" is stripped away
and thrown in the dustbin of history. The only proper response to this,
as represented 1984's O'Brien, the thought policeman who told
Winston Smith that the future is "a boot smashing into a human
face forever", is to pull off the leg wearing the boot and shove
it up Big Brother's arse, leaving him to bleed to death.
As Stan Goff, an ex-US marine who had the scales fall from his eyes,
was quoted as saying in the latest issue of Adbusters Magazine
(an excellent read!), "Revolution is not a choice between capitalism
and socialism. It is a choice between the violent overthrow of the existing
order or our extermination by that order. Is that clear enough? Do we
need a little sugar with that?"