A short video by Robert Reich lasting just 2 minutes 35 seconds landed in my news feed on Facebook a few days ago. For all I know it may have been around for months, but that’s irrelevant. The message is what is important.
Reich was US Secretary for Labor, from 1993-1997 under the presidency of Bill Clinton and besides now being Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California, Berkley, he is also an outspoken political commentator.
Read more at: The Australian Independent Media Network
What do the following have in common: Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey, Arthur Sinodinos, David Johnston, Bronwyn Bishop, Jamie Briggs, Eric Abetz, Mal Brough, Kevin Andrews, Bruce Billson?
They were all Liberal ministers in the Australian Abbott government, including Abbott himself, and all somehow fell out of favour with their peers or chose to resign from their portfolios and, in the process, weakened the government’s unity, it’s cohesion, it’s integrity….if indeed it had any in the first place.
Hello, my name is John Kelly and I am a blogger at ‘The View From My Garden.” I am 70 years of age, retired from paid work and loving it. My passion is Australian politics and Economics. I have a Bachelor of Communications degree majoring in Journalism.
I have no Economic qualifications but am a student of Professor Bill Mitchell, professor of Economics at Newcastle University in New South Wales, even though he probably doesn’t know it.
Professor Mitchell writes a blog every day on some issue of relevance to Australian politics and the state of our economy. His vast knowledge and foresight enables those who follow him to understand how money works. He does this better than any other economist save a handful of his associates, here and around the world, who are of like mind.
What you will discover reading my blogs is that I do not suffer fools. Perhaps I could be more conciliatory, but when one watches the antics of a federal government that acts like a bunch of illiterate, schoolyard bullies, patience and grace are not my first considerations.
So join me if you wish or don’t. I will still be here doing what I enjoy. As you will note, all my blogs are syndicated with The Australian Independent Media Network where the majority of my readership resides.
You are welcome to join us but don’t expect oranges and roses. That’s not what we’re about. We’re about exposing the incompetence of a dysfunctional government that includes the ten members listed above.
Ten ministerial replacements were thus required to replace them in the short space of two years and three months. This is no more than a political version of Game of Thrones. Doubtless there will be more exposed before they are removed from office.
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Democracy is not failing us, it is we who fail democracy when we fail to actively engage with it. Democracy, as we practice it today, has lost its essential direction and has been usurped by divisive, vitriolic, jingoistic spin. Democracy today is no longer government of, by and for the people. It is government of the most influential, the loudest shock jock, the focus group, the public relations consultant and whoever is able to exercise their lust for power. This dysfunctional gathering ignores concern for national unity and prosperity. The voice of the special interest group has come to dominate the present model. Debate, divide and conquer is the aim and its tactic is to fragment the collective energy of the nation, split it down the middle, weaken its resolve and make it easier for vested interests to have their way. Unity is strength. Disunity is a recipe for failure.
The system we call democracy, the one devised by ourselves for ourselves, has been compromised by the wealthy for the benefit of the wealthy. The collective interest of the masses has been relegated to second place and has become a by-product.
How do we reinvent democracy? How do we wind it back to the way it was practiced in ancient Greece, its original birth place? When we engage in collective discussion we are more intelligent than we think. When we argue for special interest over collective interest we weaken the whole. Discussion panels need to replace focus groups. Councils for public interest should replace career politicians.