Sunday, December 18, 2016

From AusPolooza - Ghosts Of Politics Past


Over the last few years I've been reading a lot of history, English, Roman, Ancient, American. I've noticed a pattern in politics throughout history. This pattern appears to be crisis, struggle, success, complacency, idiocy.

Crisis is most often war, sometimes financial collapse or famine. Then the people work together for the common good. After a successful culture is established people become complacent and expect it to last forever. The final stage of political idiocy is the point Australia and most of the western world is approaching.

As evidence of this claim I present Jackie Lambie, Pauline Hanson, Donald Trump.

In a time when all information is available to all people we are behaving like idiots, accepting the information presented on social media. There is no thought of learning the lessons of the past. Propaganda, fake news and emotional appeal have replaced policy, and no one seems to have noticed it happening, let alone that it has happened before. It has always happened before a crisis, a war, financial collapse or famine.

The hope is that we have some leaders who have read more deeply than the latest polls, but I'm not seeing much evidence of that. Perhaps those serious minded politicians who actually present policy are not being elected and we are creating our own demise?

Those who have read some history are watching it repeat, and preparing for the crisis, then the struggle.


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