Socialists Have Aspirations as Well

Sean, I just had another look at this post of yours. I find it so interesting that I would like to reblog it. I hope, that this is all right.

wake up and smell the humans

Dear Prime Minister,

It’s pretty clear that you and your side of politics believe that any form of taxation or welfare destroys people’s aspirations. I speak for myself while suspecting I am not alone, especially since at the last federal election more people voted for Labor and the Greens than voted for your so called broad church coalition of neo/liberal/conservative/national parties.

I have lots of aspirations. One of these I can phrase in your very own faux fair dinkum ozzie parlance. It is: a fair go so we can all have a go. It looks a lot like your mantra: a fair go for those who have a go, but it is quite different, and the type of society that would emanate from my philosophy would be quite different from the one you are currently legislating into existence.

If you’re having trouble understanding the difference, let…

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4 thoughts on “Socialists Have Aspirations as Well

  1. Yes, I agree. Unfortunately Australia has changed since my parents decided to risk all in migrating here back in 1956 when Australia was far more equal in its aspirations. We now have the divide between the haves and have nots.

    1. Gerard, I find the vision of an emerging new economic system very interesting:

      Published on Dec 3, 2018
      Prof. Muhammad Yunus offers his vision of an emerging new economic system. Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in alleviating poverty. Now he declares it’s time to admit that the capitalist engine is broken – that in its current form it inevitably leads to rampant inequality, massive unemployment, and environmental destruction. We need a new economic system that unleashes altruism as a creative force just as powerful as self-interest. The change will come through the action of people and the emergence of new social business.

    2. Sean, you say: “I aspire for peace and equality and for our human society to tread a whole lot more lightly on the planet and all its life forms.”
      Now ‘peace and equality’, I do wonder why is it that this kind of aspiration is not reflected in our parliament? So, why is it not possible for voters to find candidates with this sort of aspiration who may have a chance to be voted in?
      Is it because the majority of voters do indeed love excessive prosperity more than peace, justice and equality?
      I cannot see how a revolution can fix that. Maybe an education revolution would be a start. Only the problem might come up that the educational system can be manipulated unduly . . .
      So, freedom of thought is very important, isn’t it? You see, I have a lot of questions. I cannot see any easy answers to my questions.
      It seems to me, that worsening climate change may bring some answers in a way that is going to be extremely detrimental to our ‘good’ way of life. I do not like to be so pessimistic. But maybe some changes in people’s thinking, the majority of people that is, can be brought about only by major disasters. There are quite a few very well informed and wise people on this planet. But it seems to me so far the majority of people refuses to listen to them where it counts, even though the internet gives us the chance to inform ourselves adequately . . . .

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      Sean Crawley
      on July 11, 2019 at 5:52 am said:
      Like you, I have many questions as well, bucket loads of them! Your question: “So, why is it not possible for voters to find candidates with this sort of aspiration who may have a chance to be voted in?” pops into my head often.

      Unfortunately, I believe, our education system is failing us. Somehow, the school system has become this fierce competition for marks, to gain entry into the university courses that promise the highest incomes upon graduation. The school system, to a large extent, effectively destroys innate curiosity and the love of learning. And we do this to our children! Teachers in the vast majority don’t want NAPLAN, but the bureaucrats don’t listen to teachers, they listen to economists and Business Councils because unfortunately schools have become the training camps for the capitalist machinery.

      It is a sad thing to admit, but by and large change won’t really happen until there is imminent threat. Climate change will likely be that threat, the question is, how long before that threat becomes imminent enough to outweigh our desire for excessive prosperity?

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      on July 11, 2019 at 11:07 am said:
      I do turn 85 this year, Sean. Whether I am going to experience this imminent threat depends very much on how much longer I am going to live!! 🙂
      My descendants are many. What are they going to experience?

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      berlioz1935 on July 11, 2019 at 1:35 pm said:
      HI Sean, someone sent me the link to your post, Letter to the Prime Minister. Did you really send it off? I think, he should read it but I doubt that he would. He is from a different planet.

      I liked the whole sentiment that is contained in your post. The analogy of the two different gardens is a good one. It is the diversity of plants that makes the meadow superior to the lawn. Monoculture has destroyed agriculture and contributed to the change in the climate of our once beautiful planet.

      The PM claims to be a Christian (by the way, I’m not). Then he should know that his god has given mankind stewardship of the world. Humans are not part of the natural world anymore they have taken over by force of numbers. Now we should manage the environment. But what do we do? We exploit the environment. Where is the brotherhood of man? The PM, as you have pointed out, counts only on the people he imagined are having a go. Your kind of aspiration is meaningless in his book.

      Thank you for your well written, meaningful post.

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      Sean Crawley
      on July 11, 2019 at 5:30 pm said:
      Thank you, Peter. We’re on the same page, brother!

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