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neo-liberalism

The economic ideology, falsely termed a science, which demands minimum government intervention in the economy, otherwise referred to as "dry economics" or "economic rationalism".

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…Self-discipline has not been seen as a great virtue by citizens of the West over the last few decades. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was popularly assumed to be a preference of the Right, and this misapprehension remains in the political debate.

Sanctioning Progress: The Secret Economic War against Belarus

While the latest reports from Greece indicate that the country’s supermarket shelves could soon be out of food stocks and humanitarian war rhetoric bellows across the Eastern Mediterranean towards the terror-stricken Levant, Europe’s degenerate oligarchs are silently waging another war against a sovereign European state: the Republic of Belarus.

Belarus is probably the only country in Europe that still invests more of its GDP in the education, health care and housing of its people than it does in zombie banks, rogue financial institutions and foreign wars of conquest. The story of Belarus is the story of a people who said no to unregulated privatization, no to an economy based solely on greed and inequality, yes to education, yes to healthcare and yes to a future of full employment for its people.

Original article on 7 June 2012 by Gearóid Ó Colmáin posted on Global Research.

'Interview' with Paul Kelly yet more free ABC advertising for Rupert Murdoch

The Murdoch press promotion of Paul Kelly's misnamed book The March of Patriots, chronicling the Prime Ministerships of Paul Keating and the early years of John Howard's, has been supplemented, at taxpayers' expense, by Brisbane ABC local radio stations Conversations program.

See also: "Review of Naomi Klein's 'The Shock Doctrine'" of 21 Nov 07

Stop the sell-off of Australia's mineral wealth!

The bids by Chinese state-owned companies to buy out Australian mining companies have alarmed ordinary Australians. As before, however, opposition to this growing encroachment upon Australian sovereignty has been equated with cold war 'yellow peril' racism in an apparent attempt to stifle debate.

Update: 75% of respondents to a Courier Mail online poll believed that Australia was too reliant economically on China, 2 Apr 09.

See also: Forum discussions "More on the Yellow Peril" of 31 Mar 09 on Laratus Prodeo, , "Federal government and China" of 30 Mar 09

Financial Elite Have No Shame

Let's imagine, for a moment, how different the public debate would be today if it had been unions that had caused the current economic turmoil.

Also published on www.informationclearinghouse.info. Original article by Linda McQuaig published in the Toronto Star on 27 Jan 09.

How the nationalisation of metal recycling may save our electricity and communications infrastructure from destruction

Around the world, scarcity-driven increases in the cost of metals are driving the vandalisation of electrical and communications infrastructure as thieves steal copper and other valuable and even not-so-valuable metals to sell to metal recyclers. Is the only solution the removal altogether of the profit motive from the metal recycling industry?

See also: transcript of ABC Radio National Background Briefing program "Metals, money and madness" (2 Nov 08).

How to end Australia's dependence upon population-growth driven financial speculation

The collapse of the global house of credit-cards and consequent stalling of demand for our mineral wealth is beginning to show up how truly unproductive our economy has become after decades of 'reform'. How can we begin to repair the damage?

Unreliable ratings agencies hold Roozendaal hostage

Why is NSW Treasurer Eric Roozendaal threatening a slash-and-burn budget entailing the risk of a recession in order satisfy Credit Ratings agencies implicated in the subprime mortgage crisis in the US?

See also "Treasurer talks tax rises, job cuts" in SMH of 13 Oct 08, "Tax hike risk if NSW remains in the red" in the Australian of 12 Oct 08.

Why 'market forces' cannot save Murray-Darling

Ian Douglas of Fair Water Use (www.fairwateruse.com.au) shows how the 'reform', commencing in 1994, which promised to rectify the Murray-Darling's chaotic piecemeal water management structure by making water allocations a marketable commodity separate from the land titles, has, instead, only help bring the Murray-Darling system to the brink of collapse . In accord with our national constitution's provisions for such national crises, he calls for the declaration of a state of emergency.

Originally published as Ending Australia's water torture on the ABC News web site on 16 Sep 08

See also: Environmental group calls for declaration of State of Emergency to save dying Murray-Darling system, Water stolen from dying Murray-Darling by technicality.

One Year After the Publication of The Shock Doctrine, A Response to the Attacks

Naomi Klein responds to recent attacks upon her work by the 'free market' think-tanks whose insidious subversion of democracy in the service of their corporate benefactors was lucidly exposed in her book The Shock Doctrine published one year ago.

Original article at www.naomiklein.org/articles/2008/09/response-attacks.

See also: Online Opinion discussions in which The Shock Doctrine is discussed: NSW power without pride and Winning the war in Iraq.

Two of the articles to which Naomi Klein's article is in response to are The Klein Doctrine - The Rise of Disaster Polemics (663K PDF file here) published by The Cato Institute on 14 May and Dead Left by Jonathan Chait published in The New Republic of 30 July 08

Good news: Business Council of Australia says members may leave Australia

The Business Council of Australia represents the corporate lobby groups that have overtaken the process of democracy in Australia and which have raised the cost of land, water, food and housing. If they go off-shore Australians will be better off.

The Collusion of the Left in the Neo-Liberal Agenda

Alistair McConnachie, the head of the Glasgow based organization Sovereignty explains that in this article originally published in September of 2006 how the Left, driven by the ideology of "Equality" manipulates the lofty concept of solidarity to collude in destructive capitalism and ecological disaster.

The Original article is to be found here on the web-site sovereignty.org.uk. See also: How mass migration has devastated the social fabric of Britain.

Last gasp for single desk marketing of Australian wheat

Over 500 farmers have turned out in force to protest at Parliament in Canberra in a last ditch attempt to persuade the Government not to ditch the single desk marketing of Australian wheat.

Jeff Kennett's Legacy

Kennett's legacy to Victorians has been no Victorian on the public payroll has a secure job, their employment can disappear a the stroke of a pen.

The was cross-posted to Online Opinion in response to an article Fix the states, fix inflation of 27 May 08

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Review of Naomi Klein’s "The Shock Doctrine"

I hate to resort to clichés, but this is a ‘must read’ book – the kind that only gets published once in a hundred years.

The theory Klein develops is that the main reason for the rise of democracy and social-welfare with its old age pensions, public hospitals, public housing, and universal education after the Great Depression of the 1930s was that the beneficiaries of the robber-baron culture which had dominated until then were aware that if people were kept sufficiently miserable, they would turn to communism and socialism.

Reading of the desecration and live dismemberment of Iraq and seeing the name KPMG, I could not help but think of how our recent Premier, Steven Bracks, who was so fond of public-private partnerships, and whose government gave away 20 ha of public land in Royal Park to private 52% owned Singapore developer, Australand. In a move which even the departing Queensland Premier criticised, Bracks recently began to work for KPMG Peat Marwick, which, incidentally, is involved in reconstruction efforts in East Timor.

Also published on Web Diary. See also: "Shock Doctrine's Shocking Short Shrift" of 8 Nov 07 by Carolyn Baker.

Closing our borders can't mean turning our backs

Whilst measures to stop the current unprecedented global levels of immigration are a necessary precondition to save the world's environment, they can only ever work as stop-gap measures. Unless accompanied by a concerted international effort to redress the inequities, established by colonialism and, in recent decades, exacerbated by the waves of neo-liberal inspired globalising 'reforms', closure of borders of industrialised nations to immigration from Third World nations cannot succeed in the longer term and cannot hope to prevent world-wide environmental calamity.

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