Political Coverage By the Media in Our Country - PART TWO

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Re: Political Coverage By the Media in Our Country - PART TWO

Post by kat888 » 18 Jun 2018, 07:54

Peer through the lens of neoliberalism and you see more clearly how the political thinkers most admired by Thatcher and Reagan helped shape the ideal of society as a kind of universal market (and not, for example, a polis, a civil sphere or a kind of family) and of human beings as profit-and-loss calculators (and not bearers of grace, or of inalienable rights and duties). Of course the goal was to weaken the welfare state and any commitment to full employment, and – always – to cut taxes and deregulate. But “neoliberalism” indicates something more than a standard rightwing wish list. It was a way of reordering social reality, and of rethinking our status as individuals.

Still peering through the lens, you see how, no less than the welfare state, the free market is a human invention. You see how pervasively we are now urged to think of ourselves as proprietors of our own talents and initiative, how glibly we are told to compete and adapt. You see the extent to which a language formerly confined to chalkboard simplifications describing commodity markets (competition, perfect information, rational behaviour) has been applied to all of society, until it has invaded the grit of our personal lives, and how the attitude of the salesman has become enmeshed in all modes of self-expression.

In short, “neoliberalism” is not simply a name for pro-market policies, or for the compromises with finance capitalism made by failing social democratic parties. It is a name for a premise that, quietly, has come to regulate all we practise and believe: that competition is the only legitimate organising principle for human activity.
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Re: Political Coverage By the Media in Our Country - PART TWO

Post by veebass » 18 Jun 2018, 09:46

kat888 wrote:
18 Jun 2018, 07:54
Peer through the lens of neoliberalism and you see more clearly how the political thinkers most admired by Thatcher and Reagan helped shape the ideal of society as a kind of universal market (and not, for example, a polis, a civil sphere or a kind of family) and of human beings as profit-and-loss calculators (and not bearers of grace, or of inalienable rights and duties). Of course the goal was to weaken the welfare state and any commitment to full employment, and – always – to cut taxes and deregulate. But “neoliberalism” indicates something more than a standard rightwing wish list. It was a way of reordering social reality, and of rethinking our status as individuals.

Still peering through the lens, you see how, no less than the welfare state, the free market is a human invention. You see how pervasively we are now urged to think of ourselves as proprietors of our own talents and initiative, how glibly we are told to compete and adapt. You see the extent to which a language formerly confined to chalkboard simplifications describing commodity markets (competition, perfect information, rational behaviour) has been applied to all of society, until it has invaded the grit of our personal lives, and how the attitude of the salesman has become enmeshed in all modes of self-expression.

In short, “neoliberalism” is not simply a name for pro-market policies, or for the compromises with finance capitalism made by failing social democratic parties. It is a name for a premise that, quietly, has come to regulate all we practise and believe: that competition is the only legitimate organising principle for human activity.
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/a ... -the-world
I saw a definition that I thought was spot on that included the view that anything less than maximum profit is a loss and a cost to production.
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Re: Political Coverage By the Media in Our Country - PART TWO

Post by veebass » 18 Jun 2018, 09:47

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18 Jun 2018, 07:22
Mitch Fifield is a member of the IPA ... privatising the ABC and SBS are numbers 50 and 51 on their shopping list.

Another example of how well and efficiently the neoliberal model works: just like thousand of other football fans, we signed up to pay for the Optus 'product', ie streaming service, so we could watch the World Cup, because SBS lost the rights and only have a single match per day.

You can FORGET watching the matches live, as the streams are unwatchable -- buffering, throwing errors and the rest. One day in the not too distant future, unless people get off their arses, everything is going to be like this.

I watched the soccer on multiple big screens last Saturday night while we were playing. Very distracting. They had four codes going at once.
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Re: Political Coverage By the Media in Our Country - PART TWO

Post by veebass » 18 Jun 2018, 11:37

kat888 wrote:
18 Jun 2018, 07:22
Mitch Fifield is a member of the IPA ... privatising the ABC and SBS are numbers 50 and 51 on their shopping list.

Another example of how well and efficiently the neoliberal model works: just like thousand of other football fans, we signed up to pay for the Optus 'product', ie streaming service, so we could watch the World Cup, because SBS lost the rights and only have a single match per day.

You can FORGET watching the matches live, as the streams are unwatchable -- buffering, throwing errors and the rest. One day in the not too distant future, unless people get off their arses, everything is going to be like this.
Might like this Kat.

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Re: Political Coverage By the Media in Our Country - PART TWO

Post by veebass » 18 Jun 2018, 12:30

Burston joining Palmer. :rolf: :rolf: :rolf: :rolf: :rolf: :rolf: :rolf:
He didn't mislead the Senate- about as plausible as the Libs don't want to privatise the ABC, cheques in the mail and other great lies of our times..
Politics is getting funnier every day.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-18/b ... on/9879984

BTW I wonder if Palmer will run candidates on the Sunshine Coast and Townsville. He isn't very popular in either place with good reason.
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Post by jezzamac » 18 Jun 2018, 13:24

Palmer United Party - Now the "United Australia Party". Haven't we been there before?
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Post by veebass » 18 Jun 2018, 17:07

Bob Day's replacement, who dispensed with the charade and just joined the Libs outright, has learned quickly and is in trouble for travel rorting. She also reckons they aren't paid that much.

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Post by packrat » 18 Jun 2018, 20:29

And now SBS has to step in to cover for Optus. Hi ho hee hee.

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Re: Political Coverage By the Media in Our Country - PART TWO

Post by kat888 » 18 Jun 2018, 22:10

Russell, don't use the 'S' word -- it's offensive. The sort of word Lord Snooty sneers at you when he's striking you across the face with his horsewhip.
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Re: Political Coverage By the Media in Our Country - PART TWO

Post by veebass » 19 Jun 2018, 05:31

kat888 wrote:
18 Jun 2018, 22:10
Russell, don't use the 'S' word -- it's offensive. The sort of word Lord Snooty sneers at you when he's striking you across the face with his horsewhip.
"S@ccer"?
I only used it to distinguish which of the four codes being televised at the one time I was actually watching. The walls of the pub we were playing at was virtually covered with big screens. They did have the decency to turn the particularly giant one directly behind us off when we started to play.
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Re: Political Coverage By the Media in Our Country - PART TWO

Post by veebass » 19 Jun 2018, 05:48

Aren't we all glad Malcolm put us through his Double Dissolution election, which enabled such an interesting mix of people into the Senate and introduced a new level of stability.

El Presidente For Life may have a problem ...........again.

I will be fascinated to see how One Nation actually polls now in Longman after the circus that has occurred and will no doubt continue. If they still poll well it shows there is no connection between the One Nation vote and the "Party's" actual performance and it is actually more a personality cult than a political party.

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Re: Political Coverage By the Media in Our Country - PART TWO

Post by veebass » 19 Jun 2018, 06:04

So the Government attacks a Labor policy by criticising the PBO (independent costing body) analysis of it again by using it's own tame (Treasury) analysis, which BTW sounds to be factually incorrect (Morrison must have helped write it). The same Government criticises the ABC for not being politically independent because it says things it doesn't agree with or points out when they are actually lying. The Liberals want to privatise the ABC. The PBO will be next for privatisation, unless they start to do independence the Liberal way..

BTW How would privatising the ABC improve the main publicly stated criticism that the Government has of the ABC ie they are not balanced? Do we see any of the privately owned media (which the a privatised ABC would become) being at all balanced currently?

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Re: Political Coverage By the Media in Our Country - PART TWO

Post by veebass » 19 Jun 2018, 09:42

Hmm.......I thought only CFMEU members were thugs.....not members of the Liberal Party.
What was that about Union thugs, Malcolm?


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Re: Political Coverage By the Media in Our Country - PART TWO

Post by veebass » 20 Jun 2018, 07:22

Another very bad week for Morrison (and Turnbull) after the losing stoush they started over Labor's Tax figure's because Morrison blatantly "misrepresented" the PBO's work, this totally unsurprisingly study finds they are wrong (at best and more likely, straight out lying) about the need for their own big business tax handouts.
The finding undermines the argument that countries such as Australia are being forced to cut their tax rates because economic integration has made capital location more sensitive to differences in taxes.

The Turnbull government has relied on such an argument when calling on the senate to support a cut in Australia’s corporate tax rate from 30% to 25%.
“These firms don’t seem to move much tangible capital to low-tax places – they don’t even have much tangible capital to start with. Instead, they avoid taxes by shifting accounting profits,” the paper says.

“In 2016 for instance, Google Alphabet made $19.2bn in revenue in Bermuda, a small island in the Atlantic where it barely employs any workers nor owns any tangible assets, and where the corporate tax rate is 0%.
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Re: Political Coverage By the Media in Our Country - PART TWO

Post by narcdor » 20 Jun 2018, 10:13

Quite right, I can't understand how lowering the tax rate from 30% to 25% when you currently pay 0% would elicit a change of heart. Business is business and not out for the love of it and they will do what they can to maximise profit, so until international loop holes can be closed you're just thrashing about in the sandpit.
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