Abbott-derangement

Abbottville is the logical conclusion of a disastrous policy framework first inaugurated in 1983 by Hawke and Keating. For thirty years, this policy framework has led to the marketisation and pricing of nearly all social activities. Abbott’s agenda is merely a sharp extension of policies pursued to a lesser or greater degree by both Coalition and ALP governments.

If you think that is extreme – this is piece that just keeps giving.

In contrast to weak resistance in Anglo-American countries, European and Latin American countries have witnessed an escalation of desperate forms of public resistance to austerity measures (riots, occupations, torching of luxury cars and homes of the rich, smashing expensive shops and hijacking food trucks), thus placing governments on notice that there is a limit to their toleration of austerity. Is this the future that awaits Australia?

Incitement to violence? Much?

Then there are the sell-outs.

How also to understand well-intentioned people like Tim Costello, Paris Aristotle or Robert Manne, who undermine their long moral commitment to the poor or asylum seekers by now advocating naïve and immoral policies? Does Costello think a broadened GST will restore foreign aid cuts and that a regressive tax is OK because, as he stated, poor people don’t eat much fresh food? What of Paris Aristotle and Robert Manne, who legitimised the offshore hellholes on Manus Island and Nauru, even though they oppose Scott Morrison’s harsh methods?

Wow. Just wow. What is there to say?

This was published by The Guardian – lefty to be sure, but they used to make some pretence at being mainstream.

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38 Responses to Abbott-derangement

  1. Jeremy Steyr

    I always marvel at how the left so quickly turns a drop in the rate of spending increases into a justification for violence against any who dare to oppose them.

  2. Cato the Elder

    Professor Boris Frankel is an academic and author of books and articles on social theory, political economy and cultural criticism.

    Enough said. Sinc, your colleagues are nuts.

  3. Eddystone

    an escalation of desperate forms of public resistance to austerity measures (riots, occupations, torching of luxury cars and homes of the rich, smashing expensive shops and hijacking food trucks), thus placing governments on notice that there is a limit to their toleration of austerity.

    In other words, give us free stuff or we go on a rampage.

    Danegeld, but the enemy doesn’t go away, they just parasitise the rest of us.

  4. Alfonso

    In summary, get a job or beg, Boris.
    The addition of permanent hordes of 3rd world mendicant immigrants is not something I’m planning to pay for. But you go right ahead.
    See ‘capital flight’, old mate.

  5. Token

    This was published by The Guardian – lefty to be sure, but they used to make some pretence at being mainstream.

    Seriously? Why do you think GH calls the Age the Guardian on the Yarra?

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    Previous day the Guardian said that Thomas the Tank Engine is racist.

    That seems to quantify the issue rather nicely. On the fruitloop scale, eleven.

    Also, they lost money again this year.

  7. Sinclair Davidson

    Sinc, your colleagues are nuts.

    Not my colleague – he is at the University of Melbourne.

  8. Leo G

    “New disruptive campaigns must be organised – such as ending the dominance of the IPA and rightwing commentators on the ABC… ” Boris Frankel, theguardian.com, Wednesday 23 July 2014

    Perfesser Frankel still prays to Marx for the end of the old socialist order and the coming of the Post-industrial Society to replace the old working class of the proletarian strategy with a class of scientific, technical and professional workers.
    He thinks Tony Jones commentary dominance at the ABC is rightwing.

  9. Des Deskperson

    According to the MU website, Professor Boris Frankel is Honorary Fellow, School of Land and Environment.

    What is an ‘honorary fellow’ and does it mean he gets his own desk?

  10. Peter from SA

    F*** me I didn’t think it was possible for somebody to seriously hold these views in this day and age. He honestly thinks society would be better if violent protests were commonplace. I haven’t read such Marxist rubbish since I last saw a student newspaper 25 years ago.

    Move to Venezuela “Professor” … see how they are getting on.

  11. JohnA

    In contrast to weak resistance in Anglo-American countries, European and Latin American countries have witnessed an escalation of desperate forms of public resistance to austerity measures (riots, occupations, torching of luxury cars and homes of the rich, smashing expensive shops and hijacking food trucks)

    Excuse me? They object to austerity by targetting excess?

    Sounds like “war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength” stuff to me…

  12. davey street

    Why bother with trash like the Guardian. They mean nothing to anyone except the inner city nose ringed elites and the Canberra press gallery who are all part of their juvvie puerile moronic irrelevant spin machine. The more you give them oxygen the more they love it. PLEASE STOP AND WRITE ON SERIOUS MATTERS.

  13. DMS

    There’s no ill on the left that can’t be cured by taking other people’s money.

    Bill Clinton’s plenary at the AIDS conference in Melbourne (a worthy event (the conference, not necessarily the Clinton talk)) was disrupted by a group of protestors calling for an “AIDS Tax” on the wealthy via a taxing financial transactions.

  14. wreckage

    In contrast to weak resistance in Anglo-American countries, European and Latin American countries have witnessed an escalation of desperate forms of public resistance to austerity measures

    This guy is incoherent. The contrast between “Anglo” and “European”? Germany is substantially more austere than most countries, no riots. France is not at all “austere”; weekly riots for nearly ten years now.

    He has this garbled, jumbled mess of an enemy that is excessive and austere, de-liberalising society by reducing government ownership of it, or something. What is he actually against? Everything, including, item by item, the opposites of the things he is against…

  15. wreckage

    For thirty years, this policy framework has led to the marketisation and pricing of nearly all social activities.

    Probably the alien reptile shapeshifters doing that. I was tragically unaware of the situation until it became illegal to socialize with people without paying a fee; now that I’m broke I am not permitted to say hello to my mother.

    Or something. What does he even mean? What social activities have been marketized and price-ificated, possibly as a prelude to profitificationizing, for the enmoneying of the wealthied?

    More socialic activications should be demarketerized, as a matter of highifying prioritied.

  16. .

    Abbottville is the logical conclusion of a disastrous policy framework first inaugurated in 1983 by Hawke and Keating. For thirty years, this policy framework has led to the marketisation and pricing of nearly all social activities. Abbott’s agenda is merely a sharp extension of policies pursued to a lesser or greater degree by both Coalition and ALP governments.

    Unmatched prosperity, unemployment not seen before Whitlam, relatively low inflation…

    This guy ought to check his premises.

  17. Disillusioned

    With the impending collapse of the Faufax print media the poor will deprived of a major source of loo paper. Why didn’t the Guardian consider the poor and publish in print? Think of the needy in these times of austerity please.

    Seriously, is this idiot to stupid to concede the unrest caused by the number if illegals spread throughout Europe demanding welfare adding to the poverty of Club Med inflicted by lefty pollies?

  18. nerblnob

    FFS, does this guy have any powers of observation at all?

    The worst countries for the rioting etc are the ones where the government has tried to control everything including prices, and soak up unemployment by putting too many on the taxpayer payroll rather than allowing the market to diversify and improve productivity.

    Eventually … you guessed it … they started running out of other peoples’ money.

  19. Andrew

    Here’s why we’re broke.

    Once upon a time, balancing the budget was seen as a right-wing extremist policy. Now, taking the deficit from $50bn to $48bn is seen as a right-wing extremist policy, opposed even by the nominally centre-right like PUP.

  20. Squirrel

    “…Crucially, Abbott’s “enemies” have failed to come to terms with the characteristics of the new global phase of capitalism: that capitalism and democracy are becoming increasingly incompatible and business wants to completely free itself from democratic regulation.

    International investors in bonds and currencies, or those industries primarily geared to exports rather than domestic consumption (like the resources sector), have little vested interest in maintaining decent social welfare, education, health and public services. ….” [From the linked Guardian article]

    I would agree with Frankel to the extent that Abbott’s “enemies” are trying to tell their supporters that they can go on having their cake and eating it too – and that may just get them back into government, but sooner, or later difficult choices will need to be made.

    Beyond that, I agree with Peter from SA (at 8.15pm) – this is very reminiscent of what I recall reading in student newspapers, and all of a piece with the stuff which used to be written about that old darling Malcolm Fraser.

  21. Ant

    He reminds me of the exhibit at the annual show in the Western Vic town where I grew up back in the early 70s that featured a 3 breasted lady and half man/half woman, for some reason.

  22. Beertruk

    DMS
    #1392742, posted on July 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm
    There’s no ill on the left that can’t be cured by taking other people’s money.

    Bill Clinton’s plenary at the AIDS conference in Melbourne (a worthy event (the conference, not necessarily the Clinton talk)) was disrupted by a group of protestors calling for an “AIDS Tax” on the wealthy via a taxing financial transactions.

    I have often wondered why people should fund someone else’s life style. If there is that much ‘Gay Pride’ in the Alphabet People’s lobby, let them fund their own ‘AIDS TAX’.

  23. Rob MW

    “Wow. Just wow. What is there to say?”

    It’s just the delusional left trying to outdo the irrational left aided and abetted by the joint political factions of the delusional and irrational left led by ole’ vinegar tits herself.

  24. thefrollickingmole

    Meanwhile on the ABC Drum dumb website.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-24/green-abbott-should-speak-from-the-heart-more-often/5618764

    Abbott should have had the same reaction to the asylum seeker economic migrant killed at Manus..

    Lefty squid inking at its best, and the comments are a treat.

  25. Rococo Liberal

    The problem for the left is that they all pussies. They talk about violence but a few real punches and they run away to mummy screaming.

  26. What does he even mean?

    He means that costs associated with approved social activities should be provided free.

    Organic chai latte – free
    Beer – taxed to hell and back

    FMD – that would be like my brother running everything, only worse. Much, much worse.

  27. The problem for the left is that they all pussies. They talk about violence but a few real punches and they run away to mummy screaming.

    Correct. Those scrawny, gangly, bearded students only throw punches knowing that those on the receiving end are not allowed to punch back. Even as a physically ordinary man, I wouldn’t even baulk at getting into a fight with any of them. Just no cameras so they can’t win from losing.

  28. (riots, occupations, torching of luxury cars and homes of the rich, smashing expensive shops and hijacking food trucks), thus placing governments on notice that there is a limit to their toleration of austerity. Is this the future that awaits Australia?

    The Guardianistas would love this. They could thrill to the spectacle (‘wow! just like Paris in 68! Which I don’t remember, because I wasn’t even born!’) and then sit comfortably back and write long, meaningful articles about it, blaming everyone but the perpetrators.

    After all, none of them lives in the kinds of districts where this may actually happen, eg. Islamic enclaves in parts of south-western Sydney.

  29. Boris Frankel was born in Melbourne. His many books and articles on social theory, political economy and cultural criticism include Beyond the State? and The Post Industrial Utopias. He has been a commentator on radio and television and in the print media and has participated in numerous public forums.

    This guy not only needs to check his premise, but also his PRIVILEGE.

  30. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    (riots, occupations, torching of luxury cars and homes of the rich, smashing expensive shops and hijacking food trucks),

    Start with the property of the highly-paid socialists at the ABC and see how you get on.

  31. Squirrel

    “Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    #1393190, posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:58 am

    (riots, occupations, torching of luxury cars and homes of the rich, smashing expensive shops and hijacking food trucks),

    Start with the property of the highly-paid socialists at the ABC and see how you get on.”

    Indeed – but according to Boris, the ABC is a nest of right-wing reactionaries, so he would probably be OK with attacks on their personal property:

    “….New disruptive campaigns must be organised – such as ending the dominance of the IPA and rightwing commentators on the ABC and combatting their commercial media outlets….”

  32. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Point taken, Squirrel. Boris will have to start with Boris himself then, as he is the only one available. All his income and assets to go immediately to the poorest of the poor. I can give him a few pointers as to where to find them. Get moving, Boris. Off to the soup kitchen with you, and count yourself lucky.

  33. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    ps. In spite of what Squirrel says, Boris, I am sure the ABC hierarchy would still love to contribute to da equalization you have in mind, bless their right wing little hearts.

  34. Andrew

    The Guardian was selling the line the other day that no ‘mainstream’ economist believes that there is an issue with the budget deficit and everyone loves carbon pricing…these people live in an alternate reality

  35. Tel

    Excuse me? They object to austerity by targetting excess?

    Sounds like “war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength” stuff to me…

    The same reporters will tell you, without blinking, that the Howard/Costello government ran a structural deficit, because they should have put more money aside for the ALP to squander. Welcome to the 21st Century, information is wealth and power, lies are too useful to give up, low information voters are in everyone’s sights.

    Never have we had better tools, nor less interest in using them.

  36. .

    Andrew
    #1393658, posted on July 24, 2014 at 8:19 pm
    The Guardian was selling the line the other day that no ‘mainstream’ economist believes that there is an issue with the budget deficit and everyone loves carbon pricing…these people live in an alternate reality

    Fuck me dead.

    Maybe not at Moodys, because Zandi was all in for Obama, but in most offices, there is a healthy mocking of political positions or at least a deference that other analysts might have silly ideas about how effective fiscal stimulus or NGDP targeting is.

  37. .

    The same reporters will tell you, without blinking, that the Howard/Costello government ran a structural deficit, because they should have put more money aside for the ALP to squander.

    They are usually married to ALP MPs, for example.

  38. Aristogeiton

    Austerity? Is that where government expenditure in real terms continues to balloon? Seems worth rioting over; what an outrage!

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