In despair

I’m in despair. The days of good economic reform are long behind us with no prospect for a return. Australia is drifting, with complacency ruling the roost, while our citizens have no capacity for introspection. We are rudderless, with useless governments and parliamentarians across all levels of government. Every time there is a problem, there is a shout for further government spending and regulation. Only a small minority of citizens are interested in balanced budgets, government debt, government spending, taxation, and economic reform. Instead they spend their time focusing on social media and reality television. Homo sapiens are evolving along the lines of the telephone sanitisers in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. We are like the citizens of Nauru, throwing away our wealth in the pursuit of comfort and luxury but deskilling along the way.

The prognosis for Australia is poor. There is a cure and a remedy, but we are unwilling to take the tough medicine. Our destiny is therefore inexorable decline. The settlement experiment since 1770 has ended, we will revert to Hobbes’ description of life being solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. It makes no sense to save in this environment; best to join in the narcissism and enjoy the moment. Spend today for there may not be a tomorrow. That’s the optimistic scenario. The pessimistic scenario is that there is nothing to spend today.

About Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

I'm a retired general who occasionally gets called back to save the republic before returning to my plough.
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28 Responses to In despair

  1. Z

    Sorry!
    But don’t you hate Abbot and Trump?
    You have what you wanted.

  2. Charlie

    Cry me a river. You boomers shitted all over a great country and now whine about it.

  3. bobby b

    Oh these damned kids and our ruinous modern times!

    . . .

    “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for
    authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place
    of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their
    households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They
    contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties
    at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

    Socrates, maybe.

    . . .

    “The world is passing through troublous times. The young people of
    today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for
    parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint. They talk as
    if they knew everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is
    foolishness with them. As for the girls, they are forward, immodest
    and unladylike in speech, behavior and dress.”

    Peter The Hermit.

    . . .

    “I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on
    the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless
    beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and
    respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly (un)wise and
    impatient of restraint.”

    Hesiod.

    . . .

    Ever do our oldsters impugn the morals of our youth, and the trends of the times, and ever do our youth laugh in response and the times eventually humiliate us.

    I’d say this instead of what you said:

    “I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is
    always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is
    wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the
    old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks
    it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.”

    G.K. Chesterton.

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    Lucius – That is what the farm is for. When the plebs and the patricians have decided to ignore everything you say and fight amongst themselves over trivia, there’s always the peacefulness of milking the cows.

    The Gauls will fix the problem for you. Eventually. One way or another.

  5. A Lurker

    Mark my words, there is a Correction coming.
    This state of affairs – this disruption – this imbalance will eventually end.
    Nature corrects such mistakes. It always does.
    The Correction, however, will be painful. It always is.
    Our nation must and will endure.
    But the next decade will be difficult.

  6. “Instead they spend their time focusing on social media and reality television.”
    True, but in the meantime our leaders fritter time and resources away on considering such frivolity as SSM, and the birthplace of another’s grandfather.
    The correction will be painful indeed.

  7. Rohan

    A Lurker
    #2577810, posted on December 7, 2017 at 7:02 am
    Mark my words, there is a Correction coming.

    Yep. I’m seeing anger out there. If I’ve gone on the odd rant about the sorry state of affairs. There’s been little or no argument from anyone. They all see it too, even those that vote ALP. And almost all of those people stay dead quiet. They’re ashamed of their party.

    But they are still apathetic. They’re not hurting enough to demand change.

  8. John Comnenus

    Correct me if I am wrong but isn’t LQC a never Trumper because he is anti unconstrained mass migration?

    The reason the Left loves multiculturalism and mass migration is because they had the basically conservative Anglo-Celtic culture that prided itself on fiscal responsibility and social stability. The left has indulged in mass migration specifically to ‘breed out’ this anti Leftist views.

    We now have so many people in Australia who come from countries where the main culture is corrupt, socialistic or tribal that we will never go back to what Australia was like even 30 years ago. Import the people and you import their culture. And I include most Southern and Northern European countries in that mix. Obviously it is not universal, but most people from non Anglo-Celtic cultures are anti individualistic and fiscal responsibility.

    You made your bed with mass migration LCQ. Now go lie in it.

  9. Aristogeiton

    Visit your local church or synagogue or go for a hike. This is pitiful.

  10. min

    Unfortunately we have allowed 14-24 yr olds to become narcissists, a world wide trend according to research by Twenge et al, Fortunately not all, no 1 grand child just graduated MD ,her friends hardworking,well mannered young people no 2 with a double degree raised money for ovarian cancer research this year using her media skills, no 3 has just finished IB another hard working young woman who suffered a life threatening accident in yr 10 butovercame her injuries which will leave her with life long problems.and no 4 a16 yr old not a man yet but has just taken over school pipe band as drum major. He had what I think will be a real life learning experience in the past 2 nights playing behind Paul McCartney. I hope he had a chance to listen to to Paul’s story and learn from his humbleness

  11. jupes

    If only we had a leader who will stop the drifting and put the national interest first.

    You know, like President Trump.

  12. Cactus

    It would be nice if we had the ability to course correct, but we cant. Methinks the property/banking bubble and the energy crisis will either cause or contribute to our inevitable recession, bailing out of the banks etc. At that time what is the popularly voted outcome?
    1) Tax the rich – been done – is there enough wealth there to fix it?
    2) Steal super – probably
    3) Do hard welfare, tax and energy reform.

    Depends how bad the crisis is. You start at 1, move to 2 and then if thinks are really stuffed – go to 3.

    Thoughts?

  13. JohnA

    Cactus #2577898, posted on December 7, 2017, at 9:16 am

    1) Tax the rich – been done – is there enough wealth there to fix it?
    2) Steal super – probably
    3) Do hard welfare, tax and energy reform.

    Depends how bad the crisis is. You start at 1, move to 2 and then if things are really stuffed – go to 3.

    Thoughts?

    Attempting 2 would lead to a middle-class riot.

    Go straight to 3.

    But that requires a team such as Howard – Costello or Kennett – Stockdale to emerge from the ruins of the Libs. The Nats are blatant agrarian socialists, and the days of Anthony and Anderson are gone from there too.

    THAT is the cause of despair for LQC.

    Me? As a religious nut of the Christian tribe (Presbyterian clan), I know that God is bigger than our problems, and the answer will only come as we return to Biblical values and principles.

    Micah 6:8

  14. Bruce of Newcastle

    Unfortunately we have allowed 14-24 yr olds to become narcissists, a world wide trend according to research by Twenge et al

    The Left has done this on purpose.
    Narcissists believe they are entitled.
    The Left then promises them what they want.
    The narcissistic kids who dislike to be told they can’t have something then vote for the party who says they will give it to them.
    Which gives the Left what they want, which is power.
    This works until the country runs out of toilet paper.

  15. AlanR

    No wonder it’s all fu…d when the likes of karabar @ 7.22 consider equlity before the law for all citizens ‘frivolous’.

  16. Roger

    The reason the Left loves multiculturalism and mass migration is because they had the basically conservative Anglo-Celtic culture that prided itself on fiscal responsibility and social stability. The left has indulged in mass migration specifically to ‘breed out’ this anti Leftist views.

    +1

  17. Roger

    And I include most Southern and Northern European countries in that mix.

    John, you could exclude the Dutch, Germans and Scandinavians, at least those who migrated in the 19th C..

    The American mid-west was settled by these folk.

    More recently it was refreshing to see Senator Lucy Gichuhi condemn Australia’s welfare mentality in her maiden speech.

    The common denominator in all these instances? Protestant Christianity. Culture is downstream from religion.

  18. RAZOR

    It’s true, the left want society to breakdown.

    They believe then that a fascist totalitarian regime is able to be established (with their elite in charge). It’s also true that placing bacteria on a culture plate will see the tribe expand until their is no food left on the plate. This is now the planet’s destiny – economic destruction followed by slow recovery in those areas least under the influence of those who resist forceably the BS that spews forth as socialism. “socialism is the ambitious sacrifice of the many to the aggrandizement of the few. ” Don’t know the author but must acknowledge that it is someone else’s thought.

  19. littledozer

    2013 election was only 4 years ago. The Liberals let their own voters down. Turnbull claimed his economic management to be far superior to Abbott. Then goes ahead and resurrect’s people like Parkinson.

  20. struth

    You can say it, Ludricrous Q Cunnilingus, you know what the cure is.

    An Australian Trump.

    If you don’t admit that, you are part of the problem not the cure, so spare me the crocodile tears.

  21. struth

    To state the left hate the west is somewhat pointless.

    They openly state it themselves.

    All the problems in the world stem from western capitalism in their eyes, and everyone except for privileged white men are victims of it.
    All of their policies and all cultural Marxism is based on this.

  22. John Comnenus

    Roger,

    I agree re Europeans. There are many pro conservative Northern Italians and Greek small business owners who are pro business, but most Italians and Greeks would be pro ALP. Likewise, many Dutch and some Germans are pro business but many are not – especially Germans and Scandinavian types. But by and large immigration is used by the Left to destroy the Jude0-Christian, small government, fiscally responsible, individual rights, rule of law conservatism that is the hallmark of the Anglo culture we inherited.

  23. Rusty of Qld

    So all those patriots whom fought and died for freedom of the individual, free speech, small government and the responsibilities of citizenship that go with those principles that built western society died for nothing, it would appear.

  24. Linden

    Austrlaia, fools paradise?

  25. Linden

    whoops type Australia , definitely fools paradise lol

  26. PoliticoNT

    Lucius – don’t despair. With the help of my fellow Cats I’ve drafted up two new motions for our next central council (of the political party I belong to). One to ban political insiders from nominating for pre-selection, the second to dis-incentivise parliamentarians from staying in office for the long term (basically reversing the current superannuation bunfight). This is but one step forward.

    But use those magic words ‘good economic reform‘ and you really get my heart pumping and my heart rate up. My next motion is that the party hosts a strategic economic reform summit featuring (but not restricted to): Judith Sloan, Terry McCrann, Jennifer Oriel, Grace Collier and Sinclair Davidson. The people that we bring in for the summit will be tasked with not just generating the ten key reforms we need, but a practical ‘how to’ for each. (I’ve always had a soft spot for Warwick McKibbin – any good?)

    The point is this. Most political parties (mine included) are run by a bunch of ghastly, small minded hacks interested only in getting their snouts into the golden trough. The thing they loathe more than anything is when ordinary members such as myself have a go at getting something substantial up. All kinds of threats and deranged bad behaviour is rolled out to stop such efforts – and almost always works.

    Push people like me around long enough (and there a lot of people like me in the system) and eventually we bite back. I’m just as capable at putting out press releases, leaking to the media, running smart looking Facebook pages, and other general skullduggery. Even if the motion doesn’t get up I’ll make sure it generates an awful lot of coverage. The key is to put the hacks in the position where they want to run the summit themselves.

    So fire away with names and suggestions. Action is better than despair.

  27. Chris M

    You boomers shitted all over a great country and now whine about it.

    Nailed it. Almost all the locally inflicted problems stem from failed Boomer leadership. Hopefully most will still be around to see the collapse.

    I’m in despair….. The prognosis for Australia is poor.

    Only to unbelievers. As I see the system start to cave in ways exactly as predicted in Bible prophecy I’m excited. The prognosis for believers could not be better Lucy.

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