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Re: Politics meets mental health

Posted by sigismund on November 23, 2017, at 3:33:44

In reply to Re: Politics meets mental health sigismund, posted by beckett2 on November 23, 2017, at 1:29:37

I have not read Gramsci. He was an Italian communist philosopher and politician imprisoned by Mussolini and died around 1937. Hegemony was an idea of his, useful enough in the West now. I was amused to hear John Ralston Saul describe Rupert Murdoch as 'an Australian fascist'. My feelings about Murdoch are unprintable. Even Elizabeth II when asking about James Murdoch was overheard saying 'But the father is dreadful'. Specialist in culture wars. I have been listening to Chris Hedges. I like long interviews with writers. There was a thoughtful Hedges one talking to Sheldon Wolin, whom I had not heard of.

Everybody does know. It is a relief to be away from Australia and I imagine the lockdown in the US is worse. But you have better media on the sidelines. Where people don't count they take certain things for granted and they are kinder to each to
each other.

The role of a politician these days in the US is to deliver a constituency to the donor class. Was his cabinet not selected in advance by Robert Rubin and Citibank? There was some email trail.

This was Wolin's point.....there is no longer a public. Sliced diced and pitted against one another.

Some climate scientists believe in private that the human carrying capacity of the planet in 100 years time may be only a small fraction of what it is now. The culture wars are ridiculous and of course contemptible. India built its wall along the border with Bangladesh quite a few years ago. The military and the police know. Parliamentary politics has become a farce. Murdoch and people like him have a lot to do with it.

 

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