This blog is associated with the Politics For People Not Corporations Facbook page which represents a movement of people who wish to reclaim our political system to work for us as opposed to corporations. A fundamental principle of democracy that it should represent the wishes of the people is not solely a ‘left’ or ‘right’ issue. It’s a ‘people’ issue.
Other than corporations and other concentrations of wealth, and members of the political class, who could deny the critical importance of having democracy serve the wishes of the people it is supposed to represent? Surveys commonly show that politicians are amongst the least trusted professionals in society, and that our wishes on specific issues and principles are simply ignored by either major political party. This shows that there is potential for a large citizen movement to reclaim our democracies out of the hands of corporate influence and professional politicians.
So what is this all about? This site is the beginnings of one movement to reclaim our political system to serve the interests of us, the people, as opposed to corporations and politicians.
One of my main desires with this page/movement is to involve middle class Australia as much as possible. It’s my belief that meaningful change will never come about without good support in middle Australia. In effect, I want to “activate” middle Australia (of which I am nominally part) – i.e. encourage regular people to become activists. This is necessary because, as I have stated, our political system has been hijacked away from serving us ordinary folk and serving corporate interests and the ultra-wealthy. This political model I call “neoliberalism”, a term which has been around for many decades but takes on various meanings depending on who is telling the story. On this page I will try to narrate a story that will show you how ‘neoliberalism’ is a social-political system as opposed to a purely economic one as some people hold. It is an approach to social organisation that benefits the few over the many, with the “cover story” being that it’s good for the many to expressly look after the few. If you look at society it is clearly the other way around. Factual and economic arguments aside, the regular people who toil in life should be treated well by the elite rich, for we literally have the power to overturn the whole rotten system at any point that we decide. But for the regular toilers to be noticed, we need to send a clear message of solidarity with each other. That doesn’t mean we all need to vote the same way in elections, or vote the way I or other voices would love some people to vote. It means standing up with each other to say that democracy should be in the hands of the people (whichever way they want to vote), not people and entities whose only goal is to increase their profits at all costs.
Doesn’t a bunch of middle Australia march at protests like the March in March movement? Absolutely. There’s probably thirty odd thousand people around the country who attend those rallies. Isn’t this enough? I’ll ask you – does this seem to have made any meaningful change in your trust of politicians and their ability to listen to what people actually want? I hold strongly that it doesn’t. It doesn’t even go close. What I would love to see is that 30000, and ideally more, coalesce in one place and DEMAND to be noticed and taken seriously. How do we demand that? I maintain that marching isn’t enough. A march has no lasting effect. To have a lasting effect a protest movement needs to cause a disruption that lasts more than a few hours. Now, before I lose you here, I am talking about non-violent civil disobedience. Stop parliament functioning for a day. Stop the stockmarket from functioning properly for a day. Those are possible examples. What if you get arrested? That is a very fair question and one that will worry much of regular Australia. Not everyone can afford both literally and figuratively to be arrested. Many of you probably baulk at the idea of it philosophically (something which I would love to have the opportunity to change). Fair points. So how do people go about significantly disrupting the “business as usual” approach of the elite system? The answer is surprisingly simple, and gels perfectly with a movement that is about the majority of people in our society – Everyone acts together! The police are unlikely to arrest 1000 peaceful protesters, let alone 5000, let alone 10,000. This is the sort of level of action that will be required for the political system to question its own legitimacy. For if the system can’t enforce the most simplest of laws, then it should be apparent to those involved that there is a serious problem at hand.
This is an Australian movement, but the same principles apply in most of the so called “liberal” democracies in the Western world. If you are involved in other movements in Australia or around the world, then nothing can be lost by either aligning similar movements, or at the very least sharing resources and ideas. So I invite anyone interested in the serious issues we face from corporatism and neoliberalism to collaborate and share your ideas and pages. Neoliberalism is a global phenomenon, and as such will need to be taken on globally. In keeping with this reality, I want to show regular Australians that being concerned with national boundaries is a red-herring that distracts us from the real threat to our freedom and independence – global corporatism.