Whilst faux-leftists continue to obsess over the toileting arrangements of transgender battery hens, the war against ordinary working people continues apace.
I have written about the obscene pay “earned” by the head of Australia Post – $5million+ which works out at approximately 120 times what Postman Pat gets paid for actually delivering the mail. However, the backlash has actually caused Ahmed Fahour to step down, although he claims it was “completely not true” his resignation was due to the revelations about this salary.
However, in the same month that Fahour’s obscene pay was revealed, the Fair Work Commission has decided that the Sunday penalty rates for retail, hospitality and fast food workers are to be reduced. These are some of the most poorly-paid people in Australia and many of them rely on the extra pay that can be made from working unsocial hours. This is exactly the sort of issue that people who loudly proclaim their “liberalism” and wear their support for the underdog on their sleeve should be making a great deal of noise about. I’m not going to hold my breath though.
In 1848, Karl Marx wrote…
“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.
Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.”
In 1992, Bill Clinton was elected to the presidency of the United States with a much simpler statement of the same idea…
“It’s the economy, stupid.”
Both Marx and Clinton were making the point that people who are comfortably off in the prevailing economic system will do everything in their power to hang on to their advantages. Throughout the Western world, so-called progressive parties have been captured by upper middle class “liberals” who would rather obsess over the rights of ever-smaller minorities or praise absurd speeches by privileged “celebrities” at the vulgar displays of wealth that pass for award ceremonies nowadays. It was interesting to note that the multimillionaire guests at the 2016 Oscars were given gift bags worth more than $200,000 . I wonder how many refugees could be helped with that sort of money.
The UK Labour and the US Democrats have forgotten the very people they are supposed to be helping. The loss of the EU referendum in June 2016 and the way Labour has been haemorrhaging votes to blazered buffoons (UKIP) and Anglophobic racists (AKA the Scottish Nazi Party) should be a wake up call to the densest of “liberals.” The election of a completely unqualified reality TV star to the highest office in the land should have US Democrats asking themselves some very hard questions. The speech Donald Trump gave on the night of his election was pure Keynesianism – he is stealing the traditional Left’s clothes, and they are letting him.
The French presidential election in April/May this year should be very interesting. Will the National Front, whose economic policies are very similar to those of the traditional left in France, be able to gather enough left-wing votes to defeat a Thatcherite conservative or a “centrist” ex-investment banker in the second round of the election? And if this does happen, will the mainstream media blame it on “racism” or “Islamophobia” as they did with Brexit and Trump?
Stop worrying about identity politics, refugees and the toileting arrangements of 0.3% of the population. Start worrying about the ordinary working people who are having their wages cut and their financial future mortgaged by a moneyed elite who would sell their nine-year-old daughter to ISIS if they thought they could make a few quid.