Is it a lack of conviction toward an ideology of the Left, a lack of confidence that the Left can lead them to personal prosperity, or a lack of corporate memory of how the Right-wing has damaged the working people of this nation that has created this pot-pourri of political confusion?
And if there is anything the Right of politics thrives on, it is confusion within the voting public…because when there is doubt, a promise of financial security via pork-barrelling is “votes-in-the-booth” for the demagogues..and given that it is a dead-weight on the decency of a party with good intent that they cannot use the same machinations and malevolence of a cruel party to try and convince the voter in a now corrupted “democracy”, they are on the back-foot from the start.
Then we have the “swingers” in the party..or the base..chockers to the gills with enough social media links up their sleeve to gaslight a whole suburb with their “knowledge and opinions”…coupled with a middle-class lump of singular topic “identity politics” scare-crows that allows the right-wing of politics to drive more wedges into their precious sensitivities that a log-splitter working overtime in Kuipto Forest! Unfortunately, as many of us have witnessed with our own now grown gen X or Y children, there seems to be a lack of solid anchoring to any ideology other than that which is delivered down a smartphone with 4 or 5G multi-megabyte speed from their peers or some of the most dubious sources on the net…and we see yet again that as in the old adage of ; ”If it is reported in the newspapers” …then it must be true….
But hey, this is where a lack of corporate memory comes into the game…In an age where the reading of deep-thinking tomes of philosophy, history or satirical literature is a thing of the past as far as this next generation goes, lessons of the past, let alone advice most salubrious for the future is scorned for the incessant rush of “You Tube Instant Enlightment”…heaven knows how many “gosh!” moments I have had to listen to from young people enlightening me with such profound newly learned knowledge…
I didn’t know I didn’t know so much!
And that takes us to the inevitable next phase of this post-modern (yes..sigh..it is still among us) outcome of spoon-fed dis-information…the lack of confidence of a rising generation to make decisions based on their own evolved knowledge and experience.
How can we expect a person raised upon uncertainty or distrust in culture, ideology, education and work to have the confidence to strike out without fear or favour. A whole generation..NO ..several generations..thrown into a mix of massive debt before diploma, no certainty of employment after graduation, be it in many spheres of training or tertiary education, and then only casual or crude short-term contracts and perhaps only a fall-back position of chance and circumstance in the notorious “gig-economy” of Uber or such-like..a ghastly outlook…It is this removal of a qualified skills base, be it in Trade, or Profession, that has reduced so many of the younger generation to seek uncertain, casual employment…a skills base training scheme is a must for a stable society.
We recently had to go to the Telstra Store in the capital city to get them to validate our ownership of an ipad that had locked itself over password difficulties…we were told to go wait in the corner like shunned lepers while a bevy of hipsters worried over the legitimacy of ownership…It soon became clear from snippets of overheard conversation and grave looks in our direction that these youngsters couldn’t individually come to a decision without the whole group agreeing that those two obviously aged pensioners were perhaps part of a black-market gang trading in stolen ipads!…this little “jury of doubt” would have passed my fatalistic acceptance of the trials of modern technology but for another one-on-three feisty complaint another aged pensioner was having with Telstra staff over his old flip-top mobile phone, the staffers telling the old chap that he ought to upgrade to a later “smartphone” to get the service he now complains that is lacking..
“Smartphone!”..he loudly exclaimed “ The phone may be smart, but I have doubts that those who run it are!”…and he stormed off leaving the youngsters giggling and smirking…gone to us of a certain generation is the old Telstra..as reliable as the “On the stroke, the time will be . . . “ man..and there we see not so much a gap between the generations, but more a gaping abyss of distrust and deception… a rising generation that leans more and more on fed dubious information and jargon of a rhetoric complexity that both reassures and appeals to the demand of instant solution…the type of solution that pork-barrelling of various methodologies can assuage..the sort of thing we have seen the current collision of clowns in gov’t are brilliant at.
So there we have it…a combination in my opinion of a lack of conviction toward class ideology politics whilst TOO MUCH of identity politics, a lack of “follow-your-instinct” confidence in one’s own self and confirmed with a sadly lacking corporate memory of historical precedence to give solid grounding to one’s political stance…
Whether an attractive by its brutality swing to the far right, or a fright by the brutality swing to radical left will win the day and the vote, it all seems up in the air at the moment…one thing is for certain is that anyone with demagogue rhetoric will be out there swinging their shlock to create more doubt and confusion and if there is one thing Right-wing politics thrives upon, it is doubt and confusion in the electorate…grist for their mills and no mistake.