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Western Style politics are doomed

Posted on: 11 April 2012

Published The Chronicle, Tuesday 10 April, 2012. Also in: Wednesday, 11 April

When I started write this column on Saturday 24 March, voters in Queensland were wending their way to polling booths across the state hoping that after the votes are counted the result they get is the result they want. Not only will they know the result by early evening but they will know also if the opinion polls were right that only a few Labor candidates will survive. If it turns out that the polls are right the message for Labor is that it will need to make substantial changes to its political diet to survive as a party.

I am not a political oracle but in a column published shortly before the NSW State election last year I suggested that Australia was suffering political anthropogenic climate change due to the volume of hot air being expressed by Labor, Liberal and National Party parliamentarians plus Green parliamentarians whose per capita expression of hot air was even greater. To add to that volume I should include the Independents who, after the Federal election showed they were not lacking in capacity either.

My reason for saying Western style politics are doomed is because countries that practise them seem not to have gone even part of the way to creating the kind of political system that will accommodate the cultures of the peoples of Asia, Africa, the Indian sub-continent and the many other strong cultures in the world. If anything they seem intent on forcing these countries to adopt a Western system similar to theirs even though, after more than two thousand years, no two Western style democracies seem to practise the same system. I venture to suggest also, that were it possible to ask two thousand people in these countries from the highest to the lowest in all walks of life the simple question, what kind of political system do you want? would elicit two thousand different answers.

It is now the morning of Sunday 25th March, though I suspect for many members of the Queensland Labor Party it will be remembered as either Mourning Sunday or Black Sunday. For some it will be a day of despair while for others it will be the beginning of a slow march to extinction.

That slow road to extinction will be the road followed by sensible people who will see the Queensland result as not just affecting Labor but also the Liberal Party, the Greens and all other parties because, in our increasingly geopolitical world they do not think Labor, Liberal, Green, Labour, Democrat and Republican et al, describes the kind of parties they will want in the future or even will they want parties.

What they might be thinking is that In the not too distant future we will be living in a world driven even more by technology than it is today and unlike today, every country will have this technology. Life will be programmed. Computers yet to be created will do many of the jobs that people in and out of politics do today. For example, I think it more than likely that economists will no longer be needed. Self-developing and self-programming computers will undertake the modelling needed by a world government to make decisions.

Economists aside, the world will have many more scientists who will continue to develop even more sophisticated technology that people will come to rely on to produce their food, t housing needs, medical needs, clothing needs because all those needs are likely to be different. They will develop interplanetary travel and later still, interstellar travel systems.. And that is but a brief look at what I think the future might hold.

Of course in Canberra, with an election in October, our future is nearer. Soon we will see Independent and party candidates the hustings making their promises. Voters will need to listen to them then start making their mind up about which of them has the vision of the future that you like best. Voters might also decide that, like Queensland NSW, Victoria and Western Australia, they need to make a change. If they do however, they should make sure the candidates they support are visionaries not candidates programmed to respond like robots.
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5 Responses to "Western Style politics are doomed"

I received a Liberal flyer in my letter-box yesterday, despite the “No Junk Mail” sign on it. Although I suppose that the Liberals do not think that it is “junk”. I didn’t read much of it but its primary concern seemed to be about the $14,000 that was spent on a piece of public Art, an owl, which is exposed for all to see free of charge. The Liberals don’t like public Art and presumably don’t like artists either. Fair enough. But aren’t there one or two more important issues to discuss?

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