LNP’s nasty agenda

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THE LNP regime is de­picted by 14 defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics com­mon to each fas­cist regime:

1. Pow­er­ful and con­tin­u­ing na­tion­al­ism. Fas­cist regimes tend to make con­stant use of pa­tri­otic mot­tos, slo­gans, sym­bols, songs, and other para­pher­na­lia. Flags are seen ev­ery­where.

2. Dis­dain for the recog­ni­tion of hu­man rights. Be­cause of fear of en­e­mies and the need for se­cu­rity, the peo­ple in fas­cist regimes are per­suaded that hu­man rights can be ig­nored in cer­tain cases be­cause of “need”.

3. Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of en­e­mies/ scape­goats as a uni­fy­ing cause. The peo­ple are ral­lied into a uni­fy­ing pa­tri­otic frenzy over the need to elim­i­nate a per­ceived com­mon threat or foe.

4. Supremacy of the mil­i­tary. Even when there are wide­spread do­mes­tic prob­lems, the mil­i­tary is given a dis­pro­por­tion­ate amount of gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

5. Ram­pant sex­ism. The gov­ern­ments of fas­cist na­tions tend to be al­most ex­clu­sively male- dom­i­nated. Tra­di­tional gen­der roles are made more rigid. Di­vorce, abor­tion and ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity are sup­pressed and the state is rep­re­sented as the guardian of the fam­ily in­sti­tu­tion.

6. Con­trolled mass media. Some­times media is di­rectly con­trolled by the gov­ern­ment, but in other cases, the media is in­di­rectly con­trolled by gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion.

7. Ob­ses­sion with na­tional se­cu­rity. Fear is used as a mo­ti­va­tional tool by the gov­ern­ment over the masses.

8. Re­li­gion and gov­ern­ment are in­ter­twined. Gov­ern­ments in fas­cist na­tions tend to use the most com­mon re­li­gion in the na­tion as a tool to ma­nip­u­late public opin­ion, even when the ma­jor tenets of the re­li­gion are di­a­met­ri­cally op­posed to the gov­ern­ment’s poli­cies or ac­tions.

9. Cor­po­rate power is pro­tected. The in­dus­trial and busi- ness aris­toc­racy of a fas­cist na­tion of­ten are the ones who put the gov­ern­ment lead­ers into power.

10. Labour power is sup­pressed. Be­cause the or­gan­is­ing power of labour is the only real threat to a fas­cist gov­ern­ment, labour unions are ei­ther elim­i­nated en­tirely, or are se­verely sup­pressed.

11. Dis­dain for in­tel­lec­tu­als and the arts. Fas­cist na­tions tend to pro­mote and tol­er­ate open hos­til­ity to­wards higher ed­u­ca­tion and academia.

12. Ob­ses­sion with crime and pun­ish­ment. Un­der fas­cist regimes, the po­lice are given al­most lim­it­less power to en­force laws.

13. Ram­pant crony­ism and cor­rup­tion. Fas­cist regimes al­most al­ways are gov­erned by groups of friends and as­so­ci­ates who ap­point each other to gov­ern­ment po­si­tions and use gov­ern­men­tal power and au­thor­ity to pro­tect their friends from ac­count­abil­ity.

14. Fraud­u­lent elec­tions. Some­times elec­tions in fas­cist na­tions are a com­plete sham. Other times elec­tions are ma­nip­u­lated by smear cam­paigns against op­po­si­tion can­di­dates, use of leg­is­la­tion to con­trol vot­ing num­bers or po­lit­i­cal dis­trict bound­aries, and ma­nip­u­la­tion of the media.

JOHN GLAD­WELL,

Black River.

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