Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Planet Destroyed

Antony Loewenstein finally hits the journalistic bigtime with an article in the University of NSW Student Newspaper. I bet Fairfax must wish they hadn't fired him... His topic: If I ruled the world. Be afraid...
The role of the US hegemony is over. Washington no longer controls the world by charm and force. It’s a multipolar planet with countless centres of power. Wouldn’t this be something to celebrate?
Well, yes until you try to use a compass and planes start falling from the sky.
The last centuries have seen countless countries commit genocide and gross human rights abuses.
The new leader of the world can't count.
Today. Israel, America, Europe and other leading arms manufacturers will have to find new ways of making money, while nations such as Bahrain and Saudi Arabia will no longer be able to repress their own people with guns assembled in the United States.
I guess they'll have to make their own guns.
We have a responsibility as a connected world to not tolerate and enable injustice in one state while opposing it elsewhere. Applying international law and holding power to account, whether these officials or governments are sitting in Washington, London, Canberra, Tel Aviv, Kigali or Beijing, must be central in the 21st century.
No government sits in Tel Aviv. Antony wrote an entire book on Israel and doesn't realise its Government sits in Jerusalem. The ABC continue to take him seriously.
Closer to home, Australia’s two-party system is crumbling under its own internal contradictions. With minor differences between Labor and Liberal, and the Greens struggling to assume a larger political role, we should encourage smaller groups, such as the Wikileaks Party and Pirate Party, to oppose the growing surveillance state.
Did I mention the ABC continue to take him seriously?
Tackling the world’s most serious issues requires a robust and diverse media. No one media owner will be allowed to own more than 50 per cent of newspapers, television, online or other sources. Tax breaks will be given to assist new ventures get heard above the often toxic and belligerent mainstream press.
Tax breaks already exist. It's called deducting losses as well as paying the dole to unemployable journalists.
I have only touched on some subjects that I believe must be addressed for the 21st century to avoid the human catastrophes that befall the 20th century. Undoubtedly, you will all have other ideas. My door is always open. 
As an atheist Jew, I wish you all the best in your endeavours.”
Don't forget to separate church and state, fearless clueless leader.

Check out the cover of the same issue.

Elsewhere in 'Tharunka' - The UNSW Journalism Degree is not providing industry skills. No kidding.



Anonymous AntL said...

"The ABC continue to take him seriously."

As do most thinking Austrians!

You say such silly things Dan, all for the pleasure of mouthing my name as you peck at your crusty keyboard.

Your obsessive jellysee of me is pathetic. You whine to the two people and a kitty-cat who read this blog, while serious intellectuals such as myself command an international audience!

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Ant L said...

"The ABC continue (sic) to take him seriously."

Being as fastidious as you are Dan, you should know that the ABC is a corporation and thus singular.

12:11 PM  

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