Back on air

The final proofs of Zombie Economics went off to the typesetter this morning, and you’ve all seen this evening’s news. So, I guess it’s time for me to end my hiatus, and make whatever contribution I can to the marvel of democracy. Not to keep anyone in suspense, I’ll be advocating a vote for the Greens.

35 thoughts on “Back on air

  1. I am looking forward to reading Zombie Economics and hopefully I can understand about economics well in the future and follow the ‘correct path’

  2. Fran @ #25

    Indeed, thanks to Mr Langer’s sojourn in prison, it is now not an offence to vote infomal, nor to encourage others to vote informal (it’s only an offence to mislead voters into voting informal when they didn’t intend to).

    However, casting one’s vote – or threatening to withhold it, or vote for the opposition – has been known to change party policy, and even Government action. As an age pensioner, I know that we ‘Grey Power’ commandoes have indeed altered the amount of the Age Pension (and especially for single pensioners).

    But I don’t see how casting a vote entails symbolic (or actual) assent or otherwise to party (or Government) policy, even if politiciane are wont to claim that they have a ‘mandate’ forwhatever they intended to do anyway. Since I live in Australia, and won’t be migrating, the elected Australian government will do what it will, with or without any ‘assent’ from me. Nonetheless I can, at least in combination with other Australian voting citizens, register dissent from what politicians are doing and threaten them with withdrawal of our votes.

    Or are you suggesting that, for instance, those Americans who voted for Al Gore were, ipso facto, giving their ‘symbolic assent’ to the actions of G W Bush ? Or are you suggesting that even more Americans that might otherwise have voted for Al Gore should have refrained from voting altogether in order to not give ‘symbolic assent’ to G W Bush ?

  3. @Grim

    in a close election, not voting or risking voting informal can help that people you want to help least.

    take Florida in 2000. 97,000 voted Green. of these 38% would have voted for Gore if there was no green candidate, 25% would have voted Bush, and the rest would have stayed home.

    Not voting for a major party gave the presidential election to the party most of the Greens wanted least.

    Both the house and senate will be very close on the 21st.

  4. John good you’re back earlier than you said. it really was bad-timing for the blog to be down – but who could have predicted all that…

  5. It is very straightforward Grim@27

    Both parties advocate the same key policies. They have thus deprived us all of a choice on these matters. One cannot cast one’s vote against concentration camps, or against trashing the planet, or against occupying other countries or against the rule of the mining thugs because ultimately you will be compelled to vote for at least one of the parties supporting such policies merely to make your vote formal. That was not true in the US. In the US you could vote Green and stop there.

    The current system is calculated to coerce support for at least one of the parties of the privileged elite while preserving the forms of choice. This is a form of political blackmail, and one should never reward a blackmailer. From there, the slippery slope to personal ruin is hard to avoid.

    Better that by far that amidst the depravity planned or contemplated by the major parties to be visited on the most vulnerable people on the planet, that I come to the aid of these marginalised, explaining to them that these things were neither authored by my hand nor done in my name. Let me not shrink from them in shame for being amongst those who knew better but did these things to them anyway. Let me instead express to them my genuine and innocent sorrow at the enduring rule of the boss class and my solidarity with the struggle of the dispossessed for their full humanity.

  6. @Fran Barlow
    The overlap of key policies which you decry is a product of the chase for the median voter – the swinging voter. Both parties want to win and to win they must win a majority.

    You decry the greatest advantage of democracy, which is public policies tend to have majority support, and the parties that stray too far from the majority viewpoint lose office. You have plenty of political choice if you are a swinging voter!

    One way to protect minorities from the tyranny of the majority is to require super-majorities for laws to pass. A super-majority is requiring more than a 51% majority for laws to pass.

    There are super-majority requirements in feisty two house parliaments and functioning federal states. A more than a 51 per cent majority is required in these constitutional architectures because each federal house of parliament is elected by different electoral systems and the different state parliaments are elected by geographically divided and politically heterogeneous electorates at different times. Rotation of power is common in electoral systems such as these so many viewpoints get their day in the sun.

    Over the last 25 years or more, both political parties have been chasing the Green vote, and the Green parties now has two senators from most states, state parliament representation, and even cabinet seats in my home state.

    Remember, about 20 per cent of green voters’ second preference the liberals, and politicians have this undying habit of chasing every vote they can get. Labour is much more interested in these green liberals too than in the votes of the watermelons because they will vote ALP no matter what.

    Richo was instrumental in the ALP chasing the green vote in the late 1980s. As cunning as a rat as he was, Richo would chase the green liberal vote because he is not the type of guy to spend time on winning votes he already had in the bag.

  7. Im voting green too – Im determined to bust the senate so neither main party gets a majority until they both take a step (two steps three steps) away from the right. Ive had enough of market mumbo jumbo to last me (the rest) of my life!
    This time Im really a swinging voter. Id even vote for a tree with a sign on it.

  8. Frankly – it was Julia’s fault Im voting green. She tried to play the boat people issue…. and it was at that moment (actually it was when I read about ot on the daily bludge) I realised she is just another politician on the make…

    They just dont get it – its like watching old sitcom repeats…and now ladies and gentlemen…read all about it…we have, for your entertainment in Australia…live this evening on mastermischef…

    “politician speaks out about boat people”!

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