By Guy Rundle
There is a necessity every now and then, to take inventory of the place we've been and the place we're now, and beauty where all of it went wrong ...
From Rinehart to Bob Brown, Abbott to the Rainbow Serpent ... our once-great land has had its fair proportion of nitwits. Come on a trawl via all of them, with man Rundle (and Dexter Rightwad), at the bin evening Australia needed to have.
Guy Rundle is a author, editor, manufacturer and journalist, inter alia. A common contributor to the Age, Sydney Morning bring in and all media – other than the 70 in keeping with cent owned by way of the Murdochs, at time of writing – he was once a co-editor of enviornment journal for a few years. at the degree he wrote 4 exhibits for maximum Gillies: membership Republic, Your Dreaming...
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He had a wider range than a lot of the rent-a-hacks. While he was happy to go the tonk on Kim Beazley, he was also concerned with the decaying of our Western culture, as represented by, for example, the disgusting outbreak of body-painting in the annual Moomba parade. As the millennium turned and the culture, fuelled by a hypercapitalist globalised consumption economy, slowly turned into a rancid burning ball of nihilism, Bolt’s increasingly pseudo-prophetic jeremiads found an audience. So had internet porn, the Saw movies and ten-dollar ekkies, and in many cases it was the same audience.
What had been a perhaps torpid society based on class identity, neighbourhoods and reasonably defined lifeways had, for better or worse, been turned into a funny-money madhouse, with industries eviscerated, suburbs laid waste to, universities made over into Asian degree mills, cities rebuilt around soulless anti-entertainment casino gulches. The ideal Australian was no longer the nurse/public-servant/fitter-turner who went to parent-teacher interviews in the evening and the footy on the weekend, it was the Perth waiter who leveraged a tenth share in a Geraldton opal stake into an international petroleum company backed by Netherland Antilles junk bonds and crack-whore outgoings – and anyone who hadn’t taken advantage of this brave new world was some sort of Llllllloser!
Not many people wanted the sort of world that Andrew Bolt presented as ideal, but they were glad to have someone waving the flag, while everyone wandered around without their pants. By 2001 it was all starting to get a little stale, but then he was saved by 9/11 and the wave of fear that made xenophobia, chauvinism and outright racism acceptable. There was a lot of competition for that, but Bolt had a secret weapon – he had been born into a tradition that had practically invented modern racialism.
50 People Who Stuffed Up Australia by Guy Rundle