Madame Kzetski

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

Madame Kzetski

Satanic Bikini Model 5012

Tuesday, February 4th 2014

Satanic Bikini Model 5012

Assassin from Marseille

Monday, February 3rd 2014

Assassin from Marseille

Ereglus

Saturday, February 1st 2014

Ereglus

Phony Politics, Post-Industrial Organistion & Bureaucratic Inertia

Friday, January 31st 2014

If you live in Australia, you don't live in a democracy. You live in a periodically renewing bureaucratic oligarchy. It's officially a democracy, it has elections, but the same types of people with the same old ideas remain in power.

Consider the case of STW group, who own 75 "communications" companies and are listed on the ASX. Amongst them there are Liberal-friendly Barton Deakin (chaired by former NSW Liberal leader Peter Collins) Labor-friendly Hawker-Britton (founded by Bruce Hawker and David Britton, Hawker was an adviser to ex-PM Rudd). A bet each way :-). STG profit from the entirety of the bureaucratic system, party political allegiance is for sub-units.

Bureaucratic Oligarchy-plus-democracy has the happy side-effect of making the ruling class fight amongst themselves; preventing total control and a descent into meglomania (e.g. North Korea). You may even get some divergence of opinion from time to time; and some variation in how the state operates. But within strict limits (I'll come to those later). Robert Michels sums it up well:

In states where a purely representative government prevails, the constitutional opposition aims simply at such a circulation. In England, for instance, the opposition possesses the same simple and resistant structure as the party which holds the reins of government; its program is clearly formulated, directed to purely practical and proximate ends; it is thoroughly disciplined, and is led by one lacking theoretical profundity but endowed with strategic talent; all its energies are devoted to overthrowing the government, to taking the reins of power into its own hands, while in other respects leaving matters exactly as they were; it aims, in a word, at the substitution of one clique of the dominant classes for another. source

This comes from the chapter "The Iron Law of Oligarchy" in Michel's 1911 classic book Political Parties. (He later went on to join Mussolini's fascists and died in 1936. A contempt for democracy probably being a necessary precondition for seeing dictatorial leadership as a Good Thing.)

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Thursday, January 30th 2014

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