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Sep 26 8 tweets 2 min read
The default state of society is social conformity. Proust studied it in forensic detail in the Parisian salons. Without regulation, all social activity, including against Covid, will follow the laws of social imitation, conformity. Libertarians know this, when they call for…/1 …individual freedom, they don’t actually believe that exists. They know it will appeal to disaffected people, who will then happily fall in behind (conform) with the leadership offered by libertarians. As a corollary, if we want social change, it’s worse than pointless to../2
Sep 25 7 tweets 2 min read
This is an important argument to continue. Technology is meaningless without a context. The US, with its extreme libertarian beliefs, mostly invented social media. Think about how it taps into all that idealistic tosh about ‘the people’ creating ‘bottom-up’ change. /1 Nearly everybody I know believes some version of that ‘the people’ rubbish, trapped inside the libertarian spider web of beliefs that is also woven into the DNA of social media. They seriously feel we can use social media to build social change. McLuhan always got it. /2
Sep 20 18 tweets 5 min read
We can come here every day and wail into the abyss about the Covid debacle. The people who can change it aren’t listening. Gotta understand that to change it. It’s not so much the death of democracy I think as revealing it never existed. /1 If you study the history of governance (a passion of mine), something that jumps out at you is that most of what we’re taught about it is a myth. The royal funeral this week was a perfect time to revisit this. The two main myths I think are crucial: /2
Sep 19 21 tweets 5 min read
More than two thousand years of church history and more than a thousand or more of monarchy resonated in every moment of the Queen’s funeral service. A deeply impersonal experience, what we sometimes call ‘formality’. A 🧵on why I think it was a pivotal moment, for Covid too. /1 Image That formality is often seen in our iconoclastic age, since the 1960s in particular, as unnecessary stuffiness that needs to be swept away. As the protector of privilege and oppression. But we’ve been here before, even within these traditions. The idol-smashers. /2 Image
Sep 13 7 tweets 2 min read
Imagine if politicians couldn’t touch a cent of public money until essential public services had been built and/or maintained. This is an old cast iron pipe central to the big Sydney water outage this week. The feds have nearly all the revenue, the States and local government…/1 …do most of the work. Vertical fiscal imbalance, an artefact of income taxation being concentrated at the federal level since WW2. The workaround is grants, from federal to State and from State to local. These are systematically rorted for political gain, a booming industry…/2
Sep 10 12 tweets 3 min read
‘Lockdowns’ as a concept is the key strategic political tool to undermine public health practice, in this pandemic. A few thoughts. Firstly, as the sign says, during ‘lockdowns’ we were at home. Not in prison. In our own space, not in a cell. /1 I don’t know about you, but home is my favourite place in the world, and the place I love going to after a day’s work. I would happily miss work every day of the week if I could afford to. I still find it ludicrous and offensive to have staying home described as oppression. /2
Sep 7 5 tweets 1 min read
"The only way to generate enough money to both fund the transition to renewable energy and to climate change-proof Australia is to print it." Alan Kohler

Well said. One of the glorious cons of the 'Economy' is perpetrated by the financial industry and its political stooges. /1 They make people believe that a simple medium of exchange, created by government, is the location of society's wealth. As if money has actual value in itself, and without it a country can do nothing. Tremendously good for their business, which is to lend money. /2
Aug 28 12 tweets 4 min read
NASA’s stunning Apollo photos are a reminder of a time when societies still had big, exciting, collective aims. Name even one ambition societies currently have, of this magnitude? Short 🧵 /1 One of the most telling things for those who lived through those times and into today, is the disappearance of that sense of collective ambition. It’s hard to even imagine now the excitement of the idea of going to the moon, how extraordinary that was. /2
Aug 26 18 tweets 5 min read
I’ve just had a holiday, and unlike many my dream holiday is being at home. One of my greatest pleasures is to work ON my home, not just in the DIY sense but on ‘home-making’, making it an increasingly pleasant place to be. To me this is also a deeply political issue. /1 It bemuses me to see the great rush to travel, that fundamental lack of groundedness cultures now seem to have, where our greatest pleasure comes from visiting other peoples’ homes, rather than being in our own. I think we forget that’s what travel is, the consumption of…/2
Aug 24 10 tweets 3 min read
The reason we don’t see stronger action against Covid. The mostly meaningless word ‘globalisation’ is the stripping away of all sovereignty and territorial and cultural definitions of society, and replacement by the unfettered flow of people and resources. What this means. /1 As the graph shows, recent trends in the developed world show a rapid replacement of local workforces with imported, cheaper labour. (This is Australian data, from the APH.) Note the inverted scale for unemployment, temporary imported labour rose as…/2
Aug 22 8 tweets 3 min read
Paul Ewald has suggested infectious causes for our main chronic diseases. So while we notice big acute disease events, like pandemics, we maybe miss the possible chronic disease these infections go on to cause. Here are 2 tables of hypotheses. /1

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P… Multiple sclerosis has in the past year been strongly linked to EBV, to update this table. Another major chronic illness slots into this infectious disease hypothesis. Sexual pathogens can also sometimes be transmitted by other routes (footnote wouldn’t fit in image). /2
Aug 22 7 tweets 2 min read
Some claim the greatest epidemic in human history is the surge in Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) in the 20th century. Heart disease is (many don’t realise) mostly unknown before that century. This may be an example of the danger of the idea of ‘hybrid immunity’. Short 🧵/1 The CHD epidemic peaked in 1960 and has been in strong decline since. (Using US data here, fairly indicative of most Western countries.) The surge began around 1925. Suspiciously close to the end of the Spanish Flu H1N1 pandemic. Is there a link? /2
Aug 21 10 tweets 3 min read
A tiny increase of tax-take relative to GDP would erase these deficits in 1-3 years. And about a third of our overall public debt is printed money and could be just written off. Some quite simple changes would change our society fundamentally, by rejecting lunatic ideologies. /1 We’re addicted to debt. And that addiction was driven by the ideology of hatred against basic public administration around taxation and spending. Governments use debt to fund basic government services, to avoid taxation, and individuals use it to survive. /2
Aug 15 22 tweets 4 min read
The greatest sin in the muddled mess of ideas we have around democracy is to say that some people know more than others. The cult of opinion forbids hierarchy when it comes to ideas, though we have hierarchies of expertise in every other area of life. Not accidental, a 🧵/1 Ideas/beliefs are the raw material of society. Even what we call physical objects or technologies, like cars, are really mostly ‘IP’. Modern conservatives know this, and much of their culture war is the attempt to completely control the flow of ideas in society. /2
Aug 13 16 tweets 3 min read
The expertise of the nation could mobilise against the Covid farce. It has a powerful institutional home. But the neoliberals got to them years ago, with New Public Management (NPM). Actually co-designed in Oz, an attempt to run public institutions…/1

michaelwest.com.au/westacott-join… …in a more ‘business-like’ manner. As with other corporatised public bodies, like those responsible for major infrastructure, a dead giveaway is always astronomical salary inflation at the senior management level, which is of course very ‘business-like’. /2
Aug 10 7 tweets 2 min read
Thanks to @OrinCordus.

'Lockdowns' = people at home. To understand why the Economy folk fight lockdowns so viciously, read this. The Economy can't tolerate 'home', it was built on the destruction of place. My constant theme. /1

unherd.com/2022/08/the-we… 'Working from home (WFH) is the true fight. The severing of work from home, from community, is the entire rationale of the economy. In a globalised market, home is where the job is. Dislocation, displacement, this is how empires have always created power. By destroying homes. /2
Aug 5 15 tweets 3 min read
How does an infinitesimally tiny group in our society, the top 1%, attract mass support for policies that clearly benefit nobody except this tiny group? And how does it keep doing it, generation after generation? Graphic from ‘The Gilded Age’ in the US, 1870-1900. /1 The trick is simple, but because we don’t talk about it, it’s a trick that keeps working, across centuries. Plutocrats and their strategists understand something about societies that their opponents don’t. That the glue that holds all human groups together is status. /2
Aug 4 10 tweets 4 min read
I’m not sure ‘people alive and healthy’ could be bettered as a mission statement for a society. Look at this excess deaths graph (thanks @KarenCutter4) and try to isolate what it was we stopped doing in 2020/21, that we started doing again in 2022. /1 #auspol #covid19aus My hunch is the dominant answer would be ‘we stopped functioning as an economy and this surge of good health was unsustainable, funded by government debt’. Unfortunately facts get in the way of that good story. Yes a big dip right at the start of the pandemic, but growth then…/2
Jul 31 9 tweets 2 min read
Defeating the myths of the economy defeats Covid. A biggie - ‘business’. There is no such thing as business. There are customers, workers and managers. Customers buy things, which pays the managers and workers. Nick Hanauer knows it. /1

politico.com/magazine/story… Yes there are organisations that we call ‘businesses’ that produce things for sale, which customers buy. Undeniable. But as Hanauer has been saying for years, we have the causation backwards. It’s customers, with money, who generate ‘business’, for businesses. /2
Jul 31 16 tweets 5 min read
Maybe the best way to defeat Covid is to defeat the ‘economy’ that stops us fighting it. The economy is the name given to society post the 1950s, when the finance industry was let loose, with the gradual weakening and eventual removal of controls like the Glass-Steagall Act. /1 This picture shows the Glass-Steagall Act being signed into existence in the early 1930s, with its variety of measures to regulate banking/finance, after the terrible experiences of the Great Depression. Over the next 60 years it and related controls on banks were… /2
Jul 29 12 tweets 3 min read
For nearly all of the past two thousand years there was no economic growth. And then around 1950 something remarkable happened. Have a look. A thread about the true infection in our societies, from which Covid was born. /1 Image The most common explanation for that near vertical, sudden climb in economic growth in the 1950s is that humanity got super smart all of a sudden, and developed technologies that freed us at last from the burdens of existence. A miracle! But it’s not that. /2 Image