At the suggestion of a friend of mine, I have decided to show leadership and attempt a change for the better. That’s why I’ve started the Dick Smith Fair Go Group, to try and influence one or both of the major political parties to come up with policies that reflect the interests of the 99 per cent.
“What do we do about unsustainable perpetual growth, increasing inequality and declining job opportunities due to robots and automation?
The demographers tell us that in rich nations such as Australia, the next generation will live shorter lives than their parents, while levels of unhappiness and mental illness will be rising.
Most of us feel something is wrong but we don’t know what to do about it.
Surely our grand-kids should have as good a life as we have had? That is a fundamental belief of our group. The prime aim will be to find ways to stabilise our population and to share the wealth better.”
Rather than start a new political party (a very difficult and slow undertaking), I have decided it would be more realistic and effective to influence the existing parties where they feel it most – at the ballot box.
Of course it won’t be easy. The only way the major parties can be elected at the present time is by spending a staggering amount on election advertising, and this comes primarily from wealthy donors who have a vested interest in growth to provide more consumers to buy their products, keeping perpetual growth going.
With modern political parties only being elected with a 1 per cent or 2 per cent majority, it is clear that you only need a very small number of voters to tip the balance. That is the plan!
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