[LINK] End of the filter?

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Sat Aug 7 16:54:22 AEST 2010

On 7/08/2010 9:33 AM, Fred Pilcher wrote:
> ...
> Clearly Labor's number crunchers decided that they'd get more
> fundamentalist Christian votes from the filter than they'd lose...
Is it only that? I read it somewhat differently.

Labor may now be somewhere to the right of where the Liberals were under 
Fraser, but their foundations are socialist. As Soviet and Chinese 
experiences demonstrate, authoritarianism is consistent with the 
socialist mindset. Given my own socialist leanings, I acknowledge that 
with some regret.

The filter offers hope of control over information. I've heard the term 
"perception management" used. That's attractive to the authoritarian 
mind. Proposals to record details of web sites visited and emails sent 
are consistent with that mindset. The almost manic evasion of some 
questions gives another insight.

I reckon the kiddie-fiddler stuff is no more than a smokescreen. The 
attraction to holy-rollers is just a bonus.

For me, the only advantage Labor has is that they're not the mob that 
gave us the lunatic extremes of Work Choices.

David Boxall                         | "Cheer up" they said.
                                     | "Things could be worse."
http://david.boxall.id.au            | So I cheered up and,
                                     | Sure enough, things got worse.
                                     |              --Murphy's musing

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