Is Australia becoming: a retirement village for servants of the US defence-security-intelligence complex?
Within a few years, the cult of 'me-ism' had all but overwhelmed many people's sense of acting together, of social justice and internationalism.
Anzac has become a militaristic prop, a promotions exercise for arms manufacturers and the publicity for war.
Now, the defence of democracy is being cited as a pretext for another war.
The Red Alert exercise is yet another dangerous exercise in the manufacturing of consent for war, an amorally bankrupt exercise that will sideline peaceful approaches. Again, Australian personnel and citizens will find themselves perishing in conflicts at the behest of an insensible hegemon.
The US and its allies are backing Ukraine to the hilt in order to further subordinate Europe to NATO in preparation for a possible war with China.
Even before the invasion, extreme weather and the pandemic had resulted in higher shipping costs, energy price inflation, labour shortages, and rising food prices.
The Polish government immediately granted temporary rights to the refugees, giving them employment, health and education support for eighteen months.
The United States has taken it upon itself the authority, without trial, to kill anyone it deems to be a threat anywhere in the world.
Putting themselves above international law, the American and Russian leaders have made Ukrainians into ants, trampled as the elephants fight.
Simplistic, black and white judgements are dominant right now, but there is good reason to think that this war may turn out to be much more than a struggle over a lily-white democratic versus autocratic principle.
This apparently old-fashioned land war seems to be exposing the extreme fragility of global capitalism, a system we have been told is the only possible future. This is a further rip to the fabric of these illusions, which have recently been cast asunder by an apparently old-fashioned plague, and some very cutting-edge climate catastrophes.