The cold reality of global financial fraud’s societal effect hasn’t been lost on Australian mainstream media, as evidenced by this ABC report hitting the nail on the head. Even the diminutive form of it’s name, Oz, is taking on a life of it’s own to rival the fictitious kingdom of happily duped little people living their lives out as though it were a dream.
Professor Steve Keen has given his countrymen a wake up call, he’s a man who has been harping on about the Aussie version of the housing bubble forever and a day but doesn’t get much respect in certain circles. Australians, much like their anglophonic US counterparts, prefer their fantasies full Hollywood style but Keen’s shoot from the hip tactics harken Nouvelle Vague with a seriously dark and unhappy ending. Why haven’t Aussies been able to get their heads around the mechanics of scam up to this point?
They have actually but the multitude of fully awakened proles are still having a rough time accepting the sheer stupidity of their inattentiveness to the machinations of their political elites. The New World Order set out with their agent Howard, then Rudd and now, their ‘throw-me-back’ of a Prime Minister Gillard lined up enough votes to pass the extortion-ridden Carbon Tax. But that was nothing compared to tweaking the gun laws as a first step to instituting the Antipodean version of the hardcore police state.
Slowly, slowly, they caught the muppets but there was little support for government’s colour-of-law gun strategy until the public was mesmerised good and proper. No, there weren’t any brilliant speeches or the usual emotive rhetoric to sway the voters to act in their own worst interest, the slippery ones made sure the public got entertained to hell with Underbelly. A TV show in it’s fourth season, it’s pure delight with compelling human interest underworld stories but that’s also where they implanted a vicious mind virus; “Vote our way or prepare to be accused of sympathising with all these badies!”
Let’s start with 2008′s Series 1, the 90′s and ponder it all sideways. Carl Williams, who got brutally snuffed in prison last year, was a fiz killer with 35 whackings to his credit. He’d been a major drug dealer fighting off the Moran gang, his former sponsors into crimeland who became rivals and sworn enemies. He wiped them out in the long run but aroused the enmity of their former partners in nefarious trade. Carl’s comparison to US Sopranos thugs sold newspapers but the Mafia really doesn’t suit non-Italians.
That was saved for Series 2 (1976-1987), in which Aussie Bob (Italian actually & connected), graduates to the hard heroin trade from South-East Asia with Kiwi Terry. Naturally, the CIA bosses supplying them via Air America never made an appearance in the show but the 70′s sets lent a perfect backdrop for smarmy international police organs to pretend they had no idea where the smack had come from. Even so, Bob’s progress to selling on guns to the IRA while on the run paints him more of a cheeky chappy than a true criminial because in the back of everyone’s mind, he was still Roy Billings, an actor who played the good-natured mayor of Parkes in a movie, ‘The Dish’.
For sheer entertainment value though, Series 1 (1995-2004), in this critik’s opinion is by far the best of the lot, contemporary and immediately verifiable as fact, more or less. Australian lore tells us they were convicts to start with so nobody was surprised when gangland killings reached a crescendo during those hard men’s long march to tax-free solvency. America’s gangsters may have donated some ideas but criminality depends heavily on a hundredth monkey learning curve and gifted Aussie amateurs.
Behaviourists working on behalf of hidden public opinion manipulators are expert at implanting TV ideas on the unsuspecting that can in future be prompted to re-surface at the appropriate time, like election day. Take for example the death scene of Les Kane in Series 2 (1976-1987), it’s the well-loved Martin Dingle-Wall of first Dr. Flynn Saunders fame from the hit show Home and Away who gets blasted to smitherines. If you didn’t vote for gun control, then you approved of killing Dr. Flynn, not Les Kane.
The mind’s quasi-duality when willingly suspending disbelief is endlessly manipulable!
It’s complicated and at once deadly simple, pushing emotional buttons is easy because anyone who watched this series was cheering on the ‘bad’ guys all the way, no doubt about it. Didn’t America flip for ‘The Wire’? Watching others push back the system is powerful fantasy stuff normal people shy away from except for Walter Mitty moments. And since they secretly felt guilty inside, their votes reflected that position in the worst possible way to hand over insane amounts of power to the verifiably corrupted police.
Sidney’s Golden Mile got it’s outing in Series 3 (1988-1991) and they could have called it My Bloody Levantine. At the centre of the mind-screw is a masterpiece on Lebanese immigrant cunning and resourcefulness. Money-hungry immigrants of all sorts teamed up with established Aussie crime bosses to bring the sort of order on their street the police could never manage but the lurking menace is that some of these characters are Muslim and their numerous vices coupled with a violent tendency did the War on Terror no end of favours. Worse still, Aussie girls love clammy-handed drug dealers!
That’s the nature of the modern beast we call government and their bestest tool, the television, permeating every aspect of life, taking the troubles of a microcosm and amplifying them for regulation across the spectrum. Drugs and vice figure throughout the program yet one should wonder why the timeline has been skewed in such a way as to present last what should have been the beginning in Series 4, (1927-1936). Well, let’s see what we’ve got so far. They already got the guns via Series 1, slagged off immigrants in Series 2, instilled a fear for Aussie women in Series 3 and number 4 is about the days of the Razor gangs so they’ll be confiscating their kitchen knives next.
On the whole, this fiasco is a lot more elegant than the US crackdown on liberties and sealing the pressure relief points in Australian society guarantees that energetically homicidal young men can be steered into their military. They’ll need them, America’s new Marine buildup in Darwin hails the first moves of the next war in the Orient, right on top of Aussie heads. If Underbelly viewers learned anything, they’d have to agree the world’s top gangsters are about to welch on all their debts to China, end of story!