The fact is, however, that there are a number of severe fallacies behind this myth – a myth that I know has existed for a long time but have taken little notice of.
The basic problem is that it ignores the severe social and economic problems faced by nations with technology-based economies. Without one solitary exception, their fertility rates are extremely low (almost always less than 1.5 children per women or a population declining by 25 percent each generation) and, even if they have had free market-oriented policies in the past, government debt is a major problem and likely to grow in the future as there are fewer taxpayers to pay it off.
More than this, as taxpayers become fewer in technology-oriented economies, they are forced to specialise in higher and higher technology, which tends to make them even more inhuman – there is so little ordinary work being done by people that those without the most advanced education are excluded. This exclusion, of course, serves to severely limit the range of people a technology-oriented economy can include: in most such cases, even basic necessities such as housing, food and transport become very expensive for those without higher education.
An additional problem is that seeking to emulate technology-oriented economies is the norm throughout the Enriched and Tropical Worlds, because it promises more rapid growth and because Enriched and Tropical nations are losing to exhaustion most of the mineral and energy resources they ever had. This produces a uniform specialisation that offers little room for diversification – especially with most major companies thoroughly globalised – and much room for economic decline.
What Tony Abbott wants to do to Australia is what the Politically Incorrect Guides and their allies wanted to do to America in the 2000s:
- remove all the vast books of government restrictions from minimum wages to pollution
- remove the high taxes faced by working people
- dismantle most of the public sector and make what is needed (defence) more efficient
- privatise such government services as education, national parks, hospitals, public transport, public housing etc. etc.
- allow entrepreneurs to provide essential services like housing and transport without restriction
- encourage the poor to depend upon their own labour rather than welfare
- encourage those with limited academic talents to work in basic occupations and form families
There is no doubt that requiring more and more expensive education to maintain a liveable existence is a dead-end – it is making the Enriched and Tropical Worlds elitist and unable to cater for the poor, besides their lack of natural resources. Abbott, on the contrary, desires a nation where the market gives the poor opportunities rather than the radical equality which the poor of the Enriched World wish for – but which invariably produces a super-selfish and shallow culture with no sense of community.