Hayo van der Woude, Mullumbimby
Mr Trump has had long membership in both political parties, and understands their alliances with media. All have their hidden ties to corporate players.
Trump tweets anger at both media camps. Like most politicians, he is skilled in the art of repetition of alternative facts. This only becomes propaganda with media repetition.
Since most media are against him, constant twittering effectively gets coverage of his version.
In all the great pseudo-democracies of the west, capitalism thrives through ‘owning’ the major parties. Pitted in combat for short terms in power, the parties are manipulated by corporate interests in a longer game.
In the world of undemocratic parties, politicians and candidates are groomed through infighting in competitive factions. Their conditioning to party loyalty ensures individual survival, and that capitalism is well served.
Australia mirrors this system, in which gullible humans repeatedly place faith in the ‘benevolence’ of one party or another. To break the cycle of enslavement to the system, we must think globally and act locally.
Many politicians started out altruistically, but soon became controllable and ensnared in a system run for the money machines. The leadership can’t and won’t be convinced to gain control for the people.
Democratic power can be restored in the electorate, where it belongs. Circles of respected elders have the capacity to rate candidates on character and suitability for office. Higher-rated independents can out-poll party members, and break the gridlock.
Compassionate and civil independents will find they are naturally allied, when seeking ways to benefit all community members. Understanding will evolve that this is very feasible, when unproductive high- paid jobs and profiteering decline in a more utopian society.