Antisthenes: Made in China

 from the quill of Antisthenes

 I shudder whenever somebody mentions new, better, more effective laws. I know very well what it means – in 95% of cases the old laws were not enforced and somebody, politicians, public service or both need an excuse. It applies in all spheres, including so-called consumer protection. There the politicians are faced with a dilemma: protect the confused and by empty promises easily bought voters or the election and other less visible funds donating importers of shoddy merchandise?

 The answer is obvious, yet from time to time our elected representatives pretend to put our interests over theirs. So we got a new Australian Consumer Law 2011 to appease us and to make us forget that the same public servants who could not be bothered to enforce the old laws are unlikely to upset their political masters by enforcing a new one. Of all the ineffectual public servants at the taxpayers’ tit it is hard to see the worse coven than that currently resting in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC, also known as Australia to China Conversion Commission). Often I imagine its capo di capi, Graeme Samuel, running around the offices a la Basil of Fawlty Towers fame with a towel around his head: “Don’t mention the Chinese, don’t mention the Chinese.” They don’t. Our fraternal trade relationship with the communist dictatorship is paramount.

 According to the Queensland Office of Fair Trading complaints about personal and household goods rose last year more than 20% on the previous year. OFT achieved redress in almost 18,000 cases amounting to $421.67 per complaint. When one considers that perhaps another three-quarters of aggrieved persons would prefer a visit to a dentist to any involvement with Queensland bureaucracy, the number is staggering. No wonder Harvey Norman and other killers of the Australian manufacturing are unhappy and actively lobby to close the opportunity of overseas purchases through Internet. With nuisances like OFT they can easily deal later. Otherwise, what would their lucrative world come to?

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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3 Responses to Antisthenes: Made in China

  1. GOL says:

    I don’t know how it is in Australia but here in the US the baby-boomers and the generations after them, which have been corrupted by the pernicious education (or lack thereof) that they have received at the hands of the baby-boomers are a bunch of whining, self-indulgent, irresponsible, lazy, selfish, egotistical, self-centered fools who imagine themselves humanitarians. They are, in comparison with the World War II generation, a lesser race of beings.

  2. but GOL what do you really think of them!
    but seriously, I intuite that the recent generations, baby-boomers and onwards, probably deep down in their psyche nurture atleast a small amount of self-disgust.

  3. GOL says:

    I think this maybe self-delusional in its assumption that baby-boomers give any rats. The few with consciousness have converted to Libertarians; however, this will not make much of a difference in the final decomposition of the Republic. For nothing is more absurd than politicians, unless perhaps the fact that so many men believe them.

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