Who can you trust?

Who can you trust? by Cori Bernadi.

Faith is fragile. Once it is lost, it is very hard to see it restored. …

Our society depends on faith; faith in our institutions and in others is the single most important ingredient that unites our society. If we believe that our highly evolved system of interaction, discipline and ethics is working for our betterment then we are more likely to respect it. In short, we have faith in it. …

Ours is a high trust society, eroded somewhat by newcomers from low trust societies and by a decline in traditional standards of good and bad.

But when we lose confidence in the system, the system itself starts to break down. For many, that seems to be happening now.

Too many sense that the system is working against the majority for the benefit of a few.

They feel politics and politicians have little relevance to them. They see our education system failing our children, our legal system loaded with a PC agenda, religious institutions mired in scandal, the media as untrustworthy and biased, our national debt spiralling out of control, rising taxes and their livelihoods under threat.

The major political fault line is not so much left versus right anymore, but the global elite and their supporters and mascot groups versus the outsiders. The outsiders are mainly middle class, whose skills and efforts are crucial to running society. Western history since the French Revolution has taught that the middle class usually wins. Has that changed? Probably not, in the long term. Parasites get the boot eventually.

Internationally, the most recent experience is the candidacy of Donald Trump for President of the United States. Trump defies traditional political definition. He is neither a conservative, a Republican nor a Democrat. He expresses sentiments that many can identify with but many others feel are downright offensive. And yet it doesn’t really matter what he says, because for those who really feel the system has left them behind he is their voice.

Whether or not Trump is successful in this election campaign, the phenomenon of the maverick political campaigner speaking up for the forgotten people will continue to gain ground until the major parties respond to the challenge.

That challenge is to restore faith.

Time for a new political grouping in Australia. Doesn’t have to be a new party, but at least a new set of priorities and policies.

They need to prove to the people that the system can work for them and not just for the self-interested insiders. People want more education and less social engineering in our schools. They want less government in almost every aspect of their lives, but especially at the tax office. …

What will it take to make the change? I can’t say for sure, but until it’s found we will have more Trump-esque candidates for political office and the more the establishment dismiss them with disdainful contempt, the stronger the movement will grow.