The future is made of the same stuff as the present.
(But what we do with that ‘stuff now will make a difference later.)
In his challenging book Turning Point; Australians Choosing their Future (Macmillan, 1999), Hugh Mackay (in a chapter titled Control—Should We Lock Everyone Up and Be Done With It?) writes about us as an anxious and insecure society wanting to get everything in our lives back in control. As a group we live with an undercurrent of fear which is well known to, and shamelessly exploited by, the politicians. They are not alone, of course. The media (including talkback) and commercial interests line up with them at every opportunity. This is obviously not the ‘relaxed and comfortable'society that John Howard said he would like to see and which most of us would like to enjoy.
In many respects this is an uncertain age (but possibly no more uncertain than most past ‘ages’). If that uncertainty in our minds is exaggerated into belief that the controls on society have broken down, that we are headed for anarchy and exploitation, then it is an easy next step to embrace
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Publication information: Book title: Getting Justice Wrong:Myths, Media and Crime. Contributors: Nicholas Cowdery - Author. Publisher: Allen & Unwin. Place of publication: St. Leonards, N.S.W.. Publication year: 2001. Page number: 137.
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