The Murdoch Virus

I was today discussing the psychological problems that seem to be infecting the world, and I wondered if the world was suffering from a mental virus I call the Murdoch Virus.

Murdoch started off poisoning Australian public life, and the country continues to have, as a result, more than its fair share of bigotry, climate change denial, misogyny, and its latest export: the terrorist in New Zealand.

Then Murdoch moved to the UK and gave us not only Thatcher, austerity, the Iraq War involvement, but eventually Brexit.

And then he moved to the USA and gave us Fox News, more climate change denial, the Bush 2 and Trump malign Presidencies, and what Chomsky calls the most evil organization in history today’s Republican Party, which risks civilization by its stances on nuclear weapons and climate change.

Camus was right the fascist Plague virus lies dormant, bides its time and this time emerges as the Murdoch Pandemic. Murdoch I think will likely be seen by history as a more malign force of evil even than Hitler, Stalin or Mao. Not because he directly murdered millions, but because the consequences of his corruption of political life globally will kill far more people than even they did.

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I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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6 Responses to The Murdoch Virus

  1. Toby Thaler says:

    I think there must be an underlying systemic reason for human propensity toward greed, tribalism, and fascism.

    • I think there is indeed. You are right on target.

      But I suspect only about one third of the population suffer from it most of the time. The ones who vote Trump for instance, There are also human propensities to towards generosity, kindness, solidarity and decent politics and maybe a third of the population possess that. My friends do. The issue is always the balance and what I call the “floating voters” who can lean either way. Power hungry greedy sociopaths like Murdoch lean heavily on the scales. Yet no Progressive thinkers work to figure out a systemic response to counter this virus of his. And the floating voters go apathetic and the good people get outraged sans strategy.

      • Toby Thaler says:

        You percentages seem about right. Perhaps we could shift the balance by paying attention to child raising and education. Alice Miller, etc.

        I also think there’s studies on the relatively small percentage of “activists” it takes to cause significant to major change. When the circumstances are right anyway; there’s a lot of luck and chance in complex systems.

      • Oh I think a small number of activists can make a huge difference. Look at Lenin. But mostly like him, they have no clue what to replace the failed system with…too lazy to think hard, deeply understand the current system and thereby design the replacement in advance. And of course as per the old joke: how many change agents does it take to change a light bulb: just one but the light bulb has to want to change. Been there done that…

        Blimey someone who knows Alice Miller. Yes clearly the conservative resistance to change is often an authoritarian family issue as well as Plutocratic corruption. Free range childhood probably explains my own progressive tilt?

      • Toby Thaler says:

        “someone who knows Alice Miller” – lol: Just an overeducated privileged white guy, and member of the disappearing middle class.

      • Globally the middle class has never been larger so not quite disappearing. Just the developed world middle class feeling a bit of pain and the Plutocracy causing it.

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