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.