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Yes I agree with you that the negative symptoms of the Australian culture are very much what you have described being ‘shame, servility, cynicism, ‘tall poppy syndrome’ and hostility to vision’. My interest is finding out the cause of this mentality.
I am not too sure if more people come here from non-Anglo backgrounds will necessarily be better for this country. As a non-Anglo myself, I see most enduring a fate of either being one of them or being ostracised for life, and both ways are painful victimisation to the new-comers.
One thing good about having new-comers however is that there may be more fresh-pairs of eyes at least at the beginning of their stay. Last night I watched Australia The Story of Us (episode one) on Prime: https://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/australia-the-story-of-us/-/watch/26293579/australia-the-story-of-us-sun-15-feb-season-1-episode-1/ (available for viewing in 28 days). And watching this gave me some new ideas.
While I have found the vulgar part of the Australian culture repulsive, last night I realised how crimes exploded in the UK and how British government shipped out the convicts without providing adequate supply for them. I saw how the convicts had to struggle to be self-sufficient and how the rum rebellion happened because the colony was not allowed to use currency.
And that led me to look up causal links between the industrial revolution and increased crime rates in Britain (inspired by your take on capitalism).
So now the picture is a little clearer for me. I see the leadership in Britain ineffective to care for its subjects, or to control the rapidly deteriorating social equality.
I see damaged and oppressed people being given raw deals over and over, and learned to do the same to others.
I see a social order that views the people as slaves to be exploited rather than resources to be supported and nurtured.
And I see Australia as a troubled teenager from a very dysfunctional family continuing its self-defeating ways learned from the early days of its life.
I hope figuring out the cause of the situation can be helpful with its healing.
There are so much more that I want to find out, and I am very appreciative of the great amount of information that you have been sharing on your blogs. I really want to spend time reading your understanding on Marxism to start with. Thank you very much for inspiring me with your knowledge and insights.
Yi Ping Wang