On my way down to the coast this afternoon I plan to check out a number of dream factories to see what's on offer these days. I want something more than fully stocked supermarkets, targeted health care and being able to toss my opinions to the wind whenever I want.
I am looking for something big, bold and inspirational as I need something to nourish me on the bumpy ride
through the long dark night.
Whats down on the coastal towns is not much----a fundamentalist right-wing Christian dream factory full of repressive sexual morality, duty of work and God, all of which is wrapped up in an ethos of community care and hatred of Islam.
The dream factory in Adelaide is the secular, neo-Darwinian, enlightened one. High tech+ free markets=the path to happiness. It sees Islam as an obstacle to be removed because it is a religious faith. Religion is little more than blindness and stupidity because it is unreason: myth, ignorance and superstition. This dream now comes wrapped in liberalism (with the demise of socialism); but it an arrogant and triumphal liberalism that has reconnected to a Hobbesian view of the world.
The underside of both dreams converge into a heap of dislike of Islam, which becomes the Other. At is most extreme the dislike becomes a hatred that finds expression in a crusade against Islam.
(link courtesy of The Clipboard at Al-Muhajabah's blog.
) Each nation codes this junk differently. In Australia, it moves from an attack on multiculturalism in the name of assimilation and Australianness
(see under polices, then nationalism and people) to lets use the doctrine of pre-emptive strike to take out the Islamic terrorists in Indonesia before the Islamic militants take over that country and come to get us. Of course, that is never stated openly. What is stated is the thin edge of the wedge
The rest is implied through the use of the word 'terrorist':----thus Islam, terrorist, threat, security, strike.
And the coast itself? What dreams does it offer in terms of a sea change? Well, it has been decided by the local councillors and buiness people that its future is to be a gigantic pleasure resort for the solace and amusement of jaded tourists. These scour the coast on Sundays, looking for new dreams and myths to enable them to cope with the chaos.
These are dark times indeed. You see why we need new dreams.