In industry after industry in Australia, the same problems keep recurring. Our way of making policy is broken. Without addressing that, responses like the banking royal commission just treat the symptoms.
Josh Frydenberg thinks lauding the cause of neoliberalism will resonate with voters — despite his own government turning its back on free markets.
Once again the great and the good have gathered in Switzerland for the neoliberal frolic of Davos. But the real message of the World Economic Forum is that we have to accept the dominance of multinational corporations.
Once again, a tiny pack of interest-rate hawks at the Australian Financial Review are demanding the economy be crunched in the name of neoliberal orthodoxy.
Australia has so far avoided the fate of the US, where economic and political conditions have enabled a slide into fascism, but we still have the potential to follow America if our political class doesn't lift its game.
If there's anything we should take from the banking royal commission, it's that lists of the powerful shed little light on how power is really wielded, and even distract from focusing on the systems that channel corporate power.
The Labor Party's support for the Trans Pacific Partnership in the face of overwhelming evidence and its own policy confirms that voters are right to be disgusted with the cynicism of the major parties.
Is the Productivity Commission part of a "neoliberal agenda"? And is that a bad thing? It depends on how rigorous you're prepared to be.
Politicians, here, in Europe and the US, adrift from the old value systems, now appear to stand for little but their own aggrandisement.
Why is Australian politics broken? Three major historical forces have created chaos in our democracy and an out-of-touch political class doesn't know what to do.