YOUR frequent correspondent Jiri Kolenaty has a conceptual problem.
He clearly believes that government policies he describes as socialist will inevitably bring about the ruin of our society, so he fearfully rails against them in order to prevent that ruin. The policies he abhors are designed to make Australia a more decent place for ordinary people, and indeed they do achieve that.
Communism was given a good try-out in Russia and China, and it failed to meet its promise, but I like to remember that more than one pope has said that “unbridled capitalism” is as evil as communism. The things Jiri calls “socialist” with such contempt are the bridles that must be applied to capitalism if decent society is to survive.