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The common good

By Everald Compton - posted Tuesday, 27 March 2018

They tell farmers the miserable amount they intend to pay for their produce and, if the farmers say this is below their costs of production, they tell them to plough their crop into the ground.

To cap it off our top 100 companies pay the lowest possible tax and then demand a reduction on top of that by crying out for legislated tax cuts.

None of this fosters THE COMMON GOOD.


It does not even remotely occur to them that, if there was an honest marketplace in which all participants profited to some extent, this would be a marketplace in which they would actually profit more than by the dishonest trading circumstances that they have greedily manipulated right now.

What we need is a new corporate world in which those who chair companies are independent leaders of social respect and honour who have the leadership skills to demand from their CEO and staff that they follow a code of trading ethics that enhances humanity and generates a happy, peaceful and cohesive society in which they can make honest profits.

I can already hear some readers saying 'Compton is at best a socialist and at worst a communist or even a trendy lefty'. But, these critics will be the closed mind guys with the highest greed factor in their lives and no ability to change even the toilet paper.

Let us be quite clear.

Communism was a disaster for the human race, a creed that simply created a different breed of clueless, vicious dictators who themselves lived like capitalists.

Socialism dwarfed initiative and fostered a culture in which too many felt they could get by without working too hard.


Capitalism is simply another way of spelling greed, while trade unionism is just another way of being greedy too.

Can we put all of those ridiculous ideologies behind us forever in the scrap book of history.

May we strive together with unstoppable vigour to create THE COMMON GOOD.

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Everald Compton is Chairman of The Longevity Forum, a not for profit entity which is implementing The Blueprint for an Ageing Australia. He was a Founding Director of National Seniors Australia and served as its Chairman for 25 years. Subsequently , he was Chairman for three years of the Federal Government's Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing.

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