THE federal government has been accused of engaging class
war rhetoric and stirring up divisions in society with its policies targeting big
business and wealthier Australians.
But is this really fair?
To find out The Daily Telegraph's new star reporter
Information Officer 1 has selected comments from Treasurer Wayne Swan and
excerpts from the 1848 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
See if you can tell which is which!
1 "I fear our
country's extraordinary success has never been in more jeopardy than right now
because of the rising power of vested interests. This poison has infected our
politics and is seeping into our economy. Though these vested interests have
not yet prevailed, every day their demands get louder."
bourgeois society, with its relations of production, of exchange and of
property, a society that has conjured up such gigantic means of production and
of exchange, is like the sorcerer who is no longer able to control the powers
of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells."
3 "It's a society
where the very rich feel entitled to buy and sell political parties and media
interests to misrepresent their personal interests as the national interest.
That's what an entitlement society really is: an entitlement to special
treatment for the very people who don't need it."
bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal,
patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley
feudal ties that bound man to his 'natural superiors', and has left no other
nexus between people than naked self-interest, than callous 'cash payment'."
5 "The rising
influence of vested interests is threatening our country's egalitarian social
6 "The modern
bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not
done away with class antagonisms. It has but established new classes, new
conditions of oppression, new forms of struggle in place of the old ones."
7 "We must fight
a pitched battle against the influence of vested interests that seek to shape
public policy to their own excessive benefit and at the expense of our
8 "Let the ruling
classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to
lose but their chains. Proletarians of all countries, unite!"