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Clive Palmer's decision to tell a story about Karl Marx on his first day as one of the richest parliamentarians in the world seemed, like many things he does, bizarrely appropriate. The plagiarised story about Marx, a scholar of the power of private wealth over politics, points to the problem Palmer presents to the quality of democracy in Australia.
Seeing Palmer speaking at the National Press Club, the media hanging on his every semi-coherent sentence, called to mind the reason Marx objected to democracy: that the wealthy would inevitably use their resources to influence the electoral system in their own interests. It's an observation particularly pertinent in the context of Palmer Karl Marx could have predicted Clive Palmer