Australia’s enthusiasm for potential conflict with China should concern the world.

A recent military spending spree is giving some Australian leaders a false sense of security that might tempt them to do something unwise that would have serious consequences.

The Australian political class does not live in a bubble, but a fortress built with the bricks of prejudice, paranoia and racism, slapped together with the mortar of past mistakes. The last remnants of white supremacy, what is left of the old white aristocracy, the heart of the Australian political class, is deeply suspicious of globalization, resents a multiethnic society and loathes the idea of China as an equal.