The Politically Incorrect Show - 08/02/2000
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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Tuesday February 8, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd, the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.
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Already lethally strong under the previous National Socialist regime, the incoming tide of socialism has gathered swiftness since the advent of the Alliance Retard/Hard Labour coalition. Think of all the new Nanny-State intrusions that have already occurred or are on their way: The raising of income tax & the Fringe Benefit tax; the reinstatement of a coercive state monopoly over accident insurance; 12 weeks' paid maternity leave; the banning of logging on the West Coast; the setting up of a new Commissariat for Economic Development presided over by Comrade Neanderton; more powers to already-out-of-control local government; a new bureau to police the employment of women, Maori & disabled people; compulsory local content quotas for radio & television; Prime Ministerial pontifications as to how much television presenters should be paid; and of course most recently the proposal to ban smoking in restaurants. The vermin are crawling into every nook & cranny of our lives.
It is salutary to reflect that it was not always & everywhere thus. In a classic 1996 essay, "President Who?" published by the Ludwig von Mises Institute, American libertarian Lewellyn Rockwell recalled the halcyon days of virtual laissez-faire in his country:
"The president was mostly a figurehead, a symbol. He had no public wealth at his disposal. He administered no regulatory departments. He could not tax us, send our children into wars, pass out welfare to the rich and poor, appoint judges to take away our rights, keep dossiers on the citizenry, control a central bank, or change the laws willy nilly according to the wishes of special interests. His job was to oversee a tiny government with virtually no powers. People did not pay taxes to it. It did not tell people how to conduct their lives. It did not fight foreign wars, regulate their schools, pay for their retirement, surround their homes with police, bail out their business, provide for their retirement, much less employ them to spy on their neighbors.
"Today, however, the Washington, D.C. area is the richest in the country because it's host to the biggest government on the planet. It has more employees, resources, and powers at its disposal than any on the face of the earth. It regulates in finer detail than any other government. Its military empire is the largest and most far-flung in history. Just its tax take dwarfs the total wealth of the old Soviet Union.
"The only remedy is to restore the classical liberal society of the framers. We do not need, as the media claim, the 'strong leadership' of a bully with a pulpit. The man for the job is someone who can disappear, and help make the rest of the federal government vanish with him."
Imagine, in the New Zealand context, a Prime Minister who would disappear & take most of Wellington with her - including most of the cabinet, the Reserve Bank, Treasury, WINZ, the Ministry of Ugly Wimmins' Affairs & Uncle Don Brash & all. The sheeple, of course, would panic & baaaa very loudly, bleating about who would look after them now? The rest of us would get on with the business of governing ourselves, exactly as nature has equipped us to do. Consenting adults would transact business among themselves as they do now in what is called the 'underground economy,' unburdened by a parasitical body politic. Left-leaning liberal Pam Corkery would need never complain again about "left-leaning liberals trying to run my life."
And just occasionally, free people might stop to puzzle: "Prime Minister Who?"
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