The Politically Incorrect Show - 06/03/2000
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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Monday March 6, 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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This from the front page lead story of the Evening Post, Saturday of this past weekend:
"Bigot claim draws 'Nazi' response. Victoria University's student magazine has called for the academic who boycotted a Maori blessing to be called before the university's discipline committee. Salient editor Nikki Burrows referred to associate Professor Paul Dunmore as 'bigoted' and 'ill-educated' after his refusal to attend a Maori blessing because it was an 'act of animist superstition.' 'It [academic freedom] does not mean that he has a right to say whatever he damn well pleases,' she said in an editorial and open letter to acting Vice-Chancellor Roy Sharp in the latest edition of Salient. However, her call for Prof Dunmore to be disciplined has been compared to the actions of brownshirts in Nazi Germany by philosopher Denis Dutton. The Canterbury University associate professor said it was nothing new forstudents to try to muzzle an academic expressing their opinion. 'In the 1930s, Nazi students led the way in suppressing anything but approved doctrine in German Universities. They made sure professors they viewed as bigoted and ill-educated were hauled before disciplinary committees. Or worse,' he said. Professor Dutton said Ms Burrows was following a long tradition which stretched back from Pol Pot, through Mao Tse Tung, to Stalin and Hitler. 'These dictators made a special point of re-education of recalcitrant academics,' he said. Professor Dunmore said he was opposed to the superstitious nature of the ceremony and would also refuse to attend a red mass [a Roman Catholic ceremony] on the same grounds. Ms Burrows said she was outraged by the negligence of university management on the issue of the 'bigoted and at least sadly educated' Professor Dunmore. 'Academic freedom is not the right of academics to speak out on any issue, no matter who it might harm, embarrass, demean, belittle, or ridicule,' she said."
Denis Dutton, as he so often is, was right on the mark, though he might have acknowledged that many academic staff in Nazi Germany, & here, supported & support the reigning authoritarianism. Note that the egregious Mzzzzz Burrows makes no attempt to deal with the issue here - whether the ceremony Mr Dunmore refused to attend was indeed one of "animist superstition." Rather, she is concerned to say that Mr Dunmore has no right to express an opinion which departs from Politically Correct orthodoxy & might hurt someone's feelings. Mzzzz Burrows is evil. In an earlier era she would have been leading the charge against witches. Today, her ilk rule, & the witches are the likes of Associate-Professor Dunmore who dare to speak out against the mystic, anti-mind superstitious nonsense which infests our so-called institutions of higher learning. Note that Mr Dunmore is equally opposed to Western hocus-pocus, in the form of Roman Catholicism. Is Mzzz Burrows concerned about the hurt feelings of priests in skirts? Not unless they're Mordi, it would seem.
Me, I uphold the right of people to be as superstitious as they want, as long as they don't try to force me to be superstitious too. I reserve the right to label them "superstitious" & to explain why, just as I reserve for them the right to defend their hocus-pocus, albeit not at my expense. Mzzzz Burrows, representing a group that once prided itself on fearless independence of thought - university students - finds the whole concept of freedom of speech anathema. She has the full weight of the establishment behind her in the Democratic People's Republic of Aotearoa. If you want to see in microcosm what's wrong with this country in macrocosm, I present to you Mzzzzzz Burrows. And to Mzzzzzzzzz Burrows herself I present this salutation from a soul-brother.
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