The Politically Incorrect Show - 23/03/2000
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Good afternoon, KAYA ORAAAA & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Thursday March 23, 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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Item: Last week, by an overwhelming margin, members of the now-voluntary Auckland University Students Association voted decisively against a move by communists on campus to dump the editors of Craccum magazine. The ostensible reason for trying to sack them was outrage over Craccum's suicide articles; the real reason was that the communists wanted to reclaim Craccum as their own & stop giving space to the likes of Bernard Darnton, brilliant libertarian writer - another P. J. O'Rourke in the making - who has a weekly column there that is the antithesis of the PC crapulence that characteristically pervades university publications. Well, it didn't happen. The rollers got rolled.
Item: On Saturday night I attended a performance by Auckland Grammar students of Ayn Rand's play, Night of January 16. It is a courtroom drama with a gimmick: a jury is selected from the audience which must decide at the end of the play whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty of murder. The evidence is evenly balanced. One will make a decision on a "sense of life" level. Put simply, those with a life-affirming pro-capitalist world view will opt for not guilty, those with an envy-ridden anti-capitalist view will find her guilty. Saturday night's verdict: not guilty.
Item: On Tuesday afternoon, after the programme, I had lunch with an ex-pupil of Auckland Grammar, one of its brightest scholars, now enrolled at Auckland University. One of his subjects, beginning next semester, is Law & Society, where the lecturer is the notoriously Politically Correct Jane Kelsey. He knows what to expect, but it will be water off a duck's back, as it will, he told me, for others with whom he has discussed this course. This boy is super-intelligent, & a committed freedom-lover, unafraid to raise his voice.
Item: Yesterday afternoon I arrived home to find the following e-mail awaiting me from a young man I've not met who had e-mailed me previously to express disagreement with my views:
"I have come around after listening a lot to you that liberty is too important to ignore. My individual liberties are being impinged by successive governments. Consider the following: I can't watch R18 movies during the day without having a pin number. The photo drivers' license seems to have a hidden agenda that no one wants to accept. I need to wear a helmet - surely if I want to ride my bike without a helmet, that's my responsibility, or am I wrong? I should be reponsible for what I put into my body, or again, am I wrong? In this country we love to cut our tall-poppies down, don't we? I love cricket, but have witnessed, when Martin Crowe was playing, the public back-lash that resulted because he was a great player, and liked Italian suits, etc.,(which was no one's business, accept Crowe's). I don't care who earns what, that's not important, but I am important. I have to look myself in the mirror each morning."
Item: Memo to the state-worshippers, the tall poppy-cutters, the freedom-haters: you may be winning the battle right now but you have not yet won the war. In spite of your best efforts, there is too much intelligent young life still in this country for it to be a cake walk for you. This opera is not over till liberty-loving youth stops singing.
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