Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 19/04/2000

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Good afternoon, KAYA ORAAAA & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Wednesday April 19, 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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What a source of emotional fuel are the internet & e-mail! For what they are - a stunning triumph of human ingenuity - & for what they afford me personally - access to a seemingly infinite universe of knowledge & entertainment, & daily reassurance from soulmates I've never met or heard of - I bow before their creators in awe. In the reassurance category, here's an e-mail from a total stranger that awaited me when I returned home yesterday:

"This morning I was having a look through the MSNBC site as I usually do, and came across an article about the efforts of private companies to provide computing resources to those who might not otherwise have access. It also covered Federal Government efforts to reduce the so-called digital divide and the gap between the 'haves' and 'have-nots'. I'm getting really sick of hearing about this imaginary problem that the socialists have given various names; 'digital divide', 'gap between rich and poor', 'glass ceiling', amongst others. It is a totally meaningless measurement which serves no useful purpose. Yet the socialists continue to come up with figures that somehow prove there is a 'problem' and demonise those who don't share with everyone else. I have no problem with the philanthropy of private companies, that is their business - and their money. Yet who made the government omniscient so it can decide who is worthy of 'assistance' with other peoples money? Everyone now has numerous pseudo-rights courtesy of the government, a body that has no business granting such rights as real rights are not granted, they simply exist. The ethos of socialism was perhaps best summed up by George Orwell when he wrote 'All (men) are created equal; but some are more equal than others.'

"Upon logging into the Free Radical site to read your most recent editorial, I saw that you had an encounter with one of those Alliance creatures, who was espousing ideas similar to those I'd just read in the MSNBC article. It would seem that the Alliance will stop short of nothing but the destruction of individualism to where we are all living in kibbutzes. This lynch-mob of miscreants can't disappear soon enough.

"I also recently read in a newspaper of some bureaucrat from the Department of Statistics calling for Government agencies to be required to ask the people they deal with what their ethnicity is, so as to be able to render more efficient assistance to disadvantaged minorities. I find such a notion offensive and would certainly refuse to answer such a question if it were ever put to me, as it is totally irrelevant. No wonder dealing with the government these days is such a headache, as each department has obligations to the Ministry for Maori Affairs, Department of Statistics, and lord-only knows how many others. Is there no end to this madness?"

That, my friend, is in the hands of those who realise that it is madness. And, if I may beg to differ with you on one thing, that rights don't "just exist" - if they did, they would be irresistible & there'd be no problem, only we wouldn't know what we weren't missing! - but that, as I was explaining yesterday, they are concepts ratifying man's need of freedom. Rights don't "exist" as some sort of bodily appendage; they are the mental integration of certain distinctive facts about human beings which set the terms of our interaction accordingly. Knowing this, we can differentiate real rights from bogus ones of the type pushed by the Alliance - the "right" to the product of someone else's effort, for example. When enough people do that, then there will be an end to this madness.

Another e-mail from yesterday said:

"I LOVE YOUR OPINIONS! Love your attitude! Keep it up! Never give in to the Nanny Left or the Red-neck Right."

Well, I never will. With or without the internet. But "with" sure as hell makes it easier!

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