The Politically Incorrect Show - 18/08/2000
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Good afternoon, KAYA ORAAAA & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Friday August 18, 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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It's easy to get discouraged in the battle for liberty. Thomas Jefferson observed that the natural tendency is for liberty to yield & government to gain ground. I don't believe that, but one could be forgiven for believing it. Liberty yielded significant ground to government this week with the passing of the Employment Relations Bill, the mere prospect of which has sent the economy into a tail-spin. In its nine months in office, this government has mandated greater plunderings from our pockets & further erosion of our liberties generally. But it needn't be this way, Jefferson's pessimism notwithstanding, & wouldn't be this way, were so many of those who don't want it to be this way not so inert.
The power of ideas cannot be overstated. Ideas rule the world. If the world is in bad shape, it's because it's ruled by bad ideas. The challenge then is to come up with better ideas. But on its own, that is not enough. Karl Marx, whose own ideas had a profound influence on the world, said, "Philosophers have interpreted the world; the point, however, is to change it." To change the world requires the spreading of better ideas. That requires commitment on the part of those who have grasped them. Commitment can be damned inconvenient, but without it, nothing will change. In a country of three million people at that time, a handful of committed men now known as the Founding Fathers, armed with the ideas of John Locke, changed America - & the course of human history. They risked their lives in doing so - but that was a price they were prepared to pay. "Give me liberty, or give me death," said one of them. In THIS country of three million people, no one is asking you to risk your life, but I am asking for greater commitment. At the moment, the enemy are winning by default.
What can you do to make a difference? Here are a few suggestions just for starters. To expose yourself to better ideas, read my magazine, The Free Radical, & the literature suggested in its pages. If you've grasped these ideas & agree with them, join the only pro-freedom party in the country, Libertarianz. Be as active as you can therein. Outside of that, bombard newspapers with letters to the editor. Bombard your MPs to protest against every fresh denial of your liberties proposed by politicians. Ring talkback, so that it is no longer monopolised by looters & moochers wanting the government to gain ground, to take more of your money & give it to them. Do not just take it all in silence. Let your voice be heard at every turn. Soon, you might find you're part of a deafening chorus.
The great nineteenth century anti-slavery campaigner, Frederick Douglass, said, "Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle! Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will."
As yet, the ground is still unplowed, there is no thunder & lightning, no awful ocean's roar. May I sow the seeds of agitation in your mind so that together we can change that - & the world with it.
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