Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 16/10/2000

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Monday October 16, 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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Over the weekend I sent off the remaining material that still needed to be completed for the next issue of my magazine, The Free Radical. The thought crossed my mind many times that I wish I could aerially bombard the Middle East right now with millions of copies of the thing. Within its pages is the antidote to the nonsense that has ignited yet another conflagration there, as crazed mobs are again inflamed by tribalist irrelevancies such as race, religion & historic enmities. Imagine if every Jew & every Arab - & frankly I've never been able to figure out what really sets them apart - suddenly ceased to care whether he was Jew or Arab, who did what to whom thousands of years ago (or even in 1948), who believes in which non-existent God & in which ridiculous Holy Book, & came to see himself as a sovereign individual - sovereign by dint of his capacity to think for himself - not a cog in a collectivist machine. Imagine if he then realised that he should, as a consequence, respect the sovereignty of all other individuals. Now THAT would be a "peace process"! And THAT is the philosophy permeating The Free Radical.

Tennis ace Chris Lewis is the star of the new issue, with his reflections on the post-Olympic clamour for more taxpayer funding for sports. Writing as one who made it right to the top without a cent of stolen money, he is well qualified to comment. Tim Sturm tracks the progress of libertarianism in New Zealand in a speech he delivered recently to the United Kingdom's Libertarian Alliance. To read this is to realise that there is hope yet for the Sheeple's Republic of Aotearoa, rent as it is by absurdities similar to those destroying the Middle East right now. I also made room this time for an ACT supporter pooh-poohing principle & advocating deceit as a means of achieving freedom. Libertarianz leader Peter Cresswell delivers a resounding riposte. Scholar Ed Younkins looks at the likely shape of education in a free society in which the state plays no part in education. Another scholar, Chris Sciabarra, previews the American presidential election. Home again, & general practitioner Richard McGrath chronicles the continuing collapse of Nanny State's die-while-you-wait health system. Student Stuart Hawkins relives the frustrations of trying to have the voice of freedom heard on campus. Parliamentary correspondent Molesworth M. Mole digs up some more dirt on the Beehive Bludgers. Carl Wyant & Rex Benson offer up some more of their inimitable, curmudgeonly humour for light relief.

There's much more than this, but I want to single out finally my own editorial, Rationalism & Romance, containing some first-hand observations as to how bad philosophy can subvert your love-life - & your happiness. Those who have had a sneak preview of it say it is the most important thing I've ever written - & I agree.

Yes, I'm proud of the forthcoming issue, as I always am of The Free Radical & the splendid people who write for it. With this next edition in particular now at the printers, I know that, should I die tomorrow, I will have left something worthwhile behind. I may not live to see "politics, economics & life as if freedom mattered" come to pass - but I believe I have helped lay some solid groundwork!

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