The Politically Incorrect Show - 07/12/2000
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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Thursday December 7, 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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The Politically Incorrect Show has been on air in one incarnation or another for four years now. Periodically I ask myself whether it has made any difference to anything. There's never been a shortage of people telling me I could be more effective if I did it the way THEY think I should do it. Some say, more philosophy, some say less or none. Some want a more academic flavour, others want more blood & guts. Some say, mute the anger, others say they live for those moments when I lose my rag. Occasionally, someone thinks it's about right as it is. Here's an e-mail I got just the other day, for instance:
"Lindsay, as I find more time to delve more into your archives at FreeRad, including your PI transcripts, I am awed by your magnificent achievements, your bold sense of life, and your power to speak directly, simply, and stirringly to the people."
Naturally, this is the sort of critique I'm inclined to think is the most accurate, but I can usually see the point of the other kinds. The one criticism that baffles the hell out of me is that I don't make things simple enough. I go out of my way to keep things as simple as I can. My approach is to take some specific topical event, present the essential facts of it & then put it into a freedom-lover's perspective. Evidently that's when I start to complicate things, though I can't for the life of me see how. All I do is try to illustrate how what we often call the "consent principle" - that all adult interaction should be voluntary & by mutual consent - would apply to issue X. According to one recent critic, I am botching it. I am failing to reach a million voters "in a country where 70% of the population can't read a road map," & so I'm "wasting my life." Heck!
Actually, I have such a good time wasting my life in this way that I propose to carry on doing so for as long as Radio Pacific is prepared to have me. Am I, with all my shortcomings, making any difference? If a landslide victory for the country's one pro-freedom party, Libertarianz, is the criterion, then obviously not. But that shouldn't be the criterion, & this programme is not party political in any event. Have I helped put liberty as an issue on the map? I think so. The number of people with a grasp of the consent principle, however complex some may find it, must now run into thousands, as opposed to none. Have I made a difference to people's personal lives? Unquestionably. I know this because such people have told me so. They in turn have gone out & made a difference to other people's lives. And THIS is how a revolution begins - not with some miraculous overnight conversion of a million people who can't read road maps. "People are deceived en masse but enlightened one at a time," as my friend Senator Chocolate likes to say.
All pretty simple, really.
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