Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 19/12/2000

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Tuesday December 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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Yesterday as I was about to leave work, an elderly gentleman stuck his head through an open window, brandished a raffle book at me & asked if I would care to help the Kidney Foundation or some such. Lacking the patience to fill out a ticket, I pulled $5.00 from my pocket & said to the man, "Forget the raffle - here's a donation." He thanked me politely & went on his way.

Were I a sheeple, I would have rebuked him for using the wrong approach. I would have told him that the folk with crook kidneys on whose behalf he was collecting had a right to dialysis or any other prescribed treatment & that he should be forcing money from me & everybody else at gunpoint, since it is our duty to provide that treatment. No doubt he would have looked at me askance & been somewhat unnerved by my advice. So how is it that when someone offers the government the same advice, there is nary a word of protest, & a baaaa-ing chorus of approval?

"Gunpoint" of course is what the proposal from the National Health Committee to make all visits to the doctor "free" amounts to. You visit the doctor; I have to help pay for it. It's no answer to say that you in turn are forced to help pay for MY visits - I would no more consider it acceptable to FORCE a contribution from you than the kidney-man would have contemplated brandishing a gun instead of a raffle-book yesterday. It's the FORCE that is wrong here; once again, it's a freedom issue: the right to be free from coercion.

If the force is NOT wrong, why don't we apply it universally? Why not free clothes, free computers, free hi-fi units, free tv sets, free food, free telephones, free chairs & tables & beds, free ovens & fry-pans, free toothpaste? There are those, of course, who propose precisely such policies. Their economic credibility collapsed with the Berlin Wall, but their MORAL credibility seems to remain intact. Think of the mindless illiterates who nasalised their approval of this free-doctor-visit proposal in television vox pops! "Fray vuzuts? Choice! Cool! Roighd awn!"

It all comes back to the ACT/Roundtable discussion we had yesterday. One can rightly argue till the cows come home that such policies lead to chronic distortion, inefficiency & shortages, which they do, but sooner or later one must also ram home the more fundamental objection that these policies are based on force & theft & should not be getting a look-in!

Yet they ARE getting a look-in, still. As I said many years ago, if there has been a revolution in this country, it hasn't been inside people's heads.

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