The Politically Incorrect Show - 22/05/2001
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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Tuesday May 22, 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 afternoon I signed off on the next issue of my magazine, The Free Radical. I always like to boast of each new issue that it's the best ever - this one is certainly the biggest, with four pages added & my still being unable to accommodate all the material that was on offer. Someone said to me he wished the magazine were monthly. I replied that that would certainly kill me, & I'm sure my assistant-editor Peter Cresswell would agree!
Not everyone is a fan. Someone else described The Free Radical to me yesterday as full of "young tender men who write about switching on their computers and whose eyes water at the wonder of man's creativity." Although this was meant as condemnation, I took it as a compliment. Many of my older writers will be delighted to learn that they are really young & tender, & all of us DO get watery-eyed at the wonder of man's creativity. Unashamedly.
In any event, I'm delighted at the variety of topics covered in the new issue - the Hopper Developments fiasco in Whitianga, ACT MP Gerry Eckhoff & the RMA, an alternative libertarian budget, the apartheid gravy-train (this written by a Maori), defence cuts, the broadcasting charter, drug laws, African AIDS & the drug companies, music & copyright, Prince Roy of Sealand, the ethics of Christianity, cigars, parliamentary gossip - all of these plus a host of "think-pieces" covering pacifism, the importance of goals, the relationship between politics & morality, the state of philosophy in academia, & the lessons to be learned from Ayn Rand's The Art of Nonfiction. My own speech to the Free Radical Foundation dinner a couple of weeks back is also included - it's called Reality Check, & is partly about utopian delusions that can derail us in the quest for a truly free society. There's even an article on the tackled ball rule, with the author claiming that rugby is the most libertarian of sports!
Come Monday, Mr Cresswell & I will be the proud fathers of this new baby. 47 issues on, & it's bonnier than ever. All along it's had its nay-sayers, prophets of stillbirth. My answer to them will be Issue 50 at the end of the year! The arrival of THAT new baby, you may be sure, will occasion one hell of a party!
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