Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 08/09/1999

Music - Die Fledermaus

Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Wednesday September 8, proudly sponsored by Tuariki Tobacco 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.

Music up, music down!

This is my first editorial written on a new computer I had installed yesterday. I can play CDs on it, so some effervescent Chopin dance music accompanies me as I hit the typewriter keys. I feel like a child looking up at the stars for the first time & then realising that one of those distant twinkles is moving, that it is a human creation, gathering information about this most extraordinary universe, whose most extraordinary product is the human mind. I think of the incredible ingenuity, the exquisite & often excruciating mental effort that produced the machine that is converting my thoughts into tangible form while reproducing the wondrous musical output of one of the most benevolent spirits in history. What a contrast to the tawdry world of Winston Peters & Jim Neanderton & their mindless, misery-infested supporters. What unassailable testimony to the truth of Ayn Rand's observation that "the world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours." Ah, the joy of being reminded that I don't have to take the world of statism & mediocrity, of Neanderton & Peters seriously!

Coincidentally, I received the following e-mail yesterday also, resonating perfectly with my delicious lapse into childlike awe. I should explain that the concept of "eudaimonia" mentioned in it goes back to the ancient Greek philosophers, & denotes the achievement of happiness, not through mindless indulgence in any old whim, but through the refinement, integration & diligent application of all one's pro-life faculties & attributes. It is the antithesis of the cynical nihilism of modern & post-modern philosophy.

"Mr. Perigo, At long last, I have received copies of Free Radical starting with #36. They are superb. Witty, blunt, shocking, above all passionate and true. I was especially astonished at your publisher's name Eudaimonia Enterprises, that is a thrilling coincidence for me. Last year, I decided to publish an item on my own, and so had to register with the government (of course) as a business. I chose the same name!! Most people don't even know the word, much less how to pronounce it; so I was pleased to find a kindred spirit. (I've attached a copy of my business certificate for authentication of this fact.) Now, in the spirit of eudaimonia, and knowing that you delight in good wines, I would like to send you a bottle of a world-class vintage probably unknown in NZ. It is a creation of the greatest vintner in the United States, Konstatin Frank. It was his last individual effort before his death, and has only recently come on market. It is produced in my region of New York. The name of it is Rkatiselli, and the taste of it is perfection. If the product of decades of thought and careful translation of that thought into the cultivation, harvesting, fermentation and aging of an extraordinary fruit into a savory gift for man's enjoyment interests you, send me a proper address for its safe destination."

Needless to say, I supplied the details instantly & can't wait to savour the taste of perfection. In the meantime I raise a glass in salute to every human being worthy of the name who lives by his own productive & creative effort, for his own eudaimonia, & who enriches the lives of all of us so incalculably in the process.

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