The Politically Incorrect Show - 21/09/1999
Music - Die Fledermaus
Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Tuesday September 21, 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.
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Yesterday I read out the story of the ice cream vendor seeking permission to sell ice creams in the Kerikeri Basin Reserve carpark who was turned down because such an activity would conflict with the area's "unique historic setting and its future potential as a World Heritage site." This at a time when mindless nature-worship is plumbing new depths of lunacy, when people are being forbidden to touch driftwood on beaches without resource consents, when councils are proposing blanket protection for all trees (whether on private or public property), when Labour politicians are claiming that trees have more rights than people because they're older, when the contemptible tree-hugging Greenshirts who believe that people have no rights at all but everything else on earth has are rising in the polls as further testimony that there's one born every minute.
Let's not beat about the native bush on this - trees have no rights. Animals have no rights. Insects have no rights. Puddles have no rights. Rocks and stones have no rights. Rights are concepts pertaining to the only species capable of forming concepts - human beings. Rights do not and cannot exist apart from human beings.
Suppose the eco-fascists get their way and all human life is extinguished - how then are the rights that they believe in - the rights of trees, rocks and puddles - how and by whom are these rights then going to be identified and upheld? If the fledgling kiwi-bird has a right to life, how is this to be explained to the non-conceptual stoat that wants to eat it? And what about the stoat's right to life? For that matter, what about the rights of the insects & grubs that the kiwi-bird wants to eat? The idea that everything that exists has rights is a joke taken seriously only by half-wits and totalitarians. But it's a very dangerous joke, because there are a lot of half-wits, and Hitler was a tree-hugger.
To be objective - that is, reality-based - concepts must identify and integrate facts. The relevant facts here are that man's mind is his fundamental means of survival, that the mind operates conceptually and by choice, that each man has one, that it is therefore necessary and appropriate that each man be free to use it and act on it if he is to live as a man, but that it is possible - and INappropriate - for other human beings to try to stop him. The concept that identifies & integrates these facts is the concept "rights." To put the point another way, in Ayn Rand's words: "A 'right' is a moral principle defining and sanctioning a man's freedom of action in a social context." When we say people have rights, this is shorthand for: "People by nature require freedom; 'rights' acknowledge the requirement and ratify the freedom." You can see why people prefer the shorthand, but it's very important to grasp the longhand, otherwise unconscionable tosh about the "rights" of mosquitoes enters in. And if mosquitoes have rights, human beings don't.
People must allow themselves to be bitten to death ... as they ponder the ice creams they're not allowed to sell.
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