The Politically Incorrect Show - 19/11/1999
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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Friday November 19, 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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As anyone with half a brain knows, this is the Age of Crap. Politically Correct Crap. Political Correctness is not just mustachioed femi-nazis wanting to ban men or white pseudo-mordi laying claim under Te Tiriti to the air; it's not just Phillida Carbuncle wanting to eliminate "lookism" or the Human Wrongs Commissariat wanting to outlaw romance; it's not just politicians & bureaucrats wanting everything to be either illegal or compulsory. It's also MBA degrees & Human Resources departments & Mission Statements & flow charts & spread sheets & public relations departments & team-building seminars & a host of other bastions of bullshit - all the domain of modern-day witch-doctors spouting jargonistic balderdash & New Age mumbo-jumbo designed to flummox the gullible &, of course, part them from their money. It's the reason the All Blacks have gone off - John Hart's head was full of it.
Remember when I said, run a mile when someone talks about anything with the word "social" in front of it, like "social justice," "social investment," etc.? (This was to protect you from would-be dictators.) Well, here's a similarly reliable rule-of-thumb for protecting yourself from would-be witch-doctors (the spiritual power behind the dictators' thrones): run a mile from anyone using the word "paradigm." It's their favourite cliche. Needless to say it's very popular in pseudo-academia. Scratch a paradigm-pusher & you'll find a charlatan.
Better still, get yourself a copy of Issue 30 of The Free Radical - it's the May/June issue from last year, still available - & read Bob Jones' hilarious response to a letter from two young MBA-touting employees of Carter Holt Harvey who had written to him requesting a meeting about a "career initiative" they had launched focusing on "leadership skills" & the "leadership deficiencies of our generation."
Bob replied, in part:
"My advice is that you abandon this unattractive urge to lead people, more so given your self-confessed confusion as to the directions you wish to go. Second, buy a copy of Truth newspaper. It includes half a dozen pages of classified advertisements by many hundreds of young ladies in Auckland who are eager to commit diverse atrocities on willing males. Accept these offerings & work your way through the lot & at the end you will have a far better handle on life at large. I have a fee for this advice, which is this. Will you please confirm that you were both in the boy scout movement in your younger days? - And what is this 'leadership deficiencies of our generation' guff? That is empty arrant nonsense & as meaningful as babbling on about the 'camel-riding deficiencies of our generation.' You ask whether I will consider an early-morning appointment in my office on the 27th of February. Yes, I will consider it, & I will leave my answer in a sealed envelope addressed to you at the Bergen main Post Office in Southern Norway. Go there at once to learn my response. I note with no surprise that the company you & your colleague apply your management & leadership talents to has just announced a devastating drop in profit. I imagine you are both personally responsible for this & suggest if you got on with your work & laid off this pathetic passion to lead people & guide teenagers & generally stick your oar into people's lives without invitation, then things might be happier for Carter Holt."
Unfortunately Bob moved on from denouncing oar-sticking to promoting it, in the form of state registration of journalists, & we haven't spoken since (actually, one never does speak to Bob, one just gives him a good listening to). But if you are perplexed by the mumbo-jumbo of our time - a classic example right now would be the Westpac Trust ads on television - & want to arm yourself with barbs of ridicule against it, as well as give yourself a thigh-splitting laugh, then you couldn't do better than start with Bob's article. For a more serious analysis of the originators of this garbage, the Mystics of Managerialism & Schools of Silliness & Purveyors of Paradigms, read my 1997 Institute for Objectivist Studies lecture, "In the Revolution's Twilight" on my web site.
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