One of the common errors made by the Australian left is that they equate the American right and the Australian right. Andrew Norton often talks about this sort of thing – see the posts in his conservatism category. Maybe the Australian left watch more FoxNews than does the Australian right.
Anyway, John Quiggin links to 10 historical facts only a right-winger could believe. It is an interesting list – but I’m not sure if subscribing to all of them is necessary or just some of them to qualify
10. The Robber Barons weren’t robbers — they were capitalist heroes.
They were entrepreneurs who revolutionised business practices and introduced massive innovations to economic organisation and practice. One of my favourite papers in this area is Brad De Long’s Did JP Morgan’s men add value?
9. Sputnik bankrupted the Soviet Union.
No. Communism is inherently flawed due to the socialist calculation problems that Mises and Hayek described.
8. Galileo was a conservative.
No. Not in any modern sense of the word.
7. The Founding Fathers really tried to end slavery.
6. Teddy Roosevelt was a socialist.
Wouldn’t have thought so. His economic policy can be understood in public choice terms.
5. Conservatives swept MLK and the Civil Rights movement to victory.
4. Margaret Sanger was all about the eugenics.
3. Women were better off before they got the vote.
2. Darwin is a menace to Western Civilization.
1. FDR: History’s greatest monster.
No. But this claim is also fundamentally dishonest. Arguing about the impact of the New Deal on the great depression isn’t some crank approach to economics, rather it is an important part of macroeconomic theory and aids in understanding the impact (if any) of fiscal policy is managing economic downturns.
Quiggin makes the following claim
Of course, this applies in spades to the Australian importers and distributors of this stuff – Bolt, Devine, Windschuttle and the entire Murdoch press.
But he provides no links to demonstrate that the Australian right holds these views.