The Federal Government’s recent court action to constrain The Australian Financial Review reporting on subsidies to an unsustainable automotive industry is a violation of all our rights.
Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying ‘the state is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence’ This quote is used by pacifists, anarchists, Libertarians and Austrian school economists to highlight the coercive evil at the heart of the state and its inevitable violent consequences.
What Gandhi actual said was “the individual has a soul, the state is a soulless machine……” The recent behaviour of Australia’s political crew aboard the ship of state has done little to persuade us of their fitness to serve as the moral hand upon the tiller.
A Pandora ’s Box of coercive force, the state exerts an irresistible attractive pull on those who would hold to themselves the discretion to direct its power and its tithe. Whether born of the left or right members of the political class share one central motivating force. That force is to wield the power and harvest of coercion. Whether doing good or serving self-interest politicians on the simple spectrum of left through right are spending without making. The rivers of gold that flow from Pandora’s Box have been cleverly renamed revenue to confuse it with the legitimate act of receiving in return for value created.
The oppression of the individual’s rights to freedom and liberty is sanctioned by 51% of the ill-considered. A symbiotic pact, of the entitled and those who seek to serve the soulless machine of state in return for the transient power to award without the obligation to create, curtails the enlightenment dream of liberating human potential.
Democracy’s history, of righteous acts of war, oppression, and the pursuit of special interest at the cost of all, lives behind a veil of franchise. That xenophobic pact of preclusion is common to every democracy leaving it vulnerable to the soulless pursuit of the justified ends. Universal franchise has always been a lie. The oppression of someone by the voting masses is the price we pay for self-justification. We avert our eyes from the inconvenient truth that it is not refugees, gay couples and recreational drug users alone that pay the price of our Faustian deal. The soul of every individual is at risk of being diminished.
Ideology no longer acts as the rampart of values to defend the politician’s soul from the two pronged assault of self-interest and the rent seeker. Who stands watch over our precious liberty and the future? Our children’s involuntary financial support for the car industry makes clear the oppression of the disenfranchised. As The Economist recently recorded young people are expressing their lack of interest in the automobile in record numbers with rapidly falling rates of application for driver’s licences around the world. And yet our elected guardians have redistributed the wellbeing of future voters to automotive workers in unprecedented acts of largesse.
At its core this is not an economic issue. Buried under the blanket of our 3 billion dollars being redistributed to cover the cracks in a political façade is an existential question. Who will stand the ground for the market, and peace, freedom and liberty it protects? Unshackled from the oppression of church and monarch, 18th century educated merchants and entrepreneurs championed an alliance with Freedom and Liberty.
As Ayn Rand said “Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision.” Today, more than ever our prosperity, liberty and freedoms need a new generation of guardians. Australia desperately needs people of courage enlightened, openly self-interested, and armed with nothing but their own vision to stand and speak truth to the power of the soulless machine and its pragmatic allies on the left and the right. They just need to be willing to withstand the slings and arrows of Wayne Swan’s faux class war.