It seems that the toxic actions of the PM are getting a good public airing at last but don’t forget that she is just the tip of the iceberg. That is the corrupt condition of the ALP, its platform (the trade unions), its publicists (the MSM) and the toxic political and intellectual culture generated by the leftwing intellectual classes based in the universities.
Hence the importance of those journalists and newspapers that provide alternative viewpoints, the blogosphere, the Defence of Western Civilization project at IPA, the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation and the need to do something about the corruption of the “house of intellect” as Jacques Barzun called it.
The universities are a central part of the house of intellect but fortunately not the whole of it, given the extent of anti-intellectualism that has taken root in the academies. Even in philosophy. When philosophy becomes toxic then it is not surprising that other parts of the academy are hollowed out and students either enlist with obscurantist movements like Marxism and POMO or turn anti-intellectual in reaction.
To be continued. Written from Arlington on the eve of the Austrian Thought conference at the Uni of Texas.
Spent a day in flight during the Hurricane Sandy drama with the inflight video news consisting of the news from the day before. So much for the Global Village.
A nice piece on the evasive tactics of the current administration.
How the people who run the ALP promote productivity.
How 100,000 activists dictate ALP policy. The story is about Alan Jones but deep inside is some information about 100,000 people who are on a hair trigger alert to leap into action at the call. See how many follow after the first 100,000! Are these the 100,000 who switched off the live cattle trade and the big fishing vessel that was sent home?
Another anti-Jones organiser, Change.com, which like GetUp is a progressive social media network imported from the US, used to market itself as a politically neutral platform. It revealed itself as far from neutral when Change.com become an active cheerleader for the anti-Jones boycott campaign.
The campaign via Change.com was white hot for a week but quickly ran out of steam. After an initial surge of 100,000 online signatures in support of a boycott the growth in numbers fell to a trickle. When the petition closed after a month it had 116,000 signatures.