Government pays for the chorus and plays the piper

Among the gallons of ink written on Doha - including this by my colleague Tim Wilson is a piece by Peter Foster of the Financial Post.  Foster writes,

One leading question is how dubious science, shoddy economics and tried-and-failed socialist policies have come to dominate the democratic process in so many countries for so long. The answer appears to be the skill with which a radical minority — centred in and promoted by the UN, and funded by national governments and, even more bizarrely, corporations — has skilfully manipulated the political process at every level.

Last week, it was reported that the U.S. chief negotiator for climate change, Jonathan Pershing, reminded environmental NGOs — at a closed-door meeting — of who paid for their presence at shindigs such as Doha. This was treated as outrageous pressure. More intriguing is just why governments would be paying for organizations to go to conferences and criticize them. The only explanation, apart from sheer governmental schizophrenia, is that perhaps governments quite like the idea of agitators whose whole raison d’être is to justify more and bigger government.

The true believers of climate change disaster – those prepared to incur domestic costs to reduce emissions - are now limited to the EU failed state and an antipodean polity run (hopefully temporarily) by union gangsters and at least one of  their molls.

But the Obama administration has not given up and is still financing the peanut gallery of NGOs.  The fact that this is so little remarked upon is distressing to those of us who are naive enough to believe that democratic governments should serve the people rather than use their taxes to lead and ‘educate’ them.

But it is symptomatic of a shift from government as the servant to government as the master.  Mises confronted the same dismal reality in the broader context of how liberalism can prevail in the face of a populist democracy.

Schumpeter’s pessimism is legendary, “People at large would have to be possessed of an insight and a power of analysis which are altogether beyond them. Why, practically every nonsense that has ever been said about capitalism has been championed by some professed economist”.

Raico, Ralph (2012-03-27). Classical Liberalism and the Austrian School (LvMI) (p. 287). Ludwig von Mises Institute. Kindle Edition.

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23 Responses to Government pays for the chorus and plays the piper

  1. Steve D

    But won’t those gallons of ink have an effect on the environment?

  2. Steve D

    Seriously, though, this:

    But it is symptomatic of a shift from government as the servant to government as the master.

    needs to be rewritten as a liberty quote.

  3. TonyO

    …” an antipodean polity run (hopefully temporarily) by union gangsters and at least one of their molls.”

    God, that would be farkin funny if it wasn’t true…..

  4. brc

    Cut. Off. The. Funding.

    In reality, the climate windbags don’t really care about the environment. They are in a game, and the points in that game are collection of conference attendances. In the same way that CEOs like to count headcount and share price, in the same way that cricketers like to collect runs and test caps, the NGO agitators want to collect conferences. I can guarantee that attendance of everyone one of these junkets goes direct to the CV bottom line of the attendees. And every barbecue attended by the returning NGOer will be dominated by claptrap about how wonderful the entire thing really is.

    If each one of these tax eaters just went to their local creek and fished out a shopping trolley and stolen bike, then sprayed some noxious weeds on the way home, they would achieve far more for the environment than these pointless, money wasting talk fests.

    I don’t know how they live with themselves – 2 decades of nonsense and not one single, measurable improvement achieved.

    If we really had democracy the people would be able to veto any spending program the government created. I’d love to see the results of a popular vote on whether or not we should be sending delegates to stuff like this.

  5. Pickles

    All the gangster’s molls are helpfully listed. Clapped out trollops the lot of them.

  6. Uber

    Judeo-Christianity is the only defender that has ever stood in the path of tyranny.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    Interesting thing is much of the IPCC’s AR4 report was written by WWF and Greenpeace weenies, and presumably AR5 will be too. Obama and the EU fund these organisations millions each year and give them tax deductibility as well.

    Then they ignore or water down the recommendations of the reports…

    If this is a religion it is the most half arsed stupid inconsistent excuse for a cult I’ve ever come across.

  8. .

    WTF?

    I’m sure there are examples like Ambrose of Milan, Pope Leo etc but in the least you’re ignoring Greek and Roman civil wars pre Christian era.

    The American founding fathers were largely deists, and the Swiss Confederacy has a throwaway line about God in their old constitution at the beginning and end.

    What about the Eureka Stockade or the Armistar massacre?

    I think it is fair to say that Judeo Christianity has a track record of allowing liberty to flourish through the separation of church and state.

    Which had to be hard won against religious authorities, or contingent on their destruction.

  9. “Last week, it was reported that the U.S. chief negotiator for climate change, Jonathan Pershing, reminded environmental NGOs — at a closed-door meeting — of who paid for their presence at shindigs such as Doha. This was treated as outrageous pressure.”

    And this is why I have become more of the opinion that the whole edifice of society has become unrepairable. When a kitchen chopping board has become so contaminated with bacteria and parasites as to be not cleanable, then the only option is to chuck it out and get a new one.
    We will never be able to scrub these parasites out – we must rebuild the kitchen.

  10. Pedro

    Two of the most abused terms in policy debates are “stakeholder” and “community leader”.

    If you want to resume my land I’m a stakeholder. If you want to create a national park, or remove one, up the road a bit I’m joe public.

    It doesn’t matter how obsessed I am with the wallum frog, it doesn’t make me a stakeholder for a hwy construction and if I form a nimby group to fret about the wallum frog it doesn’t make me a community leader.

  11. cohenite

    Interesting thing is much of the IPCC’s AR4 report was written by WWF and Greenpeace weenies, and presumably AR5 will be too.

    AR4 Report Card.

    AR5 will be the same.

    But really there is no consequence; alarmists just float about getting interviewed by the fucking abc or fairfax, saying the equivalent that the wrath of God will be visited upon the Earth and every fucking moron nods their head and off they go.

    Take Professor Matthew England for example.

  12. Lysander Spooner

    BUT WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!! (obviously….and we’re all gonna pay taxes too) :-P

  13. Ant

    There are 3 types of people who believe in the Anthropogenic Global Warming Racket.

    Dreamers, Deceivers and Dummies.

    So it’s not just government, although left wing governments exploit these groups as ‘useful idiots’ to advance their political agenda.

    Dreamers include the hug-the-tree, Koala suit wearing types who constantly think the end is nigh unless humans can be made to repent for their wicked ways. This group would mostly support The Greens.

    Deceivers, on the other hand, know that AGW is a crock and that measures to “combat” it will punish our economy and the vast majority of people, but they could not care less. They’re motivated by politics and/or profit to ride the AGW gravy train to a super remunerated Utopia. This group would mostly support the Labor Party, although a small element exists in the Liberal Party such as the few who supported Rudd’s ETS idiocy a few years ago.

    Then there’s the dummies. This group is the most problematic because they’re the most numerous and they vote.

    Dummies are mostly disengaged with the political debate and base their opinions at voting time on snippets of news that they catch while flicking TV channels between Home And Away and Australia’s Biggest Loser, or by glancing a newspaper headline as they’re reaching for their copy of Who Weekly in Woolies.

    Dummies swing with the breeze and vote according to which side of politics has jammed enough junk into their thick heads.

    Usually, being the Party for the unprincipled where freebies and the fiscal irresponsibility to pay for them hardly makes the ethics meter move a flicker, they back the Labor Party.

    The Left have been dumbing down the population for decades using the education system as their most lethal tool against kids and then state dependency for the remainder of their lives.

    Individual liberty, freedom of speech and private property rights are the enemy of the Left and the reason why the Left constantly assaults these pillars of Western Civilisation.

    And, when considering the many billions of dollars left wing governments have blown on this AGW nonsense (eg Vic’s desal plant), together with the demonisation of anyone who questions it, I have to say that they’ve succeeded rather spectacularly.

  14. Lysander Spooner

    Ant – I thought I was reading the Gettysburg address your post was that good :-)

  15. H B Bear

    Put the Australian car industry down as a deceiver then. Seventy years on the taxpayer teat and hard Left socialist, Kim-Jong Carr, gives everything a coat of green paint.

    Hybrid Camry anyone?

  16. harrys on the boat

    Alans post was a good one, followed up with Ant’s great comment – i’ll be quoting snippets from both.

    Fuck this site is good when we don’t have the Steve clowns, m0nty, numbers, Bob etc. clogging up threads with their festering shit.

  17. Dr Faustus

    And, when considering the many billions of dollars left wing governments have blown on this AGW nonsense…

    …you find it entirely consistent with the same incompetent, centrist thinking that gave us cash splash, pink batts, new halls in closing schools, an NBN on the dead-end line of technology, boosted middle-class welfare – and shortly will be obliged to raid the nation’s superannuation savings to pay for the next circus.

  18. Jannie

    Dreamers, Deceivers and Dummies

    Thats pretty good Ant.

    I am just wondering if there is not a fourth group: too smart to be Dummies but still intelectually lazy, more consciously self deceptive than deceiving others, but going along with the meme because its easy and a groupthink pleaser, and being PC is Normative, and thats how you get to meet the Dreamer girls….

  19. Paul

    Global Governance via the treaty system. There’s your believers. National sovereignty surrendered in the name of treaty obligations to an unelected global body. Climate change and wealth transfer, telecommunications and internet control, refugee policy, reserve currency systems (drawing rights etc), its all being pushed into place piece by piece. We called those who warned us conspiracy theorists…

  20. Bruce

    and thats how you get to meet the Dreamer girls…

    Jannie, you forgot the downside of being sued afterwards.

    Eleven women and a man are reportedly seeking damages for emotional trauma following allegations that specialist officers infiltrated environmental activist groups and engaged in sexual relationships with members.

    One woman, who claims one of the undercover officers fathered her child, is also planning a landmark legal claim that will test whether the Met[ropolitan Police] should bear some financial responsibility for its upbringing

    Here you’d be up for fringe benefits tax for that.

  21. manalive

    Dreamers, Deceivers and Dummies ….I am just wondering if there is not a fourth group: too smart to be Dummies but still intelectually lazy, more consciously self deceptive than deceiving others …

    It’s been up here before, Richard S. Lindzen describes them “… there are the numerous well meaning individuals who have allowed propagandists to convince them that in accepting the alarmist view of anthropogenic climate change, they are displaying intelligence and virtue For them, their psychic welfare is at stake …”.
    For an example of the dummies, the invincibly ignorant, go to Bolt today where he posts a comment to an article by the dimwitted Lenore Taylor “…why shouldnt [sic] we have cleaner air to breath instead of buying a get ouf [sic] jail card overseas. direct action cleans the air our children breath in Australia instead the carbon tax that allows us to buy permits to pollute here! think for yourself instead of following the party line …”.

  22. johanna

    Tony Blair, one of the most evil politicians of our era, pioneered this. His government espoused ‘nudge’ politics, whereby NGOs and community groups were funded to push public opinion in support of his policies. They were bribed with fat salaries, all-expenses paid overseas trips and the warm glow of self-righteousness.

    This ill-concealed theft of taxpayers’ money for political purposes has been eagerly adopted by other governments, including our own.

  23. Mother G

    An abiding memory from some years ago while on Posting to Egypt…..an advisor for a UN Agency had business cards that showed his name and underneath, just the one word “EXPERT”.

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