Praise for the IPA – through gritted teeth

… George Brandis did oppose the sedition laws back when he was still a backbencher. Some of his criticisms of the Human Right Commission are legitimate. They have fumbled on the issue of free speech, and Section 18C is hardly a model of liberal legislation. It’s also true that Tim Wilson, Chris Berg and their Institute for Public Affairs cohorts have done some lonely, creditable work on the frontline of civil liberties.

That is from The Monthly – finding it hard to be honest while maintaining the rage.

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41 Responses to Praise for the IPA – through gritted teeth

  1. Rabz

    Interestingly, most of the friends and family I encountered over the last few days had never heard of the IPA.

    When they asked what it was, I said it was an association of right wing extremists.

  2. Reading that paragraph is like watching the can-can. You keep waiting for the but.

  3. manalive

    His opening sentence is stolen from Oscar Wilde but he raises some good points. The Liberal party over the years, particularly at state level, has featured some right doozy wowsers although the claimed ban of films featuring topless men is pure hyperbole. When was Johnny Weissmuller banned?
    Who, for instance, can forget Arthur Rylah?
    ‘Rylah’s attitudes regarding morality and censorship were seen by many to be reactionary and repressive. His remark in 1964 that he would not allow his ‘teenage daughter’ to read Mary McCarthy’s novel The Group became notorious. When it was pointed out to him that he did not have a teenage daughter (his sole daughter was fully adult), he replied that he could always imagine one. He zealously took on the role of public censor, banning everything from James Joyce’s Ulysses to Rudyard Kipling’s Barrack-Room Ballads (“No, I haven’t read it, but with a title like that it must be dirty”). He was also responsible for prohibiting performances of the play The Boys in the Band (which he condemned as obscene) and for the covering of public statues of Michelangelo’s David’ (Wiki).
    The tension between classical liberals and conservatives on the centre-right surfaces on this blog from time to time.

  4. Tom

    When they asked what it was, I said it was an association of right wing extremists.

    I’m glad you didn’t tell them about the IPA death squads I’ve been working with.

  5. JC

    Manalive

    He’s basically conflating the State and Federal liberal parties as though they are the same thing. In this case it’s the QLD liberals and the terrible stuff they’ve done (re the bikie laws) and the Federal libs.

    Is there anything leftie douchebags do that isn’t misleading or dishonest?

    18c, the attempt to finkelstien political opponents, The Human Rights Commission… these are basically federal matters.

  6. Tintarella di Luna

    Reading that paragraph is like watching the can-can. You keep waiting for the but.

    Nice

  7. Beef

    finding it hard to be honest while maintaining the rage.

    It’s also true that Tim Wilson, Chris Berg and their Institute for Public Affairs cohorts have done some lonely, creditable work on the frontline of civil liberties.

    What a weak piece of writing, I should expect anything less?

    It’s true and it’s credible work (not my words)…And yet

    The lonely cohorts, suggests a sinister underlying tone between the two truths.

    IMHO

  8. Tintarella di Luna

    Tim Wilson and Chris Berg have been mighty freedom fighters in suits. I have only had a couple of chances to attend IPA events and the speakers have always been terrific. I enjoyed very much Chris Berg’s book: In Defence of Freedom of Speech from Ancient Greece to Andrew Bolt.

  9. blogstrop

    I still find it odd that the feminazi-dominated arty left called a magazine The Monthly.

  10. Rabz

    I’ve just been reading through my copy of the latest IPA annual report.

    Hmmm – 0% donations from Government.

    Gold Star, peoples.

  11. Gab

    I still find it odd that the feminazi-dominated arty left called a magazine The Monthly.

    Just be thankful they didn’t name it The Vagina.

  12. blogstrop

    Quite so, Gab – and with Vanessa Very Bad Naughty Ham as editor!

  13. Tintarella di Luna

    Just be thankful they didn’t name it The Menstrual Vagina Knitting Loom.

    Honestly Tom do you think some women have too much time on their hands? I guess Casey was bored with just knitting a scarf – what a nitwit. I wish Casey Jenkins would come over to my place, particularly at this time when day programs are closed. She could take her knitting though chances would be slim that she’d get any done.

    Last time I took my knitting anywhere was to the hospital when I was going into labour with my first child, the books said that it might take a while and you should take something to do while waiting for the arrival, so I took the half-finished jumper I was knitting for my neice, the trivial pursuit game so the Sunbather and I could while away the hours in between cups of tea – Well … what a bum steer that was.

  14. JimD

    Rabz
    When they asked what it was, I said it was an association of right wing extremists.
    Are your screws really that loose? The IPA collective is about as right wing as that Grattan turnout.
    Turns out that Wilson thingy is a woolley oofter and Chris (Burk) Bergs’ recent spiel on ABC website re a supposed 1865 engraving extrapolated into the biggest load of bullshit about Australian history surpassed only by the luvvie comment accompanying. IPA right wing? FMD you gotta be a leftie stupid.

  15. Brett_McS

    Already joined earlier this year. Just sent a donation for the Christmas Appeal. What a great job the IPA do – an amazingly effective voice for liberty in Australia.

  16. Brett_McS

    “IPA …an association of right wing extremists”.

    If “extreme left wing” means something like totalitarian communism where The State controls virtually everything, then “extreme right wing” should mean the opposite; rather than meaning where the State controls almost everything (eg National Socialism), it should mean instead where the State controls virtually nothing – something more akin to anarcho-capitalism. Which is certainly closer to the IPA’s position than National Socialism is.

  17. Token

    the State controls almost everything (eg National Socialism)

    The Fascist / National Socialist states controlled everything as well. The ownership methods were just different.

  18. Token

    …it should mean instead where the State controls virtually nothing – something more akin to anarcho-capitalism.

    Not sure that is a good alternative, I posted this on the OT and believe it provides the answer you are looking for:

    Jonah Goldberg explains concisely what the Libertarian / Conservative premise of one side of that long discussion on Hitler & socialism by taking it back to a key point at beginning when the true alternative approaches of government were originally articulated:

    Perhaps Levin’s most telling insight is that all of Burke’s metaphors about government are about space, while Paine’s are about movement. The Burkean believes government is there to give all of the institutions of society room to thrive and discover what is good through trial and error. The Paineian sees progress as a society-wide movement, led by government, with no safe harbors from the Cause. This is why Paine was one of the earliest advocates of a welfare state — funded by a massive inheritance tax — that would intervene to empower every individual.

  19. Brett_McS

    Token: “Not sure that is a good alternative”. I’m not saying “extreme right wing = anarcho-capitalism” is a good alternative, just that, logically, it is the true opposite to “extreme left wing”: All-Powerful State vs No State. They’re the two extremes.

    Also, constitutional statements like “the government is there to [do this or that]” is all very well, but it assumes the government doesn’t have a will of its own. It does. The great Anthony de Jasay wrote a whole book about it: The State.

  20. Rob

    I still find it odd that the feminazi-dominated arty left called a magazine The Monthly.

    It’s a fairly angry and irrational magazine, kind of appropriate.

  21. johanna

    The cheap cracks at women from people like Rob are detracting from the discussion around here. If it’s not our lack of testicles, it’s the old canard that we are lunatics once a month.

    Not this girl. I am equally sane/insane at all times.

    What’s more, I don’t need to cite the lack of breasts among blokes as a sign of their inferiority. I mean, Maggie Thatcher had breasts and you don’t. QED, right?

    Lift your game, chaps.

  22. wreckage

    Well, it’s a good point, johanna, on Thatcher. Maybe Abbott needs to grow himself some damn tits!

    (The crudity is deliberate. We’re going for earthy here.)

    HEY ABBOTT! GROW A PAIR!

    Yep. I like it.

  23. johanna

    Nice one, wreckage. I like it, a lot.

  24. ChrisPer

    I think they named The Monthly with a knowing wink at Ita’s former employer, the now monthly Women’s Weekly (aka ‘The Weekly’) – once as important a cultural centre as Their ABC.

    That doesnt require overt gender-disparaging snark – its a sidestep past that stuff.

  25. Rafe

    Sinc, please tell us that you don’t buy The Monthly!
    Say you found it on the seat of a tram, or in somone’s recycling bin.

  26. Sinclair Davidson

    Sinc, please tell us that you don’t buy The Monthly!

    Rafe! Really? Like I would touch a physical copy of The Monthly?

    There is something called the internet. On the internet there is something called twitter. That is where many of the most deranged lefties hang out. Over the past few days I’ve been typing the name ‘Tim Wilson’ into the twitter search function and then re-tweeting some of the more impressive brain explosions. There I found a link to The Monthly.

  27. Rafe

    Praise the Lord!

    2014 is the year I find out about Twitter.

    And replace my 2008 mobile phone (even though it is still working perfectly).

  28. Sinclair Davidson

    Get yourself a decent phone and it’ll have twitter as an app.

    I suspect your 2008 phone will stop working once they switch off the analog system. :)

  29. JC

    On the internet there is something called twitter. That is where many of the most deranged lefties hang out.

    Twitter is now worth $40 Billion (Drudge today). It’s pretty amazing that the venue where lefties have mental explosions is worth so much.

  30. Great piece on the recent downward spiral of Australian politics.
    You read it here – on the Cat.
    Love the reference to the Fart of the Nation -
    What can explain the state of the nation today, this mix of the mildly sinister, with absurdity beneath it, where billionaires lecture us about elitism, and celebrate the “dynamism of capitalism” reported throughout the news organs they run at a loss of millions a week in order to have a voice?

    :-)

  31. johno

    Great piece on the recent downward spiral of Australian politics.

    It’s by Guy Rundle and published in Crikey.

    As expected, it’s crap. Pure unadulterated crap.

  32. johno

    On the other hand, Adam Creighton has a great piece in The Oz on the need for a Beauty Commissioner at the HRC given the rank discrimination against ugly people. Based on my own experience I know this to be true :-)

    Money quote

    the truth is that legislation to help ugly people would be no less ridiculous than the quagmire of confusing and overlapping state and federal laws that outlaw discrimination on the basis of sex, race, disability, age and so on. Indeed, we have more substantive statistical evidence that fat people are discriminated against unfairly than, say, Asians or gays.

    Existing anti-discrimination legislation is understandable only through the trite, vapid, neo-Marxist notion that old white men (even the ugly ones) are intent on exploiting everyone else

    And this one

    As the brilliant US law professor Richard Epstein argued more than two decades ago, a genuinely free society should “allow all persons to do business with whomever they please for good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all”.

  33. dd

    Interestingly, most of the friends and family I encountered over the last few days had never heard of the IPA.

    When they asked what it was, I said it was an association of right wing extremists.

    Those of you giving Rabz a hard time should re-read what he wrote here, but assume he is in fact a member of the IPA.

  34. mareeS

    Uh-oh, Numbers with the eureka flag and stuff from Crikey.

  35. wreckage

    Love your Eureka flag, Numbers. Cut the ponytails off any Chinese miners lately?

  36. wreckage

    The Eureka Stockade: Asians Takes Jobs, Mk1. We saw the latest iteration of this xenophobic bullshit in the ALP’s attempt to make working in Australia all but impossible for foreigners.

  37. tomix

    There’s a plaque in Albert St. between Elizabeth St and Charlotte St B’ne commemorating an anti Chinese riot there in 1887, erected during the ALP reign in City Hall 1991- 2004. Strangely, there’s no mention of the Trade Union instigators or the Irish Rioters.

  38. wreckage

    What, people didn’t realize Rabz was makin’ with the subtle?

  39. Combine_Dave

    There’s a plaque in Albert St. between Elizabeth St and Charlotte St B’ne commemorating an anti Chinese riot there in 1887, erected during the ALP reign in City Hall 1991- 2004. Strangely, there’s no mention of the Trade Union instigators or the Irish Rioters.

    I am sure the asian students in the CBD passing to and fro from their inner city units, harnomart/formosa grocers and Uni enjoy seeing that eye sore every day just letting know them what happened to their predecessors….

    Great for encouraging return visitors and FDI from Asia….It’s not like tourism is in trouble or anything…

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