A badge of honour

In another hysterical, ill-informed, anti-Abbott rant, Mungo McCallum has mentioned me in dispatches:

Judith Sloan, The Australian’s iron-hearted economic fundamentalist

I wear this label as a badge of honour.

Of course, McCallum doesn’t understand the first thing about tax, including the highly regressive impact of fiscal drag and its disproportionately adverse impact on the lowest paid (see Martin Parkinson’s post-budget speech on this point).

But of course McCallum doesn’t get me, or other Cats at all.

If iron-hearted economic fundamentalism means:

  • Emphasising the importance of private business and the role of investment;
  • Believing that individuals are best off when they are self-reliant and that welfare can all too easily breed dependence;
  • Understanding that most government interventions do more harm than good, particularly for the most marginalised;
  • Believing that taxes should be kept as low and non-distorting as possible

then I really do wear the badge with honour.

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73 Responses to A badge of honour

  1. Baldrick

    Mungo McCallum … anything from Mungo, at his age and drug affected brain is a bonus. I thought he was dead.

  2. Infidel Tiger

    Someone was telling a story here the other day that Mungo squandered a fortune.

    I imagine he’d hate anyone that was prudent with money.

  3. Turtle of WA

    Spot on Judith.

    Love this bit:

    ◾Understanding that most government interventions do more harm than good, particularly for the most marginalised;

  4. Pickles

    Is Mungo his real name or do they just call him that cause he is one?

  5. Johno

    Of course, McCallum doesn’t understand the first thing about most things, except spewing forth abuse at anyone he doesn’t like.

    A badge of honour, indeed. Pity it is from such a pathetic individual.

  6. Boambee John

    Pickles:

    Yes, he was so named – IIRC, his father was also!

  7. Boambee John

    PS:

    Regarding lefties with weird naming preferences, there was a rabid greenie a few years back named Milo Dunphy, IIRC his father was Miles Dunphy (or maybe the order was the other way around)!

  8. Shauno

    Yep good old Mango Mungo Mango the men in white coats will soon by called upon to pick the old commie up.

  9. David Xavier

    “Mungo MacCallum was born in Sydney and educated at the elite Cranbrook School, a short walk from where he lived with his mother and father in his grandmother’s house in Wentworth Street, Point Piper. After leaving school, he went to the University of Sydney, where he obtained a BA with third-class honours.”

  10. Gab

    Mung bean was once described by Gough Whitlam as a “tall, bearded descendant of lunatic aristocrats”. Honestly, Judith needs to attract a better standard of critic. Someone who at least has some inkling about economics.

  11. Pickles

    Brought up by granny. Bad Boy Mungo. How’s that pome go? If you can’t get a girl get a Cranbrook man?

  12. Tel

    What kind of weirdo still believes in economic fundamentals?

  13. James of the Glen

    Last time I saw him he was brown- fanging his way into his cups next to some cackling crone jumping up and down on her perch, all the while parroting bile he’d heard 5th hand from someone who’d read the Guardian last year. Mung makes noises as if he’d like to interrupt with important views but stop and he’s stuck for words.

  14. Free Advice

    He reminds me of some late 70s english teacher still railing against Fraser and Whitlams sacking.

    Some people go through life and learn and change a bit or a lot for the better, while others cling to their beliefs with closed minds ever more stubbornly and hysterically, ignorant of the changing world around them. Bit like Faine.

    Will this type simply die out with newsprint or will they be replaced by the Jericho’s and Green’s and Aly’s of this world, carrying the flame for Stalin, Mao, Scargill etc?

  15. egg_

    “tall, bearded descendant of lunatic aristocrats”

    Has always had the unkempt look of one who sleeps on park benches and yells at passers by.

  16. Peter from SA

    he’s one of those types that not even Fairfax will simply credit by his name.

    It has to be “Mungo McCullum, Australia’s most thoughtful political commentator” (or some such crap)

    Hurry up and die f*** stick. you are wasting oxygen.

  17. Peter from SA

    He reminds me of some late 70s english teacher still railing against Fraser and Whitlams sacking.

    nailed it. stuck at 1975.

  18. Splatacrobat

    The original unflushable turd

  19. jupes

    Why would anyone publish this idiot’s rantings?

    Seriously, his opinion is as worthy as that of a dero.

  20. Infidel Tiger

    I imagine he smells like cream sherry, moth balls and poo.

  21. He reminds me of some late 70s english teacher still railing against Fraser and Whitlams sacking.

    Spot on. Poor old sod; he is dying for lack of publicity.

    Keep being ‘iron-hearted’, Judith. I’m ‘iron-hearted’ myself, and so appreciate it in others.

  22. sabrina

    Mungo? What is that?

  23. Gab

    he is dying for lack of publicity

    Yes and the only way he can think of attracting attention is to disparage a well known female star.

  24. Peter from SA

    I imagine he smells like cream sherry, moth balls and poo.

    so many laughs here. thank you so much!

  25. Aristogeiton

    Infidel Tiger
    #1323708, posted on May 28, 2014 at 9:20 pm
    Someone was telling a story here the other day that Mungo squandered a fortune.

    I imagine he’d hate anyone that was prudent with money.

    Yes, he inherited a fortune and squandered it all on himself; I recall that he said he didn’t care about the money and so pissed it up against the wall. I understand that whoever came upon it before worked very hard to get it. Now penniless, he lives on the taxpayers dime and complains about how miserly we all are.

  26. Aristogeiton

    Infidel Tiger
    #1323794, posted on May 28, 2014 at 10:25 pm
    I imagine he smells like cream sherry, moth balls and poo.

    This had my wife and I rolling on the floor; we love to hate the man. Nice work as usual IT.

  27. I don’t think poo. I do think old man wee, though.

    A stained-corduroy kind of smell, like someone opened the attic.

    Poor man.

  28. Tom

    Judith, the fact that Their ABC have decided to donate what I hope is no more than the $200 that the rest of the Dumb dregs get weekly to finance the destruction of his liver in northern New South Wales is not a good enough reason to give him momentary relevance in a serious economics forum when he’s squealing like a girl about leftard boilerplate gibberish that he’s been regurgitating since 1972. As an old racing writer whose invective I greatly admired once told me, McCallum knows fuckall about fuckall. The fact that he’s now a children’s author for the ABC’s demented Greenfilth nursery should tell you that he’s given up talking to adults. Transcend, Judith.

  29. hzhousewife

    Mungo – after Saint Mungo a 6th Century Scottish saint

  30. Peter from SA

    This had my wife and I rolling on the floor; we love to hate the man. Nice work as usual IT.

    Same. Except I’m divorced so no longer know who the (ex) wife is rolling on the floor with.

    But it occurred to me that the likes of The Chaser BoyZ probably get ’00s of ’000s of taxpayer $$$ to make me laugh but are totally incompetent at it. and yet better minds can provide it for free.

  31. But it occurred to me that the likes of The Chaser BoyZ probably get ’00s of ’000s of taxpayer $$$ to make me laugh but are totally incompetent at it. and yet better minds can provide it for free.

    The Cat is actually more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

    Mind you, I can’t prove that, but I bet I could apply for a grant to conduct a study to see if it were true, involving a barrel of very carefully selected monkeys.

  32. H B Bear

    Mungo McCallum … anything from Mungo, at his age and drug affected brain is a bonus. I thought he was dead.

    Nope – just brain dead. And remember kids … never, ever drink the bong water.

    I think Chip just publishes him once a fortnight to keep him in cheap port.

  33. Peter from SA

    A stained-corduroy kind of smell, like someone opened the attic.

    yes excellent too Philippa. I’ll always have the perfect mental image (and smells) for dear Mungo in the future ….

  34. egg_

    Memories…

    a Pub Politics segment in which Singleton exchanges views with Labor rebel Sir John Egerton, journalist Mungo MacCallum and “a fair dinkum politician, if,” says Singo, “there is such a thing.”

    http://economics.org.au/2013/02/1979-news-item-on-new-tv-show-john-singleton-with-a-lot-of-help-from-his-friends/

  35. Peter from SA

    mmmm …. bong water.

    whoops err … yeah …

    that Mungo guy is a dick. probably doesn’t even share the said water …. filthy swallower / denialist etc etc

  36. Aristogeiton

    Anyone have the vid of Mungo blowing a gasket over reffos or some such while some grinning octogenarian mugs in the background?

  37. Peter from SA

    Egg, very funny:

    It will be, he promises with characteristic modesty, “The sort of show I’d watch meself if I wasn’t in it.”

    oh dear. I think I’m doing that thing where you’re moderately tipsy and you post too much. Can’t end well for anybody. But it seemed like a good idea at the time …
    Computer off.

  38. john of dandenong

    Enjoyable comments. All so good I cannot pick a winner. Poor old Mungo. You’re a wizzer Judith. cheers to all

  39. cohenite

    McCallum receives a regular stipend from the wretched abc for his rants steeped in the verbiage from a simpler, vastly more stupid age; McCallum is like a mutant Peter Pan whose body deteriorates while his mind is mired in the Never-Never land of perpetual self-indulgence. He is a genuine grotesque.

  40. nerblnob

    Believing that individuals are best off when they are self-reliant and that welfare can all too easily breed dependence;
    Understanding that most government interventions do more harm than good, particularly for the most marginalised;

    That makes you iron-hearted?

    It does perplex me that people who would despise rich kids who become useless due to having everything handed to them, want to do the same to other Australians.

    And I see myself as marshmallow-hearted.

  41. The antipathy makes far more sense once we dig into the 60s versions of all these social, political, education, and economic ‘transformations’ and discover people like Margaret Mead or the UN declaring that we are in an Age of Abundance so share. Now. Like it or not. http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/educating-for-radical-change-and-new-values-in-an-age-of-abundance-defining-the-new-kind-of-person-to-be-produced/

    There they are insisting that production is no longer a problem, only distribution. Then you have economists like Judith and the rest of the Cats saying production is actually not the given you are assuming. Many bad things have happened in the intervening decades because of the erroneous fixed pie assumption of these Radical theorists.

    Yet virtually all of the Agenda 21 and Great Transition remake plans on the West are built around the idea that radical redistribution doesn’t affect what is available to distribute. This will be particularly acute now with all the intentional Mind Arson being imposed on schools, public and private.

  42. wmmbb

    Interesting link, Robin. What is “the intentional mind arson” now being imposed on government and private schools? For example, if I were to consider Judith’s propositions would I end up reading economics and lose my mind?

  43. Fisky

    For example, if I were to consider Judith’s propositions would I end up reading economics and lose my mind?

    It’s too late for you, wmmbb. You haven’t demonstrated any ability to think at all.

  44. Greigoz

    Judith, where Mungo sees an “Iron Hearted Economist”, I see Boadicea in YSL armour plate! x

  45. Tintarella di Luna

    Is Mungo his real name or do they just call him that cause he is one?

    Pickles Mungo comes from a long line of Mungos – His father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were also called Mungo. Gough Whitlam accurately referred to him as a “tall, bearded descendant of lunatic aristocrats”. (thanks Wiki)

  46. gabrianga

    “Mongrel”,the Court Jester of the Canberra Press Gallery failed to impress (outside Nimbin) for the past 40 years or more.

    The Derro of Deakin.

  47. johanna

    I used to see Mungo in his permanent position slumped in the Non-Members’ bar in Old Parliament House during the Whitlam government. It was his purple patch, when he wrote for the Nation Review and was acquainted with Ministers. He’s been living off it ever since. More to be pitied than condemned – a wasted (in both senses) life.

    And yes, Mungo is a genuine and venerable Scottish name, but not a common one, even there.

  48. cynical1

    Poor man’s Bob Ellis.

    REALLY poor man….

  49. Token

    …iron-hearted economic fundamentalism…

    Isn’t that the perfect description for the plan the left supported which left at least 1,200 if not 4,000 (per Rudd’s own figures) drowned at sea?

    The hard left always projects.

  50. Token

    …failed to impress (outside Nimbin) for the past 40 years or more.

    Don’t dismiss his ability to paint a vile narrative structured around hate and inflamatory language which inspires the hard left.

    During the late part of the Howard government his bile filled vomit was regularly ingested and revomited by the ABC & FauxFacts (and NewsCorp chancers like mean little Farr).

  51. Bruce J

    Mungo man currently demonstrates more intelligence than Mungo McCallum!

  52. Alfonso

    Mungo’s jelly hearted dismissal of advancement for the underclasses shows. Keeping them voting Labor means keeping them poor or as public servants.

  53. .

    Mungo Mc Callum is not mentally an adult and should be income managed by his betters and supervised at all times.

    Eventually going broke, having your currency collapse and having capital flight is better than ever repaying public debt?

    This is simply cutting of one’s nose slitting one’s throat to spite the face.

  54. wmbb-

    It comes in under the rules imposed by the accreditation process. It especially comes in under obligations that instructional methods cannot have a disparate impact on achievement. That makes group projects, class discussions, gaming, and curriculum designed to get at feelings and values and social interaction and role playing what is permissable and universally accessible.

    Virtually everything I write about in my book Credentialed to Destroy is applicable to Australia as well, especially outcomes based education and the transformational version. Not to try Sinc and Rafe’s patience, you can send me an email and I can direct you to the particular posts applicable to Australia in particular.

    You have hired, for example, both Nel Noddings and CASEL to be advisers on making student wellbeing the major school focus.

  55. .

    wmmbb
    #1324059, posted on May 29, 2014 at 3:40 am
    Interesting link, Robin. What is “the intentional mind arson” now being imposed on government and private schools? For example, if I were to consider Judith’s propositions would I end up reading economics and lose my mind?

    Schooling, dickhead. It isn’t an education and it destroys creativity and infantilises young adults. Seems like you never left, champ.

  56. .

    Virtually everything I write about in my book Credentialed to Destroy is applicable to Australia as well, especially outcomes based education and the transformational version. Not to try Sinc and Rafe’s patience, you can send me an email and I can direct you to the particular posts applicable to Australia in particular.

    I’m interested.

    Do you know how AQTF/ISCs etc work? Basically the TAFE system/technical colleges is/are trying to parasitically embed itself/themselves in industry, even academic industries it/they has nothing to do with, to create jobs for the boys and justify its/their existence. A Ph D articulates from a Cert III does it guys? This kind of “thinking” makes me wanna puke.

    This is the backstop to the parasitical, malignant and pervasive occupational licensing and “quality” and “safety” nonsense we see in Australia today which destroy jobs and prosperity.

  57. Habib

    I’ve thought for years that Mungo’s moniker was mis-spelt, surely the second vowel is a typo. When are some of these blithering baby boomer hippy cretins going to start becoming one with the earth? Criminy they’re boring.

  58. Dave Wane

    One can only wonder how any sane person with even a basic understanding of the way a successful economy works could possibly have a different view to you, Judith. But of course they do. There are some sane people who still believe that “government” has all the answers and that more and bigger government has even more “answers”. The Labor “lessons” of every federal, state and territory Labor government never seem to be learnt – or at least not for very long – especially given the massive turn-around in the opinion polls for the Abbott Government.

  59. .

    Dave – ever seen that classic Friedman on Donahue where not only Michael Moore gets towelled up, but some dumb drunk/stoned kid asks “why does the taxpayer have to pay, why can’t duh grubbermint pay?”…

    It is scary we share a society with people who think the government has its own unlimited pot of money which doesn’t come from the taxpayer or currency destruction.

  60. wmmbb

    Hi there anonymous:

    Schooling, dickhead. It isn’t an education and it destroys creativity and infantilises young adults. Seems like you never left, champ.

    A useful comment, made toxic by anger, right?

    Fisky, let’s just share non-thinking. There is obviously a certain satisfaction in doing that.

  61. one old bruce

    Judith, you’re almost as bad as Susan Ryan and Bob Hawke. As we see in that video with Joe Hockey when the ALP introduced and defended much harsher policies.

    ‘Joe Hockey is a hypocrite’.

    Then what are the ALP?

  62. Infidel Tiger

    Dave – ever seen that classic Friedman on Donahue where not only Michael Moore gets towelled up, but some dumb drunk/stoned kid asks “why does the taxpayer have to pay, why can’t duh grubbermint pay?”…

    It’s very good, but it’s not Michael Moore.

  63. stackja

    FRIEDMAN: Well, first of all, tell me, is there some society you know that doesn’t run on greed?
    linky

  64. stackja

    Liberty Quotes
    The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system.
    — Milton Friedman

  65. .

    It was a perfectly useful comment “wwmmb” (“mumbled shit” from now on), you were too bog ignorant to realise.

  66. .

    IT – there is also a Michael Moore one. He gets rather upset that someone isn’t taking Ralph Nader at face value.

  67. wmmbb

    Sorry annon if I have caused you offence. I wish you well.

  68. Aristogeiton

    wmmbb
    #1325150, posted on May 29, 2014 at 11:56 pm
    Sorry annon if I have caused you offence. I wish you well.

    Folks here call him Dot.

  69. Aristogeiton

    Though Joe Goodacre has been known to call him Numbers:

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2014/03/18/marcia-langton-the-nature-of-her-apology/comment-page-1/#comment-1231111

    I would recommend that even less.

  70. The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system

    Well no, its not. It’s a system whereby greed is given full rein but coercion is reduced. The harm done by greed remains.

    In theory it is a neutral system; an exchange of equal value, sitting in the middle between gift and theft. In practice few transactions are truly neutral, and the system suffers from targeting the measure.

  71. MT Isa Miner

    Infidel Tiger
    #1323794, posted on May 28, 2014 at 10:25 pm
    I imagine he smells like cream sherry, moth balls and poo.

    Make sure to oil your shiv after you pull it out, I.T.

  72. .

    Err, no worries but some people have a strange definition of what ‘not trolling’ is.

  73. Aristogeiton

    Who’s trolling?

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