A great conspiracy story II

Following Mike Seccombe’s very nice IPA story, Jason Wilson has an even better take on the IPA:

Instead, in the Saturday Paper’s story, and much else that is written about the IPA, it is insinuated not only that they have untold power, but that there is something improper in their tactics. Yet the IPA make their arguments very publicly, work hard to mobilise supporters around heavily-promoted campaigns, and are, after all, a membership organisation. Seccombe himself discusses how, they have come to rely more on the support of members as corporate sponsors have backed away from their more hardline positions.

The IPA has a bit more mongrel. Its impact has been in making its stand on its values, and also by combining campaigning and policy work. They’re not afraid of confronting ideological antagonists and they understand that no political fight is ever over.

In short, they at once see the role of political passions more clearly than left think tanks, and the power of ideas better than left campaigning organisations like GetUp!. While writing books and making submissions, they evade the trap of wonky proceduralism and always claim to be acting in the name of something they misdescribe as “freedom”.

Hard work and organisation are the keys to success in most endeavors. I’m not surprised that most on the left don’t get it.

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16 Responses to A great conspiracy story II

  1. Brett_McS

    “… no political fight is ever over”.

    The most persistent wins. The IPA is persistent!

  2. Johno

    Being called ‘smug’ by the Left!

    Now there’s a real compliment! :-)

  3. Myrrdin Seren

    ….and always claim to be acting in the name of something they misdescribe as “freedom”.

    I am not going to give the Graunad a page view to try and find out WTF this guy thinks is the definition of ‘freedom’, but I suspect it is a whole pile of ‘how free are you when your caring givernment takes care of all your needs and concerns !!’.

  4. .

    In short, they at once see the role of political passions more clearly than left think tanks, and the power of ideas better than left campaigning organisations like GetUp!. While writing books and making submissions, they evade the trap of wonky proceduralism and always claim to be acting in the name of something they misdescribe as “freedom”.

    What a lying arsehole.

    Let’s live in a command economy with no civil rights!

    These imbeciles are the kind of fools who went to live in the USSR in the Cold War.

  5. Gab

    and always claim to be acting in the name of something they misdescribe as “freedom”.

    Why does the author think freedom is “misdescribed by the IPA”?

  6. The IPA has a bit more mongrel. Its impact has been in making its stand on its values, and also by combining campaigning and policy work. They’re not afraid of confronting ideological antagonists and they understand that no political fight is ever over.

    Totally agree, but the IPA also has a knack of employing people who are excellent both on policy and communicating their position. They have my complete support.

  7. H B Bear

    When even The Grauniad thinks you are an idiot, you might be an idiot.

  8. johanna

    they at once see the role of political passions more clearly than left think tanks

    Huh? So they are the ones running fear campaigns about frying the planet, murdering poley bears and grandchildren, poisoning us with GM foods etc?

    It’s parallel universe time again.

  9. People of left wing persuasion aren’t big fans of freedom, since it mostly involves freedom for the bourgoisie to do things they don’t approve of (own guns, run businesses, live unhealthy lifestyles, etc).
    Down with freedom, up with equality. That’s their guiding principle.

  10. Ant

    Have they ever considered that the IPA might be just plain correct most of the time and that that’s why they punch way above their weight?

  11. Blogstrop

    The left don’t get it because they are no longer about ideas, just about the getting of power – by whatever it takes.

  12. Leftists on twitter can’t let go of the IPA’s tax deductible status.

    As much as I like winning the same argument over and over (it’s better than the opposite), this obsession is a bit tedious. My first move is usually to point out that Greenpeace donations are tax deductible. Union dues are as well (and if the criticism is that the IPA is a “lobby group”, unions definitely act like a lobby group!).

  13. Martin

    The IPA is very much a stand-out in this country. Headed by intelligent, thoughtful, extremely articulate individuals, they are never ones to shy away from promoting our freedoms and values. Australia’s way of life is enhanced by their endeavours. I totally support them.

  14. 1234

    Vested interests hiding behind the IPA re tobacco lobby and plain packaging. Not my values or idea of necessary freedoms.

  15. .

    I am a vested interest who is a premium member of the IPA.

    I am fucking sick of paying more taxes to salve the consciences of idiots who haven’t had grief counselling and want someone else to be punished for their misfortune.

    I am sick of conceding civil liberties to prop up shit politicians like Bob Carr or so Gillard etc could have had free reign to censor the media.

    Enough. Go back to the authoritarian rat hole you slunk out of, 1234.

  16. 1234

    Well good on you. I don’t care much for the values and freedom of the tobacco industry or those who support an industry whose products kill. They are my values, and yours?

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