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.