Thanks for mentioning my Guardian column in your latest fund-raising letter. You have increased awareness of my brand among the many corrupt property developers, chinless libertarians, young fogies, and elderly racists that compose your membership. Without doubt, there are good times ahead for me.
I note that you do not quote the parts of the column where I point to the IPA’s enduring mediocrity. So in case it wasn’t clear enough, I should emphasise that my contempt for your organisation and its values is bottomless. Fortunately we’ve never met, but I daresay that this also goes for you personally. It certainly extends to the more prominent members of your staff.
It’s difficult to nominate a single reason for this. It could be your willingness to appeal to racial prejudice in campaigns clothed in the raiments of “liberty”. It could be your advocacy on behalf of the manufacturers of products that kill their customers and despoil the planet. It could be the bumptious expectation that your third-hand Hayekian dross will be taken seriously as an intellectual position. Your publicity headshot doesn’t help.
From time to time, some people on the left forget about the moral absence at the heart of your enterprise, and play nice in various forums with a few of the man-children you employ as “research fellows”. Rest assured that I never will.
There wasn’t space in the column to spell out the things that have aided the IPA’s recent ascent from mouldering irrelevance. The ABC’s strange conception of “balance” and the Liberal Party’s intellectual bankruptcy have played a part. So has the admixture of avarice, naïveté and bigotry among your members and fans. Your Institute’s prominence in print and broadcast media has benefited from you and your staff’s willingness to take every public opportunity to venture beyond the small range of your competence.
The future, however, is brighter. I am confident that soon enough, after the current Government inevitably fails to persuade the Australian people of the value of any of your ideas, you’ll once again be enjoying the obscurity you so richly deserve.
Yours in Freedom,
PS – Apart from the quote you pulled from my piece, your letter is very poorly drafted. I’d offer my services as an editor, but I have some scruples about who I accept money from. I know that you’re not that fussy, so my attitude in these matters may be something you need to add to the long list of things of you don’t understand.
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