Roundup March 11

Reminder, what the judge said about the Qld Uni 18c case. “No reasonably intelligent person would have understood Mr Powell’s posts as other than humour or irony,’’

Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog.

Dan Mitchell. The case for lower corporate tax rates, if you want growth and competitiveness. Japan as a more likely role model for the future of the US than Greece. Tax policy and welfare, don’t miss the video at the end about killing the poor.

Overseas. Spiked on Line, a lot on freedom of speech. Accuracy in academia. Diversity on campus. The Heterodox Academy in the US.

Jonathan Haidt appeared with author and New York Times columnist Frank Bruni on The Charlie Rose Show to discuss recent events surrounding Charles Murray’s speaking event at Middlebury College last week. In a far-reaching discussion moderated by Dan Senor filling in for Charlie Rose, Haidt and Bruni analyzed the many causes of the rising illiberalism college campuses, which makes many students and professors reluctant to voice dissenting opinions.

Leaving the Left.

1) Hate. If hate were the only reason, I’d stop being a leftist for this reason alone.
Almost twenty years ago, when I could not conceive of ever being anything but a leftist, I joined a left-wing online discussion forum.
Before that I’d had twenty years of face-to-face participation in leftist politics: marching, organizing, socializing.
In this online forum, suddenly my only contact with others was the words those others typed onto a screen. That limited and focused means of contact revealed something.
If you took all the words typed into the forum every day and arranged them according to what part of speech they were, you’d quickly notice that nouns expressing the emotions of anger, aggression, and disgust, and verbs speaking of destruction, punishing, and wreaking vengeance, outnumbered any other class of words.
One topic thread was entitled “What do you view as disgusting about modern America?” The thread was begun in 2002. Almost eight thousand posts later, the thread was still going strong in June, 2014.
Those posting messages in this left-wing forum publicly announced that they did what they did every day, from voting to attending a rally to planning a life, because they wanted to destroy something, and because they hated someone, rather than because they wanted to build something, or because they loved someone. You went to an anti-war rally because you hated Bush, not because you loved peace. Thus, when Obama bombed, you didn’t hold any anti-war rally, because you didn’t hate Obama.
I experienced powerful cognitive dissonance when I recognized the hate. The rightest of my right-wing acquaintances — I had no right-wing friends — expressed nothing like this. My right-wing acquaintances talked about loving: God, their family, their community. I’m not saying that the right-wingers I knew were better people; I don’t know that they were. I’m speaking here, merely, about language.

Books. Spectator reviews. Ideas. In the Blue Mountains.

Green technology and emission control. The Mercedes AA electric car. The increased tax on CO2 emission from cars in Britain. Not so helpful strategies Cash for Ash. The social cost of carbon.

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9 Responses to Roundup March 11

  1. Mark M

    “The Chinese totally believe in the climate scam” update:

    After successful electrification at home, Chinese companies are building coal-fired power plants in many countries

  2. Mark M

    Classic con trick, fabricate a crisis to create an urgent need.

    Then make the public pay through the nose for quick solution:

    Tesla’s Musk offers to fix South Australia’s power crisis in 100 days

    As beclowned comedian John Oliver said when taunting Trump to run for POTUS, “Do it. Just Do it.”

    With $25M of Musk’s batteries, when will SA prevent its first drought?

  3. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    No reasonably intelligent person would have understood Mr Powell’s posts as other than humour or irony

    Sadly, humour and irony are often missing in action when half-literate individuals read blog sites, which is a fault of the particular readers not the writer. The lowest common and faulty denominator of reading should not be the standard set in a civilized world. It is extremely concerning when publicly funded organisations like the ineptly-named Human Rights Commission have no sense of the concepts, leading to the ruined lives of those they attack. A minor consolation is that their failure to see humour and irony leads naturally to the conclusion that they are not very intelligent. 🙂

    The manner in which people use the written word can be very revealing in many ways: as noted by Rafe’s link to the angry nature of the left when spread on a blog page (which those not of the left should try very hard not to emulate). We should show a more gracious face to the world. If weapons are needed, then humour and irony are our best choices in most cases, although not in all – we can’t banish righteous anger completely from our lexicon.

  4. Bruce

    As for rights:

    The “proto-Americans” had it summed up succinctly:

    “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”.

    These being “inalienable rights” and “self-evident” to boot, what exactly is this extra-legal body trying to commission?

    Any society in which legalists get to define (situationally, of course), exactly what these three things are, is stuffed already.

    Note, there is no “inalienable right to “Happiness” per se. Just the right to pursue it.

    Note: “A liberty limited is a liberty LOST”.

    See also, the excerpt from one of Franklin’s letters: “..those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”.

    When statist hacks start defining (down) the minutiae of “rights and “liberty”, evil is afoot.

  5. Roger

    Reminder, what the judge said about the Qld Uni 18c case. “No reasonably intelligent person would have understood Mr Powell’s posts as other than humour or irony,’’

    But a significant portion of the community is not reasonably intelligent, is quick to take offence thanks to being indoctrinated in identity politics and they have a tax payer funded body to do their bidding.

  6. Procrustes

    Great link to Dr Goska’s story about turning away from the left. We should invent a term for that – how about being “awake”?

  7. danger mouse

    I’m not saying that the right-wingers I knew were better people; I don’t know that they were.

    But they probably were

  8. Rex

    Funny that article about the left, because viewing it from a centrist position, I see a right that is much angrier and aggressive than a fairly beaten and demoralised left. I see the right as radical. Looking to undermine and upturn things that have been constants for decades, like for example, the demonisation of Liberals (and I mean Menzies Liberals) like Turnbull who can’t take a trick because of the aggressive whiteanting from the right. Like an almost seething hatred of renewables. Not I suppose because they actually hate energy that is not generated from fossil fuels (you never can tell though), but because they hate what renewables represent. An acknowledgement of climate change. The thing about the right is that it looks from here like they just hate anyone that presumes to know better than they do, and presumes to tell them what to do for their own good. Like y’know vaccinate your kids, or wear bike helmets or don’t smoke or contribute to social health care.

    In days gone by the right weren’t like this. The right that ran the joint after WW2 were of a benevolent statist type that was about lifting all boats with the tide and who developed big vision plans like the Snowy Mountain Scheme and who insisted on courtesy and respect in their everyday dealings. The right today are nothing like that. Respect and courtesy have been abandoned, as has any notion of collective effort for the greater good. No, the thing that energises the right these days is a snarling animus toward anything trips the pre-programmed, unquestioned tripwire protecting the ideological perimeter : Feminists, Muslims, wind, solar, climate scientists; The ABC, taxes, government investment; building codes. The next target is I suppose compulsory vaccination, and after that? Who knows? Wind back seat-belt legalisation?

    Shame it’s got to this point really because it’s all downhill from here. I just see the right getting more and more distanced and aggressive and undermining anything that we might be able to achieve together as a society, and the just fucking the whole thing up for everyone.

  9. Andrew M

    Anyone watching Grand Designs on their ABC?
    Greenies making hobbit house, which is the government’s way of the future of course.

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