Captive minds

Peter Smith discusses the posturing of the left, giving us a brief list of leftist idiocies, of which, he notes, there are far more to add:

Ever more generous provisions of welfare, health and education are ‘rights’, the denial of which on the basis of affordability is unconscionable.

Taxing the rich is a bottomless wallet for making affordable the unaffordable.

Palestinians are willing to live in peace with Israel, even though their children are taught from infancy to hate, despise and kill Jews.

Islam is a peaceful religion no matter how much godless violence is preached and practised in its name; no matter how clear are the violent riding instructions in the Koran and Sunna.

Our Western past is shameful and we must be penitent in the ways of Obama.

All refugees must be welcomed across our open borders and everything will be fine.

Free speech is a right provided no-one outside of white men is offended; in which case it is hate speech.

Traditional marriage, and male and female demarcations, are dispensable affectations of less enlightened times when gender fluidity was not so de rigueur.

The problem is we are just talking among ourselves. The crucial need is to find some way to get past the sentinels guarding the captive and empty minds of the left from ever having to hear a dissenting word. The question then is whether such minds can be changed which is discussed here. But I do have to say that if watching the news from Manchester doesn’t make someone on the left think again about their political views, I don’t know what will. The closest I can come to a strategy is merely to point out that almost all of the political evils in the world, from the KKK who were uniformly Democrats, to the National SOCIALISTS, to the Italian fascists, to the Stalinists, to the Maoists, to the followers of Castro and Kim, and so on, were people of the left. Wanting a better world is not even the first baby step in knowing how to achieve it, and it is truly the case that no leftist I have ever known has had much of an idea how to go about making this a better world. The aim is always to grab power in the name of the people and the practice is thereafter to keep it for themselves.

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25 Responses to Captive minds

  1. dan

    Sums up the current detritus of the Liberal Party perfectly. Their statement today:

    “Don’t bother trying to earn just over two times average full time weekly earnings. Because once you do, half of every additional bit of effort; half of every extra hour you work; half of every new idea you generate – indeed, half of your extra perseverance, determination and enterprise – belongs to the government.”

    That’s from the current government which will continue to tax at at least 46.5%, but which has taxed at higher than that, and has prepared the ground for Labor to keep the new Lib taxes and increase some of their own.

  2. Gavin R Putland

    “Don’t bother trying to earn just over two times average full time weekly earnings. Because once you do, half of every additional bit of effort; half of every extra hour you work; half of every new idea you generate – indeed, half of your extra perseverance, determination and enterprise – belongs to the government.”

    Well, 50% is better than 99.2%: https://t.co/NiSGIzDu2j .

    Or 120%: https://twitter.com/DPlunky/status/860285233609924608 .

  3. Vicki

    But I do have to say that if watching the news from Manchester doesn’t make someone on the left think again about their political views, I don’t know what will.

    Having just watched (on The Drum on the ABC) a mindless female from the Left assure viewers that the Manchester bomber was just deranged & used Islam as a pretext, it is clear that NOTHING will alter the worldview of such a person. This is cognitive dissonance on steroids.

    Having also recently read Mark Steyn’s most recent post following Manchester expressing a deeply pessimistic view of the ability of the West to maintain our culture, social & political heritage, I have to say I am profoundly depressed.

  4. alexnoaholdmate

    The head of ISIS has a Ph.D in Islamic studies, and is renowned around the world as an Islamic scholar.

    He claims that Islam commands him to slaughter infidels and bomb innocents in their own lands – to kill teenage girls at a concert, to drive trucks into Christmas festivals, to behead people in the streets of Western cities.

    He claims – as do hundreds of thousands of jihadis around the world – that there is a firm religious basis for his actions.

    Ayatollah Khomeini – one of the most celebrated minds in the history of Islamic jurisprudence – concurred with such teachings (I respect Khomeini for his mind and his learning, even if I despise the ends he used them for).

    So, to sum up: The terrorists claim they are acting in the name of Islam; they die with the name of the Islamic God on their lips; they justify their actions with quotations from the Koran; and the greatest minds in the Islamic world condone their actions as perfectly in accord with Islam – and to be commended.

    Who should I believe – them, or those great Islamic scholars Barack Obama and Malcolm Turnbull, who tell me there is nothing in Islam that warrants such behaviour, and that such actions are a perversion of the religion?

  5. duncanm

    The crucial need is to find some way to get past the sentinels guarding the captive and empty minds of the left from ever having to hear a dissenting word

    is that really the issue?

    I see two problems
    1/ the kow-towing to social media pressure and wailing of the left. Seriously, tell them to FOAD.
    2/ There are a proportion of useful idiots in every population. The trick is to get them on our side. Presenting ‘arguments’ an ‘logic’ won’t work with these fools. The herd mentality will.

  6. DM of WA

    As someone else pointed in another forum:

    Why does the Left believe that a person’s gender is fluid but their race is not?

  7. Gavin R Putland

    I acknowledge the idiocies of the Left and pay my disrespects to their elders past and present.

    Now let me list some of the idiocies of the Right:

    Ever more generous pumping of asset values and extensions of monopolies are ‘rights’, the denial of which on the basis of unaffordability (or inefficiency) is unconscionable.

    All taxes can be placed on labour without making unaffordable the essential (or shifting any of the cost onto employers), whereas speculating at the expense of labour and capital is a bottomless wallet for making attainable the unattainable (and is more “grounding” than working for a living).

    Saudis are willing to live in peace with the West, even though they flog rape-victims and disbar the lawyers who defend them.

    Christianity is a plutocratic religion no matter what its scriptures say about usury or land speculation or the 24/7 economy or taking the name of G-d in vain.

    The Western achievement of universal health insurance is shameful and we must be penitent in the ways of Trump.

    All foreign buyers of our existing assets must be welcomed across our open-for-business borders and everything will be fine.

    Free speech is a right provided no members of “out” groups are defended; otherwise it borders on the treasonous.

    Traditional marriage, and male and female demarcations, are dispensable affectations of less enlightened times when workforce participation and the concomitant capacity to pump up property values were not so de rigueur.

  8. Rococo Liberal

    I get the impression that a lot of the problem is silly defeatism amongst the right. Ours is the default position of reason. We are the sexier, richer, more educated and prettier people.
    On left wing websites I am reading constantly about how the left has lost the debate.mlet U.S. Agree with them on that.
    What we must do is to be the elitists we are. We are not the common man, but the pick of the crop. After all if you go any wealthy area in Australia the vast majority of voters will be conservatives. The elite is conservative. Any attachment they have to left wing fads is a mile wide and an inch deep. I have converted many of those who have wavered not by arguing against them but by arguing for my faith in freedom and showing them that they cannot be truly elite without being Conservative.
    What I find is that if you get the person to like you and slowly make it clear that you are conservative, they will come to think better of conservatism.
    We on the right are supposed to be good at selling things. We need to sell our philosophy as a lifestyle choice. We need to seduce our foes with style and panache. Yes, we need the economics experts and the heavy-duty political thinkers. We need the attack dogs and the stolid foot soldiers. But at the moment we need the charmers and the wits.
    It is difficult to explain to the infantilised about the joys of freedom. But maybe we need to do what the creative writing teachers are always saying to would be novelists: show don’t tell.

  9. duncanm

    After all if you go any wealthy area in Australia the vast majority of voters will be conservatives.

    only the wage-earners. The doctor’s-wife type are often the most idiotic of lefties.

  10. struth

    Take the money away.
    Leftism only survives because we fund it.
    Arguing is useless.

    Take them off the tax payer teat and watch them become born again conservatives.

  11. Norman Church

    Struth @ 10:18
    Exactly. We owe it to them to cut funding. It’s for their own good. The fact that it helps economically and politically are just additional side-benefits.

  12. Warty

    Steve Kates is concerned that we may be expressing our views, yet we remain in our own little echo chamber (not the words he used, but the sentiments). Now I can seem myself sitting on a stupid Q & A panel, freely expressing my conservative views on let’s say militant Islam, and getting a hearty round of applause by a stacked Q & A audience, even a few cheers. I can see my words of conservative wisdom taken up by the Melbourne Age or the SMH, maybe even The Guardian, followed by an invitation to submit an article about ‘Stopping the Boats’ to Crikey, by crikey.
    No, it’s not going to happen; but what is important is that we all of us, keep on writing wherever and whenever we can. Subscribe to Quadrant, when it’s rediscovered its gonads (see Nick Cater’s abject apology to The Drum on 24th May); write to XYZ; respond to articles in the on-line version of Spectator. Read Janet Albrechtsen and Jennifer Oriel in The Australian, and lend your solidarity, in whatever way you can to the conservative cause.
    You don’t have to die with a pike through your heart.

  13. Awake

    Smith hits the nails right on the head!

  14. Awake

    As they say politics are downstream from culture. And yes, there’s a culture war going on and the best people to enlist are the young.

    Smart people and especially those with some profile should reach out to the young in unis, tafe, H.S. Smart people should approach student groups if they want to sponsor talk events and offer your availability, for free, if possible. ( make this your charitable gift for the year). Not about politicking but about the values that made Australia a great country and the challenges it might face should these values are undermined. Make it interesting . Make the slogan, “Proud to be an Australian” , cool again with the young.

    The west have done a lot of good for the world and it shouldn’t feel guilty at all that it wants to maintain itself.

  15. Entropy

    I am struggling to identify Gavin’s list as right wing views. Maybe the complaints about universal health care? Which, truth to be told, is about the approach to a solution rather than whether or not granny gets treatment.

  16. Dr Fred Lenin

    I notice you don’t mention the huge industries created by the comrades to keep themselves in power.
    The aboriginal industry which only costs a few dollars .
    The homosexual industry cheap at half the price .
    The Effnik industry for cultimulturism .
    The climate change industry to aid left millionaires to get richer ,
    The Fake news industry to provide work for people who can’t tell the truth .
    The national green laboral party to unite career pollies for better salaries .
    The useless prime minister industry a great change to politics .
    The victim industry providing lots of money for=r the lawtrade ,
    The it’s not their fault industry to get criminals back on the street.
    The uni degree industry which provides an “educated ,” Doleforce .
    The religion of peace industry so they get to love socialism .
    The overstuffed public service so left ministers have more servants . ‘
    The lying industry an offshoot of the lawtrade now spreading well .
    No doubt you comrades will find more however it disproves the lie that socialism kills jobs ,only usefull productive ones are affected ,the others are growing aiks we speak ,

  17. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    But I do have to say that if watching the news from Manchester doesn’t make someone on the left think again about their political views, I don’t know what will.

    The bringing down of the World Trade Centre finished me off for being ‘of the left’.
    The immediate bleating about how terrible we all must have been to bring on such a thing disgusted me.
    Every Islamic atrocity since then has elicited exactly the same response from the left.
    They are slow learners, but perhaps the times will soon be with us. Trump is a turning point.
    Rococo is not wrong.
    We should all speak more readily about our viewpoints and use our wits to convince others.
    Discussions re Trump are a start for the ‘breath of fresh air’ conversation about reason prevailing.

  18. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Take the money away.
    Leftism only survives because we fund it.
    Arguing is useless.

    First thing – make sure the money gets taken from the bloated lefties first, the climate change quangos, the ABC, the lawyers and activists in the medical, aboriginal and migrant industries, the purveyors of leftism as ‘education’, and taken not those currently struggling on benefits. Our welfare system of continual economic dependence is another sink of funds that has to be tackled separately, once the voice of the strident left is quelled and the economy is adjusted to offer real jobs to those who can and will do them.

  19. Hamish Marshall

    Steve, I am not at all sure that anywhere near enough gripeing conservatives have signed up with Corey Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives. He really should have a membership of at least 50,000 Australians by now! Remember, in the late 1940s, the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) had over 100,000 members! Conservatives, get off your whingeing arses, and sign up!!!!

  20. Mother Lode

    If you say that the Nazis were of the left you know a lot of people will simply not believe you – it is not currently a self-evident claim and therefore does not fortify the case. They will assume you are wrong, and everything you say discounted.

    Might it not be easier (albeit still requiring some talk) to point out that the Nazis, North Korea, Maoist China etc were and are places with big centralised governments.

    See the problem is that big government doesn’t scare people here. They believe all those pronouncements by politicians that new departments with new funding will solve problems. They believe oppositions that claim the government is being tricky or niggardly and that this is what is leading to bad outcomes.

    Most important they need a lot of illumination as to why these things really don’t work: The bureaucrats unassailable in their office with no real incentives arising from such things as competition and beholden only to more bureaucrats; the absurd salaries (the ‘servants’ are paid more than their ‘masters’); the staggering ignorance of social workers, the sheer cowardice of politicians in front of lobby groups and the press etc.

    Highlight the actual incentives of politicians and bureaucrats, and the perverse solutions they come devise to serve them: Politicians seeking re-election based on appearances, lobby groups that advance their cause by lying about it; presstitutes colluding to keep a closed shop and pollies on the edge; bureaucrats that want regular advancement and know not to make waves for their boss when something is wrong.

    The whole thing could be done as a series of comedy skits.

    And with no malice – which at best puts people off, at worst turns them against you.

  21. Luke

    Yeah the problem is that all those things are taught and reinforced – ever more fervently – in daycare, schools and university. Oh and then the hours of social media and pop culture the kids consume.

    The left is the new religion of the masses and it is becoming more and more power each year in it’s ability to punish the non-believers.

  22. dan

    The doctor’s-wife type are often the most idiotic of lefties

    I think it’s a complete myth. Most specialists with at least private practice and all GPs run their own businesses and are well aware how they and their patients are screwed over by the government and are extremely unimpressed by 50% taxes. Obviously there are some exceptions, and I know some of these guys too, but doctors’ wives want income too.

  23. hzhousewife

    I think it’s a complete myth. Most specialists with at least private practice and all GPs run their own businesses and are well aware how they and their patients are screwed over by the government and are extremely unimpressed by 50% taxes. Obviously there are some exceptions, and I know some of these guys too, but doctors’ wives want income too.

    The doctor’s wives in my town organise meetings to bring in refugees and save the planet regularly. Even some bigger business people are lefties lovers, I don’t understand why, I think they are soft in the head. The less affluent women in town run multitudes of food banks and compost heaps, the poor people in town are being stuffed full of lasagne made from left-over cans of sauerkraut every night of the week for free. I don’t think any of these activities do anyone any good.

  24. Dr Fred Lenin

    Hitlers national socialists were the same as today’s globalists ,leftists with crony capitalist s , \IGFarben using slave labour given to them by the left nazis , now we have the climate scam invented by the capitalists cronies to make them richer implemented by leftist pollie who lied there way into power like hitler , Whats the difference its still left exploitation .
    The workers representatives selling out to the exploiters ,you know like shortens deal with the mushroom company .

  25. DtjW

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2396947, posted on June 1, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! +1000.
    It’s the wastefulness of government spending, to no tangible benefit of our country, that is the problem.
    UN funding, foreign aid, NGO’s, Quango’s, Arts, etc etc, all on borrowed money, adding to the enormous debt that must be paid back. Why the government ‘borrow’s’ money to immediately give away to these unnecessary functions despairs me. There is no regard for the future and what we, and those generations that follow us, will have to endure in paying off this debt. It’s debt, pure and simple, and debt always has to be repaid, but these mongrels will be well and truly out to pasture, on bloated pensions without a care, when the roosters come home to roost on us.

    I heard someone advocate a ‘consumption’ tax as a better option, after the budget was released.
    Another bloody TAX, just by a different moniker.
    It left me screaming at the radio – NO, what is required is a reduction of government’s wasted spending.
    I really do despair.

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