Do his colleagues know?

So this morning Chris Mitchell finally woke up to the intolerance on the left.

While intimidation of Australia’s politicians falls far short of anti-Trump hysteria, there is among students, artists, journalists and political activists an increasing intolerance here, too.

I particularly enjoyed this bit:

Julia Baird, part-time host of The Drum, used her column in The Sydney Morning Herald on July 28 to call out social media intimidation she was receiving for supposedly privileging panellists from the Institute of Public Affairs. Baird said the show had included only three IPA appearances this year, two by the same person.*

Now the IPA, even though supported by big businesses and Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, is not the Ku Klux Klan. It was founded in 1943 by Charles Denton Kemp, father of Howard government ministers Rod and David Kemp. Although associated with free-market economic policies in recent decades, it was very much a Keynesian institution until the early 70s.

Wrote Baird: “The art of persuasion has been thoroughly trounced by polemic in public debate. Online, in comments sections, in staccato bursts of hate and attack, in the citing of feelings over facts, we see people shoving pillows over divergent views and trying to stop them being aired at all.”

She complained about the Twitter campaign to silence the IPA on The Drum. Just exactly what are Twitter’s twits afraid of? On subjects from migration to power prices, climate change and taxation reform, many on the uneducated Twitter Left would benefit from hearing well-argued conservative views. They might even learn why voters around the world disagree with most social media pieties.

Mind you – it’s not just “the uneducated Twitter Left”. His own The Australian colleague James Jeffery had this to say on twitter about Chris and my book on the ABC:

He then repeated that obscenity in the paper the next day:

We’re a bit late to this, but the Institute for Public Affairs has a fresh book out arguing for the privatisation of the ABC. Titled Against Public Broadcasting, its cover features an image of one of the Bananas in its distinctive pyjamas. In an oven. It’s a, ah, striking design choice.

Mind you – as we’ve been telling everyone – including The Australian, although they have refused to print our letter correcting the error – Chris and I are at RMIT and our book is not an IPA book.

In the interests of full disclosure I reproducing the letter we wrote in response to error on the part of Gerard Henderson:

Dear Sir

It is most kind of Gerard Henderson to acknowledge that the ABC has been very concerned about our recent book Against Public Broadcasting: Why We Should Privatise the ABC and How to Do It. Not so kind to suggest that ours is a straw man argument – the ABC certainly doesn’t think so.

What is quite wrong, however, is Henderson’s statement that our book was published by the Institute of Public Affairs. If Henderson had bothered to read our book before dismissing it, he would know that it is published by Connor Court.

*Strictly speaking this isn’t quite true. Daniel Wild of the IPA appeared twice on The Drum and Dr Chris Berg of RMIT appeared once on The Drum.

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13 Responses to Do his colleagues know?

  1. Bruce in WA

    You know, DL, if people like you are getting hammered by these twats with the lies, BS and propaganda, what chance do “ordinary” people have? Really?

  2. Bruce of Newcastle

    Fun to see Baird flamed for minutely going off the reservation. The hysteria from the activists is amping up higher and higher. Latest victim is The Rock:

    Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson upsets animal rights advocates with pictures from aquarium visit

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in some hot water with fans after posting a few photos of him and his family at the Georgia Aquarium over the weekend. Now, some are accusing the star of supporting animal captivity.

    Sinc – You should launch your next book at Sea World on the Gold Coast…guaranteed coverage!

  3. Cassie of Sydney

    “Bruce in WA
    #2782671, posted on August 6, 2018 at 10:09 pm
    You know, DL, if people like you are getting hammered by these twats with the lies, BS and propaganda, what chance do “ordinary” people have? Really?”

    That’s what Chris Kenny said when asked why he took defamation action against the ABC a few years ago when the broadcaster broadcast that rather obscene and very defamatory image of him and a dog. As Kenny, what chance to “ordinary people” have up against the arrogant monolith of the ABC?

    The truth is that every “ordinary” Australian is defamed every day by the ABC with lies, BS and marxist propaganda.

  4. woolfe

    You need to say so what to any prior connections to the IPA. Don’t the IPA have some good ideas that are worth defending Escalate,always escalate.

  5. Mother Lode

    Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in some hot water with fans after posting a few photos of him and his family at the Georgia Aquarium over the weekend. Now, some are accusing the star of supporting animal captivity.

    This will be like that ‘social license’ thing that left-wing activists feel they are responsible for issuing and policing.

    An activity can be common, perfectly legal and with a long history, but if the left don’t like it, they claim it immoral – and anyone who does not agree is also absolutely immoral, knowing it is wrong but going along with it.

    The Rock has made it so the name ‘Dwayne’ might become tough again.

  6. Baldrick

    While intimidation of Australia’s politicians falls far short of anti-Trump hysteria, there is among students, artists, journalists and political activists an increasing intolerance here, too.

    We no longer have free and open public discourse in Australia.

    The Left’s favourite tactic is to control the language and therefore control the debate by claiming anyone they don’t agree with as far-right racists and bigots who have no right to be heard. Then add an all-too-ready fear of offending and subsequent apology.

  7. thefrolickingmole

    Same thing they do by prefacing any criticism of a policy further to the right of Pope Che as “far right” or other suitable leper bell words.

  8. H B Bear

    The IPA and Gina Rinehart produce an immediate Pavlovian response in the Left – uncontrolled raving and frothing at the mouth.

    Long may it be so.

  9. Roger

    Julia Baird, part-time host of The Drum, used her column in The Sydney Morning Herald on July 28 to call out social media intimidation she was receiving for supposedly privileging panellists from the Institute of Public Affairs.

    May this be Julia’s “walk away” moment?

  10. .

    Although associated with free-market economic policies in recent decades, it was very much a Keynesian institution until the early 70s.

    Yuck!

  11. H B Bear

    May this be Julia’s “walk away” moment?

    Bwahahaaa. Not without a Quentin Dumpster long goodbye – six figure redundancy and indexed pension for life.

  12. Empire 5:5

    It’s astounding (and a credit to Berg/Davidson) that their enemies, both known and unknown, lied on the public record so early in the battle.

    It takes a whole lot of stupid, but also a little coaxing, to shoot oneself in the back of the head twice.

    The end of public broadcasting as we know it, is going to make a great mini-series.

    Who will play Allan Ashbolt?

  13. Empire 5:5

    Some obvious choices, but all either deceased, incarcerated or blacklisted.

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