Scott Morrison political philosopher

I know it’s unfashionable to say anything positive about Scott Morrison but I fear he may be under-appreciated. But where can you find such sentiments expressed anywhere any more by anyone who leads a government: Don’t give in to identity politics, Scott Morrison urges.

Scott Morrison has urged Australians not to surrender to “identity politics” and the forces that undermine the community, declaring freedom rests on “taking personal responsibility”.

In a speech outlining his values and beliefs, the Prime Minister on Thursday night launched an impassioned critique of the “growing tendency to commodify human beings through identity politics” and elevated the necessity of viewing “people as individuals — with agency and responsibility”.

Speaking at a United Israel Appeal NSW donor dinner in Sydney, Mr Morrison set out his vision of morality, community and personal responsibility in the modern world while warning that reducing individuals to their attributes would end in division and a broken society.

“We must never surrender the truth that the experience and value of every human being is unique and personal,” he said.

“You are more than your gender, your sexuality, your race, your ethnicity, your religion, your language group, your age.“

All of these contribute to who we are and the incredible diversity of our society, and our place in the world, but of themselves they are not the essence of our humanity.

“When we reduce ourselves to a collection of attributes, or divide ourselves on this basis, we can lose sight of who we are as individuals — in all our complexity and wholeness. We then define each other by the boxes we tick or don’t tick rather than our qualities, skills and character.

These were once merely boilerplate commonplace statements. Now they are radical arguments that we seldom any longer hear. Very happy to hear the PM say what really needs saying in these dark times.

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35 Responses to Scott Morrison political philosopher

  1. Botswana O'Hooligan says:

    He is a politician and cuts his cloth to suit depending on the audience, so words are cheap.

  2. Kneel says:

    “These were once merely boilerplate commonplace statements. Now they are radical arguments that we seldom any longer hear. Very happy to hear the PM say what really needs saying in these dark times.”

    +infinity.

  3. Primer says:

    “Scott Morrison has urged Australians not to surrender to “identity politics”
    Talk is the cheapest of all commodities. A sign of not surrendering would be looking them in the eye telling them to go to hell in public.
    A racist Aboriginal Constitutional amendment next perhaps, Sco Mo?

  4. Richard says:

    Scott Morrison, the broken down clock that is correct for the first time today.

  5. egg_ says:

    Written by an advisor?

    How far is Scummo down the LNP batting order?

    Howard
    Costello
    Nelson
    Turnbull
    Abbott
    Dutton

    Morrison (The Stephen Bradbury of Oz politics)

  6. egg_ says:

    in these dark times.

    Dim bulb politicians?

  7. PeterW says:

    How far is Scummo down the LNP batting order?

    When it comes to integrity, I would not put Howard anywhere near the top of the order.

    When politically convenient, he spent our money so freely that even Krudd was able to call it “reckless”. Anyone can balance a budget when it is easy, but not only was Howard not consistent, he failed to deregulate to the extent that he could have done.
    More of a Social Democrat than a Liberal.

  8. Angus Black says:

    Howard gave us middle-class welfare which has become one of the greatest millstones around the country’s neck. Turnbull, however…there is simply nothing good to say.

  9. Mitch M. says:

    “growing tendency to commodify human beings through identity politics”

    Like that doesn’t happen elsewhere in life. This is more ScoMo empty rhetoric.

    “When we reduce ourselves to a collection of attributes”

    Okey Dokey, no more CVs and resumes then.

    “qualities, skills and character.”

    Those are attributes.

  10. Roger says:

    Scott Morrison has urged Australians not to surrender to “identity politics” and the forces that undermine the community, declaring freedom rests on “taking personal responsibility”. “We then define each other by the boxes we tick or don’t tick rather than our qualities, skills and character.”

    What say the Commonealth leads on this with concrete actions then?

    Remove the question about Aboriginal or Torres Strait Isander ethnicity from all government forms and make all welfare needs based rather than race based.

    What’s that Prime Minister?

    Oh, I see; it was just rhetoric written by your speech writer.

  11. miltonf says:

    OK make a start by defunding those man hating covens in canbra.

  12. miltonf says:

    Our Watch is supported by the Commonwealth Government and the Victorian, Northern Territory, South Australian, Tasmanian, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, Western Australian and New South Wales Governments.

    We also receive financial support, donations and in-kind support from individuals, corporate and non-government organisations.

    The ‘wimmin and their children’ schtick deliberately implies that men don’t have children.

  13. Dinky says:

    Says a prime minister that still allows 18c to exist.

  14. cuckoo says:

    Morrison urges…Morrison declares…Morrison says…

    And Morrison folds like a cheap suit at the first hint of opposition.

  15. Primer says:

    Yeah, 18C is the test.
    Until that is erased Sco Mo is full of it.
    Like Abbott was full of it.

  16. Enoch Root says:

    Well. We all know it’s empty rhetoric. But at least now we have a speech to refer to when LNP deviates from that. Although rarely, sometimes that is all it’s needed.

  17. Iain Russell says:

    Mighty Mo marched over TheirABCLP, the Green slime, the GetUp Soros bots and the Stinky Rebs in Marvellous May ’19. Enough said.

  18. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    Media Elite Shocked by Openly Christian PM Saying Christian Ship in Front of Fellow Christians

    After a big couple years of catastrophic political gaffes, it seems that the Prime Minister’s decision to vocalise his Pentecostal Christian beliefs that he’s never tried to hide is by far the most offensive thing he’s ever done.

    Clancy Overell, Editor Betoota Advocate

  19. John A says:

    These were once merely boilerplate commonplace statements. Now they are radical arguments that we seldom any longer hear. Very happy to hear the PM say what really needs saying in these dark times.

    Maybe he’s been reading this:
    ‘The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self’ by Carl Trueman

    If so, good for him.

    I am about half-way through it myself.

  20. John A says:

    Mitch M. says:
    April 30, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Okey Dokey, no more CVs and resumes then.

    “qualities, skills and character.”

    Those are attributes.

    I qualified as a CPA in the early seventies. I retired from active accounting work a few years ago. Between those two dates, I was NEVER ONCE asked to show my certificate of membership or evidence of that qualification. Whether as a salaried employee or a self-employed consultant, I was taken on because of the skills, qualities and character I displayed on the job. As it should be.

  21. Fair Shake says:

    in these dark times.

    Whoah there. Can we still say that word? I’d take offence on behalf of others…

    but really can’t be bothered.

  22. Squirrel says:

    “I know it’s unfashionable to say anything positive about Scott Morrison…”

    Yes, but the pendulum will start swinging back as we get closer to the next federal election, and face up to the true awfulness of the alternative (i.e. the entire opposition front bench, not just whoever happens to be opposition leader at the time).

  23. Vicki says:

    I’ve never cared much for “fashion” anyway, Steve.

    I heard Morrison speak quite some time ago at the Sydney Institute – almost certainly before he was Minister for Border Protection & Immigration – & maybe before the Coalition victory in 2013. He spoke about Australian values in a genuine and almost nostalgic way. After a few years of Labor government, it was very welcome.

    He is regularly trashed on this blog – & although he has failed on many counts (his “tin ear” re farmers during the Drought is one case in point) – no one should forget his memorably successful “turning back the boats” which was a turning point for this country in respect to the illegal hordes.

    I especially dislike the regular pounding he gets for his religious convictions. While many may mock his “happy clapper” faith, it sure beats the dismal and vindictive anti-Christian attacks of his detractors.

  24. Roger says:

    no one should forget his memorably successful “turning back the boats”

    Vicki, that was a policy devised by Abbott and implemented by the military.

    Morrison reportedly hated his time as Immigration minister.

  25. Entropy says:

    And waahts more, his action to being abused for a “tin ear” was to wastefully throw vast quantities of our grandchildren’s future tax money (you know, shopgirls, apprentices, small business owners) with very little accountability or making sure it went to those who really needed it.

    The same story was repeated after the bushfires, but even worse including a permanent expansion of the feds believing they have a clue about delivering services. Squanderfest is all they can do.

  26. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Morrison reportedly hated his time as Immigration minister.

    Pity – I remember him reading Leigh Sales her horoscope on the 7.30 Report.

  27. Perfidious Albino says:

    Soothing words, but he will do exactly zip. And yes, 18c is the test, but I don’t see him standing up against the various minority groups in favour of retaining it.

  28. Vicki says:

    Vicki, that was a policy devised by Abbott and implemented by the military.

    Morrison reportedly hated his time as Immigration minister.

    Surprised to hear that, Roger. It certainly was not the impression that was successfully conveyed to the electorate via all those “pressers”. He was commonly known at the time as “Master & Commander” after the current movie, & appeared comfortably in control of what also impressed globally.

    Have never heard Tony actually claim personal credit, although that is not his style, in any case. But I remain to be convinced that Morrison hated his incredibly successful Ministerial portfolio (& kept a boat on his desk to remind himself of that “unfortunate” time).

  29. FlyingPigs says:

    If he believed one word of that ‘verbiage’ then The Australian Government would be in the process of withdrawing from the so called UN at this very moment.

    That Iran can be appointed to the UN Council that supposedly support women is obscene.

    The Afghan Taliban will be next to support women.

  30. FlyingPigs says:

    And he would sever any connection, support or acknowledgement that Australia might have with anything to do with Palestinians who after all are rejected in Jordan.

  31. Xenophon says:

    Much as it pains it is impossible to view Morrison as anything more than a prop on the theatre of life. Elevating him with notions of principle is a route to disappointment

  32. WDYSIA says:

    Empty rhetoric. Watch what they do, not what they say.

  33. WDYSIA says:

    Operation Sovereign Borders was planned a year before Abbott was elected PM. Jim Molan had a big hand in it and will confirm. All Morrison had to do was stand there and mouth off, which he loved. He loved the politics of it. At times you could catch him almost laughing inappropriately. What has he done before or since then? I don’t think anyone can put one significant policy initiative or reform against his name. Love him or loathe him, Dutton has carried this government and retains the most votes in the Lib party room.

  34. egg_ says:

    And Morrison folds like a cheap suit at the first hint of opposition.

    He needs a nickname like “tent” or “umbrella” – folds at the first sign of a storm.

  35. kneel says:

    “…the Prime Minister’s decision to vocalise his Pentecostal Christian beliefs that he’s never tried to hide is by far the most offensive thing he’s ever done.”

    What about atheists – that’s a religious statement too you know. Probably the most offensive one of all given it is the only religion with no moral absolutes.

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