Monday, March 18, 2013


The Fabian society has always played god in the place of God .How effective have they been -- in the real world ? Leaving aside the big question of whether God has the last word on this  , the question for thinking people,  over 100 years since it began,   is whether the heresy works where it matters - on the ground . Wells and Shaw wrote plays and celebrated the idea of superman ( just as Hitler and our own Labor party did some years later  )
Chesterton points out that Shaw was mostly show and while Chesterton didn't  see much of the fanaticism that inevitably infects the host of such ideas when they aren't working , its adherents often do show it then . And show they did on Q&A last night .
Allanah (WA labor representative ), in running the old piece of blinkered irrational nonsense  "that Catholics don't care because they don't push contraception"  was of course popular with the audience because it was piece of the programs old predjudice driven drivel ; an idea whose simplicity appeals to the simple casual and careless observers who can be relied upon to be distracted by it - for decades, .Would Viv and her group go out trying to educate poor women about contraceptives ( in the same way Allanah's generation did ) and offer them as free cargo for the trip? I think not!( Viv's group are smarter than that )   The fact that the real  onground ongoing programs of education , economic development and political activism  are much more effective in talking about contraception than the quick fix of flyin flyout population controllers and culture change cretons( as if it was as easy as a pill)  . Again Oaktree will have their day too. Why do they insist on it being only for young people ? Interestingly they challenge all of us oldies by rejecting our consensus about effective political action for a new model of their own ( what's new in that ? ) - Does solution develepment require the will or intention( their contribution )  or experience knowledge ( our contribution ) or a bit of both ? whose being rational here ? Isaiah 1 . How can such movements really work when they don't tap into the latter and the stuff of historical momentum and sustainability in the West ( stuff on this site) .   
Perhaps Labor party members should join the population control party to shore up their dwindling support ; healthly for them , like the loopy greens alliance was ; healthy for them to see who their real friends are , and how much they really care for people .See the choices for the next election ;Easy choices on offer parties at the next election;; euthenasia , quick fix free beer and drop out parties ( u drop out!)"watch out for any party thats losing its moral base'"==  Allanah again

In trying to defend the Labor party, both labor reps showed up its real weaknesses .Allanah said , its desperately trying to find some moral high ground ( Both Labor stooges want it to be a consensus in the clouds over CC  ) The distracted talk around this made all the fuss over the Catholic church (as the root of all evil ) seem like projection - I can see young people saying " what are these old reactionaries on about here ?" . Clue :  even Viv had to remind the audience ( that unlike superwoman and super ABC talk )  , the Catholic church was"  not all bad " . Why ? because the pope's was not trying to hold onto the silly superman theory ,  power for him is a paradoxical and deeper thing. The pope  actually claimed the power was not really his - and like Francis of Assisi , not in the apparent stuff on the surface - the policy to end all poverty is therefore rejected as presumption of power . This reality does not stop people trying- the clear will to stay firmly on the ground to fix things is in Oaktree and the church and its ground troops . The ABC can mock and sneer but the beer is on tap for those who stand firm against the  snide simplistic stuff . You can only mock  Francis , Jesus and " the rest of that sorry lot ".for a short while before judgement comes
Superman's biggest problem may not just be that he takes control away from people, but that he assumes to have that right .This is a principle that not even God has ever advocated
For the story on the house with too many windows see later .

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Monday, March 04, 2013

All about empathy eh

Said this week in Sydney .
Maybe our Prime Minister means sympathy or sentiment . Governments don't make any decisions anymore they hand them on to business so they now major on sentiment - symbols rather than substance . The floor of Parliament is a great reminder of 2 ways to go wrong - to end up wearing no clothes  . 1. The greatest evil is done in the name of the best intentions ( sentiment )  and 2 there is safety in much advice .
Green Labor,  like the good church goers they are ,  believe the only power is market power which means they only have price to pay and play with .  
As Tim Ferguson pointed out so well on Q&A ABCTV tonight , the idea of using price to control behaviors would be funny if it wasn't so serious -  a carbon  price will not work because the price for the offenders is not high enough; the poor suffer - how could they have missed that ( its been on my blogs for months ) . Lulled to sleep by simple sermons of the same sort ? Religious freedom is a great thing to be preserved at all costs . You never know when damnation sermons get too much for even reasonable people .

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