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Being an optimist, I am enjoying the many signs of “sprouting concern” about the destructive influence of the “long march” through our institutions (education, business and media).

This destructive strategy runs from Gramsci through to HC (Nugget) Coombs and on to the continuing generations of taxpayer-funded left-leaning intellectuals.

The product of their grand design is manifesting itself in the rise of a new generation of Australian self-hating (even Western civilisation-hating) youth.

Then last week at an economics conference in Fort Worth, Texas, I saw one presenter’s power point slide that sums up a similar situation in the US:

“Feel free to hate your own country, but please do so from afar.”

Well, what is so encouraging about all this?

My optimism is fired up when I see so many concerned citizens now standing up or starting to speak to each other about strategies to counter this century-old drift to a socialist dependency of living off others and, instead, they are reviving the moral foundations of an entrepreneurial, self-reliant and responsible future.

In short, they are aiming to rebuild the foundations of a civilised society that has given us so much, a civilisation that has given us the very technologies that are now so effectively used by well-funded, self-loathing entities such as GetUp!, to “bring down” the culture of enterprise that spawned them.

To sum up, you and I, and politicians and academics must decide what sort of Australia we would like to leave for future generations.

It starts with the politicians; They don’t appear to grasp the fact that if you reduce the after-tax reward for something, you get less of it, and if you increase the subsidy for something, you get more of it. In Australia, today, we are taxing work, we’re taxing savings, investment, thrift, productivity, effort, success and risk and we’re subsidising all those things other such as non-work, unemployment, debt, borrowing, consumption, leisure, idleness and mediocrity. Regrettably, we’re getting so much more of the latter than we’re getting of the former.

One of the encouraging signs from Australia is our former Deputy PM John Anderson’s new project which effectively argues for the restoration of Western civilisation with his widely viewed series of video presentations.

Another positive sign is the growing appreciation of the power of Public Choice Theory (PCT) to explain so many bad public policies. Mannkal even sponsors a course in PCT at The University of Notre Dame in Fremantle – click here to enrol now.

We each have a serious challenge to speak up against “bad policy” when we see it being inflicted on Australia on a daily basis.

Here is one example of a policy where those who receive the “concentrated benefits” work hard to bring in policies and arrange for huge costs to be distributed widely. My example for the day is below.

Caution regarding ‘social activism’

As sent to Philanthropy Australia on 6 June 2019

“As long-standing members of Philanthropy Australia, we caution you to hesitate before proceeding with your grand entry into ‘social activism’.
I refer to your presentation of a ‘ready to sign’ document in support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, (received via email from you today).
From many years of experience as a chairman and CEO of Public Companies I am always suspicious of ‘ready to sign’ documents that fleetingly pass by my desk.
I always suspect that such documents are often unable to stand the test of discussion and questioning.
In the case of your organisation, established to promote voluntary philanthropy in Australia, this campaign represents a departure from your core objectives.
On 19 February, 2019, at a Philanthropy Australia meeting in Perth, your C.E.O. indicated that Philanthropy Australia would defer to members to undertake advocacy on social matters on an individual basis.
May I suggest that you leave your members alone on such policy matters.
They will then be free to investigate, decide and make their own way forward, particularly in matters where the unintended consequences of such policies may achieve large financial benefits for a few at the expense of many.
This issue may be seen by some to be divisive at a time when we may achieve more by working towards ‘one Australia’.
This issue may best be one for your members to decide for themselves, hopefully leaving you to focus on your own core objectives of encouraging voluntary philanthropy in Australia.

1 Comment

  • Hello Ron,
    I met you once in Kalgoorlie when I lived next door to an office of yours in the early 90s.My home was a rented cottage built of reclaimed stone from a Coolgardie prison. If my memory is correct you gave me bottle of wine because I called you on a Sunday morning to advise your office burglar alarm had gone on. If, on the chance that the bottle of wine was a figment of my poor memory, I remember you from the Occassion as the grateful type of person who might give a bottle of wine in the situation, in the 1990s. I remember you seemed to be a gentle, concerned and genuine person. I heard you briefly on ABC radio today talking about vaping, and mention of your active voice in public affairs. I thought about your significance now in the community, and me being one of the least significant people in your past.
    I have enjoyed thinking about the occasion today.
    I can’t say I agree on your stance on welfare in this article. You hilight the values of entrepreneurship, self reliance and personal responsibility. My mind goes straight to the immoral expressions of those values in men of corporate power and government, especially China and USA. Corporations have no legal obligation to improve or sustain community and environment and the public good. Consumerism and its infrastructure is contributing in the drive of the world toward social and enviromental disaster.
    I think the human capacity for community, the real strength of our species, should be the key focus. Community driven by consumerism and personal interest is a great power for disaster. Community driven by common interest, and care for environment, and care for the truly disadvantaged is great power to lift everyone for generations ahead.
    Sadly Kalgoorlie is no better now than in the 1990s in terms of many social issues. Even after we consider the huge value amount of gold extracted.
    Nice to have come across you again today and had the chance to think of you again. All the best and happy Father’s Day.

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