For a few years I have been writing about my visits to various countries, mainly as part of the annual Free Market Road Show I attend each year (as I write this, I’m about to jump on a plane for the 2017 road show in Spain). Visiting so many countries has given me an insider’s view of which economic and cultural ideas work, and which ones don’t.
It has also given me a view of the outcomes flowing from ‘good ideas’, usually resulting in a safe and secure civilization versus the outcome of ‘bad ideas’ which often produce ‘crap-heaps’. Usually the countries welcoming freedom of speech and fresh ideas attract new residents and the others are the countries from which people flee.
Fortunately, Australia generally welcomes free speech and new ideas (outside of our universities that is).
So, for my example today let me explain that just as I was writing and extolling the virtues of Estonia as a model country, and commending them on how they learnt so much from Russia’s 2007 cyber attacks on their banks and communities, I found myself suffering a similar attack of cyber vandalism from a militant mob in Turkey who were offended about my articles Adventures in Turkey and Different Countries, Similar Problems.
They were offended because I had cheekily suggested that they were a successful country of entrepreneurs who would continue that way as long as they limited government involvement in their lives.
The thought of limiting a government in its size and reach was so offensive to this bunch of Turkish cyber bullies that they completely blew up my new website Mannwest.com and replaced it with a message extolling the virtues of statisim.
So what is my response to these cyber vandals? It’s yet another example of how bullying usually brings about the opposite of the bullies’ intent. In this case it gives me an opportunity to poke fun at them and their ‘comedy of contradictions’. They wanted to blow my website out of the water but here I am, back with a rebuilt website featuring another example of the fatal conceit of those trying to control the lives of others.
Their efforts simply making them look stupid. I hope this might encourage them to go find a job and be part of the wonderfully creative and productive citizens of Turkey, of whom I spoke of so highly in my 2001 article.