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Thursday, October 18 2012

In a response to the National Press Club's rejecting our suggested presentation by Lord Monckton on Press Freedom's Greatest Enemy; The Press, (see topic outline here) we replied:

Maurice,
 
Thank you for considering our proposal. I must say that unfortunately, your response was not entirely a surprise.
 
Might we suggest a different Title:
 
How the left leaning media destroyed the left leaning Government.
 
It seems to those of us who follow these things closely, that what we call the Sowell Vision Effect (SVE), causes our MSM and in particular your members to close their minds to open debate and thus to avoid the maintenance of journalistic standards. The SVE inadvertently destroys the very thing it tries to foster, namely sustainable left leaning liberal policies.
 
This SVE, taken from a book called ‘The Vision of the Anointed’ by Thomas Sowell, a black American academic, refers to those in the elite who adopt and promote a left leaning liberal vision of the world (where big government is required to solve society’s problems) often despite evidence to the contrary.
 
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions and unfortunately, when on the highway to Hell there are no signposts to Heaven.
 
The SVE was revealed recently by the shock expressed by the left leaning liberal journalists to the Presidential Debate between Obama and Romney. Clearly, Obama, without a teleprompter and with the hope he campaigned on last election now dimmed by time and the ‘seeming’ without ‘doing’ many of the things he promised, came across in the debate as a hollow and shallow shell of the man the ‘Anointed’ had created and ‘projected’ in their imagination.
 
The SVE operates on journalists by numbing their desire to question the authority of government, if the government is one of them; one ‘seeming’ to share the 'Vision of the Anointed'.
 
The SVE could clearly be seen operating in Australia with the election of the Rudd Government whereby the ‘honeymoon’ period of unquestioning allegiance of many in the MSM to the ‘Vision’ was only momentarily disturbed by the surprise ‘assassination’ of Rudd by Gillard.
 
Was the Canberra Press Pack genuinely caught off guard by Rudd’s ‘assassination’ and thus incompetent, or did they know of Rudd’s problems and Gillard’s ambitions but chose not to report them, and were thus complicit?
 
The very fact that this Rudd Gillard government has not faced a dedicated, investigative, sceptical and questioning press (because of this shared and shallow Vision) has seen the Rudd Gillard government simply collapse under the inertia of its own incompetence due to the fawning MSM failing to notice; failing to harden the government up through rational questioning; failing to temper the government’s policies in the heat of high energy debate; failing to question the government’s monopolistic and censorship tendencies in the NBN and media enquiries, etc.; failing to properly (wink wink) investigate numerous issues (e.g. Wilson); and thus failing to let the government know where its flaws lie and how to rectify those flaws. Hence the title of Lord Monckton’s originally proposed address, ‘Press Freedoms new Enemy – The Press.’
 
A media subject to the SVE does neither a left leaning liberal government nor indeed the country any favours at all; rather it allows both to self destruct in a way that most will find mysterious and surprising, coming out of the ‘MSM information black hole’ blue to those who share the ‘Vision of the Anointed’ and to those who rely solely on the MSM for their information. Those under the spell of the SVE do not live on the same planet nor in the same world as ordinary people and many of the traditions and institutions that have served us well. Greece was on Planet SVE until recently.
 
This government has borrowed hundreds of billions of dollars from China and elsewhere mainly spent on a now bloated public service (SVE) and on carbon schemes designed according to the Government’s own Treasury modelling to send up to $50 billion per annum off shore from the poor of Australia into the bank accounts of the wealthy in developing countries and the bureaucrats at the UN, so our children and grand children can have less energy and less jobs and a lower standard of living than we now have, and so Australia has less democratic control over our land and our people.
 
A weak and unquestioning media through this wilful blindness damages our democracy, our governing classes, our capacity to think and to reason and thus damages our society and our people.
 
We still do not know if your ‘speaker selection panel’ was ‘lukewarm’ because of the ‘warm & fuzzy logic’ imbued by the SVE or whether they recognise their bias but remain determined to ‘block out’ through wilful blindness the possibility of opening their mind to another view and another vision.
 
Do you know why?
 
Perhaps you could put this new topic up to your speaker selection panel. Please.
 
Thanks and regards
Posted by: Chris Dawson AT 12:18 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, October 17 2012

An excerpt from The Lord Monckton Foundation Charter and Vision highlights the fundamental requirement for a prosperous and democratic society:

"The Lord Monckton Foundation shall conduct research, publish papers, educate students and the public and take every measure that may be necessary to restore the primacy and use of reason in science and public policy worldwide, especially insofar as they may bear upon the rights of the people fairly and fully to be informed, openly and freely to debate, and secretly by ballot to decide who shall govern them, what laws they shall live by and what imposts they shall endure." 

History tells us we must be constantly vigilant and take up the fight against any and all authoritarian tendencies to reduce thinking; limit free speech; and confine freedom of movement and action to only those activities deemed acceptable by those same self annointed authoritarian visionaries. We must be vigilant because these authoritarian visionaries have been on a long march through our institutions renaming and redefining things and thus forcing a diminution of contestible ideas by chaining discussion to those areas that meet their defined criteria for 'politically correct' discourse. As Senator George Brandis (Australian Federal Senate) in an address to students at the University of Sydney said:

"It takes effect, in particular, through the application of the concept of "political correctness", so as to frame and narrow and limit that which may properly be the subject of public discussion. Political correctness began as a vaguely annoying quibble about language but it has become, in the last two decades, something much nastier: an ideological crusade to limit language because, as George Orwell reminded us in Nineteen Eighty-Four, if you limit that which may be said, you limit that which may be thought - so there is a quite deliberate and conscious narrowing of the legitimate scope of public discussion. There could be no more insidious attack on freedom of speech than that, and that is what we, as Liberals, are bound to fight. When he introduced section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act in 1995, the then Labor minister, former Senator Nick Bolkus, said that was it was about was prohibiting "speechcrime". Oblivious to the Orwellian resonances of his rhetoric, he actually used that word: "This is about prohibiting speechcrimes." I think we know that there is no distance at all between "speechcrime" and what Orwell called "thoughtcrime". We cannot have a society in which the government is at liberty to tell us what we may say any more than we can have a society in which the government is at liberty to tell us what we may think."

See SENATOR THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS, SC, Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for the Arts. "The Threats to Freedom of Speech in Gillard’s Australia" . See full transcript of the Senator's address to Australian Liberal Students’ Federation Federal Council University of Sydney 5 July 2012 here.

We must be constantly vigilant and prepared to do something as the left leaning closet authoritarians who believe government knows best only protest in favour of 'free speech' when they see conservative values and policies presented. Janet Albrechtsen from The Australian in an article entitled "Silencing critics in seven illiberal steps" recently observed: 

"Their silence now, as (Prime Minister) Gillard tries to muzzle the media, is deafening. And the rest of us? Are we also at fault for sleepwalking towards an illiberal Australia? The absence of a wider and louder uproar from ordinary Australians over the government's clearly articulated agenda to punish those in the media with whom they disagree is deeply concerning.

Wake up, Australia. Each step that has brought us to where we are now, facing government intervention in editorial standards of the media, has been deplorably illiberal. The government's seven-step program to regulate the media is a depressing read for anyone who cherishes the progress delivered by two centuries of Western liberalism."

See the full text of Janet Albrechtsen's article "Silencing critics in seven illiberal steps" from The Australian July 11, 2012 12:00AM here

 

 

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