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Civil Society Fantasy

Australia is hosting the G20 meeting next year, and the whole thing is being turned into a circus by Julia Gillard. Of course.

The only up side to this whole thing is that Julia, whether by election or replacement, has no chance of presiding over this carnival of rent seekers.

Anyway, Gary Johns reports that as part of this whole waste of taxpayers money the organisers are putting on a C20 Summit, a committee of twenty of the great and good to prepare Civil Society recommendations to put before the G20 meeting.

Yeah, sure. Not quite what one would call representative. The whole lot, with one or two exceptions, span the whole political gamut from the far left to the really far left. No representatives from mainstream charities or grassroots civil organisations, and no representatives from any organisation in the centre ground, or of liberal or free market persuasion. At a guess, between two thirds to three quarters of civil society is excluded from this Civil Society Summit.

This is just the normal pack of oikophobes, working against your interests. These people really do despise you, you know.

Andrew Bolt’s take on the whole affair.

The fix is in.

5 Comments

  1. John Galt says:

    Whenever I come across such blatant nannying by our political elite or their bureaucratic functionaries, I am reminded of the following famous quote:

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

    ― C.S. Lewis

    Apologies for the profanity Cats, but “Hang the fuckers”, by hempen rope or by piano wire, but hang them.

  2. CountingCats says:

    We all know that one.

    What is killing Gillard here is the constant lies, and this is just another life.

  3. John Galt says:

    Sorry, but this is the thing that I don’t understand about the Australians.

    A huge generalization obviously, but most Australians I’ve met seem to be pretty
    down-to-earth and smarter than your average Brit (albeit I’ve only met Australians
    outside of their home territory), so why do you put up with such abysmal politicians.
    Gillard is a ginger, Welsh imported harpy of the most egregious sort. I understand how
    she came to power was mostly be dissatisfaction with Kevin Rudd and she was the
    “anybody but Rudd” candidate, but that the fact that afterwards she has managed to
    retain that position despite the most dreadful behaviour possible from a leader of a
    developed, modern western democracy is beyond belief.

    Having to put up with this bitch until the next general election must have people
    straining at the bit. I’m surprised someone hasn’t taken a shot at her.

  4. Paul Marks says:

    The collectivists are good at stealing words – the first word they stole was “social” (once that meant voluntary interaction – as when Edmund Burke used the term “social freedom”, being social), now it means collective FORCE.

    Then they stole the word “liberal” (although, in Australia, there is resistance to the stealing of the word that traditionally meant “pro freedom – the desire to roll back the size and scope of the state”).

    Now they seem to be trying to steal the words “civil society” – this traditionally means the web of voluntary interactions (family, church, commercial companies, charities, clubs……) now the left (including the media and academia) are trying to use the words “civil society” to mean THE STATE.

    “Civil society” as in “government health and education services” or government funded “non government organisations” (government funded non government?????) and so on.

    Watch out for the word stealing.

  5. Paul Marks says:

    Politically the J.G. is making a mistake relying on the “activists”.

    Certainly they may live and breathe politics (unlike the people who really are civil society) but, in Australia, voting is compulsory – so it is no good relying on one’s supporters being more obsessed with voting, as most people turn up to vote (rather than pay the fine) and each person only has one vote.

    Also the standard practice of the American left (vote rigging) does not work in Australia – which does not have a Third World election system (as America does), the tactics that are followed in Washington State (see how many the Republicans have won the rest of the State by – and then “count” the votes from Seattle) or Minnesota (both the Governor of this State and U.S. Senator Al F. got in by blatant vote rigging) will not work in Australia.

    “What about Florida in 2000″ – the counties in which there was chaos were all controlled by Democrats (so if there was rigging to put Bush in – the Dems did it, which considering just how much cocaine Florida Dems consume is actually possible, they may have got confused over who their candidate was……).

    Short version of all the above…..

    Julia is going to lose.

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