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Should we all become political?

Ron Manners

4 August 2010

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We are often implored ‘not to be political’ when we approach policy subjects that affect our lives and livelihoods.

Particularly business people are often requested to ’stay out of politics’.

This would be a reasonable request if, ‘politics would stay out of business’.

Most of us in business suffer the fatigue of being constantly under attack by new legislation and a constantly changing quagmire of taxes.

How can we not become political?

It is simply self-defence and, if we believe in ’sustainability’, it is our duty to ensure our very survival by vigorously joining the debate.

To conclude, I’ll leave you with two classic ‘political quotations’:

With a Federal election looming in two weeks, this is no time to be neutral!

“Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.”
— H.L. Mencken (1880 – 1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic.

“The State (government) is the great fiction …. through which everybody endeavours to live at the expense of everyone else.”
— Frederic Bastiat (1801 – 1850) French Classical Liberal Economist and Politician.

One Response to “Should we all become political?”

  1. newson says:

    if you follow the hoppean line that democracy is a lost cause for freedom from the get-go, then one’s efforts are best spent on educating people on the benefits of civil society over the state.

    mencken was right, and investing too much effort changing the auctioneer is a distraction from the real question, the provenance of the goods, and the inherent wrongness of the sale.

    each forum like this is a candle in the darkness.