Mannerism – Nov. 2016
Anyone visiting for a personal tour of Mannkal’s 2000 book library, will be presented with a free USB stick containing insights to these books, their contents and for many, access to free e-book versions (but … please phone (08) 9382 1288 to organize an appointment to visit).
Philosopher Michael Novak said in a 2003 commencement speech, “a university is not a library”, before continuing with this description:-
“A university is a blessed place, a sacred space in which persons converse in the pursuit of universal knowledge. In universities, mind speaks to mind, and (over time) heart speaks to heart. For what we learn from one another in our talks together, our lectures and seminars and discussions and question periods and exchanges, is how individual humans go about, making judgments, what they count important, what they set aside as trivial or irrelevant, what they laugh at and what they take seriously, what is false even if it seems attractive, what is true and to be clung to even if it is unpopular and despised, and what is worth dying for.”
However, libraries with well-chosen books, have much to contribute to a well-rounded education by providing many of the “missing bits” in a modern university curriculum, as outlined in my ‘launch’ comments from 30th November, 2011;
“Tonight is all about Mannkal’s Library, a library with a difference!
My favourite definition of a library is from Jenny Davidson (Columbia University):-
‘If we think of a library as a city and a book as an individual house in that city, each sentence becomes one tiny component of that house. Some are mostly functional — the load-bearing wall, the grout between the bathroom tiles — while others are the details we remember and take away, perhaps recalling their texture and colour when we assemble our own verbal dwelling-place.’
With us tonight is a great mixture of young scholars and various individuals who encourage us, in various ways, to expand our Mannkal activities.
This week is Mannkal’s 14th anniversary so it’s appropriate to ask, “How are we doing?”
Well, apart from running lots of events, in simple terms we have now sent over 400 young people to various events and training programs, both in Australia and overseas.
I used to be relatively lonely, being one of the only libertarians in Western Australia, but now I’ve got plenty of company.
These young people are able to vigorously question the conventional wisdom of our politicians’ when they buy votes and send the bill to future generations.
Our political leaders will never gain our respect if they continue to buy votes from the brain dead and send the bill to the yet unborn.
Many of our young scholars are now based all around the world but they still keep in touch with us and contribute comments, suggestions that they have seen work elsewhere at other Think Tanks and assist us with our various programs.
There were four of us two weeks ago in New York for the Atlas Foundation events and eleven of us in Sydney for last week’s Mises Seminar.
Their continued input has enabled us to develop one of Australia’s best Facebook sites for economic and policy matters with 4,500 very active friends.
Tonight is an opportunity to welcome back Andrew Pickford, our Senior Fellow, who has just spent three months studying Think Tank Management at some of the best institutes in North America.
Andrew has come back with lots of ideas and those of you who wish to help will have many more opportunities to sponsor scholars.
Emma Crisp, our Research Assistant for the last 3 years has now completed her studies and is off to create a career for herself, possibly in the U.K. where she’ll enjoy the company of several of our other colleagues.
We thank Emma for her great work in putting the Mannkal’s Musings together and co-ordinating scholars’ activities.
Emma’s position will be taken on by Felicity Karageorge, who is not here tonight as she at the moment stepping off a plane in Rome.
Sarah Pendal, another Research Assistant, has been meticulously loading our library books onto out web-based facility where the major project was capably handled by Cynthia MacLaine.
Just on the library, let me mention that we want every one of you to take away tonight our entire library. It’s all on a simple USB card here which is affixed to this book which we’d like you to take – The Merits of Western Civilisation which we jointly sponsored with the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA). Plus there is another book, The National Curriculum and it explains why Mannkal, with the IPA, is promoting a project called Western Civilisation (as it is no longer taught in our universities).
The third thing we’d like you to take is our latest copy of Mannkal’s Musings.
Again, re-focusing on our library. Tonight I’m about to receive copies of very significant books from two of our close associates, and I’ll ask them to step forward and present these books.
Firstly, Hal Colebatch, is presenting us with a copy of his biography of his father together with a copy of Edward Shann’s 1929 book, Bond or Free. This is indeed a rare book as it was influential on Bert Kelly and John Hyde and the other members of the Dry group who were largely responsible for temporarily introducing economic and fiscal rectitude, to Australia.
Also, Mr Denham Boulger is presenting to us a copy of The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson.
Niall, a close associate of Mannkal Foundation, along with his beloved wife, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, have both been voted amongst the most influential people in the world.
This just gives an example of how our library has been accumulated from so many sources and, more recently, by several important books from our friend Michael Sutherland.
It’s with pleasure I now hand over to Joanne Nova who will conduct the official opening ceremony of our Mannkal Library.
Mannkal’s library contains over 2,000 books, many of which are now ‘out of print’ and not available by Googling. They may be accessed, in our office, by students or visitors for research purposes, but not available on loan as we are not set up to pursue any overdue books. Ask for our USB Library ‘tour guide’.