The Dim-Post

May 30, 2011

Ach du

Filed under: psuedopolitics — danylmc @ 9:06 am

Stuff reports:

Newly appointed parliamentary leader of the ACT Party, John Boscawen, has found himself a new press secretary. Lindsay Perigo, a founding member and inaugural leader of the Libertarianz political party, was introduced late last week to the press gallery as Mr Boscawen’s new media man.

Here’s Mr Perigo’s blog ‘Solo Passion‘. Seriously. Solo. Passion.

It makes for fascinating reading: apparently the National Party is actually the National Socialist or Nazi Party and, confusingly, John Key’s coalition with the Maori Party makes him Neville Chamberlain or ‘Neville Key’ because the Maori Party are also Nazis.

So good luck to Mr Perigo on his first day as a staffer in a coalition with the National Socialists. On a related note Audrey Young reports on:

the Herald-DigiPoll survey which showed 11 per cent of voters believed a Don Brash-led Act Party in coalition with National would leave New Zealand better off, compared with 47.3 per cent who believed it would be worse off. Thirty per cent felt it would make no difference.

Another question indicated a positive view of the Maori Party by general voters, with more than 60 per cent saying it was a positive force for Maori.

Just like in Weimar Germany.

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  1. I always thought SOLO PASSION was a site for masturbation enthusiasts. Turns out I was right.

    Comment by JJW — May 30, 2011 @ 9:11 am

  2. That site is dangerous. As well as the obvious threat to one’s eyesight posed by Solo Passion, there is the danger of peritonitis from all those peritorials.

    Comment by Alan — May 30, 2011 @ 9:17 am

  3. Hahaha… “I’m Lindsay Perigo and I’m dangerous. “Perigo” is Portuguese for “danger” and I seek to be that to the enemies of reason, freedom and excellence who rule the world in some shape or form.”

    PS Your link to his blog is munged

    A.

    Comment by Antoine — May 30, 2011 @ 9:18 am

  4. Hahaha, his blog is unintentionally incredibly amusing.

    “Good evening and welcome to Perigo! I’m Lindsay Perigo and I’m dangerous. “Perigo” is Portuguese for “danger” and I seek to be that to the enemies of reason, freedom and excellence who rule the world in some shape or form.

    There’s a movie causing a bit of a stir in America right now. It’s about what happens when the personifications of reason, freedom and excellence go on strike. Fed up with being persecuted and despised while carrying the world on their shoulders, they disappear to a secret safe haven where those who spit upon them while living off the wealth they create cannot touch them.

    The movie, of course, is Atlas Shrugged, the first of a three-part adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel of that name.”

    Comment by Hobbes — May 30, 2011 @ 9:31 am

  5. question: when the supermen disappear to this distant location to be freed that shackles of society, where do they get their food and luxuries?

    am assuming they’re too super-duper to do stuff like “garden”.

    or do they just turn into grizzly adam?

    Comment by Che Tibby — May 30, 2011 @ 9:42 am

  6. The Brash poll numbers look bad, except that 47.3% is presumably made up of Labour/Green/Winston/Maori voters, plus a few “swingers”.

    What’s worse for the Don is that 30% say “meh”, not “yay”. That’s National voters telling their former hero they didn’t really mean what they said in 2005. Or they don’t mean what they say now. Or they just don’t care what National leaders tell them, as long as it’s written in blue.

    Comment by sammy — May 30, 2011 @ 9:48 am

  7. After reading Perigo! I decided today needed just a wee bit more objectivity, lest I become a wealth-waster, mind-molester and communist in general. Heading over to Not PC was the obvious rational, objective choice.

    From a post commenting on ‘regulatory overhaul’ in the United States (nevermind for the time being that the piece Not PC quoted only has seven hits in google, all from fellow objectivist blogs)

    “Coming from this Administration – and Sunstein in particular – that is a statement I regard as roughly equivalent to the Nazi slogan Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Makes You Free) used at the entrance to Auschwitz concentration camp.”

    Comment by Hobbes — May 30, 2011 @ 10:01 am

  8. That 11% will actually be quite good news to Brash I expect. Hold that number and convince half of them to vote to make it happen (as/when a National-led Govt looks like a lock) and you got yourself a result baby…

    Comment by garethw — May 30, 2011 @ 10:02 am

  9. when the supermen disappear to this distant location to be freed that shackles of society, where do they get their food and luxuries?

    If you believe in Rand’s philosophy you are, by definition, a super genius, so you can just invent machines that do everything for you. (I’m not being glib. That’s really what happens in the book.)

    Comment by danylmc — May 30, 2011 @ 10:11 am

  10. Wonder how they are going to rationalise Lindsay’s sucking from the teat of a parasitic state?

    Were those multiple fawning Don Brash interviews on Stratos really just job interviews?

    Comment by insider — May 30, 2011 @ 10:31 am

  11. I can’t be bothered trawling through the site to find it (it was years ago now), but my favourite post from Solo Passion was one where Mr. Danger stated that he was “declaring war” on the forces of militant Islam. Hilarity ensued in the comments section when his fellow Libertarians started chiming in, “declaring war” on everything else they personally didn’t like, such as that hip hop music the kids listen to. Eventually Perigo had to post a comment saying “hey guys, knock it off” on the grounds that their light-hearted hyperbole was diluting the gravity of his 100% serious and official declaration of war…

    Comment by Josh Addison — May 30, 2011 @ 10:39 am

  12. That’s a good one, but my favorite (from my brief time on the site) has to be where Perigo! declared that Atlas Shrugged was the second most influential book ever written, second to only the Bible.

    Comment by Hobbes — May 30, 2011 @ 10:49 am

  13. do libertarians believe in declaring war on everything they don’t like?

    Comment by Kahikatea — May 30, 2011 @ 11:23 am

  14. perigo

    m danger
    correr perigo – to be in danger
    fora de perigo – safe, out of danger
    pôr em perigo – to endanger
    o carro dele é um perigo – his car is a deathtrap
    ser um perigo – col, pessoa to be a tease
    estar a perigo – col, sem dinheiro to be broke, (em situação difícil) to be in a bad way

    http://dictionary.reverso.net/portuguese-english/perigo

    Comment by lyndon — May 30, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

  15. “ACT está em perigo.”

    Comment by lyndon — May 30, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

  16. lindeza perigo = beautiful danger?

    Comment by wtl — May 30, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

  17. Also see http://www.solopassion.com/node/8486, where he lightheartedly puns on the similarity between ‘pedagogy’, ‘pedant’ and ‘pedophile’. Quite the charmer.

    A.

    Comment by Antoine — May 30, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

  18. Josh, was it this one?

    Comment by derp de derp — May 30, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

  19. “…..a positive view of the Maori Party by general voters, with more than 60 per cent saying it was a positive force for Maori.
    Wasn’t there a recent poll that showed only 18% support for the Maori having a special place- or something?

    Comment by ianmac — May 30, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

  20. DM: when the supermen disappear to this distant location to be freed that shackles of society, where do they get their food and luxuries?

    They create them themselves….try reading a book before you make a twit of yourself with stupid statements that reveal your ignorance of the subject matter…

    If you believe in Rand’s philosophy you are, by definition, a super genius, so you can just invent machines that do everything for you. (I’m not being glib. That’s really what happens in the book.)

    No…. it doesn’t.Aside from Galt’s new engine prototype where is there any reference to super machines that “do everything for you?”

    Hobbes: That’s a good one, but my favorite (from my brief time on the site) has to be where Perigo! declared that Atlas Shrugged was the second most influential book ever written, second to only the Bible.

    It is….in the context of the results of a survey conducted by the Library of congress and the book of the month club of most influential books as voted by American readers….I guess your time there was so brief you missed that huh genius?

    Comment by James — May 30, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

  21. I’ve always been fond of the one where he called for armed resistance

    “It is the right and duty of New Zealand citizens to throw off this government, which has long evinced a desire—nay, a compulsion—to subjugate us to absolute despotism. We should not wait for the 2008 election, nor should we entertain any hope that the National Party, which has an anti-liberty record as bad as, if not worse than, Clark-Cullen’s, has shed its own totalitarian power-lust … New Zealanders must now ask themselves if they are a free people—and if so, are they prepared to act accordingly? Which is to say, are they prepared forcibly to evict all tyranny-mongers from their positions of power?”

    http://www.solopassion.com/node/3723

    Oh, and this:

    “The tragedy is, Roundtable, ACT and National and the people behind them won’t be up front, because they’re weak as weasel-piss. Alan Gibbs, David Richwhite, Doug Myers, Peter Shirtcliffe et al should be shouting their allegiances and their involvement from the rooftops, in their frilly knickers. But they cower, quiver, quail … and deny. This, alas, is what one has come to expect from people guiltily obsessed with but one aspect of freedom—freedom from gratuitous taxation, intellectually incapable of putting up a case for freedom across the board. Fact is, with the violations of freedom of speech and association proposed in this fascist bill, the government has forfeited its moral legitimacy. It’s not marches the Roundtable should be behind—it’s a coup.”

    http://www.solopassion.com/node/3815

    Comment by Russell Brown — May 30, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

  22. >If you believe in Rand’s philosophy you are, by definition, a super genius, so you can just invent machines that do everything for you. (I’m not being glib. That’s really what happens in the book.)

    They’re called Randroids and they’re already all around us. On no account should you ever be tempted to have sex with one – stick to solo passion, or take them out*.

    *They are not zombies – head shot is not a guaranteed kill. But they can easily be tricked into charging into things if you wave a red flag at them. If you ever get a Rodney Hide lookalike, see if you can beat Benny Hill’s high score of baldy slaps before it turns.

    Comment by Ben Wilson — May 30, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

  23. @Russell – those are probably grounds for the SIS to deny Perigo security clearance for Parliament.

    Comment by danylmc — May 30, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

  24. It is….in the context of the results of a survey conducted by the Library of congress and the book of the month club of most influential books as voted by American readers

    Is this objectivism is it? “Some people reckoned” A=A’ ergo fact.

    The rights of man.

    The communist manifest.

    Pilgrims fucking progress, for fuck’s sake.

    Comment by Pascal's bookie — May 30, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

  25. “If you believe in Rand’s philosophy you are, by definition, a super genius, so you can just invent machines that do everything for you. (I’m not being glib. That’s really what happens in the book.)”

    hmm… a super genius who invents machines to do everything for him.

    besides creepy (and explaining why our galtian overlords haven’t disappeared yet – we don’t have the tech), it kind of says “evil”, and “outcast”.

    sure, they’re ‘withdrawing’ from society. another way to see it is – they’re fcking off to live in a cave with their s3xbots. the rest of us will just get on with the getting on.

    Comment by che tibby — May 30, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

  26. Russell – those are probably grounds for the SIS to deny Perigo security clearance for Parliament.

    That would be hilarious.

    OTOH, I’m obliged to defend the right of people will media jobs to express personal opinions. Even deranged ones, I guess.

    Comment by Russell Brown — May 30, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

  27. Is this objectivism is it? “Some people reckoned” A=A’ ergo fact.

    No Pascal..it’s called the results of a nation wide survey that happened to show that Atlas Shrugged was the most influential book in America second only to the Bible…

    Them pesky facts just stick it in and break it off huh…?

    Comment by James — May 30, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

  28. OTOH, I’m obliged to defend the right of people will media jobs to express personal opinions. Even deranged ones, I guess.

    We have a day in NZ set aside to remember those who went and fought and died for the principles Perigo subscribes to…you may have heard of it…. ANZAC day…?

    Comment by James — May 30, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

  29. And yet I don’t recall Perigo speaking proudly of his military service.

    Comment by Simon Poole — May 30, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

  30. How awesome were the ANZACs, eh? Defending our rights to Godwin discussions on the Internet before the invention of a) the Internet, and b) Nazis.

    Comment by SHG — May 30, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

  31. James, the ANZACs were not fighting for ‘Objectivism’

    Comment by Kahikatea — May 30, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

  32. “the ANZACs were not fighting for ‘Objectivism’”

    weren’t they in fact sent to die in a ditch to defend their galtian overlords?

    Comment by Che Tibby — May 30, 2011 @ 5:58 pm

  33. “…James, the ANZACs were not fighting for ‘Objectivism’…”

    However, they often had objectives, so one can see how James could have got confused.

    Comment by Sanctuary — May 30, 2011 @ 5:59 pm

  34. Actually, a comedy sketch where WW1 soldiers swap Ayn Rand quotes in the trenches could be very funny.

    Comment by Russell Brown — May 30, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

  35. Where’re Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry when you need them?

    Comment by Simon Poole — May 30, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

  36. Hone Harawira appoints a new press secretary, who has previously said:

    “It is the right and duty of New Zealand citizens to throw off this government … we should not wait for the 2011 election.”

    Pictures at six. Open the flood gates, let the outrage flow.

    Commentator David Farrar quotes commentator Matthew Hooten on his blog, while Hooten quotes Farrar’s blog on the radio. John Key says “it’s probably actually not the kind of thing that’s appropriate at the end of the day”. Phil Goff says “and me!”. And so on …

    Hone Boscawen, not so much.

    Comment by sammy — May 30, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

  37. Just because I see this talking point all over the place: The survey that found Atlas Shrugged second only to the Bible was a (self-selected?) sample of Book-of-the-Month Club members. Not coincidentally, Atlas Shrugged was one of the Book-of-the-Month Club’s introductory offerings. Third, by the way, was that legendary masterpiece of prose, M. Scott Peck’s The Road Less Traveled.

    Atlas Shrugged has certainly been influential, but those that use this particular factoid are lacking a little, uh, objectivity?

    Comment by bradluen — May 30, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

  38. Awesome: SOLO Passion has a post about Ayn Rand and humour. Awesome rationalisations:

    http://www.solopassion.com/node/3724

    For the record, Rand did say this:

    “The worst evil that you can do, psychologically, is to laugh at yourself. That means spitting in your own face.”

    She really was vey funny.

    Comment by Russell Brown — May 30, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

  39. The survey that found Atlas Shrugged second only to the Bible was a (self-selected?) sample of Book-of-the-Month Club members. Not coincidentally, Atlas Shrugged was one of the Book-of-the-Month Club’s introductory offerings.
    And that same survey was overwhelmingly answered as The Bible, with a bunch of other books down in margin-of-error land, of which Atlas Shrugged came out in front.

    But hey, I don’t doubt it is influential with a significant number of people in the US.

    Comment by garethw — May 30, 2011 @ 6:32 pm

  40. Forgot to add – because a world centrally administered by a handful of people who think they’re awesome WOULD have resonance in parts of the US.

    Comment by garethw — May 30, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

  41. No Pascal..it’s called the results of a nation wide survey that happened to show that Atlas Shrugged was the most influential book in America second only to the Bible…

    Yes, I know.

    You’ve got a whole bunch of people reckoning it’s the 2nd most influential book.

    I’m wondering if you get from that to it actually being influential via A=A’.

    Otherwise, how? It seem like there is something going on along the lines of “lot’s of subjective views +objective fact”. Which is awesomely silly.

    Where can I see this influence in the world? I can point you to the things that The Rights of Man infleunced, for example. Ditto, The Communist Manifesto. Ditto, The Wealth of Nations. and so on and so forth.

    So what has resulted from Atlas Shrugged/ What has it inspired? Where is it’s influence?

    Comment by Pascal's bookie — May 30, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

  42. I’m not sure that this from wikipedia is a fair summation of Objectivism:

    The name “Objectivism” derives from the principle that human knowledge and values are objective: they are not created by the thoughts one has, but are determined by the nature of reality, to be discovered by man’s mind.

    If “objective” was replaced with “given” I’d be inclined to agree. “Objective” is a bit too judgement laden. But the general formulation that we think the way we do because the universe is the way is could easily be justified in terms of evolutionary psychology.

    In maths there’s been an on-going debate over whether we “create” maths of “discover” maths. I’ve increasingly tended towards discover. Otherwise it gets a litle bit mysterious.

    Back in the day of analogue operational amplifiers the operations of calculus -differentiation and integration – represnted exactly via capacitors and inductors. That was fortunate for getting to the moon but no accident but not a mystery either.

    Why would the universe conspire ot provide something so useful?

    Comment by NeilM — May 30, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

  43. that should be “…were represented exactly…”

    Comment by NeilM — May 30, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

  44. “So what has resulted from Atlas Shrugged/ What has it inspired? Where is it’s influence?”

    If you haven’t been to Atlantis, that’s ’cause you don’t belong in Atlantis.

    That said, it did indirectly produce this gem from James earlier today: “our nature as man,as the universe we life in endowed upon us with our creation within it is the source of what we ought to do…from where/what else do you suggest we draw inspiration?” Which has a sort of beautiful surrealistic quality to it – so maybe it accidentally helps make art?

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — May 30, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

  45. I’d rephrase it slightly, and possibly less poetically:

    “our nature as a species: as the universe we live in endowed upon us with our creation the source of what we believe we ought to do…from where/what else do you suggest we draw inspiration?”

    I think the ‘believe’ is critical.

    Comment by NeilM — May 30, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

  46. Deep dude, deep.

    Comment by will — May 30, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

  47. James is clearly an Anngry Man. Perhaps too much research with Rand has turned him against humanity, made him super-judge (mental) of other lesser beings.

    As for ‘danger-is-my-second-name’ lindsay Austin-powers perigo, the frilly knickers explains it all. I admire his honesty though now I’m left with a vision of a little bespectacled man shouting Randyisms from the rooftops while flashing his frilly knickers. Urgh. Thanks Russell

    It is hard to believe he was once a tv presenter and it doesn’t say much for their intelligence or coherence… Oh sorry Russell.

    Comment by Myles thomas — May 30, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

  48. Neil M: “I think the ‘believe’ is critical.”

    You may very well think that, but you’d be wrong. Ain’t no belief to it – just the rational understanding of what existence is. Or something. But it means you ought to let a stranger’s child drown rather than put your life at any risk. ‘Cause that’s just what the Universe wants. Or something.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — May 30, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

  49. “But it means you ought to let a stranger’s child drown rather than put your life at any risk.”

    Or not. That’s the beauty of the universal values endowed upon man qua man at creation. Just to be crystal clear. Now that I’ve pwned you all and you’ve admitted you can’t refute my arguments, I’ll go to bed.

    Comment by Guy Smiley — May 30, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

  50. with ur s3xbot.

    Comment by Che Tibby — May 30, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

  51. And out of that lefty wankfest we got what great insights….? ;-)

    Comment by James — May 30, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  52. “And out of that lefty wankfest we got what great insights….? ;-)”

    hmmm.. what abotu karl marx, das kapital? pretty insightful little book.

    only influenced almost every respectable western government for the last 100 years. served to help millions out of poverty by providing the intellectual underpinnings for social and education policies. in turn the richer got richer off the back of a well educated, healthier workforce. a great big win win.

    OTOH it also led indirectly to the deaths of millions of innocents at the hands of insane dictators.

    rand on the other hand wrote a book about getting rogered by fictional supermen. some people who work in supermarkets and live with their mums think it’s a bit of alright though.

    Comment by Che Tibby — May 30, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

  53. America also isn’t really the world. Or even more than a little bit of it… 300 million people isn’t that much compared to China or India. Maybe the most influential book in the world is written in Mandarin and you’ve never read it?

    Comment by Amy — May 30, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

  54. No no no Amy you don’t understand.

    Atlas Shrugged is objectively the second most influentiual book ever. We know this is true becuase James knows this. As an objectivist only he, and a small select group of Galtian ubermen have exclusive access to an objective reality.

    I wish I was exaggerating.

    Comment by The PC Avenger — May 30, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

  55. Man, I can’t read anything about objectivism without recalling the late, great Forum 2000.

    (e.g. Ayn Rand weighs in here, or here)

    Comment by John Fouhy — May 30, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

  56. That’s a very good summation of how James actually thinks, PC Avenger. He doesn’t really get what Rand was saying. That makes him funnier, but no more deluded than the mad old cougar.

    Comment by Guy Smiley — May 30, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

  57. This would be funny if you hadn’t been trolled so hard by James.

    Comment by will — May 30, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

  58. I still find Perigo’s music posts the most arresting:

    http://www.solopassion.com/node/4585

    Comment by Sam Finnemore — May 30, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

  59. @ Sam
    “I still find Perigo’s music posts the most arresting:

    http://www.solopassion.com/node/4585

    Comment by Sam Finnemore — May 30, 2011 @ 10:56 pm”

    Oh dear dear god what a total dorkfest.

    Comment by will — May 30, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

  60. I love how Perigo is a libitarian even in respect of imaginary exotic animals:

    “When some skunk squirts its filth in my face without my consent, I will punch its snout.”

    Comment by solo danger — May 30, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

  61. And remember Perigo’s rant on the Battle in Seattle? Applied Poe’s Law if I ever read it.

    Comment by DeepRed — May 31, 2011 @ 12:23 am

  62. Perigo really is a dildo of epic proportions.

    Comment by will — May 31, 2011 @ 12:35 am

  63. Neil said…
    In maths there’s been an on-going debate over whether we “create” maths of “discover” maths.

    Is this scholarly debate or blogosphere debate? If it is scholarly one, can you give a pointer?

    Neil said…
    represnted exactly via capacitors and inductors. That was fortunate for getting to the moon

    Kalman Filter (KF) digital guidance system was instrumental in the success of the Apollo program and the moon mission. It is not analogue. It is digital.

    KF in its various forms are still dominant today in the aircraft autonomous guidance system, such as autopilot, GPS telecommunication, missile guidance, etc,…

    Comment by Falafulu Fisi — May 31, 2011 @ 12:36 am

  64. justified in terms of evolutionary psychology.

    Which, given that evolutionary psychology is 99.99% nonsense, is no justification at all.

    Comment by Mackey — May 31, 2011 @ 1:40 am

  65. My second day of swapping the Herald & Guardian for Perigo! & NOT PC respectively.

    Today so far I’ve learned that climate change isn’t real, according to a fellow who posted an article on a website which had helpful links to a book about “Chastity for Pre-Teens based on the Theology of the Body.”

    There was also a link promoting the ‘faithful and affordable’ ‘Christendom Graduate School’ MA (helpfully available online.)

    Oh, also, apparently according to the infinite wisdom of our objectivist overlords, Dim-Post commentators are “brainless slop” and ” the illiterate of the blogosphere including Russel Brown, Andrew Geddis and others who can’t reason beyond primary school level.” Bummer.

    Comment by Hobbes — May 31, 2011 @ 9:20 am

  66. ” the illiterate of the blogosphere including Russel Brown, Andrew Geddis and others who can’t reason beyond primary school level.”

    Hey! I can read!! I made it all the way through “Bulstrode the Barge” in less than an hour last night.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — May 31, 2011 @ 9:33 am

  67. Oh, also, apparently according to the infinite wisdom of our objectivist overlords, Dim-Post commentators are “brainless slop” and ” the illiterate of the blogosphere including Russel Brown, Andrew Geddis and others who can’t reason beyond primary school level.” Bummer.

    Link here:

    http://pc.blogspot.com/2011/05/perigo-for-brash.html

    And there’s some bloody cracking stuff in it. This is good:

    But the way I see it is:

    1 road is in the DIRECTION of Freedom
    1 road is in the direction of COMMUNISM

    If many die on the way to FREEDOM, at least SOME may eventually get there because its SPIRIT (thats us) will be kept alive
    If many die on the road to COMMUNISM, the survivors get COMMUNISM – I dont want that for my great grandchildren

    A little while ago I would rather chop off my fingers than vote for ACT, but perhaps a success for THEM would help keep the spirit of life as WE would like it kept alive, because as much as many of us have tried, it doesnt seem to have been very effective.

    Perhaps he’s just doing it wrong.

    Some fond wishes:

    I think you will find that Lindsay Perigo – without pretending for one minute that I speak for him – despises John Banks and would not work to get him elected. Don Brash is a different beast altogether, trying to get ACT to stick to its principles. My guess is that Perigo will do everything to make sure that happens (adhesion to principle) and to advise Brash when ACT strays from the values of maximum freedom and limited government – which just happens to be the same objective that drives the Libertarianz Party.

    Yes. Yes, I’m sure that’s why Lindsay has been hired as an MP’s press flack on a short-term contract. They crave his guidance.

    Oh, and the author of the “primary school” line posts as ActYouth.

    How long do you think Perigo will last before he declares a fatwa on the tea lady?

    Comment by Russell Brown — May 31, 2011 @ 9:49 am

  68. Hey! I can read!! I made it all the way through “Bulstrode the Barge” in less than an hour last night.

    That may well be, Andrew — but did you even begun to comprehend its deeper message of liberty? I submit that you did not.

    Comment by Russell Brown — May 31, 2011 @ 9:53 am

  69. Bulstrode’s reasonable demands to be allowed to engage in his productive activities are denied by the collectivist trucks, abetted by the supine Percy, leading to his exile from the Fat Controller’s network. I think it is a horror story.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — May 31, 2011 @ 10:00 am

  70. Hey! I can read!! I made it all the way through “Bulstrode the Barge” in less than an hour last night.

    He didn’t say you couldn’t read. He said you couldn’t read beyond primary school level.

    That you try to rebut this by establishing that you read at primary school level suggested that you could not comprehend his allegation (that you could not read beyond a primary school level), although the allegation was, itself, written to a primary school level. This proves his point :-)

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — May 31, 2011 @ 10:14 am

  71. Graeme,

    il·lit·er·ate
    [ih-lit-er-it]
    –adjective
    1.unable to read and write: an illiterate group.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/illiterate

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — May 31, 2011 @ 10:42 am

  72. well that was a fail … it was unable to reason beyond primary school level.

    oops

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — May 31, 2011 @ 11:36 am

  73. Welcome to my level, Graeme.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — May 31, 2011 @ 11:38 am

  74. How long do you think Perigo will last before he declares a fatwa on the tea lady?

    I’m pretty sure he’ll resign or be sacked before the election.

    Comment by danylmc — May 31, 2011 @ 11:47 am

  75. If he is on the standard contract, he will get an additional 3 months pay at the end of the gig. Can’t recall if it gets invoked if he is sacked for scuffling with Toad.

    I mean let’s be real here, he has done it for the money. Running SOLO is unlikely to be a highly paid gig that will keep him in wine and Wagner for very long.

    I wonder if I’ll be able to withhold the portion of my (stolen!!) taxes that are forcibly transferred to him?

    Comment by insider — May 31, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  76. “I wonder if I’ll be able to withhold the portion of my (stolen!!) taxes that are forcibly transferred to him?”

    “Forcibly transferred” in that he is required, at the point of a gun wielded by jack-booted state officials, to accept them?

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — May 31, 2011 @ 11:59 am

  77. If he is on the standard contract, he will get an additional 3 months pay at the end of the gig. Can’t recall if it gets invoked if he is sacked for scuffling with Toad.

    I’m picking Perigo’s exit will be brought on by spitting on Key’s Chief of Staff or scuffling with Stephen Joyce, or something similar.

    Comment by danylmc — May 31, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

  78. And out of that lefty wankfest we got what great insights….?
    Mainly that your “second most influential book ever” call was based on a mail-order Book of the Month survey of 2,000 people in the 90s that basically weighted all their cheap introductory books as “influential”, joining such heavyweights as Passages and The Feminine Mystique.

    Comment by garethw — May 31, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

  79. “Forcibly transferred” in that he is required, at the point of a gun wielded by jack-booted state officials, to accept them?
    And then forced to spend it on ciggies, Sky TV and other such wastage of the bludging class.

    Comment by garethw — May 31, 2011 @ 12:10 pm


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