Stop this volunteering nonsense now

Stop this volunteering nonsense now, by Steve McAlpine.

Federal MP Tim Wilson has labelled this article by Catherine Walsh from Friday’s Sydney Morning Herald, “peak stupid” on Twitter. And it’s not hard to see why.

There’s a reason I cancelled my Fairfax subscription. There’s a reason they keep whining and emailing me to see if, for half price, I would sign up again. Frankly, I wouldn’t sign up again if they paid me

The Herald, along with Melbourne’s The Age, is the epitome of activist leftist journalism, full of self-righteous progressive posturing. Rant, foam, grumble, etc. …

First problem with volunteerism: Unhealthy food. Yep, all of those snags in white bread. Of course, as a Sydney writer and teacher, those two food staples of the outer suburbs are the biggest sin around. That and fizzy drink. …

And, of course, the problems of volunteerism are only exacerbated when we add in the evil Christians. … Church-run charities doing the work of governments. And shock, horror, there are those terrible discriminating organisations again. Here we see just another string in the progressive bow, the grinding down of all organisations that won’t sign up, won’t sign up to whatever we’re all required to sign up to these days. I wonder what forms of discrimination she has in mind.

But that last line. That last line! “It is not in their interest to solve problems.” Of course not. Charity organisations … deal with the fall out from the social and sexual experiments of a culture in turmoil, — turmoil often created by the very social structures the likes of Walsh espouse. …

Big government has muscled charities and real volunteers out of the way:

The fact is, if she’d done any reading or research around this matter, volunteerism has gone into free-fall in the Western world in the past forty years. …

Walsh says this in her article, non-ironically:

The volunteering that has greatest impact is done upstream and has a measurable outcome. Volunteering works when the aim is to change a broken system, to change a law or policy….

We don’t call that volunteerism. We call that the well-paid careers of the corporate lawyer, highflying academic or businessperson who, having made their pile and secured their future, wants “to put back”. And why not, if it costs nothing and makes you feel good? What’s not to like?

hat-tip Stephen Neil