Mainstream prefers common sense to elite flim-flam

Mainstream prefers common sense to elite flim-flam, by Chris Kenny.

For all the millions of conversations and communications happening every minute of every day, there are two distinct national conversations occurring. They are totally divergent in source and substance and both lay claim to truth. Yet only one can be true; only one can be rooted in reality. …

The PC fantasy world of the ABC, versus reality:

This is an extraordinary divide.

  • Where the public broadcasters, academics and political/media class see “extreme events” and dangerous “climate disruption”, the mainstream see weather and crippling electricity prices.
  • Where the mainstream sees obvious African gang-related crime and worries about failed integration of South Sudanese refugees, the so-called elites and even leading Victorian police see only “networked youth offenders” and standard delinquency.
  • Where one narrative sees interfering politicians, overbearing government and burdensome taxation, the other sees the need for extra levies to force us to limit our sugar or alcohol intake.
  • One narrative watches the Golden Globes and sees sanctimony, hypocrisy and trial by media while the other sees Hollywood taking a brave stand. …

Perhaps no discussion better demonstrates this divide than the response to an article published in The Sydney Morning Herald last week about volunteering [by Catherine Walsh]. … Only someone deeply embedded in the publicly funded political/media class — that artificially created reality — could ­entertain or share such thoughts. The only volunteers Walsh ­admired were activists protesting to change laws and policies. This truly is bizarro world. Walsh ­lauded the attention-seekers and troublemakers while she dissed the people who quietly improve the daily lives of fellow citizens.

Wake up, politicians.

It is not hard to see which view is right. And it is not a matter of opinion. The facts support the case for volunteers. Whether you ­assess the quality of their outcomes — tangible and intangible — or the cost of replacing their services with paid employees, you can see the inestimable value of their contribution to the nation. We know the overwhelming sway of public opinion would support the volunteers. It is a no-brainer.

This is the clue for our politicians, especially on the right-of-centre. If they don’t have the instincts to know which narrative should guide them on any issue — if they are lured off course by the false narrative of the so-called elites — they just need to concentrate on the facts. …

Malcolm Turnbull has had difficulty doing this. His instinct is to accept the plaudits of the political/media class and run from the frankness, or even coarseness, of the matter-of-fact mainstream ­approach. …

Sure, the left narrative — with its academic and political/media class support — makes most of the noise and generates its own momentum. But Brexit, Trump and even Tony ­Abbott circa 2013 demonstrate that voters can flock to mainstream candidates no matter the hectoring and prognostications of the so-called elites. John Howard could never have won a single election unless this were true. …

Tay-payer funding for the virtue signalers is the key:

If not for the publicly funded ABC, SBS, subsidised magazines, universities and bureaucratic ­interventions, the false narratives of the virtue-signallers would be soundly defeated in the open marketplace of ideas. Instead, their nonsense dominates.