A Conservative Abandons Almost All Hope

A Conservative Abandons Almost All Hope. By Burchell Wilson.

The policy-making ecosystem in Australia (like everywhere in the West) is now busted:

People are terrified now to voice opinions about legitimately contestable issues of national importance, unless of course they’re on the Left, in which case anything goes.

Even statements that are outrageous and “demonstrably false”, from anonymous sources naturally, can be aired on the state broadcaster consequence-free by its left-leaning political editor. Accordingly, the totality of non-progressive leadership now consists of empty generalities and vapid statements of the obvious. …

The media is to blame.

Given the authority and control they exercise over the foot soldiers of the press, the editors and media-owners ultimately carry the bulk of the moral culpability for the intellectual squalor they’re inflicting on the economy.

Journalists with serious economic credentials are virtually non-existent in this country. If you had those qualifications, you wouldn’t think twice about working in a low-paid profession with poor job security, alongside the stress of daily deadlines and real-time reporting.

The media instead self-selects for people who are pathologically biased and view their employment as a way to subsidise their activism.

Few seem to stop to contemplate why they are listening to financial and economic reporting from barely employable liberal arts graduates with no real competence and limited accountability. It’s obvious to anyone that gives these matters a moment’s thought that the press are little more than thinly veiled activists masquerading as journalists.

It is difficult for this country to sustain a coherent debate about economic policy issues when those tasked with reporting on them are so dangerously unable to comprehend the subject matter. The activist journalist suffers from the further disability of being antithetical to considering fundamental issues like costs and trade-offs because the defective mindset is rigidly ideological and uncomprehending. If a course of logic leads to the resolution of a policy matter that is disdained by the journalist, they simply ignore it.

It’s not just economic policy, but climate change and other quantitative issues that should be relatively free of ideology and tribalism.

Journalists not only ignore and refuse to report objectively on contentious policy issues, they also actively campaign to undermine our institutions of government and vindictively seek to terminate the employment of anyone who disagrees with them. …

Conservative politicians are being eaten last, but still eaten:

The worst thing about all of it is how conservative politicians have abandoned their constituents to the torment of these inquisitors. We have now finally reached a point where the kill-me-last conservatives are being put through the meat-grinder they allowed to relentlessly chew through the rest of us with stony-faced indifference. …

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s attempt to stand up to the hectoring of the Canberra Press Gallery a few weeks ago lasted all of several hours before he issued a grovelling apology. Apparently pointing out that the press may have their own issues when it comes to sexual abuse and harassment is forbidden and will be met with outright denial and swiftly deployed counter-attacks. Is there any real check on the media at this point? Morrison’s humiliation highlights the extent of his impotence and demonstrates who is really in charge in Canberra. …

If you’re not attracting flak, you’re not over the target:

Anyone seriously committed to Australia’s national interest will need to demolish the press and walk through the grotesque smear campaigns that will be unleashed upon them by this increasingly despicable group of people.

If you’re not being attacked by the press, you simply aren’t doing your job properly and are, in all likelihood, part of the problem.