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Accentuating the Liberal in Classical Liberal: Advocating Ascendency of the Individual & a Politick & Literature to Fight the Rise & Rise of the Tax Surveillance State. 'Illigitum non carborundum'.

Liberty and freedom are two proud words that have been executed from the political lexicon: they were frog marched and stood before a wall of blank minds, then forcibly blindfolded, and shot, with the whimpering staccato of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ resounding over and over. And not only did this atrocity go unreported by journalists in the mainstream media, they were in the firing squad.

The premise of this blog is simple: the Soviets thought they had equality, and welfare from cradle to grave, until the illusory free lunch of redistribution took its inevitable course, and cost them everything they had. First to go was their privacy, after that their freedom, then on being ground down to an equality of poverty only, for many of them their lives as they tried to escape a life behind the Iron Curtain. In the state-enforced common good, was found only slavery to the prison of each other's mind; instead of the caring state, they had imposed the surveillance state to keep them in line. So why are we accumulating a national debt to build the slave state again in the West? Where is the contrarian, uncomfortable literature to put the state experiment finally to rest?

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Media Studies: 3rd Degree, TV 3 – The Role of the Free Press In An Emoting Age

Disclaimer: I’m not a journalist, nor any part of the media – I’m a blogger. Bloggers are simply the op-ed on party drugs.

A discussion on Twitter last night demonstrated how total has been the spread of that postmodern virus of emoting about issues, rather than thinking on them. I’ve dealt with this topic before, in relation to the media: on this post, I described how this inability to think critically, was leading me ever more quickly down the road to my serfdom. However that previous post had dealt with how mainstream media had lost itself in its own heart of darkness, beyond the light of reason; in this post, the tables are turned.

Last night’s debate was about a 3rd Degree piece I’ve not even seen yet – I only watch TV in the weekend, so I MySky the show – but I didn’t need to see it to butt into the debate.

The program had featured an interview with a Kiwi who was imprisoned overseas somewhere for lack of paying a fine. Twitterdom lit up with how ‘irresponsible’ the 3rd Degree crew were with not stumping up the necessary amount to free him – what? I said that was not the job of the journalist, furthermore, there’s something far more important at stake here, to a free society, namely, the free press.

The role of the free press, in that story, was simply to report this man’s situation to us: it ended at that. The belief systems, etc, of the individuals doing the reporting might well take action after that, or not, but that’s not important to their role as journalists - although from a pragmatic point of view, what ‘do’ people expect? Of course a journalist can’t fix everything they’re reporting; if they had that sort of money, they would be in another career entirely – most journalists have unwittingly taken a vow of poverty.

All the usual topic suspects came out in the debate that are sadly pumped into people’s heads in our universities since Derrida and Foucault did their best to destroy our language and our minds by taking identity to the interior with no way back again - remember these women? It was trotted out there is no such thing as an objective reality to report on; power structures are influencers that can’t be avoided, making reportage merely the un-deconstructed waiting for the pen of vendetta; journalists are vocational, thus, everyone I debated with on Twitter – and this is a frightening thing - thought it was the role of the journalist to fix the evils they report on.

No. There most certainly is an objective reality, any other view is a vicious subjectivist insanity of the type Voltaire admitted atrocity is born, and context provides the facts of that reality, rather than being the obscurant of it. The role of journalism (separate to the journalists) is to report that reality objectively, initially, to us. Let me explain this via the short-cut of the Godwin. I always tend to bring in the Godwin, because nothing defines an issue more clearly than the Godwin example of it: I brought up Syria.

I asked those who thought the role of the 3rd Degree journalist was to free this man, what they thought the role of the free press was in Syria. I’m quite astounded that everyone stuck to their argument. Journalists were in Syria to ‘do good’, by which they didn’t mean to report objectively what was happening, which is the ultimate in bravery, by the way, and the ultimate good; although never defined the line was – look at my Twitter timeline – the journos were there to do good for the people concerned, and that’s what many had lost their lives for.

Wow. That’s really dangerous territory. Mine was the last tweet, which said:

The supporters of ‘journos must do something’ are expecting Syrian journos to take sides? That’s the only underlying interpretation I can give to that. That’s the bottom line for them surely? But that’s not possible, morally, when the Free Syrian Army can match that bastard Assad atrocity for atrocity – they may well have just let off a chemical weapon. Looking at that chemical weapon that may have been used, the only appropriate first report is that such and such side has just used a chemical weapon, ‘this’ is the result of that – no journalist could afford to sit around waiting to see if it was the side they were supporting or not, morally, and therefore whether to censor themselves: now that puts this in context, doesn’t it. I’m saying that the free press is free not just of those coercive states or tyrants who would shut it down; in the first instance, a free press must also be free of the loving, caring, compassionate, brave, committed journalists who often put themselves in danger, or controversy, to bring out into the light of truth, what happened. The first reports out of Syria always are a bomb went off, x number of people were killed: that’s the story the journalists are risking their lives for, there’s nothing more important than that first report, because only on that is all the necessary editorialising afterward possible as it is put in context, or taken out of context and into prejudice of one sort or another.

And this issue is important to this blog, because too many have learned to emote their way through the issues of life, not think about them. The Left politick is founded on that entirely. And that’s why my life is on the road to a new Western serfdom, that has destroyed classical liberalism entirely. We’ve felt ourselves into the prison of other people’s minds.

I love the rough and tumble of Twitter, because debating stuff, often passionately, is how you learn what you believe; your philosophy of life.  But you have to free yourself from that beautiful, sad tyranny of the heart, sometimes.

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