|Advance Australian's fare|
Another Australia day has come and gone, and the honors list contains the usual
gaggle of elitist tax leeches. Exactly what qualifies someone for the honors
list isn't really clear, but it seems to have something to do with justifying
We have come to expect elite sports people to be on the list. The masses are
forced to give money to people to play zero-sum-games (sports) to further their
own individual achievements so the government can glorify collectivism. This is
But it gets worse. Surely honoring a former head of an officious price gouging
government monopoly (ie Telstra) stretches the envelope of good taste.
But the most offensive honors must surely be the ones given to former
politicians. Tax thieves using taxes to give honors to former tax thieves
is something which every decent human surely finds totally repugnant.
There is truly honor among thieves.
Not that yours truly is against the idea of having an honors list on Australia
day. On the contrary - yours truly would like to nominate Norm from the 'Life
Be In It' campaign. For those too young to remember Norm, he was the lovable,
animated, beer-gutted, 'all round sportsman' created with tax money who graced
our TV screens for a brief time some 25 years ago. Our government tried to
control our lives and get us to spend more time outside, and less time watching
Norm was truly a champion. He has fallen out of the limelight since then, but
for the past 30 years he has consistently done his own thing. Presumably his
kids are fully grown now and no longer interested in going out and flying
kites, but Norm has stuck to his guns (or at least his favorite lounge chair)
and remained defiant in the face of peer pressure, government incentives, and
tax-payer funded health warnings about everything from salt intake to domestic
violence. He choose his own course in the face of collectivist pressure.
Norm may have been imaginary, but no more imaginary than the collectivist
common good created by continual government intervention and social