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Perigo: Libertarian 'Perspective' On WTO Protests

Published: Thu 2 Dec 1999 01:17 PM
The following is an article written by Lindsay Perigo, Leader of the Libertarianz Party, for the Politically Incorrect Show on Radio Pacific.
Seldom have so many of the dregs of humanity been concentrated in one location at once. Squillions of Socialists in Seattle! Thousands of Comrade Kelsey think-alikes ... Luddite lunatics, Marxist morons, Communist cretins, Neanderthal nitwits, Anarchist animals, Green gargoyles ... opposed to free trade, opposed to free anything except free access to Other People's Money, kicking in windows, blocking streets, burning vehicles, showing themselves up as the fascist filth that they truly are. How I wish they would take the advice of their Deep Ecology wing and commit suicide or kill each other for the sake of the planet. Certainly that simple expedient would reduce the level of global pollution dramatically and instantly.
Opponents of free trade in this country argue that we should not lower and abolish tariffs until our trading partners do the same. We should forego the advantages of hugely cheaper goods, in other words, because other countries do. That aside, I've always believed that this particular argument is a smokescreen. The fact is the pro-tariff troglodytes don't WANT our trading partners to lower and remove their tariffs. They want every country on earth to be the way they want this country to be ... a fortress, sealed off from the outside world save those aspects of it which an all-powerful Nanny State deigns to let in, on terms dictated by Her. The hysteria the state-worshipping window-smashers are displaying in Seattle shows that I'm right ... the troglodytes are dead scared that their bluff might be called, that tariffs may indeed be dumped worldwide (if only!), leaving them scrambling for another argument.
In the meantime, the cave-dwellers in New Zealand should be leading by example. If free trade among countries is evil, why is free trade among cities good? City Councils should be imposing tariffs on all goods coming into their cities from elsewhere in the country. Why aren't the local troglodytes advocating that? Great for jobs too ... thousands of new Customs officers for starters. Job LOSSES because of the higher prices? Hell, just subsidise some new Council-run industries. What sorts of industries? Well, disassembly industries are a good idea. Bring in assembled goods and, with the money from the tariffs, set up factories to disassemble them and put them together again. What's the point? What the hell are you asking that for? The whole country used to that with television sets, didn't it? Why couldn't it work for cities and towns? What if we lose more real jobs than the phony new ones we create? Well, the new Minister for Economic Development will think of something. Look what he's already doing for possum furs.
Personally, I would like to be able to wave a wand and banish every tariff and every subsidy and every form of interference by governments in trade among individuals and associations of individuals worldwide from the face of the earth immediately. It pains me that expensive taxpayer-funded junkets for evil politicians devoid of any empathy for the principle of individual rights that underpins free trade seem to be the only way we are likely to get freER trade for the time being. And there is no guarantee of even that much!
I believe that astronomers have just discovered sixteen stars where the pre-conditions for life are present. The sooner we non-dregs of humanity can get to one of these and start over, the better. There's clearly very little hope for this planet in our lifetime. Retardism has, in spite of itself, gone global.
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