Some people in business have had the temerity to express views on moral issues – or, which is often pretty much the same thing, political issues. They have attracted condemnation from luminaries like Peter Dutton and the Minister for Thongs. Some have gone even further, and put their money where their morals are. So some businesses have withdrawn advertising from Fox News in protest at its views about Islam or immigration. And some threatened to retaliate against Mr Andrew Bolt for championing the cause of a convicted paedophile against the twelve jurors who had agonised over and delivered their verdict. Mr Bolt summoned up all his considerable self-respect and with a curled lip mentioned the word activist.
An activist is a person who actively seeks to change the moral or political views of others. That’s precisely what Mr Bolt does. But he has the excuse that he just does it for money. If however you do it for its own sake, then you are liable to suffer his judgment. And all this from a man who subscribes to the mantra of freedom of speech – even hate speech.
It is to this vacuity that we have come. If it matters, I am a very happy shareholder of BHP, in part because I respect the fact that Mr Andrew Mackenzie, the CEO, is prepared to take a public position on issues seen by some to be sensitive. Such as same sex marriage, or climate change. Given their own signal failures on such issues, it is hardly surprising if people like Mr Mackenzie give our politicians the willies. The attempt by some in government to lock others out of public life is just another sign of how far they have lost the plot and deserve a very long holiday.
Given the horror across the water, I will just mention to happy quotes – something of a modern miracle – good tweets.
Dear Eggboy. I am a philosophy tutor in Turkey. We really appreciate what you did.
Yesterday, Australia got the villain it created. Today it got the hero it deserved.
The Age, 18 March 2019.