On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 5:13 PM, Russell Coker <russell(a)coker.com.au> wrote:
On Fri, 24 May 2013, Tim Josling
discussion that you refer to
If there is any evidence of some parts of the ABC
appear to have
any sort of right-wing bias then it refutes the claim that the ABC
biased towards left-wing politics.
I don't think anyone would argue that the ABC is always and totally biased
in one direction. That is a much stronger statement even than saying that
overall they are seriously biased.
An ABC employee once explained to me that the ABC
had to have a left wing
bias, to balance the right wing bias of the commercial media, a view I
some sympathy with. I remember one election night
watching the ABC, and
ABC commentater stated "I think
**we**'re going to win that seat",
the ALP was going to win it.
Who was the commentator and what was their position? Were the supposed to
offering journalistic commentary or personal opinion?
From memory I think it was Ken Begg. His role on the night was to be an
commentator on the progress of the election results. [This was not
the sort of role where they get a working or retired politician to add some
spice and inside knowledge from the scrutineers.]
There are other models, the Political Compass is one.
This is an improvement on a one-dimensional approach but still very crude.
Not sure about using "left/right" for the economic dimension. I've done
that before; it has me as centre on economics/slightly libertarian on the
An ad-hominem attack would be to say "because he
is heartless his arguments
lack merit", that's not my position at all.
I am surprised to hear this.
If they aren't all Randians who want the poor to
squalor then why does
the blurb for the book you cite suggest that the US government have no
provision for social security?
I thought I had suggesting reading the book rather than just the blurb. To
give you a flavour, the argument re welfare payments is that government
welfare programs have many pernicious effects, and that community based
cooperative solutions, while not perfect, are better overall. I am not
suggesting reading this because you are likely to agree with all of it but
because it is quite eye-opening. As were Mein Kampf, Das Capital, and
Poltics (Aristotle) in different ways.