by Peter Green
There is nothing more valued in western liberal democracy than freedom. I know it sounds eerily like something that Bill O’Reilly might have tattooed on his arse but it’s true. The thing that we have, that supposedly everyone else wants, is freedom. So why are we so willing to let other people think for us?
When Andrew Bolt derides a group like Australia21, a group whose board of directors includes four recipients of the Order Australia and a recipient of the Australia Police Medal for distinguished service, a group that also works closely with a former Federal Police Chief, a former West Australian Premier and a former Federal Health Minister, simply because they published a report on decriminalising drugs that doesn’t fit with his pre-constructed conservative world view (as he did in his piece “It’s A Smokescreen” on the 5th of April), why are we so willing to lap it up?