Antisthenes: Your Money or Your carbon

from the quill of Antisthenes

 That’s what the highwaymen could have been asking for, had they known that a human body, ignoring water, consists mainly of the element carbon. Of course, compared to our ALP politicians, the highwaymen were honest people and would not stoop to such subterfuge.

 Now when the debate turned to money, not principles, more people, thankfully are taking interest. Perhaps the general public can relate to it better. After all $800 every year is far more tangible than 0.01 °C in 100 years. Further, everybody knows that when a government says it would cost you $X, you can safely double the figure, and in the case of any ALP government, triple it. Who knows, maybe the whole idea of “carbon” tax would be abandoned on financial grounds. The Greens in the Marickville Town Council abandoned the planned boycott of Jewish businesses because it would be too expensive. There is a certain irony in it since the Jews are supposed to be venal and unprincipled and our oh so pure Greens ditched their anti-semitic principles for financial reasons.

 Still the debate, such as it is, brings out honesty at least in some people. Flannery declared the climatic effect of the “carbon” tax would not show itself until a thousand years and the “Independent” Oakeshott admitted he would ignore his voters’ wishes. Maybe one day even Garnaut will say “I didn’t know what I was talking about, but the money was good.”

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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4 Responses to Antisthenes: Your Money or Your carbon

  1. GOL says:

    Politics in general is a swindle. Politicians are like nineteenth-century patent medicine sellers: they provide a lot of entertainment and make a lot promises to get people to buy what they’re selling, but the purchasers soon find that they’ve been gypped.

  2. The decisive factor is that, the public keep buying the snake-oil. This can only mean that they
    A. Have no collective memory except for the immediate present
    B. Understand very well that they are being swindled, but endorse the foolish behaviour through mercenary individualist cynicism.

  3. GOL says:

    In words of H.L.Mencken:
    “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”

  4. Andre says:

    Actually, this could apply to most of the people ctuernrly serving in government.

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