Hide: ‘Why is John Minto so miserable and bitter?’

Rodney Hide ponders just how grand life is in the modern world:

We are living in a time of unparalleled prosperity. The poorest among us have material comfort undreamt of by the kings of yesteryear.

We have more opportunity than we have ever before enjoyed. We are imbued with the view that there is nothing we can’t do and the modern world has made that view a reality. We can travel to any corner of the world. Anyone can have an idea and set up in business. The only limitation is our own imagination.

We have the world at our keyboard and, with a tap on our smartphones, we access world news, rich repositories of knowledge and literature and maps of the planet and universe. The pace of technological innovation has never been so fast and has never before been so instantly available to the masses.

The best learning materials and tutorials in every conceivable subject are available to anyone with an internet connection. Young entrepreneurs and inventors declare they are too busy learning to attend school.

Yes, we do have a great mass of poor and dispirited but that’s been our democratic choice: we have election after election chosen policies to establish, perpetuate and expand an economic underclass. The poor and dispirited are no longer an economic phenomenon but a clear political choice.

And yes we suffer big, bloated, wasteful government but government now is more a nuisance and source of amusement than an agent of oppression and fear.  

Our government is something to laugh at, not hide from. It’s a costly handbrake but nothing more.

We live in a time of unprecedented peace. We don’t have the threat of world war hanging over us. The Soviet Union is gone. China is our No 1 trading partner. The Americans have knocked terrorism for six.

We live longer and healthier. We are just getting our second wind at an age when our dad’s and granddad’s retired with their bodies broken from years of unremitting toil.

Manual labour is now driving an air-conditioned forklift with the heaviest lifting being the sandwiches at lunchtime.

And then goes on to wonder why it is that John Minto is just so miserable.

We are truly blessed. So why is John Minto so miserable and bitter?  I have watched and pondered that for a long while.

Libertarians like me get on with our lives striving to make the most of our abilities and the wonderful opportunities afforded us.  Leftists rely on collective action. They can only achieve their aims if people democratically agree with them. Or they achieve insurrection.

The problem for leftists is that people don’t agree with them. Heck, they don’t even agree with each other. They are perpetually fighting and arguing. People disagreeing with them are the stumbling block to each of them achieving their objectives. No wonder they’re angry.

Individualists like me don’t need or seek agreement. What other people think is neither here nor there. The wonder and marvel of the modern world is tremendously empowering to us. We revel in the opportunities it affords.

Plus we get to enjoy the left explaining away every government failure busily declaring it wasn’t done right, wasn’t done enough or the wrong people were doing it.

The constant failure of government is for us proof-positive that our philosophy is true

And, oh how the left must hate prosperity and the empowerment of the modern age. Technology and communications are setting us all free. The very things we love, the left despise. We truly are blessed.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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