Sunday, April 9, 2006

Advocracy

As an unpaid public service from the London Fog, here's a useful shortcut to testing the merits of any popular economic or social proposition: the strength of an idea is inevitably found to be in inverse proportion to either a) the amount of government assistance provided to promote the idea, either through funding of advocacy groups or directly by the government itself; b) the promotion of the idea to a captive audience in the public education system; or, c) both.

Added bonus: the incidence of a), b) or c) found in the general promulgation of an idea is also inevitably in proportion to the degree to which the agency of the government is appealed to effect the proposition. Double-added bonus: a portion of the remittance of a) is always found to fund the maintenance and growth of the privileges of the idea's advocracy.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

Well put.

Now here's a little exercise. Peruse the MSM for a whole day and count the number of stories about "something new" (or old for that matter) in which (a), (b), or (c) are held up as the very linchpins of the whole idea. I would guess that this will probably be true for about more than 95% of the stories in private media, and 100% of the stories in government media (CBC, TVO, etc.)

This is why I feel that our socialist democracies have passed the point of no return on the road to bankruptcy and extinction: the notion of individual and private enterprise has been crushed, buried and forgotten.

Oh and before I forget: Happy Tax Season, suckers.