Inspired by Gerard Henderson's Media Watch,
a book about “Really” Dangerous Ideas.
The inspiration for this book of essays came
from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI). The Sydney Opera House and the St
James Ethics Centre have hosted FODI for four years. Although the organisers
try to canvass ideas that appeal across the political spectrum, they are about
as balanced as the ABC1 television’s Q&A and as subtle as, ‘when did you
stop beating your wife?’ For example, Israel is an apartheid state was a nice
little starter in the 2012 Festival. Ilan Pappe an Israeli was invited to
speak; he is the author of The Ethnic
Cleansing of Palestine. Who are the people who attend FODI and believe the
nonsense they are fed?: those who forsake the world of markets and profit, who
forsake religion, except for environmentalism, who forsake science, except in
the service of climate change abatement policies. They are the people we call,
and they also call, Progressives. The proposition in this book is that not much
progress occurs when Progressives rule the policy roost.
These are beaut little essays, written in an
opinion style, easy to digest, indeed quite dangerous and perhaps the first of
Gary Johns served in the
House of Representatives from 1987-1996 and was Special Minister of State and
Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations from 1993-1996. He served as an
Associate Commissioner of the Commonwealth Productivity Commission 2002-2004.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy(Political Science) University of Queensland,
Master of Arts (Geography) Monash University, and a Bachelor of Economics
Monash University. His other books include 'Right Social Justice'
and 'Aboriginal Self-Determination: The Whiteman's Dream'.