Thursday, September 16, 2010

Some of my best friends are dictators [updated[

David Patrick Farrar, author of the popular Kiwiblog and self-describedly at the liberal end of the National Party, confesses this morning that in his quiet moments he sometimes yearns for the iron fist of a political dictator.  Coincidentally, his confession is posted just as the National-led government bring in sweeping near-dictatorial powers to “deal with” everything arising from the Canterbury earthquake, and then some.

Technically we could be seen as a dictatorship,” he begins.  And technically, of course, he’s right. But that’s the good news, you see.

_Quote In modern history, a dictator is seen as an evil bad ruler – Hitler, Stalin, Kim, Hussein etc. They have absolute rule for life. We definitely do not have that sort of dictatorship.
    But a long time ago, a dictator was seen in positive lights – in fact some dictators are seen as democratic heroes….

Mark this on your calendar. September 16, 2010: the day David Farrar expressed his support for dictatorship.

But then, he always was a Muldoon man.

[Hat tip Dim Post]

UPDATE: David Slack:

_QuoteReading Kiwiblog on "wise dictatorship", you'd think Thomas Jefferson never put quill to paper.


Blogger Berend de Boer said...

I hereby nominate Peter Cresswel for NZ overlord.

9/16/2010 09:31:00 a.m.  
Blogger FreeMack said...

With the passing of this legislation National should now apologise for everything nasty they ever said about Fijian governments.
Perhap Fiji should now place embargos on us.

9/16/2010 12:37:00 p.m.  
Anonymous James said...

To be fair to DPF who hasn't imagined a benevolent dictator who sets NZ in libertarian order and then steps down and vanishes from sight and mind?

Of course the whole "power corrupts" thing will ensure it remains only a daydream.

9/16/2010 01:19:00 p.m.  
Blogger Jeff Perren said...

Plato's dream realized. Wonder what he'd think...

9/16/2010 02:53:00 p.m.  
Anonymous B Whitehead said...

The passing of the new legislation just underlines the fact that the present legislation (RMA etc)is just a load of unnessessary red tape.

9/17/2010 06:46:00 a.m.  

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