Roger Kerr Special—Peritorial: Capitalism Derangement Syndrome

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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Fri, 2011-10-28 23:04

[As broadcast in Perigo! Roger Kerr Special, Stratos TV, July 12, 2011]

Good evening and welcome to this special edition of Perigo! I'm Lindsay Perigo and I'm dangerous. Perigo is Portuguese for danger and I seek to be that to the enemies of reason, freedom and excellence who rule the world in some shape or form.

First, a word about why I left you so abruptly and why I'm back so fleetingly. I got another job, one where I think I can better serve reason, freedom and excellence … at least, till the election. Press secretary to the Parliamentary Leader of the ACT Party. I had to start immediately … which is why I was gone without so much as a by-your-leave. No time to say goodbye. My apologies.

So why am I here now? Well, among the people we had in mind to interview sometime soon was Roger Kerr, Chief Executive of the Business Roundtable. Roger, as you probably know, has terminal cancer, but he's not going down without a fight, and his quest for the most advanced treatment on the planet made it difficult to pin him down to an interview date. By the time he let us know when he could be available I'd already gone. But once we had a date I suggested to Jim Blackman, the Head of Stratos, Don Brash and John Boscawen, my Act Party bosses, and to Gerard Smith, the Executive Producer here, that I should take time out to do this interview and Stratos should adapt its schedule to accommodate it. Roger Kerr is a national treasure and this would be one of the few remaining opportunities to mark that fact in his presence. Everyone was in agreement … so here we are.

When Roger's illness was made public, there was an outpouring of that unique kind of hatred only the Left are capable of. One poster on one political blog said:

He is getting what he deserves.

Millions of ordinary Kiwis have suffered because of HIS greed and desire to turn us all into a nation of slaves.

Let's see you try to take all your money with you now, you TRAITOR.

This is why God exists, BECAUSE there MUST be a hell for evil of the likes of Roger Kerr, Ruth Richardson, Jenny Shipley, Rodger Douglas, etc etc.

Actually, there is a place beyond hate, (which is how ordinary Germans felt about Jews), caused by years of hardship and suffering), and it is where my reaction to Roger Kerr, et al is, and I would quite happily send the Business Round Table to the gas chambers.

And their families too. Why? Because you MUST get the evil OUT of the gene pool.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we're up against. Generations of New Zealanders conditioned to believe they shouldn't have to pay for anything; the world via the government owes them a living and any expectation they should make any effort themselves is a cosmic impertinence. Government should be all-providing … and all-powerful. Not merely mediocrity but sub-mediocrity is the goal … and those who would beckon us to a higher path should be gassed and damned to hell for it. This envy-and-hate-ridden, mindless, soulless and soul-destroying mentality brought us to the brink of catastrophe in 1984 and is threatening to do so again. Roger Kerr has fought the good fight against it for decades.

Whatever they may have said about him, most of his detractors, who are legion, have grudgingly, respected him. In their hearts they know he's right. The prosperity of all us depends on wealth creation, and wealth creation flourishes under conditions of small government, minimal regulation and low taxes, underpinned by personal freedom and responsibility. Hanker though they might for the former Soviet Union or East Germany, the present-day North Korea or Zimbabwe, the socialists know that if prosperity rather than equality of destitution is our aim, then the Roger Kerrs of this world are … on the money.

That's the Peritorial. Roger Kerr is next.

The ant works hard, in the

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The ant works hard, in the withering heat, all summer long.
He builds his house and stores supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks that the ant is a fool.
He laughs, dances and plays the summer away, preparing nothing for the coming winter.

Winter comes, the ant is safe and warm.
The shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and fed, while others are cold and starving!

Mark Sainsbury and John Campbell show up to provide pictures of shivering grasshoppers, next to a video of an ant
in his comfortable home, with a table filled with food.

Kiwis are stunned by the sharp contrast! How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor
grasshopper is allowed to suffer this way?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah, with the grasshopper.
Everyone cries when they sing "It's Not Easy Being Green".

Sue Bradford stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house, where the news stations film the group
singing "We Shall Overcome".
Jim Anderton then has the group pray for the grasshopper's sake, and reminds the group to contribute to his group, so that he can "continue the fight" for grasshoppers, everywhere!

Phil Goff and Ruseell Norman exclaim, in an interview with Paul Holmes, that the ant has gotten rich, off
the back of the poor grasshopper!
Both call for an immediate tax hike, to make the ant pay "his fair share"!

Finally, Parliament drafts the "Economic Equity For Grasshoppers Act", retroactive to the beginning of the

The ant is fined for failing to hire the proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to
pay his retroactive taxes, his house is confiscated by the government.

The Labour head of the Social Justice For Grasshoppers Select Committee on get's a Labour friendly law firm to represent the grasshopper, in a defamation suit against the ant.
The case is tried in the high court, with a jury comprised of unemployed welfare recipients.

Surprise! The ant loses the case!

The story ends, as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant's food, while the government house he lives in (which happens to be the ant's old house) crumbles around him,
due to lack of maintenance!

The ant has disappeared in the snow.
The grasshopper is found, dead, in a drug-related incident.
The house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders, who terrorize this once-peaceful neighborhood.

Always either/or from both sides of the fence

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Roger and you are emeshed in the Foucauldian grid of power/knowledge. No one is wrong or evil, just caught like spiders in their own net.

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