Since Clive Hamilton's Crikey article of November 20 in which he tried to characterise Electronic Frontiers Australia as "representing the most extreme strand of libertarianism", the following organisations and people have taken a stance which is consistent with that of Electronic Frontiers Australia
- The Liberal Party Of Australia
- The Greens
- Save The Children
- GetUp! (and 55,000+ members)
- The Institute Of Public Affairs
- Amnesty International
- Glenn Milne
- National Children's and Youth Law Centre
With extremists like these, who needs moderates?
On Monday, Clive Hamilton wrote another piece for ABC Online. One would have thought that he might respond to EFA's Colin Jacobs subsequent Crikey piece or use his intellect to take the above organizations and individuals to task for their irresponsible opposition to the Government's proposal.
But no. Clive Hamilton, public intellectual, avoided direct confrontation with his public opponents but chose instead to represent the opposition to the Government's proposal by selectively quoting utterances from random, unidentified opponents which he presumably found with a lazy Google search.
Really, Clive, one has to ask what on earth is going on with public intellectuals such as yourself.
If the only people you are prepared to debate are sock puppets, what does that make you?
Since writing this it has been revealed that another extremist organization, NSW Young Labor, unanimously passed a motion at a recent conference which is consistent with the EFA's position.