At tonight’s Discover Capitalism™ meeting in Melbourne, Tim Warner – founder of Access Card NO WAY – talked about his work in fighting against and exposing the dangers ofthe Australian Government’s proposed Access Card.
A brilliant presentation!
At the end of the night, Melbourne Celebrate Capitalism CPL (Creative Project Leader), nominated Tim Warner for the Melbourne Capitalism Award™ 2007.
Here is an excerpt from Tim Warner’s speech to the Australian Adam Smith Club last year . . .
“The Philosophic Case against the Card”
The driving force behind the Anglo-Saxon political arrangements of the last two hundred years has been the assumption that Government is limited, and that the citizen is free to do anything that does not demonstrably harm their fellow citizens.
This is the result of a thousand years of political development.
The fight to restrict arbitrary government: the Magna Carta in 1215, defining that the King and the Executive were limited.
The English Civil War in the 1640’s: which decided that only the people could write and enforce laws.
The Glorious and Bloodless Revolution of 1688: that proved that the King and the Government held their positions on the peoples say so.
The American Revolution of 1776: which set a benchmark in
… society is made up of individuals who each have their own
beliefs and values.
They have an absolute property right in their own persons.
That right includes the right of information that they have about them. Any passing or trade of that information should be contracted, and limited by the consent of the person.
The plea that this [the Access Card] is an increase in
efficiency misses the point.
What is the Government doing that needs to be that
efficient with our information?
… The concept of limited or constrained Government is not a
right-wing plot, or a dated political concept – outmoded
by the needs of a technological society.
It is a fundamental requirement for a free society.
It is needed even more in a technologically advanced society.
You must design a constitution and a government as if the devil himself may become its leader.
Angels may be in larger supply than I may believe, but the devil can do great damage in a little time.
… My personal view is that the ID Card represents the total inversion of the magic recipe that has made the west such a success.
This recipe – created by the British and perfected by the American Founding Fathers – is that you give the government a power only on the strictest undertaking after exhausting all other options.
You don’t set out to hand powers to government because it is a convenience.