Stan Gudgeon has trained his beady, jaundiced bunyip eye on leftie econo-blogger John Quiggin:
Being of the left, it goes without saying that John Quiggin is an enemy of pleasure — at least those that don’t involve curtailing the not-good-for-you joys of others.
The focus of the Bunyip ire is a supportive post by JQ about libertarian betes noires like speed cameras and high speeding fines (although JQ mounts an intriguing comment box argument that such measures don’t offend libertarian principles at all).
As a fully-paid and longstanding member of the post-moral hedonist majority, I can’t help observing a certain inconsistency between the Bunyip’s ostensibly libertarian stance on road rules and his recent disapproving post about Jim Cairns’ “cunt-struck” (if it’s good enough for Saint Gough it’s good enough for me) obsession with Junie Morosi. The censorious overtones of Howard-like moral conservatism are palpable. I suppose none of us can validly claim to have a completely logically consistent world view, but Professor Bunyip mostly strikes me as being much closer to an old-fashioned Howard conservative than any recognisable version of a “libertarian”. Alternatively, maybe he’s simply motivated by visceral dislike for anyone on the left, and dresses up his instinctive aversion with whatever rationalisation that seems to fit the sledge of the moment.