[This is an addendum to GetUp! Fix Your Act Up]

Some pub discussion took exception to one of my main points in the preceding post where GetUp! label the Shooters Party as extreme. Namely where I say –

And I need some help in understanding exactly how a political party who’s primary goal is removal of legislation that unnecessarily restricts law abiding citizens can actually do anything that would qualify as extremist.

and where extremism is taken as per the cesspit of lies definition –

Extremism is any ideology or political act far outside the perceived political center of a society; or otherwise claimed to violate common moral standards. In democratic societies, individuals or groups that advocate the replacement of democracy with a authoritarian regime are usually branded extremists

I have had folks tell me that this anti-legislation, quasi-libertarian attitude of the Shooters Party is no different in essence to that of the Teabaggers, who genuinely do want to un-make society and rebuild it as a laissez-faire, dog-eat-dog, über utopia (for a judeo-christian white over-class, but that’s a trifling detail). Well, in extremis, perhaps yes. But one could also mount the case for NORML being extremists using that logic. (more…)

Subject: NSW – urgent: your vote may not count on Saturday!
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011
From: GetUp
To: franc hoggle

Dear franc,

This Saturday, as NSW goes to the polls, it might seem like the election is already decided.

But in the Upper House, the balance of power could be decided by just a few hundred votes, and extreme candidates like Pauline Hanson, Fred Nile and the Shooters Party could end up with the balance of power. […] (more…)