Funny how some incidents always stay with you.
I’m a believer in libertarians, classic liberals and enlightened conservatives working together to advance the cause of freedom and defeat our common socialist enemy.
Years ago I heard a talk by US conservative, Allan Stang, on getting groups to co-operate. He gave this example of how to get people working together and set aside their differences.
Allan would be talking to a room full of scrapping people. he’d bring them to attention and ask two leaders “What percentage of each others programmes do each of you guys agree with?”
They’d think for a while, then one would say “about 80%”. The other would then usually agree, or give a slightly different figure.
Allan would then say to each “how much do you agree with your wife?”. They’d think and usually come back with something like “maybe 30% tops”.
Allan would then state the obvious. “You guys agree on 80%, lets work this out. After all, I’m not proposing marriage here”.
Most Libz, ACT and National or Maxim supporters could probably agree on 60 or 70% of each others core issues. Yet we worry more over the 30 or 40% we don’t agree on than the 70% or 80% of things we despise about Labour, Jim Il Sung and the Greens.
I’m not proposing marriage here, just a little more sensible co-operation and mutual respect.