By Polar Bear*
The more I think about that, er, "summit of ideas", the more I am reminded of that "organizational weapon" which totalitarian Communism wielded in its bid for power in the Western Democracies. I recall the front organizations, the "useful idiots" who served as the public faces of such bodies, whilst the real powers that be kept themselves largely in the background.
Well, the rest of us may have started to forget, but the former pro-communist left certainly remember. So how do you "organize" a summit?
One, sprinkle like icing on a cake, numbers of well known identities, celebrities, business men and other public figures. But, ensure that there are few real experts on any of the topics.
Two, contract out to "community" organizations, (left wing bodies such as "Get Up"), the task of selecting delegates to the summit.
Now watch the votes for a republic, a Bill of Rights, a Treaty with Aboriginals and other familiar left bromides.
'By their fruits, you shall know them.' I rest my case.
* Polar Bear completed his academic studies in the fields of History and Political Philosophy. Over recent years he has been involved in the analysis and trading of financial markets. Like his species, he is individualistic and often contrarian. Even during hibernations, he may still be aroused by exhibitions of intellectual stupidity.