An Act on Campus coup d’état

April 30th, 2010 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Was amused to read in Salient this interview with Rick Giles:

You have since been stood down as President of Act on Campus. Is that right?

No, I’m still president, but unfortunately my vice-president, and a couple of guys on my executive, mid-week from the first week decided this was embarrassing, and they set up their own version of Act on Campus. So we’ve got some nasty in fighting going on, but I am still recognised by the Act Party as the president, and I’ve got more members than they do. There are lots of arguments that can be had, but we’re trying to figure that one out. Unfortunately, they’ve got the keys to the website, but I still consider myself president and I’m doing my best to work that one out.

This is great – just like a South American stand off – two rival Presidents both claiming to be the legitimate President. Will the UN get involved?

Even funnier, is Rick has blogged a chat transcript between himself and rival President Peter McCaffrey:

[4/2/2010 12:22:36 PM] Peter McCaffrey: if i hadn’t have done that, you would have been kicked out yesterday, no question
[4/2/2010 12:22:51 PM] Rick: Using force is against our philosophy, isn’t it?
[4/2/2010 12:23:01 PM] Rick: The free-market ideal is to voluntarily discuss
[4/2/2010 12:23:05 PM] Peter McCaffrey: democratically voting to remove someone isn’t using force rick
[4/2/2010 12:23:15 PM] Rick: To get people to change their minds through reason, not force them to make changes to behaviour.

Oh I love it when libertarians argue 🙂

For what is worth, I understand the ACT Party Leader and President recognise Peter is now the President of Act on Campus.

The powerful Rick Giles

April 2nd, 2010 at 11:51 am by David Farrar

Heh, I have just caught up with this. Act on Campus President Rick Giles has become a media sensation.

It started with this interview on Sunrise with Oliver Driver where he was advocating Edison Hour over Earth Hour.

The talk turned to climate change, and Rick was trying to say that his arguments against Earth Hour stood up, regardless of whether or not you thought man-made climate change was happening. However his exact use of words was:

I think my argument is so powerful, it’s not necessary to talk about it

He meant of course that you don’t need to debate whether climate change is happening to talk about whether Earth Hour is a good thing or not, but the phrase has become one of legend.

The “I think my argument is so powerful that it’s not necessary to talk about it” Facebook page was born shortly thereafter and is now up to an impressive 3,400 members.

TV3, knowing when they are onto a good thing, gave Rick the opportunity to submit a home video where he makes his case without interjection.

I especially like the part about the communists, the Islamists and all of Ghengis Khan’s hoardes.

I understand there is already a competition between certain MPs for who can be the first in the House to use the phrase “I think my argument is so powerful that it’s not necessary to talk about it” 🙂