I’m not sure how to tell one bunch of feral hippies from another. Do they pierce different parts of their bodies? Whatever. Advocates of ideologies that perpetuate poverty and turn a blind eye to mass murder aren’t worth bothering about.

The APEC rally that has really got me interested is being organised by the wild and crazy libertarians of the Liberty and Democracy Party.

They’re holding a pro-free trade rally on the weekend. Their Facebook page says it all:

The LDP supports free trade and the material prosperity that it brings as well as the freedom it promotes. As such the LDP will be holding a peaceful rally in Sydney on the 8th of September to show support for the ideals of free trade. All party members and supporters of free trade are invited to attend.

The full program goes like this:

Saturday 8th September 2007

9:00am – Meet at the corner of York and Market Street on street level above the post office. This is across the intersection from the North-West corner of the Queen Victoria Building (QVB). There will be a short briefing with any last minute updates.

9:20am – Make our way as a group toward Hyde Park.

10:00am – 11:30am – Take our message of freedom to the people.

And there’s this helpful suggestion:

Feel free to bring a sign to promote free trade, low taxes and/or small government.

I can’t make it to Sydney this weekend, but will stand on Smith Street, Collingwood, brandishing a copy of The Road to Serfdom in solidarity.

It’s a pity I can’t get there, because I’m a little worried about the turnout. I’m reminded of these words from the philosoph P J O’Rourke:

“How come,” I asked Andy, “whenever something upsets the Left, you see immediate marches and parades and rallies with signs already printed and rhyming slogans already composed, whereas whenever something upsets the Right, you see two members of the Young Americans for Freedom waving a six-inch American flag?”

“We have jobs,” said Andy.