The Libertarian Alliance Christmas Message. The Sky darkens. The forces of Evil daily encroach on the West, but…..


David Davis 

…..there is hope.

I’m tempted to compare our lot today in the embattled Anglosphere with that of the Holy Family on that first Christmas 2,000 years ago. Libertarianism in England is a broad church. There’s room for all shades of opinion about the Grand Question, from the anti-religious, through atheism, various gnostic stuff I don’t fully understand, and all the way to belief in a grand cosmic order (“Logos”) – call it God if you will, (read ch.1 John (v.i et seq) for the full explanation,) to which practically all thinking physicists cleave eventually.

It reads, under one form of translation as “In the beginning was Order. Order was God, and Order was [with = authorised text] God.”  By contrast I prefer to read the Greek as the ablative case, which could mean any of  “by/with/from”, so you could have “by” equally well here. If God created order (in a Newtonian physical sense, in the universe out of nothing (which He can if He wills it) and Liberty is the mother of order – and not its daughter as socialists think – and if God endowed His creation, the Universe (including Man) with free will, then it’s our lot now to defend its exercise, against all-comers.

The Grand Question was posed by Alfred the Great, in his later years, trying to grapple with the embryonic notions of modern Statehood, and the toughish job of being a king of somewhere desirable in an imperfect world full of pre-capitalist barbarians as well as some better people. This troubling time in which he lived was in the beginnings of the first, oldest and longest-surviving unitary nation in the modern history of the West. (Yes and I’ll talk about ancient China and Japan another time, thanks, so you chaps just form an orderly queue please.)

He articulated his problem by asking; “What is life? Why are we here? What then must we do?”

What must Libertarians do at Christmas?

Firstly they ought to give thanks for the non-accidental accidents of geological and anthropological history which produced a quite large and rather unassailable (well nearly) island, not far to the north of the continent that contained the remnants of the Graeco-Roman inheritance. Not more than a day’s bad sailing, and sometimes even visible. There was somewhere for an alternative view of the world, unencumbered by land borders requiring armies and perpetual fighting. The climate, even, was clement, most of the time.

Secondly, they ought to thank the evolving people of that island, for their erratic but remorseless progress towards a Limited State. It took nearly 1,000 years, it sometimes ended in fisticuffs, but by about 1870 – significantly the year the railway network (private) achieved its greatest ever extent so that no house was more than 3 miles from a station – Britain was about as free as any nation had ever been or would afterwards be. Dr Sean Gabb has chronicled how a man could be born, live and die without coming materially into contact with the State, in his latest book.

Thirdly, they ought to give thanks for the Gospels, and for the Mosaic Decalogue. These documents have underpinned, do underpin now, and will underpin, between today and Armageddon, the foundations of liberal Classical civilisation. (I like John best; he took the trouble to explain to us what Jesus Christ was for, and why He came.)

The countries that bore Libertarianism into being, and which most harbour it today, pay at least lip-service to this tradition, even though it is being viciously undermined by socialist memory-wipers in all climes and in all spheres of human action. Wiping of memories is their job; otherwise evil cannot triumph – why do they always refer to a “Year Zero” – as if there has been no past worth recording and learning from, and as if they are the sole arbiters of the future? If evil is to triumph, this result rests on no recognition of its dangerous isolation and lack of support among Men.

Fourthly then, regarding evil’s need to suppress info about itself, we have to thank the Internet for this latest, and possibly last, God-granted ability to spread information. Many places languish yet in internet-darkness. Notably China, North Korea, Cuba (I’m sure without checking) and many countries on “Arab Street” (what an evil, condescending way to refer to poor miserable enslaved people, used as it is by the fascist mediarati and the other execrable Polly Toynbees of this world. They want i-Pods, BMWs, uncensored broadband, an electricity-grid that works most of the time, and hot and cold running water and flush-toilets, just like we do.)

But for the discovery of these technological advantages that give us yet the edge in this century’s global war against liberty (that’s what it is, folks) – we have to thank first of all and last of all, God, Who Is, through all time and everywhere, and who gave Man the gift of Free Will. This great  technological advantage of The West (born and evolved broadly in the free will of individual intellectual creation) is what Churchill called in “The River War”, the “strong arms of science”, in which he pictured liberal Judeo-Christian civilisation cradled. You may not be allowed to read this book for much longer, so you’d better go to http://www.gutenberg.org/ now and download a copy before it get deleted.

God needed to send no prophets after His Son Jesus Christ; I mean to say, whatever for? Anyone who thinks so is mistaken, and the victim of a ruse. All he needed to do was to give Man free will, and allow Man to set up the conditions for its proper exercise. This occurred, even if only once, and that has been enough for a body of lore and philosophy about liberty – as a discursible concept – to flourish, unlike any time before.

And so Liberty truly became the Mother and not the daughter of Order, and that is where I came in, as one aspect of His Creation was realised. Probably quite accidentally, and perhaps not even noticed importantly enough by That People wott dunn it, at the time. A pity, since lack of this realisation may have led to the death of liberal England, not through lack of sincerity about its rightness, but of failure to spot that it had mortal enemies.

All that Libertarians do is explain how a civilisation based on this would work in practice.

We wish a happy and joyful Christmas to all you people our readers, out there somewhere. If 2008 is looking dark, then write more; talk to more people, give them the directions to The Door Out Of Hell. And in doing so, pull the scales from their eyes about socialism and its allies.

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7 responses to “The Libertarian Alliance Christmas Message. The Sky darkens. The forces of Evil daily encroach on the West, but…..

  1. Merry Christmas David, Sean and libertarians everywhere!

    Also, not really relevant to this post but following the discussion some posts down where I brought up Stonehenge and the police behaviour there as IMV statist violence of the worst kind that set a nasty precedent, this Hawkwind lyric came to mind today. I’m an old Hawkfan, and they were stalwarts of the Stonehenge festival tho sadly I never got to see them there.

    Anyway, this was from 1981. It’s called Living On A Knife Edge and I think is rather prescient for libertarians–

    Everytime I go out, I think I’m bring checked out,
    Faceless people watching on a TV screen
    Do you begin to sense it, just beneath the surface
    Reflections of a window whilst walking down the street
    Computers are abused, school records are fed
    Police are checking on what you said
    The number of your car’s fed into a box
    Your journey’s being checked, it’s a paradox
    Duplicate forms, and ID cards are next in line to disregard
    Future generations are relying on us
    It’s a world we’ve made – Incubus
    We’re living on a knife edge, looking for the ground
    We’re living on a knife edge, looking for the ground
    We’re living on a knife edge, looking for the ground…

  2. Good stuff Ian B. I know nothing about Hawkwind other than at least having heard of them, being an old vinyl collector/fan and seeing their rather (scary sometimes?) album covers here and there, or is that somebody else? (I have several feet of the vinyl stuff and would love to MP3 it all sometime. Do you know how?)

  3. Merry Christmas, all!

    Profound thoughts from Dave Davis.

    [TRACK ONE] ‘Values as the expression of the central order’

    TEXT: ‘The problem of values is nothing but the problems of our acts,
    goals and morals. It concerns the compass by which we must
    steer our ship if we are to set a true course through life. The
    compass itself has been given different names by various
    religions and philosophies … but I have a clear impression
    that all such formulations try to express man’s relatedness to a
    central order. In the final analysis the central order, or the
    ‘One’ as it used to be called with which we commune in the
    language of religion, must win out….

    If we ask Western man what is good, what is worth striving for
    and what has to be rejected, we shall find time and again, that
    his answers reflect the ethical norms of Christianity even when
    he has long since lost all touch with Christian images and
    parables. If the magnetic force which has guided this particular
    compass – and what else was its source but the central order? –
    should ever become extinguished, _terrible_ things may happen to
    mankind, far more terrible even than concentration camps and
    atom bombs.’

    Werner Heisenberg, [1971] ‘Physics and beyond: encounters and
    conversations’, published by George Allen and Unwin, London.

    Thorpe is emphatic in asserting that we must never forget that
    such a conclusion must on no account be attributed solely to the
    Western insights stemming from the Christian revelation; he gives
    the following Admonitions as a further example, drawn from the
    Amerindian tribe of the Shawnees (who were dispossessed of their
    Oklahoma lands in 1839).

    The Shawnee Admonitions:
    ———————–

    TEXT: (A) “Do not kill or injure your neigbour, for it is not him you
    injure, you injure yourself.”

    (B) “Do not wrong or hate your neighbour, for it is not him that you
    wrong, you wrong yourself. Moneto, the Supreme Being.
    loves him also as she loves you.”

    Quoted from W.H. Thorpe, ‘Purpose in a World of Chance: A
    Biologist’s View’ [1978], George, Allen and Unwin.

    This is clearly related via the central order to the (negative)
    Judaic injunction not to do unto one’s neighbour that which one
    would not wish to befall one’s self. My own — perhaps agnostic
    — orientation is nearer Taoism [and Greek mythology]; but these
    ethical principles are capable of reformulation for most spiritual
    — and even humanistic or ‘moral atheistic’ — contexts.

    ———– * * * * * ———–

    Regards,

    Tony

  4. And for the New Year:

    These are the words that Neo speaks into the payphone in the final
    scene, knowing that the Social Control Agents can hear him:

    “I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you’re
    afraid… You’re afraid of us. You’re afraid of change. I don’t know
    the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I
    came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. I’m going to hang up
    this phone; and then I’m going to show these people what you don’t
    want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without _you_.
    A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries.

    A world where anything is possible…” — “The Matrix.” [1999]

    Regards,

    Tony

  5. A valuable posting from David.

  6. David, I wouldn’t call Hawkwind scary really, it’s psychedelic “space rock” with a lot of songs relating to science fiction themes and such. They’re still going, although getting rather old now heh. As you may guess from the Stonehenge thing they’re very associated with the hippie/festival thing. I think that it’s common for people to dismiss the whole 60s era as a socialist monstrosity and a mistake, but I see something different. The lesson I’ve always taken from that period isn’t socialist, it’s libertarian. There’s nothing the least socialist about sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. That may not be libertarian, but it’s certainly libertine.

    The way I look at it, the rise of a general libertinism was a consequence of capitalism and wealth creation. Once people have money, they start wanting to enjoy themselves and live like only the Hupper Clarses once could live. Now it’s fair to say that socialist policies may have brought that on early (by handing money around willy-nilly) but it would have happened anyway- just as for instance the affluent 1920s roared. People in a society of growing wealth will, I believe, naturally indulge in libertine pursuits (this will obviously vary from person to person, but the opportunities to do so will open up).

    The disaster was that as this new class of young people with a bit of money arose, the socialists were waiting to grab them for their own ends, and offered them a philosophy ready made, based on Marx, Freud, Gramsci et al. Effectively the post war period was hijacked.

    But if you look at it, most of the youngsters of the time were just after a good time. I think many of that generation have been horrified by what started as freedom- free love, free(dom to take) drugs, listening to music in a field and acting like a twat, has turned into this authoritarian monstrosity. For every hippie extolling the virtues of tree hugging and brown rice, there was another one rolling their eyes to heaven and hoping if they put up with listening to this tripe, they’d get their end away eventually. It’s interesting to note for instance stalwarts of the era like Clapton or Roger Waters supporting the Countryside Alliance, or Mike Oldfield who’s recently decided to leave the country in despair at the smoking ban and general interfering government. I think many of them wonder how “turn on, tune in and drop out” turned into a virtual police state and Euro Regulation xxx/zzzz/yyyy.

    So I’m waffling I know, but this is why I often comment here that libetarians shouldn’t be too ready to leap into bed with conservatives. Libertarianism should appeal to the libertine spirit too. It’s a damned pity the socialists infesting our education system hijacked it. We need to claim that *back*.

    Just my tuppence ha’penny :)

    As to mp3ing vinyl, it’s just a case of getting a good sound editor like CoolEdit Pro or Soundforge, playing the album in through a good soundcard, then chopping it up into seperate tracks and saving to mp3. You can’t just rip it like a CD using winamp or something, because of course it won’t know when the songs start and end, you’ll have to do that manually.

    I don’t really do any audio stuff these days (I use to make tunes on the PC but I’m just too old and lazy now) but it’s not very difficult.

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