Stalinist filename 3578-A/b-crat-5z.NHS.dll : “National Dementia Strategy.rtf”


David Davis

You have to wonder what the mindset is, of persons who link together these three words. “National” + “Dementia” + “Strategy”. It makes me think of dudes who work under the Ministry, in Richard Blake’s new historical novel, “The Terror of Constantinople“, to be published by Hodder & Stoughton on this coming Thursday (5th Feb 2009.)

“I thought that “national dementia” was something invented and posthumously exploited by “Princess” Diana, and then algorithmically-developed and extended by slebs and also by Peter Bazalgette, until I read the DT today.

You have to wonder what a “dementia czar” would look like, or do in his office. As regards what the Libertarian Alliance thinks about czars, we have two things to say:-

(1) We approve of czars IF and only _if_ they are autocratically appointed within and for private organisations, in which environment those who disagree are free to leave, _and_, importantly, the appointing agents are free to dismiss the czar at any time.

For example, I, the editor of this blog, am the LA Blog Czar.

(2) We disapprove of czars as they are commonly employed these days: which is to say, as used by the British State to act as fall guys and take the blame create spinnable headlines for ZanuLieborg by ordering other less powerful robots about so that it looks in the MSM as if something is being done about some intractable problem that the State has compulsively taken on.

There is something profoundly paradoxical about the left’s use of the word “czar”, considering its masturbatory obsession with the theoretical idea of democracy as it imagines what it persists in calling “people power” to be. I’d have thought that the very concept of “czar” – both as derived from the word “Caesar” which came to mean “Emperor”, and from its Imperial Russian connotations, ought to be in the same token profoundly distasteful to the Gramsco-Marxians.

Perhaps we ought to devil up a list of czars. Here’s some:-

Tech czar

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/07/29/uk-techczars-ridicul.html

it-theft czar

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/08/id_theft_czar/

drugs czar

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article1184845.ece

children’s czar

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2005/nov/13/childrensservices.pupilbehaviour1

the “crime czar” wants us all to stop calling children “yobs”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2005/may/22/schools.ukcrime

and here’s sovereignty, which has already spotted thr tyrants of triviality:-

http://www.sovereignty.org.uk/features/eco/czars.html

and it looks like the Yanks have got a touch of Czarrhosis of the whatever, as well:-

http://artblog.net/?name=2009-01-26-08-07-czar

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6 responses to “Stalinist filename 3578-A/b-crat-5z.NHS.dll : “National Dementia Strategy.rtf”

  1. Dave:

    Don’t be nasty ro Diana!

    I have a brilliant idea for you, borrowed from Emperor Palpatine of STAR WARS:

    [ FX: "Those who are not for us are against us." ]

    Just refer to all these leftists, centrists, rightists, socialist, Gramsco-Marxians (whatever they are — have you ever actually MET one??), Stalinists, fascists etc. (you know, ‘other people’) as:

    “THE ENEMY”

    (You could even programme the name into a function key, for one-stroke insertion in your more splenetic screeds!).

    Just another wonderful idea from:

    Tony

    PS: Starter pack of electronic cigarettes delivered today, for a friend. Smoke anywhere!

    PPS: Reply to my emails, damn you!!!

  2. I wasn’t being nasty about old Diana, Tony: just stating what she did to our nation, yours and mine!

    Maybe she did it on purpose, but I suspect not.

    But you have to agree: she made us look to the world like a bunch of 60 million emotional bedwetters. I was forced to bite my lip for a while coz’ I wanted to open my shops on the day of her funeral, like you would anyway if it was just a poor old WW1-veteran down the road who had just died, as lots were doing in 1997.

  3. Dave:

    This is the very real danger you face in some of your positions: no offence intended…

    Bottom line, are the neo-cons driving this agenda neo-fascist? Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, published research on fascism [18] in which he examined the fascist regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto and several Latin American regimes. Britt found 14 defining characteristics common to each fascist State:

    1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism – Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of patriotic mottos, slogans, symbols, songs and other paraphernalia. Flags are seen everywhere as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

    2. Disdain for the recognition of Human Rights – Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarceration of prisoners, etc.

    3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause – The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: racial, ethnic or religious minorities; liberals; communists; socialists; terrorists, etc.

    4. Supremacy of the Military – Even when there are widespread domestic problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military are glamorized.

    5. Rampant sexism – The government of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional gender roles are made more rigid. Divorce, abortion and homosexuality are suppressed and the state is represented as the ultimate guardian of the family institution.
    6. Controlled Mass Media – Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation, or sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Censorship, especially in war time, is very common.

    7. Obsession with National security – Fear is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

    8. Religion and Government are intertwined – Government in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.

    9. Corporate Power is Protected – The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation are often the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

    10. Labor Power is suppressed – Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor unions are either eliminated, or are severely restricted.

    11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts – Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to higher education, and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other academics to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts and letters is openly attacked.

    12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment – Under fascist regimes, the police are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego civil liberties in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

    13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption – Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

    14. Fraudulent Elections – Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by smear campaigns against or even assassinations of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control voting numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

    Benito Mussolini – who knew something about fascism – had a more straightforward definition: “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

    Best,

    Tony

  4. ….and so how does any of the above describe any of my positions, Tony, old chap?

  5. “National Dementia Strategy” – I didn’t know they were making it compulsory!

  6. Dave:

    You ask:

    ” ….and so how does any of the above describe any of my positions, Tony, old chap?”

    In a way, that’s not for me to say — I’m not trying to assert or prove that you’re a fascist, because I know you, and I know you’re not. But some of your positions do make me uncomfortable. I wanted to show you why.

    One of the demarcations in such matters is the distinction between “tough-minded” and “tender-minded.” You remember the Tory Toughies? I’ve found that responses to Diana as a person map very closely to this distinction.

    Diana was (and is) a real Princess, who kissed a Prince and turned him into a frog. She brought beauty, elegance, colour, free-thinking, concern for others and intelligence to “Britain’s National Life.”

    How is it, that I see and respond to this; and you don’t?

    What’s your real beef??

    Tony