Monthly Archives: June 2009

This is not just “learning” – this is __National Socialist Learning!__


Thank you, thank you Marks and Spencer, for a grandly-appropriate copyline-template! I promise to try to buy your food…for a while. Even though it’s bloody expensive and not much better than the opposition.

This bit [above] is for foreign readers of whom we have many many, and who may not be familiar with State-British-Wireless-Tele-Vision-Advertising-Initiatives, to do with superior food-types for the Enemy-Class to buy.

It remains an extraordinary thing, to me, and unintelligible also, that people ought to be allowed to revere Marks and Spencer, as a premier-league retailer, in Brown-Bliar’s New Britain – it is Jewish, after all. Are we not supposed to hate, despise and revile the “Jews”, since they occupy “Palestine”?

No? (Sorry for the digression – I will not do it again, until tomorrow.)

NEW MEME: PALESTINE IS A GRAMSCOFABIANAZI CONSTRUCTION IN THEORY…. (DISCUSS)

David Davis

[Sorry about that above digression too...it's just the hot evenings in Lancashire these summers when we can grow vines and woad and olive trees: it gets to me and my arthritis, and I sound off against all these defenceless intellectuals, with my laptop in the garden - it's the global warming, you see.....]

Teachers will have to have a “Licence to kill teach” ….

Truly, the British National Socialist scumbag State gets more endearlingly dangerous by the day, even in its death-throes.

Actually, I don’t think it’s in its death-throes at all. And it’s going really fully after teachers that won’t like the “National Curriculum” and its newer mods, and it’s doing it now while nobody notices. While all you buggers out there think it’s just pretending not to notice that it can’t really issue any Gilts that buyers would take seriously.

And you’re not getting any election any time soon that matters. So f*** you. That’s what they think.

I think the buggers are gearing up for a renewed major assault. Why?

All because all you Tory buggers who read this (and I know you do…becasue I know…) have failed to tell diddy-David-Cameron to repudiate publicly, now, all British Government Debt contracted after this blog-post and before your (not entirely certain) election….

“Compulsory” ID cards “to be scrapped”…


David Davis

So, all along, they were to benefit “youngsters” having to prove their age in pubs?

They should never have been allowed to be seen as a “panacea for terrorism”…?

Huh?

And “Jacqui” “Smith” had people going up to her and asking for one now?

Huh?

So…the Govt has spent all this money already: has not got compulsory ID cards yet despite that: is now in complete chaos having f****d up the economy totally: can’t sell its gilts either: and now it tells us that its pet control-freak scheme, designed to enchain us forever, was never a serious proposition?

I think these people, forming or evevr having formed part of this government and its parliament, all ought to be  __FORCED__ to carry ID cards. We can then turn these cards on and off at will. This will be fun:-

We will be enjoying thereby the sport, and sudden bursts of extreme excitement, which we will bw able to have generated in the lives of these wicked, nasty GramscoFabiaNazis who tried to be our rulers for twelve miserable years, in their attempt to supposedly punish us for teaching the entire world The Way To The Door Out Of Hell.

(‘Coz we did, because that’s what we did it’s what we were for, and we did The Right Thing, and f*** the lot of you other bastards who claim to be messianic saviours of Mankind. Yup, the f*****g lot of you. Bugger off to the desert or up pillars, or down catacombs, or to French University libraries, or … or wherever.)

Just imagine, being able to turn off Gordon Brown’s card, just as he’s trying to pay for a new glass eye…

…Someone from our “field research department” having gouged out and stamped on his real one, in front of his children.  And their Christmas presents having been run over by a large bus, in front of them, on Christmas Eve, their IDs having given away to our “driver” (via Twitter?) exactly where outside Hamleys they were and when.

These wicked, evil people, this Enemy Class, are really storing up trouble for themselves.

They really ought to get a grip of themselves, and reach for the Whisky and the Revolver, before it gets out of hand in this poor miserable tormented country. If mild-mannered old disabled chappies like me are saying this sort of stuff about Gordon Brown’s children and what sorrows I’d really like to see befall them and their dad, what other bile is out there?

Dolphin-types not so nice and cuddly after all: socialism as baby-killing, and the banning by a school of black-faced border-Morris-Dancers


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Nature is (as my old-fella used to say) is “red in tooth and claw”. I can’t ever seem to figure out why the lefty-Nazi-conservationist-neopastoralist-barbarians always idolise the worst and most bloodridden predators.

Well may you squeal, neocon! Ill get you next time...

Well may you squeal, neocon! I'll get you next time...

…Or do they somehow recognise their own kin?

Here’s a new meme:-

“Socialism is de-civilisation and baby-killing”.

Here’s the de-civilisation bit. A Kent school has disinvited Morris Dancers of a tradition in which you black up your face with charcoal, as a disguise.

Better get your biohazard suits out lads.


Fred Bloggs.

The world wide pandemic of swine flu has claimed yet another victim in Britain, now bringing the massive death toll to three. This is worse than the Black Death, run for you lives, people! Flee to the mountains! (Well, hills).

Is it just me, or does this “pandemic” seem a bit overhyped?

Here we go again….1642


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Here.

It may be the only solution. We will have to get Parliament back from itself.

Monday morning, same old statist crap roundup


David Davis

UPDATE1:- Guido has a thing up about possible new directors of the IEA. I favour our own home-grown, hand-knitted Dr Tim. Best man for the job: libertarian: heart in right place: won’t empty the Westminster wine-cellars, not today anyway: and some more of our stuff might get published, even for no money!

EARLIER:-

It says over at Guido Fawkes that “Ed” “Balls” is still running the government, and The Devil agrees, while over at Iain Dale’s place the big news is…Mandelson’s lying…again! (Don’t you all just get tired of this stuff after a while?)

At least The Englishman managed to get out of his Castle and go punting yesterday – wonder for how long that will still be allowed?

And … I think we said something about this before, but if not, then not. But if you are a government, and you get to a situation where you’re paying out to your clientariat more money that you take in from taxation, in order for said clientariat to not work, then isn’t it time to call in the Scottish Accountants? (Oooops, aren’t some of them on the gravy train already?)

However, interesting take on the concept of “decivilisation” – a useful word which I shall proceed to use unattributed henceforth, from a proper Scottish Accountant.

Jonathan Pearce over at Samizdata is probably feeling the same emotions.

Landed Underclass has gone silent for a bit…hope he’s all right. Or perhaps everything we think about this shower of wicked GramscoFabians has been said? (He’ll post now in a few minutes’ time, you just watch…)

It’s the caving-in, stupid


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The Iranian (non) elected Junta knows that we are the most likely sucker to give them something they want, in return for (our) diplomats….

30 years ago it was Carter who fulfilled the role of fall-guy. And look what happened then.

Truly, a libertarian British “State”, if one ever comes to pass, will need to carry a Big Stick.

Inside the Today Programme


I often wondered about these buggers. Stopped listening to them about 35 years ago, when it was starting to get excitingly Gramsc0Fabian and they were eulogising Traitor Ted. Voted “yes” in the “Common Market” referendum in 1975: can’t think what must have come over me, or what I’d perhaps been smoking….but them we were with hindsight always being bamboozled and misled about the EuReich….

Traitor Ted, Traitor Ted! Glad you’re dead, you sodding red…

(I’ll think of the rest of this ruthless rhyme sometime later today, or perhaps tomorrow.

My compliments to Guido for finding the video first.

Are we tired or have we won, or what should we do next?


David Davis

Is this a lull in the pace of battle, or has the Enemy Class retreated under cover of stubble-fires while our backs were turned for a pee, or….

…are we all just a bit tired?

Or have we run out of things to say about the badness of this government, or…

…should we just “shift target to next ahead”? (And what is that thing? Do we even know?)

Sharpe’s Opinion has an interesting comment thread on this exact subject, so do go read the whole article and replies, some from major bloggers like Guido Fawkes and The Devil.

Off today


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…unless Sean, Fred, mummy or anybody else on our massive team can say anything. Meanwhile, here’s some aeroplanes doing stuff:-

Lord Mandelson and the EU: a stitch-up?


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Tom Utley articulates a conspiracy-theory in the Daily-Paul-Dacre.

It may be, as Sean Gabb often says: the EU is “a” problem, but not “the” problem, for British – and in particular English -liberals. But I am not so certain of an ultimately successful outcome for English liberty if the EU continues to act like a beacon for all our own home-grown GramscoFabiaNazis: it sits there, wordlessly “being” – and by merely existing, thus encouraging them from afar to perform more heinous acts and crimes here at home, against individual freedom than they ordinarily would, out of their merely ordinary wickedness.

Libertarian Alliance Quote of the Day


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Brought to you by the tender ministrations of “Little Frigging in the Wold“….

“It begins, slowly rising out of the swamp like a lawyer at dawn. We clutch our poking sticks to our chests in trepidation as the vague shape stumbles out of the mists towards us. Then, as the features of this unknown beast resolve themselves out of the heavy mists hanging over the swamp…”

Read the whole thing, it is teh funneh (as Obnoxio would say.)

Golly, that’s a relief then…


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The real breaking news that you’ve all been waiting for, for most of this year, is that Canterbury is “sufficiently gay”. Truly – Obama was Breathless in Boise, Idaho: Ahmadinejahd was apprehensive in Isfahan (Asfahan? Nah…doesn’t cut it) wondering who to hang next, Kevin Rudd was kuddling his Rolodex in Kookaburra…wondering when the call would come in….

Libertarians, if honest (and mostly we are) have no interest whatever in the sexual orientations of individuals with whom we don’t associate in sexual ways ourselves. If one’s body is one’s own property, as it must be – except in the eyes of GramscoFabiaNazis who wish to shape its destiny perforce – then what one does with it and with whom is a private matter entirely.

I would not have thought this needed re-stating, but Canterbury Soviet think otherwise.

The LGBT “communities” (or whatever word is used for them these days in PC circles) really really ought to  __fear__  the triumph of what we call The Enemy Class. They ought to remark on what happened to homosexuals in places like the Third Reich, Stalin’s USSR, Cuba, many many dark places in Africa post-Bandung, and elsewhere such as “Islamic” countries.

They really ought to want people like the LPUK to triumph in elections instead.

You’d not like to know what I left behind


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I’m not sure why it makes news that students leave stuff behind in their “halls” of residence. (We didn’t live in “halls”, but in “rooms” in college: it makes more sense surely…)

But as far as I know, my tea set of Woolworths cheapo-china  is at the bottom of a certain lake, in the grounds of a certain college: I sort of know what general part in which to look, in the event that anyone’s interested in a dredge. It probably could still be found 39 years later. Why it’s there and not in my possession is a long story: best not go there.

Oh and a plasticine model of Stonehenge, to about 1/76 scale***. And an Optikit light-box and power-supply to demonstrate the solar and lunar alignments.  I left it after my second-year in 16-2, it would have been squashed in my mum’s car on top of the rest of the stuff. Perhaps the cleaners threw it out, prhaps not.

***Whhich is to say, about 4mm to the foot…

I have to go there, now, because I am hungry


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The Heart-Attack grill in Chandler, Arizona….here’s some samples to whet your appetite.

That will do nicely....

That will do nicely....

...and the burgers too please, afterwards!

...and the burgers too please, afterwards!

It's a man-eating-burger, stupid...

It's a man-eating-burger, stupid...

Dr Jon, on how to eat, drink and smoke your way to better health

Dr Jon, on how to eat, drink and smoke your way to better health

More control of the internet, coming soon to a computer near you…


David Davis

Look here chaps.

If Al-Quaeda (whatever they may be or have been) want to attack your interweb facilities – or whatever is being proposed by our dear leaders that said “Al-Quaeda” is doing – then WTF do you keep the characters whom you dub “Special Forces” for, eh?

If GCHQ (whatever and wherever that may now be) [and I quote here:-

Another new development will see the creation of a "cyber-forensics" team based at GCHQ, the Government's eavesdropping centre in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

The Cyber Security Operations Centre will constantly monitor, analyse and counter cyber attacks as they happen.

Lord West said the terrorists' capability to launch attacks was something he believed "will develop" in future.]

…then surely our spooks must know where the attack-droids are?

The problem, to me, looks like a setup for more control and surveillance of internet use by ordinary individuals in their offices and homes, not exactly a proposal to go out and get the buggers who  __may__  actually be attacking it.

What, pray, is the SAS for then?

Attack the System » Blog Archive » Conservative State Worship


 

Attack the System » Blog Archive » Conservative State Worship

Attack the System » Blog Archive » Program for a fictional ARV-ATS Scholars Conference


Attack the System » Blog Archive » Program for a fictional ARV-ATS Scholars Conference

Sean Gabb

This would be an interesting conference to attend, if exhausting.

Oh dear


David Davis

We’ve all got to eat lentils now. More about this food-fad nonsense, and how GramscoFabiaNazis fit into the plot, later today.

Wonder if enforced liking of lentils is in any way connected with “controlled drinking zones”? h/t Englishman’s Castle.

Buy this book now


David Davis

I am obliged to The Englishman’s Castle ticket-office-and-souvenir-bookstall, for flagging up this book, which we all ought to buy a number of copies of and force our GreeNazi friends to read.

Grammar schools versus “public schools for Labour Toffs”…


interesting thread on Guido Fawkes today. Of course, the proletariat can just go to the local scumbag school and go hang – that is, if you are saying this and your name is something like Ed Balls, or Gordon Brown, etc etc etc.

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Boris Johnson Ian Clement London expenses mistresses Labour Stalinists, spin liberty Ken Livingstone human resources


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Simple!

Boris Johnson should simply blame the whole affair on GramscoFabiaNazi Stalinsist scumbags such as Ken Livingstone, who clearly put the “London Mayor office expenses scheme” in place. So that scumbags could entertain their mistresses (cor! I’d like a mistress!) on the taxpayer.

After all, if you are a GramscoFabiaNazi, that’s what the taxpayer is for: he/she/it is a “resource”. For you. Foy you “represent” him/her/it.

So you need dosh.

After all, Boris can’t have done this, can he, he can’t have made the system. He wasn’t in office then.

Remember how to blame everything that goes pear-shaped in the NHS or “schools’n’hospitals” on  __TORY CUTS__ ?? Well, we have some  __Labour_sluts__  … we can blame expenditure increases on them.

It’s really high-time that the Enemy Class learned how to use public money to procure lovely sex, as Tories have known how do do for centuries (although it was mostly their own money) rather than just to have their hands in the till (and just take money, that’s boring, man) in a low, gauche, socialist way.

I mean, if you’re going to take the people’s money and piss it up the wall, then at least do something glorious and creative with it, like spending it on great sex….

…..show some elementary respect for the producers of that bloody money!

Otherwise, they will simply garotte you one day – as opposed just to slicing off your head rather quickly, with a rusty breadknife.

I mean, all that this episode tell Boris Johnson is:-

GET RID OF THE DEPUTY MAYOR – HE IS A STALINIST PLANT TO GET YOU IN TROUBLE!

Have none!

Be serious.

Simply annouce that all “deputy mayors” will be executed by Firing Squad, at their own front doors, upon the morning of their appointment.

Whither liberty?


David Davis

I am obliged to Tom Paine at The Last Ditch for flagging this up: we have not time to do all our own external research every day, despite having a team of expanding young writers.

I agree that Hughes can’t be long for this world, as far as the BBC is concerned.

Just so that you know


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Kodachrome transparency film production to end.

The Top Ten


Fred Bloggs.

Read the article on the Telegraph website

“Is farming the root of all evil?” – the buggers are really having a go at us now…


….they’re ‘avvin-a-luff… gotta be.

David Davis

Having read a Jared Diamond book a few years ago, I began to think the bugger was suspect at the time (Guns, germs and Steel.) Now I know he’s a member of the Enemy Class after all.

The Irish are a grand and noble people, and ought to be our brothers and sisters


David Davis

I just spotted this which crystallises everything about Britishness and Irishness combined.

We even share an ocean, which is more than we do with the EU – sorry you buggers, the North Sea is ours.  And our fish.

I would like to offer the Irish a referendum on rejoining England, when we will as England have left the UK.

And, eventually, we may defend the North Sea with boats. Like these ones here…I think the FrancoSpanioRussians will just try, er, to be elsewhere:-

Our fish, so f*** off, Traitor Ted had no authority

Our fish, so f*** off, Traitor Ted had no authority

The most pretentious, inconsequential twaddle that you shall read all week is…


here.

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How can one get a job, for example, as a “trainee economic consultant” – and no, I did  __not__  make that up – as a “graduate”, straight out of “uni”? (It’s where I presume he came from?)

The idea of training to be a consultant is surely tautological.

I’m quite sure that I do not need to explain that remark.

A libertarian society may possibly have niches in which like-minded-people can dress up as consultants, and pretend to extract very very large, standard-form-quantities of money from passers-by, as “fees”, at fairgrounds and church fêtes and village-parades/carnivals and the like.

But I’m not sure there’d be very much room for these in the coal-face-sections of a civilisation.

Michael Schumacher: could he be The Stig?


David Davis

I would be happy and relieved if he was, but it appears, maybe, that he is (perhaps) not….

New Labour … Playing into the hands of the BNP


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Tim Worstall identifies what’s the matter with our “leaders“. And he asks how and why a “possible ban” on them “working in schools” will help to put people off them (a creditable objective, to be sure, since they are a left-wing-corporatist party.) But think of the __paarents__  , of the children so deprived of this controversy – who will they then decide to vote for, eh?

Perhaps our “leaders” are doing all this on purpose, and have some agenda afoot.

In 2004, at the time of the Tsunami, I was driving a white van casually for a hire shop here. The boss – and is still today – was a lib-dem-brown-nozer, aged about 55, and a bit autistic. On the day of the “silence”, he shut the shop and shooed all the customers out, except those he couldn’t, ‘coz they wozz trying to pay the silly-bugger. He said we all had to have 2 minutes’ silence, because ” __the leaders__  had said we should…

…there was a lock-in, and everybody inside had to comply with the silence….

I buggered off, me: pretending to do a delivery of a cement mixer. Sod them. Wouldn’t trust the lovey-dems an inch then if I was you, if they attract people like that. Very unlibertarian.

Very very dangerous people, and it’s the fault of our own laziness that we shall see more and more of…


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…them….as the earth cools down, and the perverted science of “climate change” sinks its pustulent claws of falsehood, further into the consciousnesses of uncurious media consumers.

Greenpeace”, as a word, could have been invented by Goebbels, or Darré. Bloody clever, you have to admit…

Greenpeace, IFAW, PETA, ALF, and FOE, and their like, are essentially anti-libertarian, collectivist-intellectual fronts for fascist “ruralisation” movements, such as the Khmer Rouge and its foul post-Bandung cousins. There is no place for these dangerous, crazed mountebanks, on a nice cosy crowded spaceship in which everything works, hurtling through the Galaxy against an astronomical timer, whose bell-striking times we do not yet know, and at which points one or more of the Musical Chairs will get removed: they do not have the interests of the rest of the passengers at heart.

We ought to take these people far, far more seriously than we now do, and regard them as the real enemies of Western Civilisation, their plans for which they have always been cheerfully and disarmingly frank about. We just did not listen or take them “seriously” when we could (as Stalin would have said,) thinking them to be unmotivated cranks: so it’s our fault not theirs that they and not we are currently driving the planetary agenda.

“Fundamentalist Islam” is merely a distraction: its Western-Leftist-driven campaign of terrorism will ultimately founder in the face of an assault by pretty young girls armed with cashbags containing $20,000 each: one per terrorist. Muslims are being taken for suckers by the other lots named above.

And still we never learn: get a load of this then….

More Tornado stuff. Long delayed.


David Davis

And when you think about it, what animal would go to this much trouble, in both motive power beauty and enginneering fixtures, to get stuff from A to B? Bees don’t even come close, let alone dolphins or whales…

Many libertarians think that stuff like railways, and fast transport of perishables, which is what they were often for, would not have come about if not for the free flow of creativeness and ideas engendered by the Renaissance, or by the slow burn of English liberalism.

The tragedy of railways is of course that they were taken, and corrupted, by such as Prussia, and France, and other states, and diverted to be a weapon of war. Then, even nice states, such as Britain, decided perforce to collectivise them, in the face of what the wicked were doing. What else could they do? Bad drives out good always.

This is waht being a car is all about


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Courtesy of Iowahawk

MPs and expenses… Lavoisier was beheaded for less than this. Should we be happy or sad?


David Davis

How is it possible to overclaim for tax paid, whe you, er, had to pay tax?

I am beginning to be not able to figure out quite what these people think they are entitled to.

Blog settings


David Davis

Some people’s comments have been held up.

I have updated the robot that checks for stuff.

In future, comments ought not to remain in a moderation queue in normal circumstances.

Apologies to all posters who have had stuff held up.

Friday Caption Contest (Guido Fawkes ripoff edition)


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henryallingham

Can you name this man?


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Noce dress hes got on

Nice dress he's got on

d.arnott

(Stuck that in ‘coz I thought the other link had been deleted.)

I could not until The Devil tipped us off. That’s not a woman, pull the other one, it’s a man who works in the public sector, and he’s wearing a blouse or 1950s dress which he got out of a charity shop while nobody was looking, and his hair’s a bit long and he’s not brushed it for a couple of days (so it must be a man then.)

Why is it that so many, many people who work for totalitarian organisations, (such as ASH) look like the oily undersides of gearboxes? Could it be the result of not getting enough sex? I do not know.

Todays lesson is…Stand very still and you might not get hurt.


Fred Bloggs.

The say that some parents wrap their children in cotten wool, but the Goverment armour plates them (in an enviromenally friendly way of course). So you can now send your children to school and they can do.. [Subjet Deleted Due To Heath And Safty Concerns].

Brilliant isn’t it… Is it?

Finance Today


Fred Bloggs

You can tell that things are bad, because, as Danial Hannan told us, even the Zimbabweans are feeling sorry for us!

I just checked their currency and if, in Zimbabwe, you’re a billionare, then in Britan you will have £16.34p

And they feel sory for us.

We’re buggered.

Review by Sean Gabb of Kevin Carson’s “Organization Theory”


Free Life Commentary

Free Life Commentary,
A Personal View from
The Director of the Libertarian Alliance
Issue Number 184
18th June 2009
Linking url: http://www.seangabb.co.uk/flcomm/flc184.htm
Book Review by Sean Gabb

Organization Theory
Kevin A. Carson
Booksurge, 2009, 642pp, $39.99
(ISBN 9781439221990)
Available from Amazon

(http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1439221995/ref=nosim/kayetechsystems)

I will begin my review by stating its main conclusions. These are that Kevin Carson has written one of the most significant books the libertarian movement has seen in many years. I do not agree with everything he says here. I do not suppose any libertarian will unreservedly accept what is said. Even so, I doubt if there is a libertarian who can read this book and not, in some degree, have his vision of a free society enriched and even transformed by it.

Summarising an argument that is worked out over more than six hundred pages is not easy. However, Mr Carson begins by observing that, while economic theory seeks to analyse the behaviour of individuals and small groups within a market system, the economic reality is a world dominated by large corporations within which prices are largely administered and there is an absence of competition.

He asks why this should be so. Why is there so much substitution of hierarchy for individual contracts? The standard answer, provided by Ronald Coase, among others, is that large firms are more efficient than small firms. The further the division of labour is carried, the larger the potential economies of scale. In an open market, however, the division of labour involves transaction costs – these being the costs of negotiating exchanges between many different suppliers of goods and services. Within a firm, these costs are not abolished, but are much reduced. Therefore, a firm will expand to the point where the cost of organising one more transaction within itself is equal to the cost of letting that transaction be made on the open market.

According to this analysis, firms grow large so far as their lower internal transaction costs make them more efficient than their smaller competitors. And there is an obvious temptation to regard size in a market economy as evidence of greater efficiency.

Against this analysis and its conclusions, Mr Carson argues that the point at which internal transaction costs become equal to the costs of transactions via the market has been artificially raised by state intervention. There are few objective benefits in size. Lowest long run average cost is often achieved by rather small scale production methods. There is little evidence that large factories are more efficient than small factories. There is little evidence that large firms are more innovative than small firms. Anyone who looks inside a large firm will see information and management and resource allocation problems similar to those described by Hayek and von Mises in their work on socialist calculation.

For two hundred years, economists have been content to repeat and elaborate on the example of the pin factory described by Adam Smith – in which the operations of making a pin are divided among many workers, thereby raising average output. In fact, these efficiencies can be realised just as easily by dividing the operations so that individual workers perform them one after the other.

If large firms predominate, it is not because they are the outcome of free market forces. Rather, they are called into being by systematic distortions of the market that amount to a subsidy on size. These distortions include the following:

First, there is subsidised transport and communication infrastructure. According to Mr Carson,

[i]t’s… important to remember that whatever reductions in unit production cost results from internal economies of large-scale production is to some extent offset by the dis-economies of large-scale distribution.[p.34]

The British and American railway networks, for example, were built in the nineteenth century by private companies. However, investment was only made profitable by

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Patrick Foster, sorry, who?


UPDATE1:- Curly’s Corner Shop has done a masterful roundup of blogosphere reactions to Patrick Foster’s “outing” of poor old hard-writing Nightjack – whose output will grow in stature with time, unlike Foster’s which will crumble to dust and blow away… (apologies, it’s the Blogmaster butting in unannounced here)…and an excellent perspective by CarterMagna. Here’s mummylonglegs, which is why you are reading in the first place!

MummyLongLegs

Patrick Foster has just become a legend in his own lunch time. For all the wrong reasons. Enjoy it Patrick, it won’t last long.

The Times discovers something nobody is interested in.

Yep, top news story this. The Times has decided to disclose the details of Richard Horton aka NightJack. He tried to defend his right to privacy but The Times were so determined to ‘oust’ him they even went to court over it. They spent a lot of time, effort and money to do this. Why ?. Was he a kiddy fiddler ? - No. Was he a rapist ? - No. Was he a murderer? – No. Was he, god forbid, a corrupt MP? – Oh no, no, no.

So, Why?. Well, NightJack is a blogger. Not any old blogger (like Moi) he’s a copperblogger. And one of the very, very best. Last year he was awarded the Orwell Prize for political writing.  The Times reckon there was a public interest in non-compliance by a police officer with his obligations under the statutory code governing police behaviour.

Me, I reckon that Times journalist, Patrick Foster, is a nasty, lazy, bitter little so and so that would rather spend hours/days/weeks at his computer trying to mess up someone else’s life, rather than get off his useless backside and investigate something, in fact, anything, that the British public actually give a flying monkeys chuff about?. I think Foster and his ilk are more than a little jealous and more than a lot scared by bloggers. I wonder how many writing awards Foster has won in his journalistic career.

Let’s be honest, the likes of Patrick Foster know their days are numbered. More and more big stories are being broken by bloggers. Those that blog the serious shit do so because they feel a need to. They stick to their topics and plug away at them. They don’t publish a quick headline grabber then bugger off to the next Jade Goody/Jordan type tripe. Bloggers can choose what they want to write about. They do not get paid so they can keep going back again and again and again to their chosen area.

Why pay for a paper when you can scan the net, pick out what you are interested in and ignore the rest. Journalists like Patrick Foster know this. Their papers are losing readers and money, hand over fist. They don’t like it. They could of course start their own bloggs but they are too lazy and too greedy. Why write honest truthful opinions for free when you can get some dead wood manufacturer pay you lot’s of money for utter bollocks.

Bloggers care about what they write, they feel passionately about the topics they choose to focus on. They write about stuff that means a lot to them. For no real benefit other than getting their opinions out there for all to read. Journalists get paid to write stuff, so what gets written depends on who is paying the check. Journalists write to make money. Do they care about what they write about, I don’t think so. It’s just a story, write it, flog it, move on.

There is a difference between bloggers and journalists. A very big difference. People have to pay for journalists. They don’t have to pay for bloggers. I read approx 25 – 40 bloggs a day. I read them because they write what I want to read. I don’t buy a single paper. I read the MSM online to see what is going on in the wider world but I read bloggs to see what is going on in mine. The bloggs I read relate to me and my life and I suspect that a lot of blog readers are the same as me. I don’t always agree with the bloggers opinions but via the comments section, I have a way to air my views and discuss our differences.

Patrick Foster, I am sure you have gotten youself very excited over your ousting of NightJack. I bet you feel just fab. You ‘exposed’ a blogger. Get you honey, rocking along with your investigative journalism. Fuck me, I bet you reckon you could teach Sherlock and Watson a thing or two right now. I hate to be a party pooper and all that, but, I have to point something out. Who have you really upset. In reality. Have you pissed off NightJack – yep, a lot, but he took it on the chin, and so did his seniors. Written warning, he expected that and so did we. NightJack deleted his blogg. Who read his blog. Well I did, but I’m just a Mum. I reckon 70% or above (shoot me if I’m wrong) of his readers were Coppers.

Some advice Patrick. If I were you I would set up a savings account and not move from my desk. You grabbed a headline and made some wonga. You also fucked off, beyond all belief, just about all of the British Police Force. I hope you paypacket for this story was worth it. If I was a copper, right now, I would hunt you. And make you pay for what you have done. I would watch your bins, watch you parking, I would fine you to within an inch of your bank balance.

NightJack – I wish you all the best and I thankyou for your blog, it was fucking ace. I am sorry that some wittering fucking twat put you in fear of your job and I am sorry you have been exposed. I hope, one day, to see your writing again (write the book – WRITE IT!!!!!).

This is nearly a double post but I have removed most of the swear words, well, the really sweary ones anyway.

Mummy x

Nightjack has gone down … more Police bloggers needed now.


David Davis

I head it from Obnoxio, and it was sadly confirmed by Old Holborn, that the bastard enemy class press the Times has revealed the identity of an important and sound blogger. You will all have known Nightjack, or most of you.

Old Holborn has some more dirt on the bugger (who outed Nightjack.)

Nightjack won the Orwell Prize for blogging in April this year. A sad loss his ceasing to blog will be. here’s the offending Times piece. F888 The Times, may it go bust in interesting and hyper-creative ways, and soon.

May Foster’s head fall off and tumbel onto the floor with a loud thud-thud-thud, at some incovenient and embarrassing moment, like when he is having sex with a girl.

“Universal Broadband” (in the UK…) this is exactly how and why (socialist) governments get everything wrong…


again

David Davis

If people want broadband connections, then the market will discover ways to give it to them at profitable prices. It is _not_ necessary for a (socialist) state, in its death throes, to charge _everyone_ £6 a year to pay its favoured toadie-suppliers of “broadband”, for a probably substandard product such as 2Mb/s (would you guess?), so that this can be provided to the last 30% of people who have not got it already.

This is a back-door-content-receiving-licensing-scam, just like the BBC “TV license”, only worse, and now.

The next step will be a compulsory levy on purchase of (and later, annual ownership of)  home computers.

Soon.

You just watch.

Here’s an exerpt:-

“The report proposed a 50p-a-month levy on all fixed telephone lines to help bring next-generation broadband to the whole country.

This money would go to an independent Next Generation Fund that would provide subsidies for operators to deliver super-fast internet to areas where it would not normally be commercially viable…”

“Not normally commercially viable” …? That’s the “countryside, ducky, you know – that place you have decimated and re-created as a sort of GramscoRamblerNazis’ theme park…

Well, all I have to say is, it’s strange and surprising that  __THIS__  government wants to “deliver broadband” (at “commercially-viable rates” )  to areas which contain none of its voters!

Very odd indeed. I smell a rat, and I see it floating in the air….they are up to something, the buggers, so they are….I think it wants to remotely-scan their hard disks, so it can clear them out once and for all.

The Smoking Goons, by L. Neil Smith


 

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by L. Neil Smith
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I haven’t smoked a cigarette since 1993, when I had two mild heart attacks and had to quit. Before then, I had smoked two packs a day for thirty years, having started back when I was a freshman in college.

I had enjoyed smoking and was sorry I had to quit. In my time, starting in 1964, I’d happily consumed Winstons, Salems, Camels, Luckies, Pall Malls, English Ovals, Half & Half, Parliaments, Kools, Malboros, Gaulois, and Gitanes. Mostly it was Marlboros. I was smoking Nate Shermans in an attempt to cut down (because they’re extremely good but very expensive even then), when I experienced the first of my infarctions. I may be the last individual alive ever to smoke Sweet Caporals.

When I first came to CSU in 1964, a pack of Winstons cost 35 cents and there was a little store near campus where you could buy Mexican cigarettes (not that kind of Mexican cigarettes) in pinstriped brown paper for 20 cents. I hadn’t paid attention to prices for a while, so you can imagine my surprise and horror when I was in a liquor store the other day and discovered that the price of a pack of smokes is now $4.76!

Now we hear that the Obama Administration, thanks largely to a round-heeled congress greedily spreading its legs to the proposition, and like the sanctimonious, hypocritical, power-hungry, dogwhistles that they truly are, will call upon the federal Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products as if they were narcotics, when the fact is that the FDA shouldn’t be regulating narcotics—and shouldn’t really exist at all, under the United States Constitution as written.

So much for the Democrats’ sympathy for the working poor who do most of the smoking in this culture. You union guys, remember this day.

Another day will come, sooner than you believe, when you will have to go to a government store, stand in a line, and when you finally reach the window, surrender your money, signature, and Social Security number to some slovenly-dressed bureaucrat smelling of sour, unwashed clothing, in exchange for a ten-pack of horrible-tasting generic cigarettes manufactured under the close supervision of the federal government.

As time goes on, they’ll want your fingerprints, DNA, and retinal scans, as well. As the filtered part of your cigarette grows longer, the part with tobacco will grow shorter. Ever see what they smoke in Russia?

It says here 21 percent of the American public smokes cigarettes. (I’d bet almost anything that the real number is higher; I’ve seen the same pollster lie about guns and the Vietnam war.) There being about 300,000,000 Americans, that means at least 63,000,000 of them smoke, a number comparable to that of gun owners, and half again the number of blacks or Hispanics, two minorities politicians pay close attention to.

The same pollsters say smokers are "too diffuse" a group to be useful to any party or individual candidate, and besides, most smokers say they want to quit. (That much is true; I spent most of my thirty smoking years saying I wanted to quit, and occasionally trying to, but it took the poleaxe of a heart attack to make me do it for once and always.)

Another reason it’s hard to organize smokers is that government, media, and the schools have been making them feel guilty about their habit for three generations and now the Gang of Three has them by the nads. Guilt is a solitary affliction and keeps people apart from one another.

What smokers need is a smokers’ union—I’d join up in a minute, as a "smoker emeritus"—to identify their common interests , provide certain benefits, and put a finger on the disgusting politicians who prey on them. It might begin as a smokers’ caucus of the Libertarian Party.

However that turns out, if you smoke—if you ever smoked—I want you to pledge with me, right now, that you will never vote for another Democrat again, for as long as you live. They are the ones who did this to you—FDA regulation, $4.76 a pack, no smoking even in restaurants that would prefer to allow it, huddling in the broiling sun or freezing rain outside your office building trying to get a nicotine break—and they are the ones who must be forced to pay for it.

Vote for any Republicans or Libertarians who will treat you with respect. I’d be interested to see where Dr. Ron Paul stands on all this.

In the end, there can be only one resolution: abolish the Food and Drug Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well. Both have murdered more individuals than they claim to have saved. Neither is sanctioned by Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, which makes them nothing but gangs of outlaws, bent on stealing our money and destroying the last tattered vestiges of our freedom.

Now if you’re gonna write to tell me smoking’s bad, or that people who do it—especially near kids and pets—should be castrated with a rusty chainsaw and baked in clay over a slow fire, save it. Better yet, stuff it. Having never been permitted to hear half of all the facts about tobacco, you are operating out of ignorance. Check out the connections it has historically with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and asthma. Whatever the truth may be, my life is none of the government’s business.

How about it, smokers? You can get it started in our letters column.

Four-time Prometheus Award-winner L. Neil Smith has been called one of the world’s foremost authorities on the ethics of self-defense. He is the author of more than 25 books, including The American Zone, Forge of the Elders, Pallas, The Probability Broach, Hope (with Aaron Zelman), and his collected articles and speeches, Lever Action, all of which may be purchased through his website "The Webley Page" at lneilsmith.org.
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The Smoking Goons, by L. Neil Smith

Why don’t the GramscoState-Doctroids tell us this kind of thing?


David Davis

Find out what it is here.

I blame feminazism.

Fred’ll like this one….


David Davis

Spotted at Theo Spark…

Beats weaponized dustbins...

Beats weaponized dustbins...

MAGNA CARTA: Tom Paine at The Last Ditch does a roundup


David Davis

Read it: read the whole thing.

(Magna Carta was not what you thought, exactly, and Paine is right – the broad impression gained from reading the text is disappointing and sectarian in favour of the narrow interests of the “Barons”. But it’s the symbolic act of limiting State Power as a principle, that mattered.)

We were the first to arrive at some approximation of real individual liberty, and we may be the first to lose it utterly having just gained a semblance of it. But we have a good record overall, to be proud of as a people: we tried to export it before the Sartres and Marcuses and Gramscis and Hobbsbawms got to it and rotted it. We ought not to weep: for others will come after us to battle on for liberty, some day, knowing what we tried to do.

We succeeded, better and better over nearly 800 years: a grand record considered on the broad sweep of human history.

I guess we are like that medieval madman in all the movies, who nearly got to the top of the scaling-ladder, in the face of rocks, boiling oil, swords and the like, and fell off backwards with a bolt through his chest, three yards from the battlement. Oh well, never mind.

The (national) curriculum today


Fred Bloggs.

Chemistry = Geology and why we shouldn’t mine/ Jolobial Warmin’

Physics = Basic math with nice pictures about Jolobial Warmin’/how we mustn’t use any electricity

Biology = Heathy eating/save the whales/how farmers all cause pollution, all the time, everywhere

English = illitrcy/pretentshoos twiiadle masceradin’ az poemz.

Geography = Anthropology/Evil Capitalists dumping illegal waste (everywhere, ‘coz they want to and it’s what they have to do)/evil TNCs exploiting WEMs in LEDCs to make globalised goods for consumers in MEDCs…

IT = The difference between a keyboard and a Monitor. And how “Ness” organises the fields of her “database” of her members at a “fitness centre”…

RE = How peaceful other religions are.

PE = Dont move! You might hurt yourself!/ Fitness programs for disabled lesbians/obese people.

PSHE = Don’t go there.

“Citzenship” = How great the EU and the UN are.

IRAN: Libertarian Alliance “surprise of the day” announcement 1…


David Davis

The AhmadiNazi lost: well, who would have believed that then!

These guys are not supposed to lose: they are the Father Of Their People etc etc etc.

Gardening on the cheap


Fred Bloggs.

The other day I was travelling down the A 580 ( The East Lancs to normal people) and I saw that a entire lane was cordoned off for about a kilometer with traffic cones, so, fearing holdups, I had a good look to see what was causing all this commotion upon my usually quiet journey. Upon further investigation, I saw about 20 guys with what seemed to be riot gear, patrolling up and down the pavement in a very militaristic and thisiscostingthepublicalotofmoney fashion.

 And then I realized just what they were doing. They used twenty heavily armoured guys, three tractors and cordened off a lane on a duel carriageway for a kilometer, TO CUT THE GRASS. And this wasn’t any old grass, no, this was a two foot verge on the pavement. I mean really, is all of that really necessary? Probabaly the thrice cursed heath and saftey people up to their shennanigans again.

Well thats my whinge for the day done.

Oh, one other thing. Although it gained a bad name due to the Battle of Bosworth during The War of the Roses, the Chelsea Flower show is now much more respectable.