Monthly Archives: August 2011

Scottish independence? Yes, but only on these terms


by Robert Henderson
http://englandcalling.wordpress.com/?p=499

The Scots Numpty Party (SNP) has managed to defeat the attempts of the unionists who deliberately devised the electoral system to thwart single party government (and hence leave independence off the practical political agenda) and get a majority in Scotland. The SNP leader Alex Salmond can now call a referendum on independence . However, to have a referendum which is binding, the SNP needs the sanction of the UK Parliament. From his public comments David Cameron appears to accept that such a referendum would be binding because he has stated since this SNP victory that if a referendum was held he would campaign for a NO. Continue reading

L. Neil Smith: An Application for Employment


by L. Neil Smith
from The Libertarian Enterprise, July 9, 2001

Mr. Charles Moore, Editor
The London Daily Telegraph

Dear Mr. Moore:

A thoughtful individual recently sent me a couple of columns from your publication that I found interesting for several reasons. One of these, “A Free Country”, written by you, asserts bravely, “It is time to take a stand against” [an itch that possesses both Right and Left] “to make new laws that curtail our liberties”. Continue reading

Vanessa Redgrave: slow-motion-tragedy in the raw


David Davis

I find, from reading the bloodshedding-papers, that this poor old demented “Mummer’s Moll” (and we all in our hearts, can guess what one of those is) is up in arms about the eviction of some “travellers” from a large site in Essex.

It seems the buggers are being evicted for flouting “planning regulations”. Aside from what most libertarians think about “planning regulations” in modern England (that is to say: they affront and abate people’s individual property-rights) there is more to say about why “Travellers” in particular arouse ire and indignation in specifically English hearts and minds. “Travellers” is a GramscoStaliNazi euphemism for “a self-chosen group of people that are allowed to go about doing what they want to whom they want, with the backing of the local Council Soviet and the Police.”

It should be suggested that “Travellers” have been set up as a favoured political subgroup, in proper Nazi (that is always and in particular to say: leftist) fashion, to be directed and used as a weapon to further weaken liberal English society and its traditional terms of discourse. But therein lies the mortal threat to them as a group. When their usefulness has passed, they will be removed. I have been phones and have to go collect my wife, so here is what I said on Facebook a little time ago:-

The problem with “travellers” is not that they “travel”, or increasingly these days “settle”, and actively and deliberately behave in ways that don’t endear them to the other local “settled folk”. Their problem is like that of the poor Muslims, who will also wake up only when it’s too late and the British Political-Enemy-Class’s death-camp-guards are breaking down the doors.

The “Travellers” are being used as door-forcers by the EnemyClass. They are being allowed to behave like utter scumbags with the connivance of “councils” and the “Police”, because they are being used as a favoured minority, and also all the while showered with looted “State benefits”.

They are like the 1950s schoolboy that does as he likes to weaker individuals in the playground, because he’s a friend of the bullies. He stamps on their dinky-toys, destroying the suspension and beidng the axles, because “ner-ner-na-ner-ner! You can’t TOUCH meeeeee!” He stuffs their football gear into the toilet during break. He goads the bullies to “scrag” a thoughtful boy in his own desk, during a “wet-break”.

If you don’t know what scragging is, just ask.

So, “Councils” and “Agencies” go out of their way to assist “Travellers” to upset as many people as possivle with impunity. This has the benefit of encouraging ethnic English emigration, specially in rural constituencies which tend to be conservative, thus diluting political opposition to GramscoStaliNazism. Now then, when the “Travellers” will have finally served their purpose, they will get a rude awakening: it will likely be by armed police of the GramscoStaliNazi EnemyClass, who will whisk them away into “night and fog”. They will be “resettled”.

They ought to wake up before it’s too late, and see that an English Revolutionary Liberal Party (capitalist minimal-statist) will allow them to have camps, provided that they BUY THEM, and then do not spend their time robbing, burgling, horse-rustling and taunting their neighbours. If they do, the Secretariat-For-War (of which I will be Principal Secretary of State) will “take care of them”.

Cutting Through “Free Trade” Rhetoric


by David D’Amato
http://c4ss.org/?p=8188

In a recent Guardian commentary, Timothy Snyder opines that “those who benefit from the Tea Party are more like British lords than American rebels.” Snyder argues that Tea Partiers are “rightwing anarchist[s]” whose “mantras of low taxation and small government have become the way to avoid discussing the challenges of globalisation.” Continue reading

Anthony Gregory — Contra Kevin Carson on the Humanity of Corporations and Government Teach ers


A debate on C4SS
http://c4ss.org/?p=8145

MUTUAL EXCHANGE

Mutual exchange is the Center’s goal in two senses—we favor a society rooted in peaceful, voluntary cooperation, and we seek to foster understanding through ongoing dialogue. Continue reading

What to Make of “Capitalism”


Note: This posting has generated nearly a hundred comments, and has been viewed by pushing towards 10,000 people. We are not surprised, as the issues discussed are central to the future direction of the libertarian movement. For this reason, we are pinning it to the top of the blog until the comments and views fall away. SIG

by David D’Amato
http://c4ss.org/?p=8156

For the United Kingdom’s The Guardian, Pankaj Mishra says the world is “looking at a fresh political awakening,” citing examples from Egypt and Greece to Israel and China. “[E]xtreme and seemingly insurmountable inequality,” Mishra argues, are the source of the new “public anger,” and that inequality is itself the result of “the west’s model of consumer capitalism.” Continue reading

Margaret Thatcher: the most useful of idiots


by Robert Henderson
http://livinginamadhouse.wordpress.com/?p=1067

With his mixture of vaulting intellectual ambition and howling mediocrity of mind, Lenin is the MaGonagal of philosophers. (Connoisseurs of intellectual incompetence and pretension should browse through Lenin’s ‘Materialism and Empririo-Criticism’ for an especial treat). Nonetheless, like Hitler, the man possessed a certain low animal cunning and a complete absence of moral restraint, which qualities permitted him to make a few acute psychological and sociological observations. Amongst these is the concept of the useful idiot. Continue reading

Sean Gabb and Enoch Powell


by Roderick Long
http://aaeblog.com/?p=8058

A successfully iconic satire destroys the viability of its target. After Tina Fey’s celebrated skit on SNL, for example, Russia’s visibility from Alaska could never again be invoked without derision as an argument for Sarah Palin’s expertise in international affairs. This is a lesson that Sean Gabb really should have taken to heart before offering this particular defense of race-baiting anti-immigrant politician Enoch Powell ….

We therefore say this with regard to Enoch Powell. He was a classical scholar of great brilliance and distinction. His Lexicon to Herodotus (1938) is one of the most valuable works ever produced on the ancient historian. As well as in Latin and Greek, he was fluent in every main European language, and in Welsh. He was also at least competent in several ancient and modern oriental languages.
Sean Gabb, 2011

And then you get cornered by some drunken greengrocer from Luton with an Instamatic and Dr. Scholl sandals and last Tuesday’s Daily Express and he drones on and on and on about how Mr. Smith should be running this country and how many languages Enoch Powell can speak and then he throws up all over the Cuba Libres.

The Freeman, New Issue


by Roderick Long

The latest issue of the Freeman features articles by Charles Johnson on monopoly capitalism, Kevin Carson on managerial progressivism, Gary Chartier on class analysis, Carl Watner on Lysander Spooner, Sheldon Richman on Lawrence O’Donnell and the IMF, and lots of other good stuff – including a piece by Ludwig von Mises titled “Ludwig von Mises: Economist, Philosopher, Prophet” (though I gather that Mises didn’t choose the title).

If Google thinks it, it must be true…


But I’ve been saying it to whoever will listen, for some time.

David Davis

Eric Schmidt thinks the British “school system” (by which I take it me means primarily the State part) undervalues science, engineering and computing versus what he calls “the humanities”. Humanities apart – the study of which, if they are proper ones like joined-up-history, proper geography with facts, and languages such as Latin and classical Greek – if we simply got rid of vacuous rubbish like “Citizenship”, “personal, social and health education” (abbreviated to PSHE to simultaneously impress, frighten and exclude parents from objecting), and the pretentious self-regarding twaddle of forcibly-applied topics in “literature” (and poetry) from the English “syllabus”, replacing that with an own-time-reading library of proper English literature by dead white male authors, the time saved could be turned over to more proper science, engineering and computing.

Visits to steel-foundries, blast-furnaces, silicon-ship-fabs, wire-drawing factories, shipyards and textile mills would also immediately be re-instated.

AND, I do so wish that WordPress would refrain from this faux-matey stuff…“This is your 3,714th post. Slick!”

Democracy, Libya and the SAS


by David Webb

I don’t have time to write on this subject, but I want to get my view out there that this is no revolution in Libya. It is not the “Libyan people”, but rather an SAS- and NATO-led operation to get rid of Gadaffi. Do we care who runs Libya? Do we know for sure the new Libya will be a democracy? The whole thing is repugnant. Do we even stop to ask what the human toll is when we are bombing whole cities assumed to be inhabited by tribes that support Gadaffi? Respect for national sovereignty has been at a zero throughout this. Continue reading

Statement on Enoch Powell


by Sean Gabb
Director, The Libertarian Alliance

Statement by Sean Gabb,
Director of the Libertarian Alliance,
on the Vilification of Enoch
Powell
,
26th August 2011

A couple of weeks ago, the historian David Starkey made a comment on the riots. He has been widely denounced for what he said, not least because he referred approvingly to Enoch Powell.

Professor Starkey is able to defend himself. What concerns the Libertarian Alliance is how our increasingly totalitarian ruling class regards Enoch Powell as some kind of Emanuel Goldstein. Even if nothing controversial in itself is said, to speak of him without visible and ritualistic loathing will bring you under suspicion of thought crime.

We therefore say this with regard to Enoch Powell. He was a classical scholar of great brilliance and distinction. His Lexicon to Herodotus (1938) is one of the most valuable works ever produced on the ancient historian. As well as in Latin and Greek, he was fluent in every main European language, and in Welsh. He was also at least competent in several ancient and modern oriental languages. In addition, he wrote a fine biography of Joseph Chamberlain, and was an expert on the mediaeval House of Lords.

During his long political career, he was notable for his defence of the British Constitution and of the traditional liberties that it embodied. He was an anti-socialist and an anti-corporatist. He resigned from one Conservative Government that was soft on spending and inflation. He helped bring down another that was a national disaster. He played an important part in stopping further “reforms” to the House of Lords until the year of his death.

He opposed British membership of what became the European Union, and he regarded the American alliance as barely less undesirable. He opposed the Cold War and the First Gulf War. He believed in a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He was easily the best political speaker of his age.

The public reason for why he is so hated by our modern ruling class is that he opposed mass-immigration and multiculturalism. Since the legitimising ideology of this ruling class is based on the claim that “diversity” is strength, and the threat of utter destruction for anyone who disagrees, his opposition might be sufficient reason for his being hated. Even so, much of the hatred rests on the envy of men and women who are themselves uneducated and illiterate and dishonourable and sordid and incompetent. Enoch Powell is hated in part because he dissented from the established view on immigration, but also because he was a shining example of what a statesman ought to be – and of what a statesman often approached to in this country before the present clique took over.

I am proud to say that the Libertarian Alliance frequently invited him to speak at its meetings in the 1980s and 1990s, and that we published several articles by him. Of particular importance among these articles is the attack that he made in 1984 on the Drug Trafficking Offences Bill and the principle that it brought into English law of asset forfeiture without conviction. (See Hon. J. Enoch Powell, The Drug Trafficking Act versus Natural Justice (Introduction by Dr. Chris R. Tame), The Libertarian Alliance, 1987, ISBN: 0948317 97 3).

When Enoch Powell died in 1998, our Director, Chris R. Tame, paid his respects by standing outside the crowded memorial service. I was not able to join him on this occasion. But I did recently make Enoch Powell the directing genius of my Churchill Memorandum, which is an alternative history novel set in a world of 1959 where the Second World War had not happened.

I feel honoured to have met him and heard him speak, and to possess signed copies of his books. And I rejoice in directing an organisation with which, however slightly, he was connected. A hundred years from now, no one will remember the corrupt nonentities who are now using Enoch Powell as a stick for beating David Starkey. Equally, a hundred years from now, men will still be reading Enoch Powell for pleasure and instruction.

End of Statement

Junk food


Michael Winning

Look guys, I make food for people. I farm pigs, than I have them killed and butchered and sent to you in your blasted shops, for you to eat in all ikinds of extraordinary ways that bloody huntergatherers would not hav conceived.

Now here is a guy that knows what’s going on in the strategic (there’s a word the Boss uses nnow! Im clever me!) battle against what Prince Charles called “cheAP FOOD”.

Look, there is a seriously dangerous “green” assault on the notion that people ought to have what food they want and as cheaply as possible. I think it’s bloody terrible,m and nobody has noticed.

New Book by Chris R. Tame


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Question-Classical-Contribution-Liberalism-ebook/dp/B005IZWNDO/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1316026166&sr=1-6

CoverThe Land Question in Classical Liberal Thought And the “Georgist” Contribution to Classical Liberalism: A Bibliography by Chris R. Tame, Edited with an Introduction by Sean Gabb

The purpose of this Bibliography is manifold. It aims to provide a wide ranging guide to Henry George’s work, to that of Georgist writers in the English language (i.e., primarily American and British), to the “precursors” of Georgism, and to its principal critics. It also offers a selective listing of the competing Land Nationalisation school. In addition it provides an extensive listing of the broader literature on the land question, emanating from liberal, radical, conservative and socialist writers. The relatively small body of secondary scholarship regarding land issues is also featured.

Semi-complete Listing of Books


By Sean Gabb and his close friend Richard Blake

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Real Welfare Reform


by David D’Amato
http://c4ss.org/?p=8110

Yesterday (August 22), NPR’s Tell Me More inquired about the current state of America’s welfare system, taking President Clinton’s “historical overhaul” in 1996 as its starting point. A guest on the program, activist Barbara Ehrenreich contended that the overhaul “began an era of the government washing its hands” of “the poorest of the poor.”

Whatever you think about welfare as such, it would be hard to dispute the claim that the poor are getting a raw deal in the United States.

Within the context of the American political dialogue, wherever it surfaces, the word “welfare” itself is incendiary. All by itself, it seems to have the ability to divide people into at least a couple of camps, to unnerve Americans into a kind of reflexive defensiveness centered on their ideas about politics, class, even morality.

For the American “right,” roughly designated, welfare represents a special kind of injustice, redistribution that allows a shiftless, undisciplined class the right to something for nothing. The left, again speaking generally, regards welfare as essentially a charitable endeavor, a helping hand for the less fortunate, for the victims of injustices in society, ranging from enduring racial prejudices to exploitation of the working class; to this latter group, it is the rich — the privileged, educated, suburbanite corporate elite — who come away from the Washington card table with their chips stacked high.

American conservatives, on the other hand, oppose “taking from Peter to pay Paul” in principle, maintaining that people ought to work for what they get and pull themselves up by their bootstraps. As with nearly all divides as evaluated under the American political lexicon and categories, both sides are grievously unenlightened about the attitudes underlying their opponent’s worldview.

Although their accounts are incomplete, both the conventional left and right have important insights to offer. Rearranging stolen wealth according to the impulses of a coercive political process — rather than those of a voluntary, market process — does seem to contravene basic ideas about self-ownership and the philosophical concept of just deserts.

At the same time, concerns for the helpless and indigent certainly ought to motivate our ideas about what “the good society” should look like. What the working dichotomy in the U.S. doesn’t seem to tolerate, though, is the fact that the foregoing ethical contentions — one fundamentally opposed to redistribution and the other prescribing economic justice for the downtrodden — are by no means mutually exclusive.

In fact, the two narratives are naturally aligned. While favoring voluntary exchange and objecting to taxation and coercive redistribution, market anarchists hold that the foremost beneficiaries of redistribution are indeed the rich. The American economy is riddled with examples of state-granted economic privilege, legal strictures and rules creating the bargaining power imbalances that cheat the common worker.

And special privileges for the exploiter class come in all shapes and sizes. One pervasive example (among many) is the existence of barriers to market entry, which limit competition by increasing overhead, enabling the corporate aristocracy to monopolize wealth and resources.

Timothy P. Carney, in The Big Ripoff, handily dismantles the myth that Big Business loathes government regulations: “If something does not hurt you, or hurts you a little while seriously hindering your competition, it is a boon, on balance.” The overall regulatory framework thus favors the continued expansion and dominance of corporate power within the millions of transactions we described as “the economy.”

From party to party and administration to administration, ever more regulations are added by federal rule-making agencies. The reasons become clear, the goal being to centralize power in state-backed cartels. It should come as no surprise that General Electric alone, to take a prominent example, spent $40 million dollars lobbying the federal government in 2010, more often than not asking to be regulated.

Political stunts like President Obama’s “revolving door ban” executive orders, which ostensibly blocked corporate lobbyists from certain posts in the government, show that people are catching on — that Americans are beginning to understand the connection between state and commercial power. But that connection (and the political realities that accompany it) is also the reason why such theatrics are destined to fall by the wayside.

“Welfare,” then, — at least at the present moment — turns out to be something of a scare word for both sides, a red herring that, on its own, doesn’t address the more important, foundational question: Who really, primarily benefits from the state’s violent interventions into economic relationships?

When we begin to acknowledge the indisputable answer to that question, we can accordingly start to see the state as one sweeping welfare program for the rich and well-connected. We can see genuine free markets not as advantaging big business, but as offering their own kind of welfare reform, this kind targeting the unearned profits of the United States’ corporate powerhouses.

Warren Buffett’s Financial Incentive to Push for Higher Taxes


by Stephan Tawney on August 17, 2011
Did I say “financial incentive”? Why yes, yes I did. It turns out that Mr. Buffett — new liberal hero thanks to his push for higher taxes on the “rich” — isn’t really a disinterested party: Continue reading

Libertarian Alliance in The Seoul Times


by Sean Gabb

Our reach is truly global. I suspect we’ve had dozens of hits this year in the local and foreign media. Sadly, I lack the time and search tools to find the details.

http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=/ST/db/read.php?idx=10899

Half a League, Half a League, Half a League Onward


by Thomas Knapp
http://c4ss.org/?p=8074

It takes a lot to shut me up. I tend to be first past the post with an opinion, right or wrong, and not much brings me up short in that area.

I must confess, however to falling speechless and slack-jawed for a moment at the sheer gall of a CBS News Internet poll accompanying the story of two men sentenced Tuesday in the United Kingdom (“Brits get 4 years prison for Facebook riot posts,” August 17): “Is four years prison too harsh for a Facebook post?” Continue reading

Sean Gabb in The Malawi Nation


Reforming Criminal Justice:
Three Steps to a Safer Country
Sean Gabb
Published on the 19th August 2011
in The Malawi Nation

A good criminal justice system does two things. First, it catches thieves and violent criminals, and punishes them so hard they’ll think twice about reoffending. Second, it leaves the rest of us alone. The system we have doesn’t do that. It goes after too many people whose “crimes” have no identifiable victim. At the same time, too many real criminals get away – sometimes literally – with murder. They’ve a good chance of not being caught, or not being prosecuted, or not being convicted. If they are convicted, the penalties are often absurdly lenient. The system soaks up oceans of the taxpayers’ money. It employs armies of lawyers and probation officers and social workers. And, looking at reoffending rates, it doesn’t punish. It doesn’t deter. It doesn’t reform bad character. Everyone knows the system has failed. We used to make jokes about the shifty lawyers and soft judges and the courtroom antics of hardened criminals. But that was a long time ago. No one is laughing now. Continue reading

Historical Notes 052, Understanding the Chinese (2011), by John Derbyshire | www2.libertarian.co.uk


 

Here are some remarks I delivered to the sixth annual meeting of Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s Property and Freedom Society, held at the Karia Princess Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey, May 26-30, 2011.

The subject of my address was “Understanding China and the Chinese.” The conference organizers meant it to form part of a set, with Jared Taylor following me on the topic “Understanding Japan and the Japanese,” then John O’Sullivan on “Understanding Europe and its Bureaucrats,” then Professor Norman Stone on “Understanding Turkey and the Turks.”

As things turned out, the set was unfortunately incomplete, as the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC, with very un-Japanese inefficiency, lost Jared’s passport a few days before the conference, leaving him no time to sort the problem out and so unable to embark for Turkey.

We missed Jared and commiserate with him on what seems to have been an exceptionally bad year for him so far, marred by misfortunes and indignities at the hands of various state apparatuses, by no means only the Japanese.1 He did manage to bring out a book, though.2

The rest of us went ahead with our presentations anyway. Here is mine.

Historical Notes 052, Understanding the Chinese (2011), by John Derbyshire | www2.libertarian.co.uk

Can We Thank the Riots for a Great Deal?


by Sean Gabb

I bumped into one of the main local estate agents this morning in Deal. We were in the same queue for postage stamps, and our conversation turned to the inevitable matter of house prices.

For the past ten days or so, his agency has been flooded with enquiries from South London. Last weekend was his busiest for viewings since Gordon Brown did his Sampson in the Temple of Dagon act. Because it’s about the nicest place on the Fast Link to London, he expects prices to rise ten per cent relative to the South East average – and by Christmas. We agreed that there would eventually be more riots in the inner cities, and that crime levels would rise to levels comparable to low-intensity civil war. Crime would be up, and insurance premiums, and there would be the general inconvenience of living on something like the slopes of Vesuvius. The only thing to fall, we further agreed, would be prices for those unable to see the writing on the wall.

Deal is already filling up with refugees from the Hell that used to be London, and I’ve been moaning for a year about how crowded the roads are getting. Well, the shock of the riots may turn a trickle into a flood.

So, thank you, friends of Mark Duggan. Because of you and, of course, the useless plod sent in to calm you down, my late Stuart former brothel and place where Nelson slept with Emma Hamilton may finally outstrip the value of somewhere three times bigger – with land – in what Mrs Gabb thinks an even nicer part of England.

And, for those of you who have been sneering at me all these years from what you thought the much more desirable Notting Hill or St John’s Wood, the main Deal estate agents are Messrs Bright and Bright. You can find them on the Internet, though they currently have nothing left to sell.

It’s an ill wind….

Euro to unravel “shortly” – official


Michael Winning

Sources “close to” Brussels said to day tht either Greece – and some other countries – will be bounced out of the Euro, or Germany will leave. (The outfit has run out of cash.)

This is what we are up against, liberals.


David Davis

A mother of a 13-year-old, who smashed up a shop, (I expect this means it was during the latest English-August-looting-season) “blames the government“.

Look: there is no point in expecting a proper Revolution (which is to say: a turning back) any time soon, if we face a population large parts of whom are so conditioned to regard “the government” as the fount of wisdom, of strategy and of plans for how to reach Nirvana.

This is the second main strategic problem that  faces liberals, after the first, which is how to simultaneously wrest control of The Terms Of Public Discourse while also destroying the machinery by which the Enemy-Class might fight back and poison the New Message. The entire process cannot be allowed to take more than five seconds.

I await answers.

Literary Essays, by Sean Gabb


Literary Essays
Sean Gabb

Literary Essays

The Hampden Press, 2011, 185pp
ISBN: 978 1 4478 1728 4, £9.99

Why bother learning Latin? How did the Romans pronounce Greek? Should the Elgin Marbles be handed over to the Modern Greeks? Did the ancients have market economies? Should Epicurus be venerated above Plato and Aristotle? Why is Carol Ann Duffy not even a bad poet? What makes Macaulay a great historian and L. Neil Smith a great science fiction novelist? Why is The Daily Mail—easily the best newspaper in England—not fit for wrapping fish and chips?

Sean Gabb deals with these and other issues in this collection of essays. Lively and provocative, they are written for every lover of ancient or modern literature.

Pre-publication comments on this book:

“A brightly shining exception to the observations of Lord Acton, Sean is not just a great man, he is a good man. If there were a thousand of him, even a hundred, we could have a decent, livable society tomorrow. We probably will, in the end, and when we do, a very large part of that victory will be his own to claim.” L. Neil Smith, best-selling author of The Probability Broach and 30 other novels.

“Libertarians have sound ideas but are not always great writers, and are not usually authorities on literature and literary matters. Rarer still is the literary essayist who is not confused or ignorant about politics and economics. It is thus refreshing to encounter Sean Gabb’s literary writing. A long-time libertarian activist and writer who is also a superb novelist and literary essayist, an honest and clear writer, he is our modern libertarian man of letters. This splendid and sparkling collection of essays provides fascinating insights into literature and other literary topics, without the typical leftist baggage and economic illiteracy.” Stephan Kinsella, Editor, Libertarian Papers; Senior Fellow, Ludwig von Mises Institute

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I worked out how to reach Mars


David Davis

It’s the “wolf-goat-cabbage” problem. Simples.

(1) Build very large orbital station on high polar orbit: this is Ground Zero.

(2) On it, build IPS1 (interplanetary space one) which is the large Mars-orbital station. This will leave for Mars and never return.

(3) While IPS1 is with us, build the required Mars-landing/exiting daughter-craft plus the main large return-pod for the first returnees to Earth from Mars Ground Zero via a stopoff on the way back on IpS1 in Mars orbit.

(4) Launch IPS1 plus all its daughter-craft, listed in (3), target Mars, containing all necessary materials for seeting up the first ground colony/colonies, first probably of pioneer scientists and engineers.

(5) On Ground Zero build smaller planetary-crossing craft to act as subsequent shuttles, probably like the return-pods. If they can come back, they can go out too. Ferry further supplies and personnel as needed.

(6) Build IPS2 on Ground Zero, a copy of IPS1 incorporating mods found necessray from IPS1, and send it out, with more shuttles and supplies. It too does not need to return ever.

Sorted.

And now, some football news


David Davis

Seen under Littlejohn in the Waily Fail:-

“Tottenham Hotspur’s home game against Everton has been called off because of the riots in the High Road. According to sources at White Hart Lane, Spurs have signed a new striker this week: Grabatelli.”

David Webb on the Police as a Closed and Unaccountable Order within the State


by David Webb

I have been amazed at the interventions of a bureaucrat creep called Hugh Orde on the policing of the riots. He is apparently a senior police officer, but one who claims that politicians may not interfere with policing, and that the decision on what methods of riot control to use will be made by police only.

Orde claimed that he was the acknowledged expert as he has ordered water cannon and baton charges in Northern Ireland — but I don’t think many would agree that his results in Northern Ireland were perfect… I would keep quiet about his NI experience if I were he. Unfortunately, the prime minister is minister for the civil service, and the Queen in Council can give whatever orders the PM advises. If it is clear the police are handling things wrong, it would be ridiculous for the PM to do nothing. This bureaucratic approach implies that whatever the police bureaucracy feel like doing, they will do, but that either way it should not be subject to parliamentary supervision.

The role of the police ought to be part of public debate and politics. I am quite sure the PM and the House of Commons ought to be discussing the riots and where the riot control tactics wholly wrong ought to be sacking chief constables. I have grave reservations about the Association of Chief Police Officers making statements to the press designed to cover their own backs – as civil servants they shouldn’t be engaging in spin.

It is not for Hugh Orde to comment in public on policing – he is not an elected politician.

No use “blaming the parents”: socialist nazis deliberately made them into what they have become


David Davis

“Cameron blames the parents”….well, what a surprise there then. I expect he’d be shifting his feet shiftily and trying to look at the floor somewhere off-camera stage-left, if he came right out with the truth and blamed the British Political Enemy-Class, for this is the culprit.

The rioters rioted because they had not been taught the boundaries of orderly human behaviour and socialisation, which takes place in nuclear families (which Gramscians hate – read them) and is reinforced in schools which teach knowledge and do not do social engineering. I know I bore you all rigid with my repetition of the purposeful planning and construction of this underclass over several decades: but socialists made these people as a supposedly pliable votariat, to farm for political power and ever more power, just like “ever-closer union” in the EUSSR. The real intention to emancipate them never existed – this was an evil and duplicitous device to persuade classical-liberals and conservatives not to resist but to venerate and genuflect, supposedly shamed for their supposedly unfairly-won position at the “top” of the social structure.

The intention was to farm, multiply and ghetto-ise these people, spray largesse at them harvested from progressive-taxation (not that progressive when you factor in specifically-hard taxes on the poor like tobacco, alcohol, the National Lottery etc) and turn them into a willing caucus for furthering the destruction of liberalism. To do this, they had to be firmly, and for decades, desocialised so that there would be two or three serial generations that had known nothing else. The schools too would be forced to conform in what they taught, and how, soas especially to disadvantage boys, reducing them to barnyard animals.

And by God it worked. Speaking of God, the English Churches have some answering to do about allowing themselves to be hijacked by stalinists, bean-eaters,”degrowthers”, treehuggers, sandal-wearers and feminazis, all posing as “Christian Socialists”.

So for Cameron to blame the parents isn’t quite hitting the right target. Most of the people to blame live in the metropolises, vote labour or lib dem, work for the State or Soviets in one way or another – or the BBC its propaganda arm,  and some may even have dined at his table. to where the money will come from to compemsate – assuming that could even be achieved –  it should be from the great personal fortunes of prominent British socialists.

 

L. Neil Smith, Sweeter than Wine, Reviewed by Sean Gabb


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Free Life Commentary,
A Personal View from
The Director of the Libertarian Alliance
Issue Number 212
9th August 2011

Review Article by Sean Gabb
Sweeter than Wine
L. Neil Smith
Phoenix Pick, Maryland, 2011, 151pp
(ISBN 978 1 60450 483 5) Continue reading

“Market” Panic: The Era of Regime Certainty has Begun


by Thomas Knapp
http://c4ss.org/?p=8015

In a 1997 paper for the Independent Review, economist Robert Higgs argues persuasively that the Great Depression lasted so long largely due to the phenomenon of “regime uncertainty”: Continue reading

Why the British-State could not allow Rupert Murdoch to run Sky


 

Something equally-quick about the riots


David Davis

It’s well known that the hottish, balmy sweaty weather of August is known as the Rioting Season. If you look back, most urban disturbances occur in the UK at this time of year. Coupled this with the GramscoStaliNazi-induced featureless nothingness of the GSNs’ deliberately-planned urban existence laid on for poor immigrant populations. Then add the daly-long, night-long windless heat, plus the ghetto-ised populations’ astonishing uncuriousness about things other than trainers, trackies, telephones,  other electronic goods, videogames and designer clothing, and you can almost believe that the Political Enemy-Class really has planned that these awful events should occur.

I share to a large extent Sean Gabb’s attitude to today’s British Police: who behave mostly like an occupying army of paramilitaries where motorists and people defending their houses and property against villains are concerned: however, given the propensity of modern ranker-police to react aggressively, their seeming  impotence, and reluctance to act in the face of clearly organised mob violence and destruction is astounding.

There is probably nothing that can reasonably be done, any more, for most of today’s active-rioting-population-register. Their lives have been deliberately corrupted, for them to become what they now are, a race of Orcs. this has been done by GSNs in our midst, who have been insinuating themselves into British institutions for over 100 years. We did, irremediably foolishly, nothing to stop them:. Example: in a987 while working as a marketing planner  in a business-PR firm bursting at the seams with young MBAs, I fell out with most of them for disagreeing with their perennially-appearing thesis: they insisted that crime, such as robbery, mugging, looting, arson and the like is always and everywhere caused by “the rich having things and the poor not having them – the rich need to be taxed more, and should be banned from buying too much or too expensive goods”. If this is not stuff that was taught them in their universities, subliminally or otherwise, then I am the Queen of Romania.

For the present rioters, probably the only cure is to use the police in the way they must have been trained, and squash this disorder with exemplary and public force. I’m not saying that we should allow the police to conduct what would effectively be public executions, for I agree with Sean as to where that might well lead. But something could be done with proper water-cannon for example: the depressant effect of a huge, high-power soaking which penetrates fof designer-wear and balaclavas, possibly even tearing it all off, would be salutory. Tear gas too has its uses. Teresa May’s fatuous comments about “policing in the UK is done by consent” can be met with the ridicule they deserve. None of this, even tear gas and water cannon, will stop them being evil  or stop them “being here”, so a longer term strategic solution will need to be found for the fate of these several thousand individuals.

But it will all repeat itself so long as the Enemy-Class continues to manufacture this kind of person on purpose. Our failing has been to not prevent them, terminally, from starting to do it. It goes much, much further back than “immigration” – possibly to 1884.

(WordPress tells me that this is our “3,707th post…Hip!” I’ll pass on such gruesome greetings, thank you.)

Something Quick about the Riots


by Sean Gabb

I suppose I should make some comment on last night’s rioting in Tottenham.

Thirty years ago, when we had all those “inner-city” riots, I sided automatically with the police. These were doing their job of maintaining law and order. The rioters were various kinds of scum who deserved a good kicking. After three decades of watching the progressive moral degradation of the police – to the point where almost no one looks oddly at me when I call them the pigs – I don’t feel the slightest sympathy for those shifty, rat-faced goons in blue. My own dealings with them have been confined to a few brushes with el Porco Trafico. Extrapolating from these, and bearing in mind what my friends tell me, and what I read in the newspapers, I do feel much sympathy for the blacks of Tottenham.

That being said, a decent government would have put down the riots with lethal force and kept the streets safe for the respectable classes. But if you suspect that I can’t work out if I hate rioters or the police more, you aren’t far off the mark.

Anarchists not Welcome in Westminster


by Thomas Knapp
http://c4ss.org/?p=7957

Beware: Should you happen to spot me on the streets of Westminster, you are exhorted to summon law enforcement immediately! That London borough’s “Counter Terrorist Focus Desk” considers me a threat to the public safety (“Anarchists should be reported, advises Westminster anti-terror police,” The Guardian, July 31). Continue reading

Comment on the Council Housing Scam


Sean Gabb’s comment on the suggesstion that sub-letting council properties should be made a crime:

Chris Tame told me once that a quarter of all the council housing in Lambeth had disappeared from the records, having been privatised by the town hall staff.

MR’s response to this:

There is a certain potential irony here: It would appear that this plan will have to involve evicting the current sub-renters of these homes. This means that there will be at least 50,000 people (i.e. one or more person per sub-letter) made homeless, temporarily at least.

Why should an innocent party, the sub-renter, have their home taken away for something that is not their fault? Clearly they still need somewhere to live, and when the state evicts them it will make them de facto homeless, so why not just let them rent directly from the council?

Just as an aside, I wonder how many sub-renters are received housing benefit for their sub-rented home.

Furthermore, it seems highly wasteful to send the naughty sub-letters to prison. That way the taxpayer has to provide for their housing at an even more exorbitant rate than providing council housing. If sub-letting is a breach of their rental agreement then let them pay civil damages.

Why criminalise something where, presumably, there is already a financial sanction (which can theoretically be gained with a lower burden of proof than a criminal sanction). And, if the financial sanction is not being exercised, why is it not? Is this perhaps merely another attempt to compensate for laziness or inefficiency by criminalising something that does not need to be criminal and would not benefit from being criminal.

And last but not least, if people can afford to live somewhere else whilst renting out their council houses then why are they are council tenant at all!? Surely the moment this is found out then they should no longer be a council tenant since they clearly have no need. There is no need to criminalise this, unless there has been an element of fraud (which still doesn’t need any new laws). And then let whoever is sub-renting the house take over the council tenancy.

In short, it seems to me that if it is known that 50,000 people are sub-letting their council houses, and their identities are known, then something practical can be done about it right now. There is just no substantive reason to invent yet more crimes and create yet more laws to deal with something that can surely already be dealt with.

Spaced Out – What is the point of Homo Sapiens in space?


by Robert Henderson
http://livinginamadhouse.wordpress.com/?p=1016

When I was young I was much enthused by spaceflight. Anything seemed possible after the Moon landings. The immense technological and psychological challenges which the incredibly hostile environment of space and all the other planets and moons of the Solar System present to humans seemed merely waiting to be swept aside by human ingenuity. Now I am old I can see that space travel and settlement is of very restricted utility or possibility unless startling scientific and technological discoveries are made, and if it ever became possible to move beyond our own system to other Suns such expeditions would contain great risks for humanity. Continue reading

Tottenham Riots: An Observer Writes


Interesting events in Tottenham right now. I’ve been listening to the
reports on the BBC and there seems to be what I can only describe as a certain lack of honesty coming from the powers that be.

First of all there seems to be an ongoing policy of under-declaring casualties. There is one message coming from the police (i.e. no casualties!) and another from witnesses. I know which messages seems more plausive in this context and it’s not the police’s one. The only value in such misinformation to be to try and make the police look like they are more in control than is really the case. or perhaps it’s simply due to an inability to collate and confirm figures quickly but, whatever the reason, policy or inability, it does give the appearance of dishonesty.

The events of 7 July 2005 in London showed that the powers that be do in fact have a policy of dishonesty, misinformation or ‘information mamagement’ (choose your own label) regarding casualties. The key problem with this is that it puts in doubt anything else the powers that be (i.e. police, etc.) might have to say about the causes of rioting, in this case, into doubt.

More significantly, I have to say that it sounds to me from listening to the reports (and not taking anything that anyone says on either side without a pinch of salt) like this riot could have been caused, at least in part, by a nasty combination frustration at police inaction/disinterest and a single instance of an (apparently) unprovoked attack by the police on a young woman.

None of this justifies any damage to private property or looting or private property of course but it perhaps makes the initial anger and violence understandable. If the state, in the form of the police, appears disinterested in responding to a desire for justice and open communication from a large number of people, then how should they react? It’s a bit feeble to tell them they should obey the law and… er… turn to the police to help.

That said, there is little point in rioting. But there does seem to be a justification for anger here (from what little I can tell by watching the tv and listening to the witnesses they have interviewed).

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the U.S. Terror State


http://attackthesystem.com/?p=8729

Article by Anthony Gregory.

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Being a U.S. war criminal means never having to say sorry. Paul Tibbets, the man who flew the Enola Gay and destroyed Hiroshima, lived to the impressive age of 92 without publicly expressing guilt for what he had done. He had even reenacted his infamous mission at a 1976 Texas air show, complete with a mushroom cloud, and later said he never meant this to be offensive. In contrast, he called it a “damn big insult” when the Smithsonian planned an exhibit in 1995 showing some of the damage the bombing caused. Continue reading

J.N. Hummel: An Appreciation


HURRAH FOR HUMMEL!
Dr Alan C. Clifford

Mozart’s most famous pupil, Haydn’s successor at the Esterhazy court, a friend (and rival) of Beethoven, a ‘father-figure’ to Chopin and teacher of several other young romantic virtuosi including Mendelssohn, Johann Nepomuk Hummel was born in Bratislava in 1778 and died in Weimar in 1837.  A child prodigy, he became one of the most brilliant virtuoso pianist-composers of the early nineteenth century.  Schubert wished to dedicate his last three sonatas to Hummel whose music links the classical and romantic periods.  Continue reading

“The Law Locks up the Man or Woman”


The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
But leaves the greater villain loose
Who steals the common from off the goose.

The law demands that we atone
When we take things we do not own
But leaves the lords and ladies fine
Who take things that are yours and mine.

The poor and wretched don’t escape
If they conspire the law to break;
This must be so but they endure
Those who conspire to make the law.

The law locks up the man or woman
Who steals the goose from off the common
And geese will still a common lack
Till they go and steal it back.

(Unknown Author)

English culture hard to destroy – “Enemy-Class angry: report”


Michael Winning

Hey people, we might even be able to rescue the whole of the Underclass from the Political Enemy Class. Look at this then. (That would be good. People are innocent of political stalinism. They just wahnt to “get on”. Bugger the statists for a start.)

I just noticed I spelt my name right. Sorry, I sometines try to type fast and I dont check.

Barack Obama: Crazy or Con Man?


by Thomas Knapp
http://c4ss.org/?p=7979

Politicians say the darnedest things.

On a daily basis they regale us with fairy tales like “the best way to prevent a humanitarian crisis is to bomb that country’s already starving and demoralized populace back to the Stone Age,” or “the best way to get the economy going is for me to steal half your money, blow a huge chunk of it on bureaucratic ‘administration’ costs, and hand the rest over to my campaign donors.” Continue reading

Rodney Atkinson – Thoughts on the Land Question


Note by Sean Gabb: This message is in response to an invitation that Mr Atkinson and I received to a seminar at the University of Buckingham. I merely sent my regrets. Mr Atkinson, however, has read the seminar paper in question, and here are his thoughts on it. They stand by themselves, even though I do not publish the seminar paper. Continue reading

Libertarian Alliance: Fixing the Criminal Justice System


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Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, on LBC with Andrew Pierce of The Daily Mail, on Tuesday the 2nd August 2011. They discussed whether criminals are being sent to prison for long enough.

Sean says yes and no for these reasons:

  1. Many people are being sent to prison, or threatened with prison for crimes that should not exist and that often did not exist until recently. For example, there should be no laws against the sale and possession of recreational drugs where only adults are concerned. It is wrong to make a crime of doing with yourself as you please. Again, it was scandalous that Nick Griffin of the BNP risked seven years in prison for uttering words about Islam that would once have gone utterly unremarked.
  2. At the same time, many people who are convicted of serious crimes are often let out of prison after derisory sentences, or even before these sentences have been fully served. in prison, they are given comforts or even luxuries that people outside often struggle to buy.

A libertarian response to the perceived crisis of criminal justice is to stop punishing people for non-crimes, and to make sure that those who do commit crimes are not allowed to escape after little more than a slap on the wrist. This may not mean longer prison sentences or stricter conditions in prison. It may mean moving the whole system away from punishment and deterrence, and toward some system of restitution to victims. Thieves should be made to restore what they have stolen, or its value. Violent criminals should be made to compensate their victims in the same manner as in the civil courts. Those who cannot afford to pay damages should be set to forced labour until they have earned enough.

There are obvious problems with a system based on restitution. What about rich criminals, who enjoy hurting people and are willing to pay for their tastes? What about the companies running the forced labour gangs? They would become another corrupt special interest in a country already tending towards a plutocratic police state. But these are problems to be discussed and settled. They do not compare with the existing fact that our criminal justice system does not work, and cannot be made to work.

Could Obama be printing money (again)?


Micheal Winning

I don’t know about you but this smells. Looks to me as if he’s making his MPs agree to Senate “Democrats” allowing an overdraft, in return for “cuts” “later”. It will all end in tears. As some fella said, it’s not the debt ceing thats the problem, it’s the debt.