Monthly Archives: October 2011

Hans-Hermann Hoppe on Immigration

by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

On Free Immigration and Forced Integration
by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

The classical argument in favor of free immigration runs as follows: Other things being equal, businesses go to low-wage areas, and labor moves to high-wage areas, thus affecting a tendency toward the equalization of wage rates (for the same kind of labor) as well as the optimal localization of capital. An influx of migrants into a given-sized high-wage area will lower nominal wage rates. However, it will not lower real wage rates if the population is below its optimum size. To the contrary, if this is the case, the produced output will increase over-proportionally, and real incomes will actually rise. Thus, restrictions on immigration will harm the protected domestic workers qua consumers more than they gain qua producers. Moreover, immigration restrictions will increase the “flight” of capital abroad (the export of capital which otherwise might have stayed), still causing an equalization of wage rates (although somewhat more slowly), but leading to a less than optimal allocation of capital, thereby harming world living standards all-around. Continue reading

That NuLabour “mistake” over mass immigration wasn’t a mistake non-shock

by Robert Henderson

Since they lost the 2010 election, the Labour Party have been religiously spinning the line that the massive immigration they presided over during their 13 years in office was a mistake. A favourite ploy is to try to concentrate all the admission of failure on the decision to allow the better part of a million migrants from Eastern Europe when new entrants were admitted to the EU. Labour’s new leader Ed Miliband was at it in September 2011. Asked by Nick Robinson of the BBC whether Labour had lied about immigration, Miliband said Continue reading

British Royal Family – The Dracula Connection

“Porn Ruining Lives of Younger Generation” Too Late for Me, Alas!

“Today’s users can force [their] release by watching porn in multiple windows, searching endlessly, fast-forwarding to the bits they find hottest, switching to live sex chat, viewing constant novelty, firing up their mirror neurons with video action and cam-2-cam, or escalating to extreme genres and anxiety-producing material. It’s all free, easy to access, available within seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

I’m SO jealous! When I was a lad, it was just blurry magazines that cost the earth to buy and that were sold by people who always seemed to give you funny looks…. SIG

Non-Payment of Council Tax!

This is another one from the Freemen of the Land. Their legal claims are often of dubious merit at law. On the other hand, they are getting somewhere, when most libertarians do little more than fawn on big business and hope for some rich sugar daddy to pay off their mortgages. And, if you look at the men who faced down the Stuarts in the seventeenth century, their reading of the law was at variance with the legal consensus. Good luck, I say, to these people. SIG Continue reading

More on the Anthropogenic Climate Change Fraud

Scientist Who Said Climate Sceptics
Had Been Proved Wrong Accused
Of Hiding Truth By Colleague
by Benny Peiser

It was hailed as the scientific study that ended the global warming debate once and for all – the research that, in the words of its director, ‘proved you should not be a sceptic, at least not any longer’. But today The Mail on Sunday can reveal that a leading member of Prof Muller’s team has accused him of trying to mislead the public by hiding the fact that BEST’s research shows global warming has stopped.–David Rose, Mail on Sunday, 30 October 2011 Continue reading

In Praise of Credit Checks

by Jeffrey Tucker

“The credit report is the best friend of the responsible in the same way that it is the worst enemy of the irresponsible.” Continue reading

Robin Hood Defamed Again

Robin Hood Defamed Again
by L. Neil Smith
Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s
The Libertarian Enterprise

It says here a Canadian outfit called “Adbusters” is persuading  its fellow parasites in the “Occupy” camps to demand the creation of a  “Robin Hood Tax”, to be levied on and collected from, er … Western Civilization. Continue reading

Taxpayer Funding of Political Parties

by D.J. Webb

I oppose this too. I would also drop the “Short money”, a scheme whereby the opposition parties get state funding. I don’t see why MPs get more than about £50K a year (whether ministers or not), and don’t see the need to provide them with pensions or any expenses. I don’t see why they need to run constituency offices either – they are there not to be social workers, but to stand up in Parliament for the political views they indicated they would support during elections. My local MP told me I was the first constituent ever to raise political matters with him in the surgery, as most constituents want to try to rope the MP into minor disputes of various types. Continue reading

Not in a million years

by Richard North

A huge increase in state funding of political parties, worth up to £100m over a five-year parliament, is being proposed by a government-commissioned inquiry. Continue reading

There is No Disinterested Authority

by Kevin Carson

In a recent discussion, someone proposed “a political system comprised of professionals rather than career politicians.” Policy-making bodies, she suggested, might be equally divided between professionals and elected politicians. Continue reading

Six white police officers sue Scotland Yard for race discrimination

It’s keeps on getting crazier.

Fragmentation of the police along political, racial, or whatever lines is a desirable development. Disunity among the PIGS makes their defeat more obtainable. (Keith Preston)

Lady Magdelene Video

Battle for the Heart of the Occupy Movement

by Kevin Carson

Center for a Stateless Society Media Coordinator Tom Knapp, summarizing his experience with the Occupy St. Louis movement, reported a movement “with an ideological center of gravity somewhere in the neighborhood of ‘mild reform Democrat.’” Most of the people there, apparently, were basically Coffee Party people with better signs and slogans. Continue reading

Junior Considers His Career Options

Robbing Us Blind

by David D’Amato

Calling attention to the crises spawned by contemporary global capitalism, the Occupy movement provides an opportunity for more than mere response to the symptoms of that system. Just as doctors would be remiss to merely attend to symptoms on an ad hoc basis, we who are concerned with social and economic justice must set ourselves upon the underlying disease. Continue reading

You Are In No Position To Level Criticism Of Me!

You Are In No Position To Level Criticism Of Me!
Guy Leven-Torres
20th October 2011

In six long years I have written 3,500 articles six books and spent £50,000 of my own money trying to get people to think for themselves and act to save this country, indeed freedom and civilisation itself. To add insult to injury- for you injure yourselves and future innocent generations by your cowardly apathy- my wife and father have supported me in all that time to do what I must without complaint, in order to try a last ditch attempt to awaken souls but have miserably failed to do. What good are endless e.mails and blether? In this last I probably excel. Continue reading

2011 Index of Economic Freedom

As determined by the collection of neocons, theocons, vulgar libertarians, and stooges for the military-industrial complex that comprise the Heritage Foundation. Continue reading

On the EU Referendum Vote

I largely agree with this. Getting out of Europe would, in itself, solve nothing. The problem is not villainous Frogs and Krauts and Dagoes, all trying to drag us down to their own level: the EU is one of many devices for our own ruling class to do what it wants without the inconvenience of accountability. Where I disagree with Richard is on his fixed insistence that leaving the EU must follow our own regeneration. Assuming a military or some kind of electoral coup, leaving the EU would be a consequent act. Even so, it is possible to imagine an almost accidental exit by our present ruling class, and then a revolution from below – though it is also possible to imagine an exist, followed by continued tyranny under some other set of excuses. It depends on circumstances.

However, I do wholly agree that voting for a referendum is a diversion from the real battle. The proposed question – in, out, renegotiate – is structurally biassed in favour of staying in. Even a straight in or out referendum would, at the moment, be fixed against us. If we somehow won, the result would be ignored, or we’d be made to vote again. I’ve written to my MP to insist he should vote for a referendum – but that was only to annoy him. SIG Continue reading

Comment on Colonel Gaddafi

by Sean Gabb

I suppose I should say something. The man was a tyrant, and probably got what he deserved. Even so, his death was made possible by British and French air power, and I don’t like what has happened. Here goes: Continue reading

It isn’t a crisis of capitalism but a crisis of globalism

by Robert Henderson

It isn’t a crisis of capitalism but a crisis of globalism

Amongst the wailing and gnashing of teeth from all parts of political mainstream over the ongoing economic crisis its prime cause goes unmentioned. Free market capitalism, which has been accepted , whether enthusiastically or resignedly, by Western elites for the past quarter of a century as the only economic theory worthy of support, is being questioned. Even some of its firmest adherents are questioning whether there has been too much freedom of individual action in the economic sphere. Some mainstream commentators who write for resolutely “free market” supporting newspapers like the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail, are even beginning to wonder if capitalism is in a crisis from which it may not recover: Continue reading

Keynes and the Ruling Class

by Garet Garrett

[American Affairs, 1947]

The work cumbersomely entitled, The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, now commonly abbreviated as The General Theory, was published in 1936. It was therefore only ten years old when the author, John Maynard Keynes, died last April. Probably no other book has ever produced in so little time a comparable effect. It has tinctured, modified, and conditioned economic thinking in the whole world. Upon it has been founded a new economic church, completely furnished with all the properties proper to a church, such as a revelation of its own, a rigid doctrine, a symbolic language, a propaganda, a priestcraft, and a demonology. The revelation, although brilliantly written, was nevertheless obscure and hard to read, but where one might have expected this fact to hinder the spread of the doctrine, it had a contrary result and served the ends of publicity by giving rise to schools of exegesis and to controversies that were interminable because nothing could be settled. There was no existing state of society in which the theory could be either proved or disproved by demonstration — nor is there one yet. Continue reading

Quit Smoking, Get a Harder Erection – No Evidence, but now an Official Fact!

by W.C. Douglass MD

Don’t believe the hype: Smoking won’t make you smaller

The “science” on smoking isn’t about finding the truth. It’s about getting people to quit, no matter what. The latest research proves again that you can make any wild claim you want as long as it pushes that anti-tobacco agenda. Continue reading

Busoni’s Garden by Eduard de Beer

Busoni’s Garden: A Plea for a New Concept of Contemporary Music
Eduard de Boer Continue reading

Liam Fox: Another Zombie Falls off the Roof

Liam Fox:
Another Zombie Falls off the Roof
by Sean Gabb

It is, I think, a year since I last wrote anything about British politics. This is not because I have been idle. During the past twelve months, I have written or published eight books. Three of these have been substantial novels, and two of the novels are overtly libertarian. This alone might absolve me from my duty, as Director of the Libertarian Alliance, to give a running commentary on the issues of the day. But the real cause is that I am, for the moment, tired of watching how this country is governed. I feel less inclined to denounce than simply to look away. Continue reading

Israel and the international Nazi left

David Davis

I don’t often try to talk about Israel, or Jews for that matter, although times are steadily getting more exciting for these people. This is because memory of the Holocaust now is beginning to fade. It is fading from those still living, from even those born like me a little time after it happened, and will pass soon into the realm of faded grainy phtographs, hearsay, legend and generations gone, like WW1 has just fully done.

It seems the “Palestinians”, whoever they might be this week, have released an Israeli sergeant whom they nobbled a few years ago. There has been some argy-bargy inside Israel I gather, under which his family (I would not have wanted to be them, even in exchange for the world) successfully persuaded the Israeli government to proceed with what looks like an apocalyptic course of action, in releasing over 1,000 “Palestinian” prisoners in exchange for him.

One might be forgiven for drawing comfort from this, in that it says clearly that one Israeli citizen is worth over 1,000 of that country’s enemies, and I do hope their government tries manfully to capitalise on this rather obvious and axiomatic point.

But I’m afraid that the opposite tactical view will prevail as the inventors of “Palestine” – Western socialists and other Nazis to a man – own what Sean Gabb has dubbed “the agreed terms of public discourse”. It will then be agreed to be “correct and balanced” to say or to imply the following:

“Israel thinks it is in such a weak position strategically that it has to offer 1,000 “falsely-detained-freedom-fighters in exchange…” [for a crumb.]

Never mind that to a first approximation, 100% of them will be ne’er-do-well villains. The GramscoStaliNazi left-Media of the West can be relied on to flag this and trumpet it fully of course. Just watch.

I do not see good results coming out of this at all, although I expect the poor fellow’s family are relieved. Oh well, more work for poor tired vilifed Mossad, I suppose, in having to round up 1,000 used villains, and promoters of “The Children Bomb”……..all over again.

And Now for Something Completely Different

Richard North on the Gross and Notorious Quisling Rightist Liam Fox

by Richard North

… but, as I read with growing incredulity, the mounting eulogies, about the latter-day saint, Liam Fox, to say nothing about the staggering drivel being written on the subject, even I begin to wobble. Continue reading

Why Mises and Not Hayek?

by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Let me begin with a quote from an article that my old friend Ralph Raico wrote some 15 years ago: Continue reading

Robert Henderson on Liam Fox

Letter circulated widely amongst
the British media


There is an unresolved question about Liam Fox and Adam Werritty: have criminal offences been committed? Continue reading

An ex-secretary

by Richard North

Now that he has gone, Liam Fox’s departure will not be mourned by this site. We have made no secret of our dislike for a man who is not only incompetent but also embodies the very worst of the “greasy pole” tendencies of over-ambitious politicians. Continue reading

A Doctor Writes

Libertarians v Actually-Existing Business

Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist Anarchism Against Bosses, Inequality, Corporate Power, and Structural Poverty, edited by Gary Chartier and Charles Johnson, with contributions from … well, the usual suspects.  You can order an advance copy here while checking out the endorsements from Ken MacLeod, Alexander Cockburn, Sean Gabb, and Bill Kaufmann. Continue reading

Delusions of Peace

by John Gray


Storming of the Bastille by Francois Leonard. Many of the French revolutionaries favoured violence as an “engine of social transformation” Continue reading

Which Side Are You On?

by Kevin Carson

Occupy Wall Street has come under fire from some libertarians, on the grounds that it’s relatively silent about the role of big government, and its proposed remedies lean heavily toward increased government intervention. Continue reading

Question for Blogmaster

Dear David,

If a person weighs 80kg-f, what is his mass? I want this for my new novel. I’d like someone with a science/maths background to take me through the answer, as I have always been rather hazy about the relationship between mass and weight.

Of course, my manner of asking this question makes it one not merely for David, but for the whole world.


Sean has finished another novel!

by Sean Gabb

I finished the thing yesterday evening. This being said, a book is never really finished until it goes to press – sometimes not even then. I got up early this morning and added a few bits. I imagine I shall be tinkering with The Break for weeks to come – search and replace changes of name, amplifications here, cut there, and so forth. But the main work is done.

Oh, and here’s a nice boast: with only Monday and Thursday free of other commitments, I managed to write 100,000 words in nine weeks. This is slightly faster than my normal pace, which has been 380,000 words in the past twelve months.

One day, I might even grow rich from all this!

Slashing the State

David Davis

It says over at The Devil the main reasons why State bureaucrats’ budgets rise all the time, regardless of what, if any, “services” they may be providing. The obvious conclusion is that the sorts of people that go into running States, as a career-choice, ought to be changed.

Pre-Occupied in St. Louis

by Thomas Knapp

I am not, in the normal course of things, a “shoe-leather journalist.” Nothing against covering a story on the ground, mind you, but I’ve been there and done that (starting more than 30 years ago), and while political commentary may not pay as well or garner as much respect as on-the-scene, five-point-lede, just-the-facts-ma’am reportage, it puts less wear and tear on the ol’ carcass. Continue reading

William (Brown) the Conqueror

by Derek Turner

British children’s writers usually find favour in America—from A. A. Milne and Kenneth Grahame to J. K. Rowling and Nick Park—but one who has never quite captured American hearts is Richmal Crompton, author of the classic Just William stories. Continue reading

Sex and Disease

by DJW

We keep reading stories of HIV positive men who infect large numbers of partners, but why is it up to the state to tell us what we should do in intimate contact? so what if the man (eg was HIV+. The decision whether to wear rubber insulation was up to him and his sexual partners. And women who sleep with people they don’t know without marrying them first – well they are taking the risk. So what is the problem? What next? A law forbidden kissing when you have the common cold? I am totally opposed to the idea of “safe sex”. The real safe sex is sex between a man and his wife – and everything else includes risks of various types and that is all there is to it.


Pirate Bay Comes to Academia

by Kevin Carson

In recent years, the digital and network revolutions have smashed through the cost floor of the information and entertainment media, rendered business models based on digital copyright as obsolete as the buggy whip, and put a serious hurt on digital content industries like music and movies. Continue reading

Review of Richard Blake’s Sword of Damascus

Fiction Review by Mario Huet:
The Sword of Damascus
By Richard Blake
Hodder & Stoughton, London, 2011

For several years now, Richard Blake has been turning out one Aelric novel every year. These are historical thrillers, set in 7th century Byzantium. He began with Conspiracies of Rome, in which he introduced us to his rather nasty but engaging hero from England. Next was The Terror of Constantinople, in which he took us and his hero straight into the sewer of imperial politics. Then came The Blood of Alexandria, featuring a world of astonishing decadence, and one all the more astonishing for its rather clichéd components. Continue reading

It’s only a matter of time

by His Grace the Devil

On the 25th of September, Dr Eamonn Butler wrote the following over at the ASI blog

So, the eurozone and the IMF are putting together a £1.7 trillion fund to save Greece (and for that matter Portugal and Ireland) and stave off a default. Right?

Wrong. The whole purpose of the £1.7 trillion is not to give aid and comfort to Greece. It is designed to give aid and comfort to the European banks who are stupid enough to be still holding Greek debt when Greece is obviously bust. It is intended to allow—and indeed it will hasten—the inevitable default of a country [Greece] that is overspent, over borrowed, that cannot pay its way and shows no sign of putting its house in order—not one single member of its bloated and lazy bureaucracy has been let go, not one single item in the Greek government’s bizarre portfolio of nationalised firms has been privatised.

And yesterday morning, I wrote

… throughout the Western world, both states and the banks that have bought their bonds are, effectively, bankrupt.

Not only this, but the various governments do not even seem to understand that they are bankrupt, and are continuing to spend far more than their income; their one concession to the problem being to mutter futilely about cutting a few billion—out of structural deficits of many tens of billions—at some point in the next decade.

Even in Greece, public sector workers strike and riot as though their government had any alternative to the—frankly risible—cuts to public spending.

And tonight, I am greeted by this wonderful little nugget on the BBC website

Greece has said its budget deficit will be cut in 2011 and 2012 but will still miss targets set by the EU and IMF.

The figures come as inspectors from the IMF, EU and European Central Bank are in Athens to decide whether Greece should get a key bail-out instalment.

Greece needs the 8bn euros (£6.9bn; $10.9bn) instalment to avoid going bankrupt next month.

Bankruptcy would put severe pressure on the eurozone, damage European bank finances and possibly have a serious knock-on effect on the world economy.

These politicians simply aren’t taking this seriously, are they?

There is, I think, not one single Western economy that is not up to its eyeballs in debt: the vast majority of them are still running colossal, unaffordable deficits that are adding—every minute of every day—to that eye-wateringly massive pile.

And yet these politicos and technocrats keep throwing these vast sums of money about with the air of a millionaire lending a tenner to his mate—as though these vast sums of money were peanuts in the grand scheme of things. Not only are they not peanuts, they are largely illusory—there is no value behind the paper anymore.

In the meantime, the banks keep on buying the government debt hoping that—when the inevitable crash comes—the governments will not allow their buddies, the banks, to fail. In the end, there will be little choice.

Ultimately, the European Central Bank can print as much money as it needs: but, when it does so, the amounts required will be so mind-bendly massive that hyper-inflation will be the inevitable result.

The Western governments—and, just as importantly, their peoples—need to open their eyes and realise that this cannot continue: they need to understand a very simple, blindingly obvious fact…

The social democratic model—funded, as it is, on ever-increasing state spending on special interest groups using fantasy money—is bust. Kaput. Gone. Fucked beyond all measure.

And they need to realise it quickly. Because the impending crash is going to be bad enough: but the longer it goes on, the worse it will be…

The law, the media and the release of information to the police

by Robert Henderson

Robert Henderson

“Untransmitted video from August’s riots in London has been handed to police by the BBC, ITN and Sky News after Scotland Yard obtained court orders against the media organisations. “( Continue reading

Labour re-writes the past – their economic management

by Robert Henderson

The Labour hierarchy has worked out its narrative on the economic mess they created. It runs like this: NuLabour in power may have made some mistakes, but these were minor and apparent only with hindsight, while the real culprit is the global economy in general and the USA’s obsession with sub-prime mortgages in particular. This is not only a grotesque lie but a stupid one because it can be readily exposed. Continue reading

What “unspent money”?

by His Grace the Devil

Apparently, George Osborne has a spiffing idea for kickstarting the economy.

George Osborne to inject unspent money into capital projects

What “unspent money”, George? Your Coalition has borrowed more money in the last year than any government in history; the structural deficit is bigger than ever, and you have reduced this country’s debt by precisely bugger all. Continue reading

Of democrats and autocrats

By Richard North

It seems to have been a long journey since we started this blog – and I still write “we”, even though my erstwhile co-editor has departed to her own blog. Writing here is very much a team effort, with much of the content guided and informed by the forum and the torrent of e-mail and Skype messages I get each day – to say nothing of the long and valuable telephone calls and the face-to-face political discussions in the local hostelries. Continue reading

Mike Smith: Dead but not Forgotten

Another old thread I have found that will not die!

We shall ignore them

by Richard North

As Charles Moore reminds us, this coming week – starting on Sunday – sees the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Continue reading