The London Olympics Opening Ceremony:
A Grotesque and Sinister Pantomime
By Sean Gabb
(First Published in VDare, 29th August 2012)
I am glad I made the effort to watch the opening of the London Olympics. It was a most interesting summary of what England has become.
The general purpose of the opening was to legitimise the current ruling class. English history was portrayed as a shameful nightmare. We had Victorian capitalists polluting the countryside and oppressing the working class. We had sexism and racism and war. From this, we were shown the gradual emergence of our caring, sharing, soft and loving new order of things. There was a long celebration of the National Health Service, with eight hundred dancing doctors and nurses, and dancing invalid children. There were joyous messages read out by the great and good. There was more dancing and music and comedy. At the culmination of all this, we saw a corner of the Olympic Flag carried by Doreen Lawrence – the mother of a black youth whose alleged murder in 1993 was made the opportunity to sweep away outmoded institutions like equality before the law and the protection against double jeopardy. Long before the Olympic Flame was lit, the world was supposed to believe that England was a country blessed with genius in every calling and essentially at peace with itself.
The London Olympics Opening Ceremony: A Grotesque and Sinister Pantomime (2012), by Sean Gabb | Sean Gabb
by Pierre Tanner
Is it just me or did the Olympic opening ceremony seem a little leftist and one sided? Whilst the commentary was totally lacking and some of the scenes made no sense at all it would seem we went from Britain went from tending fields with a few geese and horses to an industrial revolution with nothing in between. What’s worse we went from the industrial revolution to the internet to pop music and nothing else. Oh and we are good at war! Continue reading
Too much sport, in my opinion. The Greeks varied the activities at their Olympic Games. There was, for example, the contribution made by Peregrinus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peregrinus_Proteus
I nominate David Cameron for the honour of following this notable example, and promise to donate one bottle of lighter fuel if only he will accept.
Luton Airport in The New World Robotic Disordered Dictatorship
By Joe Scanlan – Sovereign Independent UK -
If you were ever in doubt about the custom-built scientific tyranny in store for us all read on.
It was my job to simply pick up a colleague from Luton Airport. Unexpectedly, I found that there was now a £1.00 “drop-off pick-up airport charge” which allowed me 15 minutes to collect my passenger. My 15 minute time-ration allowed me to spend 10 minutes looking for a space on a gravel-patch that was chock-a-block with cars parked like sardines in a can. Continue reading
I have been bullied by my women into sitting through the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.
Since it would pain me too greatly to make detailed observations on this grotesque and sinister pantomime, I will confine myself to announcing that, for permitting it to go ahead, I have placed David Cameron ahead of Tony Blair in my Great Bill of Attainder.
Apparently, this man has just been signing on for his disability benefit, but is then cured of his ailment by a car. If true, this is a most edifying film clip.
by Dick Puddlecote
I’ve counted to ten so many times with this guy recently. Lord knows I’ve tried but, Jamie Oliver, please stop with this stuff already.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has criticised sports stars David Beckham and Gary Lineker for promoting junk food.
The television presenter, who forced the Government to introduce nutrition rules in schools after highlighting the unhealthy meals served to pupils, has added his name to a letter which condemns the use of athletes in commercials.
Look, guys and gals, “television presenter” are the operative words here. Say it was “London Black Cab driver”, what would be your reaction? Shut your trap? Couldn’t agree with you more.
Especially since the country won’t even listen to them on the subject of transport in London, yes. Perish the thought, eh?
So why is anyone listening to someone who has such a loose link with his subject matter, and seriously believes that the young will die before their parents because of a few cans of coke or a Big Mac here and there. The man is quite insane, or at the very least a bit of an easily-conned dick. Continue reading
by Kevin Carson
In a recent article for Reason, Ira Stoll praised the 2012 Olympics — not only in the body but the title itself — as a “Triumph of Capitalism” (July 23, 2012). He’s entirely correct — but not for the reason he thinks. Continue reading
by Dick Puddlecote
I bring you incredible news, so brace yourself!
A report from The Wirral appears to suggest that anti-smoking lunatics might not have the best interests of the public at heart after all! Continue reading
Publication Date: 26 April 2012
The most relevant and plausible conceptions of economic rationality, interpersonal liberty, human welfare, and private-property anarchy do not conflict in theory or practice. Using philosophy and social science, Escape from Leviathan defends this bold, non-normative, thesis from contrary positions in the scholarly literature. Writers considered include David Friedman, John Gray, R. M. Hare, Robert Nozick, Karl Popper, John Rawls, Murray Rothbard, Alan Ryan, Amartya Sen, and Bernard Williams. The rationality assumptions of neoclassical and Austrian School economics are reconciled and related to liberty and welfare. A new pre-propertarian theory of interpersonal liberty as the absence of (initiated or proactively) imposed cost is argued to be libertarian. Human welfare is defended as the satisfaction of unimposed wants. Practical anarchy is simply unconstrained private property. Related topics include free will, weakness of will, the nature of moralizing, intellectual property, and restitution and retribution. Critical-rationalist epistemology (theories can only be criticized and tested, not justified or supported) is applied throughout. This is a ground-breaking work that is also an excellent introduction to libertarianism and social thought. Continue reading
Sean Gabb on BBC Radio Bristol, on Thursday the 19th July 2012, to discuss whether the British State should do more to regulate drinking.
Sean says no for these reasons:
- The ruling class and its mainstream media specialise in fabricating “problems” which always require a bigger and more empowered state to solve them. We have seen this with the global warming scam and the campaign against “passive smoking.” There is no reason to believe any of the statistics put out over “alcohol abuse.”
- Even assuming there is a problem, this is an effect of earlier state intervention. When public drinking in England was in small, local pubs, the generations would drink together. This allowed the young to absorb the cultural restraints of their elders. If there was disorder, it was on a small scale. Now, measures like the smoking ban, which has closed thousands of small pubs across England, and the systematic privilege given to big chains have transformed public drinking. Thousands of young men come together in big, anonymous drinking barns in city centres. The licensing laws mean they are relased all at the same time onto the streets. It is not suprising there is trouble.
- So far as one exists, this is a problem caused by the State. The best response is for the State to stand back and let individuals and voluntary collectives of individuals sort it out.
Terror of Constantinople
There are some great reviews on these pages that provide enough insight to the
historical settings and general plot of the book, so I will restrict myself to
more particular observations.
First and foremost for me was the hugely entertaining narrative that Blake presents. The book is written in the first person so we hear all of the events through the commentaries of the acerbic, witty & cynical Aelric. He has a refreshingly blunt view of life and describes his circumstances and adventures accordingly. For the most part his comments and conversations are pricelessly funny. I do wish though that the author had been a little more careful to keep his descriptions in 7th. Century speak. His references to pregnancy as “putting her up the duff”, going to sleep as “crashing out” and, perhaps most heinous to me, Aelric asks his attendants on a couple of occasions to “bring a takeaway”. Hope it wasn’t Pizza Hutt! Continue reading
You are there in Rome in the early 600’s. Stop in for dinner at the genteel poverty of inbred Senator so and so, the stinky sewer outside is blocked up from decades of neglect, the bread is stamped with the logo of Pope Boniface, the founder of this feast. Rome’s few thousand residents mostly depend on this bread dole. Across town the Panthion is being converted into a church. Incense is coming to town for this consecration. Continue reading
This, I think, is one of those not-very-wonderful books that still manages to be rather entertaining. It is in dire need of a thorough edit (there are opaque sentences, repetitious/inelegant phrases and typos to contend with) and, furthermore, the author has a slightly odd command of swearing. It is as if he is unaccustomed to using profanity and employs naughty words in this text with the coy clumsiness of a blushing adolescent. The book is also crucially deficient in sex! Sexual scenes are alluded to, but there is a disappointing lack of detail! This jars when you consider the personality of the main character. And really, in a lightweight historical romp (if I can use the r-word!), occasional steaminess is kind of a requirement! Continue reading
Aelric comes up trumps once more in this fascinating series which combines a boys own joy of adventure and smut, with some pretty decent historical narative and analysis. Continue reading
Note: I agree with this analysis. I oppose British membership of the Eurozone only because it would be another entanglement for a British government of national restoration. In purely economic terms, the Euro is much better than Sterling. It locks politicians out of the money printing works, and forces some degree of economic rationality on governments. I predict that the Eurozone economies will recover sooner and more dramatically than Britain will.
This does not mean I’d like to replace Sterling with the Euro. As said, it would make for a harder break from the New World Order. However, the smart sneering about how the Euro is crucifying its member states is a product of wishful thinking and economic illiteracy. SIG Continue reading
by Keith Preston
Note: This is an impressive piece of writing, though also alarming. The more I learn about certain nationalist movements of the 20th century, the less alien I find the orthodox Marxists. They killed more people because they were more successful, but they never believed the sort of nonsense these Rumanians did. Later this year, I’ll be speaking at a conference of the British Right. My argument will be for a tighter grouping round what Paul Gottfried calls bourgeois civilisation. There is a nobility in tall hats and black coats, and judges’ wigs, and afternoon tea, and polite children in blazers and peaked caps, and the rules of English grammar, that I just don’t see in sweaty, wild-eyed men beating each other up in the street. SIG Continue reading
by Robert Henderson
In 2009 a Manchester woman Clare Wood, 36, was strangled by ex-boyfriend George Appleton who then committed suicide. Appleton had a record of violence against women including kidnapping an ex-girlfriend at knifepoint. At this point a campaign was begun by Clare’s family to allow women to check whether a prospective boyfriend had a history of domestic violence. Their efforts have resulted in the Home Secretary Theresa May agreeing to a trial of what is colloquially known as Clare’s Law in Wiltshire and Gwent ( http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/9401303/Clares-Law-trial-to-begin.html) Continue reading
by Roderick Long
This article was originally publish by C4SS Senior Fellow and Molinari Institute President Roderick T. Long for Reason on July 12, 2012.
Minimizing Marriage: Marriage, Morality, and the Law, by Elizabeth Brake, Oxford University Press, 240 pp., $24.95.
Does legalizing gay marriage go far enough?
Opponents of same-sex marriage are quick to raise the specter of polygamy. If “everybody should have the right to marry,” Rick Santorum asked on the campaign trail earlier this year, then “what aboutthree men?” While Santorum clearly intended this quip as a reductio ad absurdum of calls for marriage equality, the Arizona State University philosopher Elizabeth Brake argues in Minimizing Marriage that recognizing polygamous and polyamorous unions is not only required by justice but doesn’t go far enough. Continue reading
I don’t follow foot ball, and I have had to be told who John Terry is. But this keeps on cropping up on my screen.
It is not for a State to decide what people can or cannot say, or think. Even I, who’d like to muzzle GramscoFabiaNazis – because they are _objectively_ wrong, not just misguided – cannot justify doing it, even under the auspices of the War Secretariat.
People ought to be free to think or say, things that might be offensive to others. There are Natural Rights: but there is no right to not be offended if someone says or thinks something that offends you – or worse – “may offend” third parties not even present at the time. This is utterly ridiculous.
Oh, and YOU MUST NEVER use the phrase “political correctness gone mad”. Doing that legitimises “political correctness” as a credible way of dictating the terms of public discourse in a liberal civilisation. You must not do it. Ever. (I know that no readers of the Libertarian Alliance would ever do such a thing, but you must tell others. We’re wasting our breath and time otherwise.)
The poor bugger will probably go down for £2,500, and then we will be forced to watch the Continue reading
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Algernon Sidney (1623-1683): A Martyr to Liberty Peter Richards
Libertarian Heritage No. 29
An occasional publication of the Libertarian Alliance, Suite 35, 2 Lansdowne Row, Mayfair, London, W1J 6HL.
ISBN: 9781856376549 ISSN: 0959-566X (print) ISSN: 2042-2733 (online)
© 2012: Libertarian Alliance, Peter Richards
Peter Richards is a Hampshire businessman and writer. Besides being a supporter of the LA, he is a member of the Rationalist Association, the Society for Individual Freedom and the Freedom Association. He has also contributed to The Freethinker, Right Now! and The Individual. In 2011, the Book Guild published Free-born John Lilburne: English Libertarian: And Other Essays on Liberty, many of the chapters of which were first published by the LA or SIF.
The views expressed in this publication are those of its author, and not necessarily those of the Libertarian Alliance, its Committee, Advisory Council or subscribers.
by Dick Puddlecote
Via Belinda (who is in top form of late, do go read her excellent commentary today as well), it would seem that we have a reason to thank serial bullshit-writer, Laurie Penny.
True to form, her Independent article on the fifth anniversary of the smoking ban was merely her usual exercise in anti big business parroting of whatever line she believes will keep her on the lefty payroll at any particular time. Sadly for Laurie, pulling numbers out of her ideological arse has backfired this time as widely-read statisticians, Full Fact, decided to call her bluff. Continue reading
Thanks to our democratic system of government, he doesn’t have to sell us the car. He gets our money all the same!
by Keith Preston
The fame of Aleister Crowley is principally derived from his reputation as a notorious occultist. It is this reputation that has made his name legendary in numerous counter-cultural and youth culture circles, ranging from contemporary enthusiasts for witchcraft of varying sorts to purveyors of certain shades of heavy metal music. Yet for all his status as a legendary figure, Crowley is not typically regarded as a political thinker. To the degree that his ideas are considered relevant to political thought at all, Crowley is frequently caricatured as a shallow nihilist or merely as a debauched libertine. Extremist political subcultures of varying stripes have attempted to claim him as one of their own. Whether they are neo-fascists, egocentric individualists, or nihilist pseudo-anarchists, many with an extremist political outlook have attempted to shock the broader bourgeois society by invoking the name of Aleister Crowley. This state of affairs regarding Crowley’s political outlook is unfortunate, because an examination of the man’s political ideas reveals him to be a far more profound and insightful thinker on such questions than what is typically recognized. Continue reading
by Richard North
Recently drawn to my attention was an extraordinary piece in the Irish Independent by Kevin Myers, one of the few columnists whose work commands considerable respect. Continue reading
by Thomas Cranmer
If only they had opted for the KJV, or the Good News, or even the NIV (2011). But the 1984 translation of the New International Version has done it for three church groups in Wanstead, who all find themselves ‘suspended’ from using their usual venue – Wanstead High School – for whom this translation of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 is unacceptable: Continue reading
From The Lancashire Evening Post, 6th July 2012
Book review: The Ghosts of Athens by Richard Blake
By Pam Norfolk
Published on Friday 6 July 2012 07:00
What’s in a name? More than 75 years of skulduggery when you are the ageing Brother Aelric of Jarrow … but were once Alaric the Magnificent, legate and senator of the Roman Empire.
Holy hypocrite and man with a past, the uncompromising anti-hero of Richard Blake’s superb series set in the dying days of the Roman Empire, is back to amuse and bemuse us with his fifth outrageous adventure. Continue reading
by Wendy McElroy
It is with great pleasure that I provide you with a link at which you can read about and (hopefully!) order my new book “The Art of Being Free: Politics Versus the Everyman and Woman” published by Laissez Faire Books. Please share this link and circulate it widely.
My best to you, Wendy
At 09:30 this morning 2 police cars and4 policemen from Merseyside Police arrested British Constitution Group ChairmanRoger Hayes at his Wirral home and drove away. The first his family heardof him was at 18:30 this evening via a telephone call from a Warder in Liverpoolprison, to say that Roger had been tried and sentenced to prison. At notime were the family or any other members of the public informed of his arrest,and it is understood that he was tried in a secret court without a Jury.
Original Article at Witterings from Witney http://witteringsfromwitney.com/what-the/
by Kevin Carson
In “Empire of the Rising Scum,” Robert Shea observed that, regardless of their ostensible mission, hierarchical institutions tend to be headed by people whose primary skills are careerist climbing and bureaucratic in-fighting. As I’ve said before, you simply cannot become a President of the United States, or a Fortune 500 CEO, unless there’s something fundamentally wrong with you. The same is true of the intellectual capacity of those who manage to advance upward within hierarchies. Being a team player, engaging in groupthink, demonstrating an ability to shut off critical thinking when evaluating the communications of a superior — these are qualities that authoritarian institutions select for. Continue reading
I listened to an item on this morning’s Today Programme (BBC Radio 4, 3rd July 2012, c.8:35am) about a man who was “victimised” by a loan shark. Apparently, he borrowed £250 when he was 17 to buy a car. He was then fraudulently squeezed by his lender to pay back a total of £90,000. There was a long interview with the “victim,” in which he behaved and was treated as if he’d been robbed at gunpoint. There was much rejoicing at the news that the lender had been sent to prison – moderated only by disappointment that the “victim” would not be able to claim back his repayments from the taxpayers. Continue reading