Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Full-Bottomed Indelicacy of the Ancients


When I was younger, I used to snigger endlessly over the Epigrams of Martial. That was many years ago. Just now, though, I was checking a reference, and I came across this in Bk XI:

XLIII

Deprensum in puero tetricis me vocibus, uxor,
corripis et culum te quoque habere refers.
Dixit idem quotiens lascivo Juno Tonanti?
Ille tamen grandi cum Ganymede jacet.
Incurvabat Hylan posito Tirynthius arcu:
tu Megaran credis non habuisse natis?
Torquebat Phoebum Daphne fugitiva: sed illas
Oebalius flammas jussit abire puer.
Briseis multum quamvis aversa jaceret,
Aeacidae propior levis amicus erat.
Parce tuis igitur dare mascula nomina rebus
teque puta cunnos, uxor, habere duos.

This wasn’t what I was looking for. But the final couplet has brightened my morning. Note also the innocent, rising tone of “Dixit idem quotiens lascivo Juno Tonanti….”

If I taught Martial in any of my occasional Latin courses, I’d almost certainly have the Plod on my back (er!)

O Saeclum insapiens et infacetum!

What are Chinese colleges like?


by Tim Swanson
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thelibertarianstandard/~3/o6FeKnxez5E/

For roughly three years I had the opportunity to live and work at two colleges out here in China. I could describe any number of observations but one that sticks out at this time is the role the Communist Party plays in curriculum. Continue reading

Brief Note on Original Performances


I’m presently finishing a book, and am otherwise busy with going through a student’s thesis. However, I’ve been listening in whatever breaks I can get to Beethoven S3, Hogwood/AAM. I don’t like their BS8 – brutal tempi, even if the metronome markings may call for them. BS3, though, is done very well. The tempi are much closer to what you get from Bohm/Klemperer/Karajan. The performance is generally civilised and well-balanced, and also exciting. What I particularly like is that I can hear the scoring, which is something you often don’t get with c20 mainstream performances. Continue reading

Persecution of the Churches: The Canary in the Mineshaft


Sock Puppet Report Touches A Nerve?


by Dick Puddlecote
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/DickPuddlecote/~3/IhqXRzibeSQ/sock-puppet-report-touches-nerve.html

A new graphic has appeared on the Cancer Research UK website, most probably following something the IEA said recently.

In the last 15 years, state funding of charities in Britain has increased significantly. 27,000 charities are now dependent on the government for more than 75 per cent of their income and the ‘voluntary sector’ receives more money from the state than it receives in voluntary donations.

It looks something like this. Continue reading

The Dialectic of Destruction


by Murray Rothbard
http://mises.org/daily/6045/The-Dialectic-of-Destruction

[This article is excerpted from volume 2, chapter 10 of An
Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought

(1995). An MP3 audio file of this chapter, narrated by Jeff
Riggenbach, is available
for download
.]

Some might protest that, in our discussion of communism, we have not mentioned the feature that is generally considered the hallmark of that system: the slogan, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This phrase seems to contradict our view that the essence of the communist society is a secularized religion rather than economics. The locus classicus, however, of Marx’s proclamation of this well-known slogan of French socialism, was in the course of his vitriolic Critique of the Gotha Program in 1875, in which Marx denounced the Lassallean deviationists who were forming the new German Social Democratic Party. And it is clear from the context of his discussion that this slogan is of minor and peripheral importance to Marx. In point 3 of his Critique, Marx is denouncing the clause of the program calling for communization of property and “equitable distribution of the proceeds of labour.” In the course of his discussion, Marx states that inequality of labor income is “inevitable in the first stage of communist society, … when it has just emerged after prolonged birth pangs from capitalist society. Right can never be higher than the economic structure of society and the cultural development thereby determined.” On the other hand, Marx goes on, Continue reading

Unilateral Free Trade


by Patrick Barron
http://mises.org/daily/6135/Unilateral-Free-Trade

The Only International Economic Policy That a Country Needs: “Mind Your Own Business and Set a Good Example.”

The international economic scene is dominated by state interventions at all levels. Daily we read of disputes over exchange-rate manipulation, protectionist tariffs followed by retaliatory tariffs, highly regulated free-trade blocs that erect trade barriers to nonbloc nations, bilateral trade agreements, and more. For instance, Great Britain is a member of the European Union (EU) but not of the European Monetary Union (EMU), meaning that it abides by all the regulations and pays all the assessments to remain a member of the EU in order to trade freely with the other members of the 27-country EU. But it does not use the common currency, the euro, which is used by only 17 of the EU members. British industry chafes at the many seemingly meaningless and bizarre regulations that raise the cost of British goods just so Britain can trade freely within the EU. Some regulations are so onerous that some British manufactures will be put out of business. The pro-EU faction in Britain, such as the leadership of the three main parties — the Conservatives, Labour, and the Liberal Democrats — recognizes the damage but proposes to lobby for special exemptions on a case-by-case basis. The anti-EU faction, led by the United Kingdom Independent Party (UKIP), wants Britain out of the EU entirely, arguing that the cost of membership is too great and that the loss of sovereignty is unconstitutional. The same debate can be seen within every EU nation to some degree. Continue reading

Booker: Gummer and a dodgy barrage


by Richard North
http://www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=83087

The jokes of the century, perhaps, are that the UK is a democracy and that members of our parliament actually represent our interests. Continue reading

Libertarianism and Liberalism: What Went Wrong


by Kevin Carson
http://c4ss.org/content/11951

Since the general theme of this blog is an anti-authoritarian entente – or even coalition – of diverse liberal and libertarian elements, one question that comes to mind is: “What are the most objectionable features of both establishment libertarianism, and establishment liberalism, from the standpoint of achieving such a coalition?” Continue reading

Civil Society or Manipulated Democracy?


by D.J. Webb

Libertarians have traditionally stressed the need for freedom, rather than democracy. There is a good reason for this: democracy is a way of selecting legislators, but contains no guarantee that legislators will not seek to become ever more intrusive in the lives of citizens. Furthermore, democracy, if interpreted as indicating widespread popular support for the political élite, may be used to justify state interventionism. A democracy can be a manipulated democracy and not a free society. Consequently, freedom and democracy are not equivalents, and are not necessarily even mutually supporting concepts. Continue reading

BBC ties itself in knots


David Davis

It’s droll to see the BBC refusing a sculpture of George Orwell, in that he’s “too left wing”.

By the same token, I wonder if they’d display one of Hitler, they not believing him to be left-wing at all (even though he was – hating the Communists mostly because he and they competed for the votes of the same political clientariat)?

RapeCrisis: yet another “fake charity”?


David Davis

Sean Gabb writes,  incidentally while he is not maintaining regular postings on the blog as he has other stuff to do…

“I did Rape Crisis over on the radio earlier. It’s denouncing George Galloway for his sensible comments on rape, and calling for all rape laws to be respected. One of the points I made was that RC can hardly be regarded as an independent voice. Bearing in mind that it gets the majority of its funding from the Home Office and the Equalities Unit, it should be regarded as a front for the British State – ie, it’s another fake charity. I didn’t actually accuse RC of corrupt motives, but did draw attention to the scale of funding and the fact that HMG would dearly love to put Julian Assange on the first plane to Stockholm.”
SIG

Sean points to the accounts, the most recent set available, which is not very recent by company-or-private-sector-standards and would get them heavily finded for lateness if they were a simple plumber or small retailer…which says in the small print at the back that:-

(1) “Rape Crisis” received in 2008, £6,285 from charitable and fundraising activities, and £103,750 from the Home Office, “Lankelly Chase” (which must be some place or other), “UNISON” and the Government Equalities Office”.

(2) In 2009, it received £11,214 from charitable and fundraising activities, and  £196.685 from the various collectivist sources stated just now above.

http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/Accounts/Ends80/0001119680_ac_20090331_e_c.pdf
I think that makes it a “fake charity, don’t you? It seems to exist to do PR to lobby the government into bring in laws that the government wants brought in.

Don’t get us wrong: we’re not saying that rape is good or all right, just because we are nasty, neoconservative-white-male-dominated mysogynistic-right-wing-fascist-capitalist-imperialist-libertarians. Just that FemiNazis have hijacked rape as an issue to take more power over individuals’ behaviours towards each other, and push that power further deeply into the hands of the state.

For those who don’t know what the concept of a fake charity means, go to http://www.fakecharities.org

I’ve always wanted to ask…what does our header-graphic say about us?


David Davis

While Sean Gabb is otherwise occupied (and he has stuff to do) I thought I’d do a bit of housekeeping. Could any commenter who would like to, tell us what our longtime header-illustration says to you about the Libertarain Alliance?….If anything at all?

No biasing to the question: just that.

Something about sex, drugs and rock-‘n-roll


David Davis

http://www.libertarian.co.uk/?q=node/540

And if you’d like to read about why libertarian societies would not deprive people of their cultural roots, go here:-

http://www.libertarian.co.uk/?q=node/544

 

Signing off for the Next Week or so


I’ve decided to have a rest from libertarian activism for the next ten days. I’m behind with a book, and my Baby Bear is permanently at home, pending her starting at school in September. If I break silence in the next week, please regard it as a certain weakness of resolve.

Sean

Blast from the Past: Lament for the Lords


I’ve just found this while looking for something else. I think events have proved me absolutely right – shame, though. SIG

From Free Life, Issue 34, October 1999 ISSN: 0260 5112

Editorial: Days of Shame and Degradation by Sean Gabb

As will be apparent from the Letters Page of the current issue, some of my readers have chosen to complain about the unrelievedly gloomy tone of my Editorials. This is a complaint that has been made at various times during the past eight years, and I propose to give it the same consideration now that I have always given it in the past. I will therefore proceed with my thoughts on the ejection of the hereditary Peers from the House of Lords. Continue reading

Alleged Frank Zappa Quote


“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it’s profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”

Lucid tentacles test ‘n sleeved – Hysterical Navels: Oh Aelric!


Possibly another waste of the state education budget – though also oddly flattering RB

Continue reading

Pussy Riot: From a trumpet with an uncertain voice


by Sean Gabb

Here is a link to the infamous Pussy Riot video. I know everyone important is frothing about the death of freedom in Russia. However, I have a number of observations:

1. They entered a place of worship and committed what any reasonable person would regard as blasphemy. It would be a different matter if they had uttered blasphemies other than here. But this surely makes a difference. After all, most of us would defend the right of a man to say that the Holocaust never happened. We might be less willing to defend him if he had crept into a synagogue to do so.

2. The place of worship they entered was the Church of Christ the Saviour. The original building was demolished by Stalin as one of the culminations of the Bolshevik war on superstition. Its rebuilding and reconsecration in the 1990s was a leading symbol of the return to normal civilisation.

3. If they had entered a mosque in Birmingham to do what they did, they would probably be looking at much the same time inside – that is, if they had survived – and all “people of goodwill” would be denouncing them as a collective Emma West.

4. Russia has at best a tenuous history of religious or any other kind of tolerance. Two years inside for this stikes me as rather moderate.

These points in mind, I feel sorry for anyone who gets two years in a Russian prison. But they brought this on themselves. They are lucky to get off so comparatively lightly. Most of the complaints are from people who diskile Putin’s Russia for its disinclination to bow before the neocon hegemony.

I may, of course, be missing something important. If so, I look forward to correction. SIG

Libertarian Self-Marginalization


by Kevin Carson
http://c4ss.org/content/11798

Go to the average mainstream libertarian venue on any given day, and you’re likely to see elaborate apologetics for corporate globalization, Wal-Mart, offshoring, Nike’s sweatshops, rising CO2 levels, income inequality and wealth concentration, CEO salaries, Big Pharma’s profits, and Microsoft’s market share, all based on the principles of “the free market”–coupled with strenuous denials of all of the perceived evils of corporate power because (as Henry Hazlitt explained at some place or other in PDF – Economics in One Lesson) the principles of the “free market” won’t allow it. Continue reading

Nice Review of Richard Blake’s Συνωμοσίες στη Ρώμη


http://www.palo.gr/cluster/articles/eidhseis-kypros/780/?clid=2822522

Στη Ρώμη, στις αρχές του 7ου αιώνα, μας μεταφέρει το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο και μας δείχνει τα πρώτα βήματα του Αλάριχου στην ανέλιξή του στην εκκλησιαστική ιστορία. Πρόκειται σαφέστατα για μια εγκληματική φυσιογνωμία, η οποία βαρύνεται για πολλά εγκλήματα που έκαναν οι χριστιανοί σε βάρος των Εθνικών και στο βιβλίο αυτό, το οποίο αποτελεί το πρώτο μέρος μιας τριλογίας, έχουμε την ευκαιρία να τον δούμε στα πρώτα του βήματα στη Ρώμη. Πρόκειται για ένα βιβλίο αρκετά διαφωτιστικό, το οποίο μας δίνει αρκετά ανάγλυφα το νεανικό χαρακτήρα ενός κοινού εγκληματία και με αρκετά καλή πλοκή. Εκείνο το οποίο με ξένισε είναι διάφοροι νεολογισμοί, οι οποίοι δεν ταιριάζουν με τη γλώσσα της εποχής και δεν ξέρω εάν υπάρχουν στο πρωτότυπο ή οφείλονται στη μετάφραση.

Ghosts of Athens, Reviewed by The Historical Novels Society


The Ghosts of Athens by Richard Blake

Athens of 612 AD is a decadent and vulnerable city, threatened by starving barbarian tribes. Richard Blake’s protagonist, Aelric, a senator of the Roman Empire of British origin, is ordered to divert his galley to the threatened city. He finds an explosive religious dispute underway, an unexplained corpse and the possibility of pagan ritual killing. The Ghosts of Athens is steeped in horror, mystery, intrigue and suspicion in a place that is a ghost of its glorious former self. Set in a little-explored period of history which Blake knows thoroughly, he crafts a suspenseful and fascinating historical thriller, in which it is difficult to discern who the villains really are. Continue reading

New Tech as a Force Multiplier and Equalizer: Bootstrapping the Alternative Economy


by Kevin Carson
http://c4ss.org/content/11842

Note: The stuff about wind power is just silly. The rest is an interesting attack on actually existing capitalism. Wage labour is unlikely to disappear entirely in a free society, because many people will continue to trade autonomy for security. I’m also not convinced by all the attacks on intellectual property and landlordism. But the state cartelisation of business on behalf of big business is undeniable. Ditto the liberating potential of much new technology. I’ve made a good income in recent years that only IT has made possible. SIG Continue reading

Iran: Ready for Global Jihad?


Here are some population pyramids for Iran I’ve just found here:

You don’t go to war when your birthrate has collapsed. Families with five sons might not grumble too much when one of them gets his head shot off in a war with Saddam Hussein c.1984. Families with one son will bribe or riot when the politicians start talking holy war.

Behind their bluster, or behind the wall of neocon propaganda, the Iranians are eager for a deal. It’s the same with the Chinese. It’s the same with the Russians.

About the only militarily important countries in the world not facing a demographic crisis are – er – Britain and the united States. Which countries have been most often to war in recent years?

This, on the other hand,


makes me want to dig up Lloyd George and stick his head on a spike.

http://britontour9.wordpress.com/2010/09/07/gassed-by-john-singer-sargent/

If you’ll pardon the vulgarity, this is piss-poor


Compared with the Soviets, the Nazis were mostly second rate in the arts. This, for example, looks more likely to provoke tears of laughter than reverence. Was the artist having a quiet laugh at the Fuhrer? Is he really meant to be shown with an erection?

As said, I know more about music than the visual arts. However, the only German music that has survived from the Nazi period is Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Lily Marlene. Neither stands comparison with the outpouring of genius over which Stalin presided.

Of course, much other Nazi art was better than this. But I’ve seen none to rank with the high points of socialist realism.

The Standard Bearer
Hubert Lanzinger’s Der Bannerträger (The Standard Bearer) is one of almost 10,000 works of German military and Nazi propaganda art the U.S. Army seized after the war as part of the effort to denazify German society. This and 400 other Nazi-era artworks still considered politically charged remain in the U.S. Army’s custody today.
Oil on wood, ca. 1934–36.

Credit: U.S. Army Center of Military History, Washington, D.C.

The Sole Justification I Can Find for the Second World War


is that it provided Shostakovich with the opportunity to write this:

Apolitical Comment


Watched a Prom video last night of Barenboim conducting Beethoven 8. I’m sure the East West Divan Orchestra is a very worthy thing, but it was a dreadful performance. The development seemed to fall apart. The second movement lacked grace. The fourth was interminable. A wasted half hour. Video now deleted.

Karajan good. Klemperer better.

More Socialist Realism


This one supplied by Rob Worsnop. I’m pretty good at explaining what I think about music and literature. I’m less fluent on the visual arts. But note the attention to detail here, the Great Leader’s indifference to his surroundings, his complete devotion to his work for the people. The room looks cold. The other chair is only temporarily empty. The use of the antique table as just a table heralds the beginning of a new and more rational age, etc, etc. It’s propaganda, and propaganda in the service of great evil. It’s also very good – and possibly even great – art.

Our own total state’s preferred “artist” seems to be Tracy Emin.

Isaak Brodsky – Lenin in Smoiny, 1917 [1930]

Isaak Izrailevich Brodsky (Sofiyevka, Ukraine, January 6, 1884 – Leningrad, August 14, 1939) was a Soviet painter whose work provided a blueprint for the art movement of socialist realism. He is known for his iconic portrayals of Lenin and idealised, carefully crafted paintings dedicated to the events of the Russian Civil War and the Bolshevik Revolution.

The 2012 Olympics and the deep sporting culture of Britain


by Robert Henderson
http://livinginamadhouse.wordpress.com/2012/08/14/the-2012-olympics-and-the-deep-sporting-culture-of-britain/

The breadth of British sporting involvement is readily shown by the performances in the 2012 Olympics.

The final medal tally for Britain was 65 – 29 Gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/aug/05/team-gb-every-olympic-medallist). These were obtained across 17 sports, more than half the sports on offer at the Olympics . Continue reading

Stalin is Back!


Went to the Socialist Realism exhibition in Bratislava last week. The 14 foot bronze of Stalin once stood in SNP Square, and was most impressive to behold.

I grant that, if you were unlucky enough to live in a communist police state, you might have a certain prejudice against the official arts of that state. As an outsider, I can find much socialist realism both technically sophisticated and even beautiful. The Nazis had their moments – see the 1936 Olympic opening ceremony – but generally fell short of this level of accomplishment.

Our own descent into totalitarianism, of course, has no compensating high achievement in the arts.

Here today – possibly gone tomorrow


Jacqui Smith: Writing shit.


by The Nameless Libertarian
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheDevilsKitchen/~3/4PbLQKIycqQ/jacqui-smith-writing-shit.html

It has to be said that I am not the world’s biggest fan of Boris Johnson. Yes, I get that he has charisma in an era of politics where charisma is a rarity, if not an almost extinct, quality. But the reality is that, in power, his policies are at best anodyne and at worst asinine. And no manufactured façade or pointless post-Olympics euphoria* can change that.

However, nothing can make me buy into the incumbent London mayor more than a hatchet job from the former Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith.

It begins with Smith showing just the most basic awareness of what has been happening in her chosen field (politics): Continue reading

Oldish Speech – I Think I Got It Just Right at the Time


The Conservative Challenge
By Sean Gabb
(Text of a Speech Given to a Conservative Association
On Friday the 16th October 2009)

Introduction

On Friday the 16th October 2009, I spoke to a Conservative Association in the South East of England. Though I did not video the event, and though –on account of the heated and not always good natured debate the followed my speech – I was asked not to identify the particular Association to which I spoke, I think what I said is worth recording. Therefore, I will write down my words as best I can recall them. I have suppressed all the questions, but carried some of the answers into the main text. Otherwise, I will try to keep the flavour of the original. Continue reading

Greenslime Propaganda: Fightback Down Under


Chapter One, Ghosts of Athens by Richard Blake


Buy your copies here!

Chapter One: Canterbury, Friday, 3rd April 688

The Ghosts of Athens (Aelric 4)The present chapter in my story begins five days ago. Oh, Jarrow to Canterbury is a three hundred mile journey, and you don’t cover much of that in five days. But I’m not starting from the day we set out from the monastery, with everyone waving us off and holding up his hands in prayer for our safety. Nor am I counting our interminable, though generally smooth, progress along the old military road, nor the changes of guard as we passed from one kingdom to another. I mention five days because it was then that I came, with young Brother Jeremy, to the silent ruins of what had, in the old days, been London, and prepared to step onto the bridge across the Thames. Continue reading

Sean Gabb Speech in Bratislava


http://www.libertarian.co.uk/multimedia/2012-08-09-iness-sig.mp3.mp3

On Thursday, the 9th August 2012, Sean Gabb spoke in Bratislava to the Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS) on the subject of “Libertarianism: Left or Right?”

He made the following points: Continue reading

Nice Review of Mr Blake’s Latest


by Jack England
http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R2SVEDJNSTU11J/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#R2SVEDJNSTU11J

The complex beauty of Richard Blake’s writing is the fine line the author treads between classicism and barbarism. On the one hand, our hero Aelric demurs with his eyebrow at former students for using impersonal Latin verbs in a personal way, and on the other hand, he stabs crass lumpen Anglo-Saxon peasants in the eye with rusting six-inch knives for daring to deliver him a discourtesy.

It’s all done in the best possible taste, of course, in a cornucopia of smells, tastes, sounds, and verbal effluence which delights both the cerebrum’s lobus frontalis and the brain stem’s medulla oblongata, and all ambrosic points in-between. This blends in well with the world that Aelric finds himself belched into, which teeters between the differing Roman empires of Caesar and Charlemagne.

Our hero drowns in a Varangian smorgasbord of complex Byzantine politics blended into the universal and basal political corruption clearly visible around us currently, in our failed centrally-planned world, in which paper-money currencies, socially-desirable orthodoxies, and politically-correct holy cows are crashing down in a manner highly reminiscent of the enslaving inflationary mess that the original Roman Empire descended into, in its final spasmodic death throes.

This is perhaps best summed up by my favourite line in ‘Ghosts of Athens': “I’ll grant you that it’s hard, in most settled places, to tell the difference between tax-collectors and bandits.”

On a less intellectual level, ‘Ghosts of Athens’ is simply a superb yarn of an irascible intelligent man dealing with a blindingly confused world, similar but different to the yarns of Cornwell’s Lieutenant Sharpe, O’Brian’s Captain Maturin, or even Pratchett’s Wizzard Rincewind, the egregious professor of cruel and unusual geography. Aelric is an egregious professor of the cruel and unusual human soul, and I highly recommend the contemplation of his latest inexcusable adventure in ‘Ghosts of Athens’.

Home at Last


by Sean Gabb

Just back from three weeks in Slovakia. I could write an epic poem about the homeward drive through Europe – a whole book would be devoted to the increasingly sleazy aspect of the German motorway services, and the increasingly dangerous driving of people whose cars have been registered in places like Holland and Germany. However, I will merely note that, despite 24 hours without sleep, I am watching the closing “ceremony” of the Olympic Games. It’s nearly as bad as the opening. All that restrains me from calling for a military coup is the knowledge that the Army probably couldn’t win a pitched battle with the pigs – oh, and the litre bottle of 47.5 per cent gin I picked up on the cross Channel ferry….

BBC E-Mail Addresses Wanted


I’m presently reconstructing the Libertarian Alliance mailing list, and notice I have very few BBC e-mail addresses on it. Is there anyone out there with a list of names and addresses for us to add to our spam list?

All help gratefully received.

Regards,

Sean

The Concupiscence of Hierarchy


by Kevin Carson
http://c4ss.org/content/11595

Shrinking or dismantling the state through political processes — running candidates, lobbying against various policies, etc. — is mostly a waste of time. The system’s rules are set up to favor the interests of those inside the corporate-state power structure, against those on the outside proposing fundamental change. And the big corporate players that benefit from the interventionist state will always have more lawyers and money to play the game with. Continue reading

Libertarian Alliance Welcomes Acquittal in “Extreme Porn” Case – but Where is Emma West?


Libertarian Alliance News Release
Contact Details: Dr Sean Gabb
07956 472 199, sean
Friday the 10th August 2012
Immediate release

The Libertarian Alliance welcomes the acquittal of Simon Walsh on the charge of possessing “extreme pornography.” It sees the acquittal as a victory for freedom of expression. Continue reading

Who is a libertarian, how, and why?


David Davis

Our good and old friend Tom Paine, over at The Last Ditch (I hope it’s not) is wondering if he is really a libertarian. It might be good if commenters here could go over there, read his self-interrogation, and offer him advice as to whether he is or not. Of course, it does not matter either way, for his heart is, as a classical liberal, in the right place.

I just feel in my heart that he’d like some advice from friends.

Well, I don’t know


David Davis

Some newspaper or other is saying that “New Labour” (in whatever way that differs from “Labour”) “fears” Boris Johnson more than Dave.

I don’t know. If that means that Dave is no longer electable and Boris Johnson is, then I guess I understand. The LA has no cause necessarily to love Boris Johnson, since, many years ago, he was equivocal to Sean gabb over something called the Candidlist, which I am sure Sean will explain to newer readers.

But this is what I said about the recent Louise Mensch business, over on facebook:-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9455344/Louise-Mensch-MP-quits-to-care-for-young-family.html
Because the Democraic-People’s English Revolutionary-Liberalist-Party is not yet in a position to field candidates, this is an opportunity

for UKIP. Want to know more…? Here’s why. Cprby is an ex-Labour Steel Town. (How many of you know under 50 know that it used to make steel?) Labour deserted its visceral-old-white-working-class supporters in Corby when the bottom fell out of British Steel, and when it therefore decided on richer farming-pickings elsewhere, owing to the facility of stealing the postal votes of non-English-speaking wives of immigrants in places like Blackburn, Bradford, Leicester and so on. It couldn’t do that in Corby for almost all voters were ethnic working-class-English, (and even their wives speak English….) So, rightly, it didn’t reinforce failure, and left Corby to be picked up by the Tories.

Since the Tories shan’t win here right now, and since the LimpDems won’t either (do pigs fly?) they should do a deal with UKIP (which _could_ win, possibly, in the absence of a Tory candidate) and stand down. They can campaign for UKIP if they want, which will:-
(1) do wonders for their public standing and respect and ability to listen to their own rank and file on the EUSSR,
(2) get seriously up the noses of the LimpDemNazis, open the future way for a UKIP-Tory deal (and on the EUSSR and when we leave and how)
(3) wrongfoot the GramscoLabourNazis totally, whose candidate is sunning himself in France right now,
(4) save them a load of money into the bargain,
(5) if the UKIP guy wins (improbable but not impossible //provided that// the Tories manage their publicity about his fight properly) and gets into the Commons, the Tories have an alternative classical-liberal-nonsocialist party to deal with in future (a great boon as they will one day find, I hope not too late), and the British People will be One Step Nearer To The Door Out Of Hell.

The point about this is that whereas the LabourNazis will lead us at gunpoint, fast, to the cattle trucks of hell, the ToryNazis in conjunction with their fascist running-dogs and lackeys of the intellectual-boss-classes the LibDemNazis, will do it almost as fast and by stealth.

It is time to offer the visceral guts of liberal conservatism in Britain some alternative getout strategy. Even if UKIP went the same way as the other big parties, at least it buys time.

Moving Toward War in Syria by Ron Paul


 

Moving Toward War in Syria

by Ron Paul

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Last week the House passed yet another bill placing sanctions on Iran and Syria, bringing us closer to another war in the Middle East. We are told that ever harsher sanctions finally will force the targeted nations to bend to our will. Yet the ineffectiveness of previous sanctions teaches us nothing; in truth sanctions lead to war more than they prevent war.

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Hoppe quote


“You cannot first establish a territorial monopoly of law and order and then expect that this monopolist will not make use of this awesome privilege of legislating in its own favor. Likewise: You cannot establish a territorial monopoly of paper money production and expect the monopolist not to use its power of printing up ever more money.”

- Hans-Herman Hoppe

Where is Emma West?


by Robert Henderson

The delay suggests they are trying to wear Emma West down by extending the wait so that she will eventually plead guilty. The authorities are terrified of a full trial following a not guilty plea. The reason given for the delay – yet more medical reports – is ludicrous because they have had more than 8 months to get whatever was needed. The only other (and related) explanation I can come up with is that the medical reports are part of an attempt to take her children away from her if she does not plead guilty and they need more time to prepare social service reports.

http://www.thisiscroydontoday.co.uk/Trial-alleged-YouTube-tram-racist-Emma-West-moved/story-16543355-detail/story.html

Well, at least there wasn’t a six-foot dancing penis


Well,  at least there wasn’t a six-foot dancing penis
Robert Henderson

Prior to the  opening ceremony of the  London Olympics,  the last time Britain put on a taxpayer-funded  entertainment that was  meant  to project the country to the world was on 31 January 1999.  The event was broadcast   from the  Dome (now the O2 Arena)  to mark the new millennium.  True to the politically correct  dicta of the time, the Millennium show  said precisely nothing about British history or culture and was an exceptionally  trite mishmash of  the “we are all one happy global family” variety of painfully right on exhortation and posturing  (see http://wwp.millennium-dome.com/news/news-dome-990916show.htm).  The lowlight of the show was a six-foot dancing penis. Tawdry is the word which comes to mind. Continue reading

Currently enduring the van aerial championship


Fencers dressed like spacemen, and no blood. Boring.

Sean Gabb Fails to See the Big Picture


http://www.radical-and-right.org/20110214.html

Sean Gabb fails to see the Big Picture
14 February 2011

It is the contention of the writers of this website that we are living through a revolution instigated by the rise to power in the US and UK (and many other ‘advanced’ countries) of the Media Class. We maintain that technological developments in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s created a new Class out of several already-existing and overlapping groups. The catalyst for the creation of the new Class was a TV in every home and the demand for continual programming (entertainment). From this sprang the marriage of television and Hollywood (and through Hollywood came its relatives – the Theater World, the Arts and Celebrity) and the contamination of News with entertainment. Not far behind, but inevitably, came the coalescence with Newsprint, Popular music, other Popular Entertainment, Pro-Sport, Advertizing and Fashion. Thus a Class was created and blessed with enormous power, for it possessed the means to control and make the News on which a Democratic people depend in order to make political and moral choices, and the power to use Entertainment as a subtle propaganda tool. It also acquired the power to create in the people an addiction to its own corrupting and corrupted products. Continue reading