As I get older and older ( I have already outlived our old chum Chris Tame by almost seven years – and I never imagined that I would be talking about being er, sort of, er, old) the world seems to lurch from one cock-up to another, or one disaster to another. Most are government-mediated. It’s difficult, sometimes, to distinguish a “natural” disaster like an earthquake from a government-mediated one such as the “banking crisis”. Both kinds usually result in lost and wasted resources: the poorer the country, the more the UN wastes in hotels, escort girls. “feasibility-studies” and jet-flights: and the bigger the bank, the more the Treasury wastes in “bail-out-funds” and the like (see above.)
Age seems to lend a sort of perspective, that you never knew was there for you to use. It’s almost as though you are in fact receeding from the world, and so you can see the bigger picture, but everything is tiny. I didn’t mean the post to be about this, but let’s now look at some of our politicians.
(1) Alex Salmond (who is this tiny person?) is agging about being the master of a tiny fraction of a pale blue dot. For a little time only. And most of it is brown or grey as seen from space.
(2) David Cameron is trying to ride two tiny horses at once, going in different directions. He’s pretending to say that he’s pretending to say that he would rather, sort of, er, like to stage a referendum about the EUSSR, in, er, 2017…? Lots of people would like this to happen now, but it won’t for some reason – And he’s pretending to say that gays and stuff should be able to do what they want statutorily in churches, as if this mattered to anyone except (certain sorts of) people, most of whom won’t vote for him anyway, because lots of them get money for voting for what they are paid to vote for, from elsewhere.
This, as horses go, is extremely tiny, and I can’t figure out how he was advised that this was a big horse, with polling power. (I’m not blaming anyone here for taking the money: I’m just saying how I see that it is.) So what he is really doing is re-arranging the deckchairs on the deck of the Titanic.
(3) All modern states, with the possible exception of ChindoBrazilia and Iceland, are bust, bankrupt, potless (can you name another adjective please?) and yet the charade-game carries on, and we all try to pretend to pretend that the looters and moochers have not actually pissed away all the money.
This is all rather depressing, and I really think we libertarians ought to address ourselves to the matter of what’s to be done constructively about these various disasters. Some of us have young children, so we have to be self-interested here: we have brought these little people into the world through no fault of our own or theirs, and their lives will be affected by the GramscoFabiaNazi activities of persons who were alive and grabbing millions, long before these little children arrived.