My women and I spent yesterday with some friends who live in South East London. They gave us chapter and verse on a thoroughly dispiriting symbiosis of financially corrupt bureaucrats and quasi-bureaucrats and an underclass almost too radically degraded to count as human. To do justice to what I heard would take a long essay that I don’t currently have time to write. But I will give the instance I heard of an illiterate youth admitted to a college. He was let in so the college could get funding for him. Because of his illiteracy, he was provided with a “reader” and a “scribe,” presumably at further cost to the taxpayers.
It’s clear that, even if seriously intended, the Government’s welfare reforms are misconceived. I suspect that the only answer, short of cancelling all welfare entitlements without exception, is something like this: Continue reading
The more often I watch this, the more I am astonished and awed by it. Oh, to see it in a big cinema, with an orchestra playing! When Mr Blake goes to Hollywood, he will insist on similar spectacle.
The Beeb woke me at the crack of dawn to deal with these fatuous and endlessly-recycled lies about the tendency of porn to turn good men into sex-crazed zombies. Don’t be surprised if I sound as bored here as I felt. The most interesting thing for me about the interview was staring up at the contours of my bedroom ceiling.
Working gun made with 3D printer
By Rebecca Morelle Science reporter, BBC World Service, Texas
(The Libertarian Alliance’s officers have inserted a caveat at the end of the post.)
The BBC’s Rebecca Morelle saw the 3D-printed gun’s first test in Austin, Texas Continue reading
by L. Neil Smith
Note: I had a long Skype conversation last night with Neil. Right at the end, he pulled out a couple of his favourite guns. Such lovely objects they were – so cruel, perhaps, to show them to a man who could get five years minimum for possession of the same. But he is working on a plan to change that state of affairs. SIG Continue reading
by Richard North
Note: Worth reading and considering. Richard North is right that there is no point campaigning to leave the European Union, if it simply means handing back absolute and unaccountable power to the same rotten Establishment that got us there in the first place – and which, even if imperfectly, is kept under some control by the EU. SIG Continue reading
by Richard North
Note: I don’t always agree with Richard North’s analysis. In particular, I have much more respect for Nigel Farage than he has. However, his insistence that we should pay attention to the turnout in elections is one of the keys to understanding the current state of British politics. The electoral system is already biassed in favour of the Regime parties, so that an indifferent minority of the votes cast can produce a big majority of seats. Take this one step further – looking at percentage of the registered vote, rather than of the actual vote – and we see the beginnings of a crisis of legitimacy.
This isn’t all gloom, however. When turnout collapses, power, even in a system as corrupt as ours, can be seized by well-organised minorities. I saw this for myself when I was at universities. The lefties would follow a simple plan to take control of student union meetings. These would start with a vaguely representative attendance. The lefties would then hold up business for an hour with opaque points of order that would drive ordinary members off to the bar. Once the meeting was down close to “inquoracy,” we’d move on to motions of support for the IRA and so forth. Low turnouts nowadays are more likely to benefit movements from our own ideological community. SIG Continue reading
Any Questions, 2nd April 2010:
“I have a feeling that prohibition in this whole area simply isn’t working. Every year we say that we are going to fight the war on drugs harder than we have fought it the year before. And I think this is one of those areas of life, and, whilst people may find this distasteful, I think we need a proper full Royal Commission on this whole area of drugs to investigate whether perhaps life might be better for millions of people living on council estates that are dominated by the drugs dealers, that are dominated by the crime that surrounds, the money that people raise, to get these drugs, let’s find out through a Royal Commission whether perhaps we should decriminalise drugs, whether we should license them, license the users, and sell them at Boots – because frankly if you add up the costs of drugs to society the big problem is the fact that they’re criminal and everything that goes with that. And I think there is an argument that says if we decriminalised it we would make the lives of millions of people far better than they are today.”
No comment needed!
Sean Gabb and Libertarianism
by Keir Martland, May 3, 2013
In the first of a series of interviews with leading libertarians, Dr Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, discusses what libertarianism means to him. Dr Gabb is also author of around fifteen books (some novels, some poetry, others political) and has contributed to Lewrockwell.com and Vdare. The topics discussed in this interview include English reactionism and the ancient philosopher, Epicurus.
Keir Martland: Dr Gabb, thank you for agreeing to take part in this interview. Would you like to begin by saying how you arrived at libertarianism and what you mean by it?
Sean Gabb: To say that political opinions, or opinions about anything, are genetically determined would be absurd. However, I do believe that people are born with general dispositions that incline them to adopt certain opinions – or, when the range of known opinions is limited, to adapt certain opinions to their own nature. I think that is how it was with me. From my earliest childhood, I have never wanted to control others or to be controlled. I was brought up in a strongly Conservative family. That obviously influenced me. But I always found myself moving to the more liberal shades of conservatism. Also, I rejected socialism partly because it was The Other, but also because it struck me as a justification for control and even tyranny….. [More at
by Richard North
Note: I am minded of these lines from Kipling:
I could not dig: I dared not rob:
Therefore I lied to please the mob.
Now all my lies are proved untrue
And I must face the men I slew.
What tale shall serve me here among
Mine angry and defrauded young?
by Thomas Knapp
Note: Of course, I’m against any war unless it’s for the most unambiguous reasons of self-defence against aggression – eg the Norman Invasion. What really gets on my tits nowadays, though, is the endless chorus of self-righteous lying that accompanies our attacks on foreign countries. Where weapons of mass-destruction are concerned, Topolčaný is about 300 miles up the Danube from Belgrade. Even so, my father-in-law told me how, in 1999, his tomato crop and those of all his neighbours turned to black slime. God knows what the RAF was dumping on the Serbs. SIG Continue reading
“We’re going to do for Negroes exactly what Negroes did for the revolution. By which I mean: nothing.”
“The Negro is indolent and a lazy; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations.”
“The Negroes, those magnificent examples of the African race who have maintained their racial purity thanks to their lack of an affinity with bathing.”
“Given the prevailing lack of discipline, it would have been impossible to use Congolese machine-gunners to defend the base from air attack: they did not know how to handle their weapons and did not want to learn.”
(Che Guevara, Diaries)
He also apparently had people shot for being homosexuals.
Any chance we’ll see fewer of those stupid shirts?
Note: So many reviews all over the place, Mr Blake is barely able to keep up with them!
Conspiracies Of Rome ~ Richard Blake
Some periods in history are rarely represented within the realm of historical fiction, in large part because there is little known historically. However, as time passes and archaeologists, anthropologists, historians and, more often than not, nature walkers stumble onto finds or information that had been lost. However, in having little information about a particular period, a creative author can fill the gap. Without definitive information, the author can afford to take liberties that would be impossible for stories say, within the rather more well documented Tudor period. Why more authors don’t take this opportunity is, quite frankly a mystery to me. Continue reading
by Anna Raccoon
Note: My only point of disagreement with Mrs Raccoon is her comparison of the newspapers to the coal miners. Though it was rather expensive and not always reliable, the coal dug out by the members of the NUM was good for keeping us warm. For about a century now, the only worthwhile use for the newspapers has been supplanted by the manufacturers of toilet paper. SIG Continue reading
From Free Life, Issue 17, January 1993
ISSN: 0260 5112
Routledge, London, 1992, 251 pp., £12.50
(ISBN 0 415 08764 3(pbk))
The beginning of scepticism is to realise that I cannot be sure if material objects really exist. I can, for example, take up my snuff box. What do I perceive? I see an area of colour bounded by other colours. I feel a smooth hardness. I smell menthol. If I open the box and carry a pinch of snuff to my nose, I can describe further sensations, culminating in a brief but intense burning, followed by an agreeable change in my way of conceiving and ordering ideas. At all times, I perceive impressions of a snuff box, never the thing itself.
This is not an idle distinction, since I have often in dreams experienced all the normal impressions of an object without once later supposing that a real object had actually been there. For at least this reason, then, impressions and the objects to which they may refer are logically separable. Continue reading
More on the Persecution of the BNP
by Sean Gabb
(3rd January 2007)
One of my duties as Director of the Libertarian Alliance is to defend the right to free expression of people whose views I do not share. I do not perform this duty as often or as effectively as I might wish. But I begin the new year with another of my comments on the persecution of the British National Party. Continue reading
by Anomaly UK
Note: On the whole, I’d rather see a patch up of the existing order of things – less government, more sensible government, a general reconnection with the English past, and so on and so forth. It is possible, however, that things have gone too far, and that the next economic crisis will also bring on a terminal crisis of legitimacy. This being so, it is nice to see that someone is thinking hard about what may happen. SIG Continue reading
The Legacy of Margaret Thatcher
By Sean Gabb
Published in The Seoul Times, 25th April 2013
Because I’m busy on something else, this will be an abbreviated argument, and will be short on facts. But I feel obliged to give some explanation for my claim, made elsewhere, that Mrs. Margaret Thatcher did great harm to British industry and to the industrial working classes.
The lefties claim she pulled the plug out of the British economy in the early 1980s, and deliberately put millions of workers on the scrapheap. The Thatcherites claim that all she did was to allow the liquidation of previous malinvestments, and that the industrial concerns that failed were unviable. Both are wrong, but I suspect the lefties – if for other reasons than they normally give – may be less wrong than the Thatcherites. Continue reading