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Peace Through Superior Firepower


David Davis

Three and more decades ago, when the Libertarian Alliance kept “The Alternative Bookshop” in Covent Garden, we used to print badges that said useful things to people: rather as if we were Marxists-Turned-Upside-Down – in the words of one of my very perceptive and incisive University chums.


I call this badge to mind [I have kept in the Main Lower Library's Archive Of Objects an example of all the best ones we made] in view of the events of Thursday et-seq. If the Liberal Capitalist West was properly at “Defence-Stations” – and it is not – then it is quite inconceivable that the Russian dictatorship-Junta would even dare to contemplate thinking even privately of destabilizing Ukraine to chew off bits of it – let alone (worse) inveigling traitorous Marxist-sympathisers within Ukraine to do so as its catspaws.


Incidentally we also wouldn’t have more than a light regional but nugatory difficulty with “Islam”: which it is believed is a sort of mysogynistic pre-capitalist desert-survival-guide, but which most of its tacit adherents resignedly accept the Fatwa that it is a “Religion”. For the individual human costs of trying to “leave” it, as prescribed in its Book, don’t bear thinking about.

A major and exact historical parallel, in the same continent, is in front of our noses. In 1938 as you all know, this is when the Third Reich privately egged on the Sudeten-”Germans” under the fascistleftoid Nazi Conrad Henlein, in their efforts to dismember Czechosolvakia. In that instance a major reason was the intended confiscation of Europe’s third largest military organisation, plus the hijacking of Czech and Slovak heavy industry like the Skoda armaments-complex. The Czechoslovak Army alone fielded 43 divisions in that year, not counting its armour-capability.
Eastern Ukraine, as you all know, contains the major part of that country’s industrial and coal mining areas.

I leave you all to draw your own conclusions.

In the meantime, as War Secretary, I’ll ensure that all Anglosphere Nations that wish to “travel with us on the Rad Map For Peace”  – the proper one, not the US Democratic Party one – at the very least, are armed to the teeth, without any sort of restriction.
I’ll also be tearing up the Ottawa Treaty and denouncing it on behalf of the UK, for which I will have defence responsibility. It will be my decision, taken in the UK’s best interests. It’s no other nation’s damn business whether we choose to deploy “airfield denial weapons” or not, for example.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa_Treaty

Event in Deal Library


Meet the author – Richard Blake

KCC events, Talks & Presentations

Deal Library , Deal

Meet local author Sean Gabb writing as Richard Blake at Deal Library for an insight into his historical fiction writing.

Sean Gabb is a historian, broadcaster and university lecturer and lives in the Deal area. He has written eight fiction books some under the name Richard Blake.
He has also written for The Times and the Birmingham Post. Sean has also written a number of nonfiction political titles.

Saturday 19th July 2014

11.00 am

Venue

Deal Library
Broad Street
Deal
CT14 6ER

John Peaseland, Any Seaside Town


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A Brief Guide to Self-Publishing and a free book offer


by Sean Gabb

Dear All,

I commend the attached article on self-publication. If you are interested in publishing yourself, but don’t know where to begin, this is a good overview of the current options. I write from long experience, even if some of my earlier efforts illustrate one of the big mistakes I warn against – this being the need to get someone else to read your work before you hit the publish button. No matter how well you think you’ve proofed something, you will tend to read what you think ought to be on the page, not what is there. I crawl with horrified shame at some of the howlers I used to let through.

But the other function of this post is to follow the advice I give about free gifts. In 2006, I published my first novel, The Column of Phocas. This was well-received at the time, and led to six commissions from Hodder & Stoughton and translations into half a dozen languages. Because I withdrew it from sale, I still have three boxes left from the second impression. Continue reading

Justice Denied: The Reality of the International Criminal Court


AFRICA RESEARCH CENTRE
“Ex Africa semper aliquid novi”
africaresearchcentre@gmail.com

JUSTICE DENIED:
THE REALITY OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

The Africa Research Centre has published Justice Denied: The Reality of the International Criminal Court, a 610-page study of the International Criminal Court by Dr David Hoile.

The book is available to read or download at <www.africaresearchcentre.org>

Justice Denied: The Reality of the International Criminal Court finds the ICC, established in 2002 by the Rome Statute, to be unfit for purpose. The ICC’s claims to international jurisdiction and judicial independence are institutionally flawed and the Court’s reputation has been irretrievably damaged by its racism, blatant double-standards, hypocrisy, corruption and serious judicial irregularities. The study demonstrates that while the ICC presents itself as the world’s court this is not the case. Its members represent just over one quarter of the world’s population: China, Russia, the United States, India, Pakistan and Indonesia are just some of the many countries that have remained outside of the Court’s jurisdiction. The author points out that a court is only as credible as its independence. Far from being an independent and impartial court, the ICC’s own statute grants special “prosecutorial” rights of referral and deferral to the Security Council – by default its five permanent members (three of which are not even ICC members). Political interference in the legal process was thus made part of the Court’s founding terms of reference. The Court is also inextricably tied to the European Union which provides over 60 percent of its funding. The EU is additionally guilty of blatant political and economic blackmail in tying aid for developing countries to ICC membership. The expression, “He who pays the piper calls the tune”, could not be more appropriate. Continue reading

Prof Richard Tol speaking in Westminster 7th July 2014


Palace of Westminster
Wednesday 7th July 2014
Committee Room 10* 2pm – 4pm

The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and its Implications for UK Climate Policy
Dr. Richard S.J. Tol
Professor of the Economics of Climate Change
University of Sussex Institute for Environmental Studies & Department of Spatial Economics
Co-editor Energy Economics

Arranged by Sammy Wilson MP

for www.repealtheact.org.uk further information: physics.services@gmail.com philip.foster17@ntlworld.com 01480 399098

* These room bookings can change venue without warning – so check on arrival. Allow the usual time for security etc.

Hoppe Coming to England


Inter-Disciplinary Symposium on Business Ethics & Business/Economic History:

“The Challenges of Capitalism for the Common Good”

This one day research symposium takes place at Henley Business School, the University of Reading on Tuesday 17 June 2014.

The symposium focuses on the evolution of relations and constructions of moral values in key social classes influencing the definition of common good, and how it affects the economy and society.

The first part of the day is a historical focus on the pre-modern, medieval and modern relations between merchants and kings and their relevance in current challenges of business ethics in a forward-thinking academic community. It explores competing and complementary perspectives on societal perceptions of virtue and morality. Distinguished speakers are Professor Agustín González Enciso, Professor Daryl Koehn, Dr Alisdair Dobie and Prof. Dr H. H. Hoppe. Continue reading

Declare OPEN-SEASON on British GramscoFabiaNazis: “Practical tips for liberals in Britain”, no-1 in a series.


David Davis

The continuing BritishPolitical-EnemyClass tactical-assault-strike on UKIP is something I find increasingly annoying and , well, not even “low” but actually rather worse. (I say “Low”, as the Warnock-droidette once said about Thatcher – “just “low”) but, well, simply Nazi. It’s exactly what Hitler used to do in the press and in speeches and in his “apparitions”, to his enemies.

It’s only a “tactical assault”, for what it tries to do is boot over UKIP’s milk-pail each day. A “strategic assault” is the EnemyClass’s _effort to kill the cows_ … But I don’t think this has begun yet: wait a few days more.

So something has to be done. Since it seems to be open-season on UKIP, with the media hysterically and furiously trawling all social media going back for the last 100,000 years, for any slightly-non-politically-correct-stuff that some _nobody_ said about something five hundred years ago, I suggest a new smear-campaign.

It’s called
“SMEAR A LEFTY A DAY…KEEP THE STASI AT BAY!”

“MAKE SURE TO SMEAR YOUR FIVE-A-DAY,
AND THUS KEEP HEALTHY EVERY WAY!”

And the people can sing and chant to this one:- If you smear your-five-a-day…lefty bastards will all say…”let us now all go away.” Chorus: “UT! UT! UT!”

It’s slightly hard to know exactly what to do about this. But Continue reading

Iveta Bartošová RIP


I believe she has thrown herself under a railway train outside Prague. Every Czech and Slovak over the age of five is probably familiar with her recreation of the theme from Tři oříšky pro Popelku. Its composer, Karel Svoboda, shot himself in 2007. Soon, Prague will be entirely given over to various kinds of banker.

Apologies re Duplicated Posting


Earlier today, we published an article by Roger Helmer MEP. Sadly, it went out in spam mode, and was published 177 times. Luckily, we noticed before it went up 25,000 times. We can only apologise for any nuisance we may have caused.

Nicholas Dykes: An Update


by Nicholas Dykes

Note: Our very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. SIG

Hi again, Sean,

As promised, some details: I had something called a subarachnoid haemorrhage, a rarish kind of stroke, at 6.30 am on Sunday 24 November, falling on the floor in front of my wife and making horrible noises. Happily she’s good in a crisis and with the help of a kindly neighbour had me in an ambulance pdq. I was taken first to Hereford, then to a new Hospital in Birmingham, the Queen E, where I was operated on next day. The NHS has its moments. I have handsome scar on my forehead, looks as though someone hit me with a axe. Continue reading

The April 2014 issue of The Individual


The April 2014 issue of The Individual, the journal of the Society for Individual Freedom, is now available from the SIF’s website as a free PDF download.

http://www.individualist.org.uk/publications/

CONTENTS

The Continued Erosion of Freedom in Britain Today – Dr Jeremy Dunning-Davies
A ‘Benevolent’ Cartel: Minimum Wages and Monopoly Prices – Richard Garner
Freedom Around the World: An International Analysis – Dr Nigel Gervas Meek

Terence DuQuesne: Obituary for a Pagan


by Alexander Baron
http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/16942364/content/104502759-thunder-and-lotus

Terence Duquesne (1942-2014)Egyptologist, classical scholar and author Terence DuQuesne died in a Croydon hospital, Thursday, April 17; he had been ill for some time. The following obituary was compiled with some assistance from his executor.

Born at Cambridge in 1942, he won scholarships to Dulwich and Oxford. He was the author or co-author of more than a dozen books including the 1964 critical bibliography Catalogi Librorum Eroticorum, and the 1986 study Britain: An Unfree Country, which he co-wrote with Edward Goodman. His expertise led to his being invited to write the entry for imiut in the on-line UCLA Encyclopedia Of Egyptology. He also published three volumes of his own poetry including Caduceus.

By the age of 13, the young Terry Deakin was already reading Greek poetry in the original. He is said to have claimed that one of his main motivations for learning ancient Greek was to be able to read Sappho in her original language. In 1990, he published a translation of her works after rejecting earlier renditions as “dull and distorted reflexions”.

Terence Duquesne was active in the Libertarian movement; in 1986 he published Illicit Drugs: Myth And Reality for the Libertarian Alliance. This was presented to the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.

He was also a practising pagan, and in his will dated June 8, 2004, he directed “on no account shall my body be buried or the ashes from my cremation be placed in ground consecrated to the Christian religion”. His patron deity was Anubis, the jackal-headed God of the Dead, and it is hardly surprising that he should have published a new translation of the Egyptian Book Of The Dead. Continue reading

Problem with Comments


Another problem with comments on this Blog. Some are going into our spam trap. Others are going into a moderation file. It sometimes takes half a day before we notice this has happened. Apologies when this happens.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as WordPress sorts itself out. In the meantime, some comments may take a while to appear.

Watch your arses (number-142a)


David Davis

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/10605328/EU-has-secret-plan-for-police-to-remote-stop-cars.html

A number of years ago, Richard Littlejohn wrote about the EU using this dreadful device in his novel “To Hell In A Handcart”. In his story, the people win. I’m not so sure about how reality will pan out.

Now, people, do you still want to remain in the EU after reading this? Expect the cars of all libertarian, classical-liberal and other anti-EU bloggers to be “remotely stopped” frequently.

Many years before this, in fact in about 1985, Bernard Adamczewski gave a talk at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, saying that the coming technological revolution (this was before the internet, remember) would free people from government tyranny. He seems to have become wrong about this.

(I know when it was, for I have a b/w photo of him and me talking there, on the wall of my Library. And I know which suits and tie I wore that year.)

I think that few of us spotted this one coming. EU reintroduces death penalty via LISBON “in the case of war, riots, upheaval”


David Davis

http://www.archbishop-cranmer.blogspot.co.uk/2008/04/lisbon-treaty-introduces-eu-wide-death.html

I think it might be time to flag this one to The Faithful. Some of us may not have noticed it – I certainly didn’t. Do you read Eurotreaties? I do not, for I have not time.

And since it was in a footnote to a footnote to something that few if any normal people would be willing or able to spend the time reading through comprehensively, we all might be forgiven.

The entire notion now throws, into ever-sharper focus, this Nation’s relationship with the EU. I have nothing to add to that sentence for you may all have your own thoughts.

As we all know, I am not in favour of modern States being able to take life: this is because in all cases the right to do that to another human has been denied by the state’s law.

If I have not a right to end someone’s life who has wronged me and mine, and if my arms and guns and kitchen-knives and screwdrivers have been seized off me in that regard,  then I also have not the right to delegate that right to Continue reading

New Book by Keith Preston


Attack the System

Attack the System

Product Code: 978-0-9927365-0-7 Book: Attack the System Author: Keith Preston ISBN-13: 978-0-9927365-0-7 Binding: Paperback Publisher: Black House Publishing Ltd Number Of Pages: 466 booklanguage: English Reward Points: 0 Availability: In Stock

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Modern anarchist movements have existed for over 150 years. The blag flag of anarchy remains a symbol of political rebellion, particularly for restless or disenchanted young people. However, Keith Preston argues in this volume that anarchism has reached a crossroads as a political philosophy. He criticizes many contemporary anarchists as anachronistic, shallow, or even status quo in their thinking. It is Preston’s contention that anarchist movements will have to grow intellectually and forge new strategic paths for themselves if they are to become politically relevant in the twenty-first century.

Preston offers a substantive critique of not only his fellow anarchists, but of the condition of Western civilization itself. He recognizes the process of unprecedented centralization of political and economic power that is now taking place on a global scale. Preston’s response is an unhesitating call for revolutionary action against this emerging global order. He likewise offers a critique of the inadequacies of the both the Left and Right and suggests this archaic model of the political spectrum should be discarded. It is Keith Preston’s contention that anarchism should reclaim the position it held over a century ago, that of the premiere revolutionary movement throughout the world.

Preston introduces his visionary tactic of “pan-secessionism” as a means of developing mutual cooperation between resistance movements with widely varying cultural and ideological values. Drawing upon an eclectic array of philosophical and historical currents, Keith Preston offers a revolutionary political vision of decentralized pluralism manifested as a world of self-managed communities.

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Curse of Babylon Out Today in Paperback


Ghosts of Athens

Happy Christmas and a Free and Prosperous 2014


Virgin and Child enthroned (867), apse mosaic in the Great Church in Constantinople

A Happy Christmas from The Libertarian Alliance

Nicholas Dykes


Kevin MacFarlane has e-mailed me as given below in dark blue. On behalf of the Libertarian Alliance, I send Nick all good wishes for a speedy and a full recovery. Our thoughts are with him this Christmas. SIG

I received a voicemail from Nick Dykes the other day asking me to tell everyone that he is still alive. He suffered a stroke a few weeks ago as described to me by his wife…

‘It was a “subarachnoid haemorrhage” and happened very early on the Sunday morning, the paramedic came very quickly and he was taken first to Hereford and then on to the QE in Birmingham.  He was out of intensive care by the Thursday, back in on Monday with pneumonia but is now making good progress.  His left side was very weak but that has improved enormously and although he is very muddled, to our amazement yesterday, he answered 14 clues in the Telegraph quick crossword!  He is also giving us lots of philosophical thoughts!

So, it has been a bit of a roller coaster but I am very pleased with his progress. I don’t know how long he is going to be in B’ham but I think he will go back to Hereford before coming home.’

In his voicemail message he did appear sound of mind but I’ve no idea what physical damage may have ensued.

On the Death of Lenin


On The Death Of Lenin

First Published: Pravda, January 30, 1924;
Source: J. V. Stalin, Selected Works, The “8 Nëntori” Publishing House, Albania, 1979;
Transcription and Mark-up: B. and Mike B., August 2004

Comrades, we Communists are people of a special mould. We are made of a special stuff. We are those who form the army of the great proletarian strategist, the army of Comrade Lenin. There is nothing higher than the honour of belonging to this army. There is nothing higher than the title of member of the Party whose founder and leader was Comrade Lenin. It is not given to everyone to be a member of such a party. It is the sons of the working class, the sons of want and struggle, the sons of incredible privation and heroic effort who before all should be members of such a party. That is why the Party of the Leninists, the Party of the Communists, is also called the Party of the working class.

DEPARTING FROM US, COMRADE LENIN ENJOINED US TO HOLD HIGH AND GUARD THE PURITY OF THE GREAT TITLE OF MEMBER OF THE PARTY, WE VOW TO YOU, COMRADE LENIN, WE SHALL FULFIL YOUR BEHEST WITH HONOUR! Continue reading

Rejoice?


Now all the tests have been done, Dr Choi assures me that the lump on my right testicle is not cancer and is unlikely to kill me. It still hurts, though. It feels like someone is jamming a sharpened pencil into the afflicted part.

Article to follow when the balance of my mind has returned to what counts with me as normal – plus when I’ve decided it won’t tempt providence to write about my experiences of the past nine days.

Indeed, I will write an article. Dr Tame and my father-in-law might both still be alive if they’d hit the panic button like I did, rather than choosing to hope for the best until it was too late. Though it turned out there was nothing seriously wrong with me, that didn’t mean I was mistaken to take immediate action. The least I can do is preach the gospel of hypochondria to all who will listen.

But, oh, the pain, the continuing PAIN….

New Member of Libertarian Alliance Committee


I am both delighted and honoured to be able to announce that Professor John Kersey has accepted our invitation to join the Committee of the Libertarian Alliance as Director of Cultural Affairs.

A most distinguished musician, theologian, educator, essayist and traditionalist and libertarian, John has been very active on the LA Blog during the past few months. He brings considerable strengths to our organisation.

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You Have All Been Warned!


Why I’m not Wearing a Poppy


Why I’m not Wearing a Poppy
by D.J. Webb

Once again the annual row on the wearing of poppies is taking place. The powers that be are against patriotism on principle, although there is considerable contradiction in running a society and not being supportive of it. However, the issue has been rather muddied for me by Britain‘s habit of sending young men abroad into wars that have no conceivable connection to our national interest. I support our soldiers unconditionally, whether the wars are justified or not, as they are British soldiers. I also feel very sorry for those wounded, or killed, in wars staged for the convenience of the liberal elite. But I have not worn a poppy for several years now. Continue reading

Libertarian Alliance Appeal


The Libertarian Alliance has had a bill for £700 for Internet services. I can pay this out of my own pocket, but would rather not. Would anyone like to contribute towards payment? Any excess will be spent on posting some of our books to public and university libraries.

We are the oldest and most prominent libertarian movement in the United Kingdom. Our blog is filled with interesting and original essays. Our spokesmen are on the radio at least once a week. In the past year alone, our Officers have published four books. My obituary of Margaret Thatcher was reprinted in full by The Independent. Our material is republished in newspapers all over the world. Whether to get someone on air, or just to talk something through, we are the first point of contact for much of the British media.

Our only failing is our inability to ask for money. We are far too polite to join in the competitive begging of other organisations. We get round this by keeping our total costs to about £2000 a year, and by covering all shortfalls in funding from our own resources. Our total income is probably less than other less active organisations spend on tea and biscuits. However, my wife is angry with me today. She says she doesn’t expect the Libertarian Alliance to make a profit – but that I should do something to make it cover its main operating costs.

So here is my appeal for donations. You can send cheques to our London maildrop – Suite 35, 2 Lansdowne Row, London W1J 6HL, England. Or you can send money directly, via credit card and PayPal, to here.

Oh, and here is our general page by which we solicit donations: http://www.libertarian.co.uk/?q=node/220

Every little helps, and will be privately acknowledged. Anyone who gives us more than £100 will get a signed copy of my new book in defence of freedom of speech.

Regards,

Sean Gabb

Spam Filter Again


I have just unblocked more alleged spam by Neil Lock, Mr Ecks and Keir Martland.

This is really getting on my tits. A man of my age and eminence should not have to spend so much of his time sifting through hundreds of spam comments about penis enlargements and fake leather coats. I am in need of neither.

Sadly, I can see no alternative.

Summer Sale: The Churchill Memorandum


I have reduced the Kindle price of The Churchill Memorandum to £2.70.

Buy before I change the price again.

Yet Another Novel by Richard Blake


The Curse of Babylon
by Richard Blake
Published by Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 1st August 2013
496pp, £14.99
Kindle Version £7.99
ISBN: 8-1444709735

Richard Blake’s novel The Curse of Babylon, is due out on the 1st August 2013, from Hodder & Stoughton. His earlier novels have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Greek, Hungarian, Slovak and Complex Chinese. This is the sixth in his series of critically-acclaimed and internationally best-selling historical thrillers. Continue reading

Problems with this Blog


For the past few weeks, comments have been going at random into our spam filter. Now, for the past few days, I’ve had problems accessing the blog. Half the time, it seems to be down.

Is this a problem at my end? If so, it affects all the computers on my home network. Or is it a general problem? If so, any help or advice would be much appreciated.

Ode on the Birth of a Son to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge


by Jasmine Kwe Kwe Akimbo

Praise be to Balding Billy,
Whose heir will have a willy,
Which, thank God, will surely mean
Not another bloody Queen.

Miss Akimbo is Chair of the Lewisham Poetry Collective

Congratulations


On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Alliance, I wish to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son.

Ode on my new Sheaffer Imperial 444


I have a pretty pen.
It makes me young again,
And just like other men,
To have a pretty pen.

David Botsford RIP


I’ve just heard from Kevin McFarlane that David Botsford died earlier this month in London of a suspected heart attack. He was 49.

He was, in the 1980s and 90s, one of the most prolific Libertarian Alliance authors. Here is a partial listing of his writings for us:

http://www.libertarian.co.uk/?q=search/node/David%20Botsford

I will, when I have more facts, write an obituary. Until then, my sympathies to all his friends and loved ones. Here is the longest notice of his death that Nigel Meek has been able to find:

Former British Weekly columnist David Botsford dead at 49

July 12, 2013 5:02 pm

The British Weekly received some sad news on Thursday with the death of David Botsford, a former columnist for this newspaper, and an occasional guest editor, most recently in April of 2012. David died at his mother’s home in central London. The cause of death was not available at press time. He was just 49 years old.

David Botsford (left) was a history graduate of King’s College, London, who held a variety of jobs in film production, editing and information technology before moving into hypnotherapy in the early 1990s. He had a busy practice in London’s Notting Hill and Harley Street, specializing in smoking cessation and eating disorders. He moved to Florida four years ago, hoping to expand his business into the American market.

David was a talented writer and a kind and generous friend to all who knew him. He was also a gifted raconteur and a lively dinner table companion. As one of his friends wrote this week on Facebook: ‘Whenever David was around there was never a dull moment, he always had something interesting to say whatever the subject being discussed and liked nothing better than the intellectual challenge of arguing against the status quo.’

David leaves behind his sister, Elizabeth, and his mother, Pamela. He will be greatly missed by this newspaper, and by all those who had the privilege of knowing him.

New Book from Sean Gabb, Coming Soon


Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely ProspectsNote: The Cover isn’t quite finished yet. Also, this is the de luxe edition for libraries and collectors with money to burn. There will soon be paperback and Kindle editions at much lower prices. However, the hardback cover will be fully settled by Monday. If you want to add it to your library, or present it as a gift to one of those hard-to-please loved ones, please feel free to buy a copy.

Problem with Comments


For some reason I don’t understand, comments on this blog by David Webb, Ian B, David Wiggins and Paul Marks are being marked as spam. I’m currently not able to investigate this, but will do what I can to see that normal service is maintained.

A Small Step to the Restoration of Free Speech


http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/a_to_c/communications_sent_via_social_media/index.html

Note: The Libertarian Alliance did send a long complaint last year to the Director of Public Prosecutions, all about the censorship laws. I wrote this while in Slovakia, and am unable to lay hands on it at the moment. However, we can claim a tiny share of the credit for these new guidelines. We did suggest that the laws in question should simply be repealed. For the moment, this will do. SIG Continue reading

Young Man Wanted


Note: If you fancy applying for this, don’t mention that you saw the advert here. Do that, and you’ll find yourself counting the paving stones in Great Smith Street. SIG Continue reading

Berlin International Libertarian Meetup


Found on www.Freiheitsfreunde.net

Join us on June 27 at 8 pm at Brauhaus Lemke next to Hackescher Markt!

English-speaking Libertarians in Berlin meet for drinks and networking every fourth Thursday each month!

Brauhaus Lemke is a Berlin Brewhouse that brews and serves its own beer. If the weather is nice we will be able to meet outside in the beer garden!

Please register by replying sending an email to: international.berlin@freiheitsfreunde.net

Invitations for future events will be sent to the subscribers of this group.

Veranstalter: Berlin International Libertarian Meetup
Kontakt: Michael Helfer, Gregor Schulmeister, Denis Maciel
Beginn: 20:00 Uhr
Ende: 22:30 Uhr
Adresse: Brauhaus Lemke, Dircksenstraße, S-Bahn-Bogen 143, 10178 Berlin, brauhaus-lemke.de

Director’s Bulletin, 26th May 2013


Sean Gabb

Here, to entertain or instruct, is a fairly complete listing of Libertarian Alliance publications from the past few months.

I am pleased to say that our Blog has now been joined by several other contributors, and that it is now easily the most active and intellectually rigorous libertarian blog in Britain. Persistence aside, we have achieved this in a number of ways. First, we insist on good writing. Second, we insist on writing at length. Third we make a point of not moderating comments unless they seem likely to get us into trouble with the authorities. The result is comfort in diversity.

This can be seen to best effect, perhaps, in our extended symposium on the Legacy of Margaret Thatcher. Here, comments range from the savage to the eulogistic. She was always a divisive figure among libertarians, and it would have been ridiculous not to let this be reflected in our coverage. This drew wide attention. My own essays on her were republished in newspapers all over the world, and one of them was reprinted by The Independent.

I have grouped essays roughly in order of theme, though This should be seen as a very rough grouping.

If you want to contribute to our Blog as an author, do contact me. Otherwise, feel free to comment on any of the published essays. Frequently, the comments are at least as interesting as the main posting. This is partly because we tend to attract intelligent and fluent commenters, and partly because, as said, we hardly ever moderate what comments are posted.

As ever, I give some attention to the novels of Richard Blake. He is England’s only libertarian novelist published within the mainstream. You can buy any of his books by following the links on the right sidebar of our Blog.

Otherwise, do feel free to make a financial donation to our efforts. The Libertarian Alliance is a unique institution in England and within the libertarian movement at large. We are outspoken on issues where other people duck for cover. We receive no corporate support. Our budget is so minimal, I no longer strain credulity by revealing it. Please add to it! Go here to donate.

Sean Gabb
Director

Talkin’-’bout my Generation


David Davis

In the late afternoons of our lives, various thoughts occur. I had a cyberchat with my colleague, the Dear Leader of the Libertarian Alliance, Dr Sean Gabb, at some indeterminate time overnight last night. We both agreed on some things:- Continue reading

Emma Goldman: Anarchism and Other Essays, with a new introduction by Keith Preston


Available from Black House Publishing at Amazon.Com

Emma Goldman is often depicted in current academic discourse as a mere prototypical feminist and socialist. Yet this collection of essays by Goldman reveals that she often expressed ideas which many of her present day admirers might find surprising and unsettling. She distrusted the proletariat, wrote disdainfully of the early feminists who were her contemporaries, and even expressed scepticism of women’s suffrage. Goldman was an admirer of Nietzsche and in many ways represents a model of a superior individual who is capable of rising above the herd instincts of the masses and embracing confrontation with danger. She never hesitated to countenance both the ire of public authorities and the scorn of public opinion. As contemporary anarchists have fallen into the mundane habit of politically correct conformity, a full examination of Goldman’s thought suggests the need for a new anarchism that reflects the martial spirit of which Goldman was an exemplary.

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Orwell on Modern England


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Shock Horror: Statistics that don’t look like barefaced lies!


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British Men Are Officially Lazy Slobs

Survey reveals bad habits as men “simply can’t be bothered”

Four men out of five admit that they often wear the same pair of underwear two days in a row, a survey on Britain men’s bad habits has revealed.

The results showed a litany of shocking behaviour from both single men and men living with a partner, including a lack of both personal and domestic cleanliness.

Among the survey results published by Socked.co.uk, the sock subscription company, are British men who say they rarely do any domestic cleaning, and a worrying percentage who say they have never cleaned a bathroom in their lives.

“We’re all well aware that men have been letting standards slip over recent years,” said Mark Hall, gentleman creation officer at Socked.co.uk, “but these figures just go to show how far we as a nation have let ourselves go where men simply can’t be bothered.

“And it’s a terrible slippery slope,” said Hall, “Once men stop caring for themselves and their immediate surroundings, they also stop caring for those around them.”

The Socked.co.uk Men’s Personal Habits Survey showed: Continue reading

The good is oft-interr-ed with their bones


David Davis

Since Margaret Thatcher is to be in-terr-ed tomorrow, I just thought we’d throw one last punch at her enemies and ours. I found this wonderful piece on The Last Ditch the other day, and one para deserves to be highlighted in our usual way:-

“If you want to know who freedom’s enemies are, mention her with approval. Mad eyes will light up all around you and foul sentiments will fill the air. Note their names and never leave them alone with anything you value; material, spiritual or ethical.”

Yes of course, I _know_ that we object to her having

(a) made the British State more efficient – as a recipe for disaster one would recommend this since the British-Political-Enemyclass is efficient already at making a powerful tyrannical state, and

(b) because she failed to absolutely destroy socialism at home and in the world, before members of that same EnemyClass destroyed her.

But I think that Tom Paine’s paragraph sums up who we are up against, whatever we as classical liberals think of Thatcher herself. I think we can lay her to rest now. May The Iron Lady Rust In Peace.

Housekeeping


I’ve just added a new contributor to this Blog. He will post as Mustela nivalis.

Also, I’ve closed all postings over 21 days old to further comments. Our Blog Master may decide to change this back. I only suggest that older postings are more prone to attracting spam of various kinds.

My main change – and I defer both to our BM and to the weight of general opinion – is to reconfigure the commenting system, so that later comments are displayed first. I like this, because I don’t need to scroll down and down and down to look for the newest comments. As said, however, this is a change that may be reversed.

Something else I’d like to do is install a proper Facebook module, so that posts can be fully linked. Sadly, this means more digging round on the instruction pages than I have time for at present.

 

Sean Gabb on the Thatcher Police State (May 1989)


The Full Coercive Apparatus of a Police State:
Thoughts on the Dark Side of the Thatcher Decade

Sean Gabb

3rd May 1989, Published as Legal Notes No. 6, by the Libertarian Alliance,
London, 1989, ISBN 1 870614 39 9

Ten years ago (1979) I gave way to one of my rare bursts of enthusiasm. I was at the time, I’ll grant, still a schoolboy; and these things are always more permissible in them than in others. But, even for a schoolboy, it was a very great burst of enthusiasm. I seriously thought that, along with Mrs Thatcher, the second dawn of classical liberalism had arrived. This was it, I thought. No more socialism. No more national decline. No more Road to Serfdom. Oh, even as lads of my age went, I was naïve. Continue reading

The Legacy of Margaret Thatcher


Sean Gabb

Much will be said over the next few weeks about the “achievements” of Margaret Thatcher. These will probably divide between Daily Mailish eulogies and Guardianesque whines. My own view is that she was a bad thing for England. Continue reading

Archbishop’s Address Analysed and Answered


Archbishop’s Address Analysed and Answered
Comments on the new Archbishop of Canterbury’s Easter sermon
by
Dr Alan C. Clifford
Norwich Reformed Church
www.nrchurch.co.nr Continue reading

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