FLC202, The Latest Shootings in America: An English View, Sean Gabb, 11th January 2011

What happens in America is not my concern. America is not my country. I have no great regard for the United States as a country or as an idea. Equally, as said, when American facts seem likely to be made into argument for the further theft of English liberties, I do see reason for commenting on those facts. All that remains is to see whether the debate in England goes in the direction that I strongly suspect it will.

via FLC202, The Latest Shootings in America: An English View, Sean Gabb, 11th January 2011.

6 responses to “FLC202, The Latest Shootings in America: An English View, Sean Gabb, 11th January 2011

  1. Odd how much attention this basically insignificant crime is accruing.

    The murder of the Governor of Punjab is a matter of major international concern and yet it is ignored in favour of an insignificant politician in America shot and injured by a random, mentally disturbed loner for no apparent reason except personal insanity.

    Still, fascinating how within minutes the meme was being propagated that this was the result of ‘hate speech’ on the part of anyone who dares to oppose Obama. The left automatically use these occasions to demand that their opponents self censor and admit moral inferiority. And unfortunately, most people on the right grovel and fall for it.

    It is very important to be wake to these foul tactics.

  2. I personally do hold the United States of America in high regard as a country and as an idea – the writing of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, the individualist anarchists and the politics of Thomas Jefferson, have helped shape my libertarian views. The rise of socialism in the US, and particularly the insidious way in which it has come to dominate American discourse, is extremely disheartening. Charlotte Gore has written very well on this topic, and it is saddening that times of emotional upheaval such as the Dunblane massacre and now the killing of a charming and likeable US Congresswoman, are used as moments to suggest that anyone who advocates freedom to own guns or has right-wing politics must have blood on their hands. Libertarians dominate the blogosphere: time for a call to reason – to acknowledge the tragedy, but to undo the damage dealt by the left-biased media and draw attention to their irrational, hate-fueled scapegoating.

  3. A very good piece as usual Sean.

    One minor point for me is that America very much is our concern. It is the anglo-socialist superpower; the world centre of Progressivism. We are the second fiddle in that regard but, since we have no Constitution, it tends to be that we adopt with the greatest ferocity ideas invented in the USA. We do what their Left would like to do but are frequently restrained in doing, at least partially, by their somewhat better political system.

    So their Proggies want to ban guns, but we do. They want to ban smoking, but we do. Multiculturalism, hate speech laws, the narrative about “the corporations”, the carbon scare, the satanic paedophile panic etc etc. All American or Anglo-American ideas which are most ferociously imposed in Britain.

    Broadly speaking, if the Californians are considering it, we’ll do it. So what happens there affects what happens here very powerfully indeed. Britian has been, since the 1960s, basically the fantasies of American “liberals”, made concrete.

  4. Prohibition and the war on drugs seem to be an exception here – less zeal in England than the US

  5. Hmm, well those two are cases where the American State wasn’t restrained by the Cosntitution/judiciary.

  6. Actually, the ‘war on drugs’ is grossly unconstitutional. To prohibit something there needs to be a constitutional amendment, such as the one passed to prohibit alcohol. No such amendment has ever been passed against drugs, the entire episode is a living lesson in the utter contempt the US State holds its constitution in.