Monthly Archives: April 2012

Slow and painful death


David Davis

I did warn people about the Euro in the late 1990s, when it was all new and what a previous boss of mine called “so shiny”. Rashly, I even took on a £25 bet with a young YEM fellow whose name now escapes me, and which I lost: what was that the Euro would fall irreversibly below 50p within a year of issue. I lost, and paid him.

I think he was called Nick something or other. If you’re reading this, Nick, then you’ll know who you are, and I’d like to talk to you again about the Euro although you might not want to as it seems to have hit on some inconveniences and embarrassments. And no, I don’t want the money back, it’s quite all right: anyway, I expect you and your bureaucrats have probably spent it long ago.

Perhaps the EUSSR founding fathers made an error in their strategic plan, when, due to the time when they set us all off on our journey to their Promised Land, the overt use of terror-police was, er, sort of slightly out-of-favour for the present, as there Continue reading

Feeding Medieval European Cities, 600-1500


Note: This has nothing to do with libertarianism, but it is a subject I sometimes find of compelling interest. SIG

Feeding Medieval European Cities, 600-1500

http://www.history.ac.uk/resources/e-seminars/keene-paper

Derek Keene (Centre for Metropolitan History, UK)
1998

1. The medieval city: a problematic concept

I’m taking it as axiomatic, first that the large city cannot exist without a fertile and productive hinterland (which is itself a characteristic commonly praised in medieval descriptions of cities); and second, that whatever the natural endowment of the hinterland, its productivity will to a large extent be shaped by the growth of the city. A third axiom overrides the first: namely, that at a certain level of a city’s power or wealth, and given the appropriate transport and institutional infrastructure, its demand for supplies transcends the pedological limitations of its immediate hinterland, so that that the interplay between city and country can take place at a great distance from the point of consumption. Thus we enter the world of the Kenyan mange tout, an image not entirely inappropriate for understanding at least some aspects of the feeding of medieval cities. Continue reading

Medieval England Twice as Well Off as Today’s Poorest Nations


Medieval England Twice as Well Off as Today’s Poorest Nations

ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2010) — New research led by economists at the University of Warwick reveals that medieval England was not only far more prosperous than previously believed, it also actually boasted an average income that would be more than double the average per capita income of the world’s poorest nations today. Continue reading

Freemen of the Land: A Barrister Writes Again


by F. Gibbons

I’ve just noticed the comment some way above by suedenimon, which strikes me as extremely bizarre indeed.

‘…I find it very difficult to square the logic that ANY barrister can actually lay claim to being a libertarian unless it is done in the same way as wearing a fashion item like a Prada handbag to proclaim ones credentials to be in ‘the’ set!, for barristers are almost to a person inclined heavily towards the conservative, though I do allow that singularly unsuccessful ones who are unable to put forward cogent arguments and thus fail miserably to impress ‘chambers’ into giving them work may pretend to be libertarian to impress others who do not take the time or trouble to think for themselves.’

This is a completely outdated and cartoonish view of the Bar that is undoubtedly shaped by nothing more than fantasy and watching far too many period dramas. I, for one, know many members of the Bar (and of my own Chambers) who range from everything from conservatives, to liberals, to socialists, to communists and beyond. There are some sets that are completely dedicated to left-wing law and politics: take a look at leading chambers Garden Court (http://www.gardencourtchambers.co.uk/) and Doughty Street (http://www.doughtystreet.co.uk/) and their members’ profiles if you don’t believe me. Loads of chambers have dedicated asylum, immigration and human rights teams that are far from conservative, and some chambers are almost entirely dedicated to the practise of such law (for appellants as opposed to the state). Yes, many sets are conservative too, but the strength of your statement above is an extreme exaggeration to the point of absurdity.

‘If Mr Gibbons were to hand such rubbish in at court he would be disbarred and thrown out of the Law Society pretty damn sharpish I would think, if not slung into the cells for contempt (disturbing the proceedings of the court).’

Please. This doesn’t even make sense. Barristers aren’t even regulated by the Law Society.

In my initial comments, where I sought to warn laymen off copying Mr Barry’s behaviour in the video, I expressed a genuine view that such behaviour was likely to see people convicted of contempt of court. I can see that some supporters of the FoL movement have taken this as some sort of insult as opposed to the genuine, practical experience of someone who practises in these courts regularly and knows how judges apply the law there. As such, on both threads, I’ve been met with quite some venom as well as personal insults, which I hasten to add I have not made against anyone else on either of these threads.

That said, if some people are simply approaching this debate from the childish viewpoint that all barristers are ultra-conservative monsters incapable of independent thought, purely by virtue of their profession, I suppose there is little chance of any actual discussion, sans name calling and insults.


Originally posted on The Libertarian Alliance: BLOG:

Note: Will it bring men in white coats knocking on my door if I say that I “saw” such creatures when I was a very young child? That doesn’t mean I believe in their existence. Seeing things that aren’t there and can’t be there may be a part of tuning the human mind. But it’s interesting to read that others have seen them. Mr Blake describes one in his Blood of Alexandria. SIG

Second Note (26th April 2012): I’m reblogging this because people won’t stop looking at it.

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The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism — Newly Revised!


by Kevin Carson
http://c4ss.org/?p=10175

People raise the question of whether the network revolution, in one area of our common life or another, will be coopted by the old forces of hierarchy. Will the old institutions manage to hang onto life by incorporating network elements, and thus survive the transition to the new society — with themselves in charge of it? Continue reading

The Churchill Memorandum, Reviewed in The Quarterly


I get off luckier than poor Keats did!

The Churchill Memorandum – gift of the Gabb

EDWARD DUTTON visits a noted libertarian’s alternative universe

(Quarterly Review – Autumn 2011)

The premise of Sean Gabb’s novel is certainly imaginative. The year is 1959 but it is an alternative 1959. Hitler died in a car crash 20 years ago, there was no World War II, Churchill is dead and never became Prime Minister andEnglandis the land of the free while theUSA has become a totalitarian state. Continue reading

In Praise of Lazy Surfers, Stoners, Junkies & Freaks


by DL
http://rulingclass.wordpress.com/2012/04/23/in-praise-of-lazy-surfers-stoners-junkies-freaks/

In Praise of Lazy Surfers, Stoners, Junkies & Freaks

Seems so sick to the hypocrite norm
Running their boring drills
But we are an elite race of our own
The stoners, junkies, and freaks

Are you happy? I am, man.
Junkhead Alice in Chains

Recently, while persusing Rational Review, I noticed this essay,Then and Now: The Thatcherite Legacy of Totalitarian Plutocracy, by Sean Gabb. I thought the piece quite interesting since it sort of echoed my last post(libertarianism vs libertarianism). We simply replace Reagan with Thatcher and there you have it. But Gabb’s piece was a little more practical and a bit more specific. Gabb defends the british working class against charges of laziness by excoriating the highly artificial political economy wrought by the Thatcherite policy regime. Gabb more or less rhetorically asks why the working class should be obligated(or demonstrate an allegiance) to the competitive terms of this highly artificial, plutocratic political economy? Continue reading

THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF OLIGARCHICAL COLLECTIVISM


by George Orwell

THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF OLIGARCHICAL COLLECTIVISM

by Emmanuel Goldstein

Chapter 1 – Ignorance is Strength
Chapter 2 – Freedom is Slavery
Chapter 3 – War is Peace

Chapter I
Ignorance is Strength

Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age, there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle, and the Low. They have been subdivided in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude towards one another, have varied from age to age: but the essential structure of society has never altered. Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or the other. Continue reading

The Normalization of Dystopia


by Kevin Carson
http://c4ss.org/?p=10170

Lily Tomlin used to say “I try to be cynical, but I can’t keep up.” Writers of dystopian sci-fi have the same trouble keeping ahead of actual reality.

Forty years ago, Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea, in the Illuminatus! trilogy, portrayed a near future in which the ruling elite used a wave of assassinations a la JFK, RFK and MLK to terrorize the American public into accepting a full-scale police state. “The assassinations, you see, establish the need for such laws in the public mind.” A few years of such orchestrated terror, and the state would have Americans “under tighter surveillance than Hitler had the Germans.” Continue reading

The Real Summit of the Americas Scandal


by Thomas Knapp
http://c4ss.org/?p=10160

To call the Summit of the Americas “prostitution scandal,” in which at least 23 US Secret Service and military personnel are now “implicated,” a tempest in a teapot is to vastly over-estimate its impact and importance. Continue reading

Comment Moderation


by Sean Gabb

Search me what’s happening, but comments on postings are going into a moderation queue. We don’t moderate comments. We simply take them down if they look as if they’ll get us into trouble with the authorities. Apologies for any delay while this problem sorts itself out.

Accountable Government


by D.J. Webb

Accountable Government

Accountable government is not the same as democratic government. We have seen in recent years how we are still able to vote for governing parties, and yet still see the business of government largely conducted behind closed doors in Brussels and in Whitehall. The democratic electoral mechanism is still in place, but it doesn’t appear to make any difference any more. The reverse could also be true: a government could be accountable, while not being fully democratic. Before the advent of full democracy in the late 19th century, for example, the British government was accountable, in law and to Parliament, a consideration aided by the fact that government was still relatively small in scope and objectives. Continue reading

We might need these one day


David Davis

The fellows over at Samizdata have noticed that someone has found 20 carefully-packed and wrapped “NOS” Spitfires in Burma. (For those of a less engineering/technical bent, “NOS” means “new old stock”.) I did think of writing about this here a few days ago but I got distracted by a fly, or something.

It’ll be nice if they can be reassembled, tested and flown. Trouble is, we may be “short of pilots”, in exactly the same way that old Chris Tame used to remark that the end-times for liberty may be coming in Britain, as there are now “too few people left who could make a difference”.

The State is an Epidemic


by Thomas Knapp
http://c4ss.org/?p=10147

Of all the standard counter-arguments to the anarchist idea that I run into, perhaps the most frustrating is “well, yes, I concede that there are a lot of problems with political government, but how do I know that whatever you propose as a replacement won’t be even worse?” Continue reading

Then and Now: The Thatcherite Legacy of Totalitarian Plutocracy


Note: Since Mrs Thatcher came in with her lying promise of a national revival, British “prosperity” has been achieved as follows:

The banks, enabled by the political wing of the ruling class, create huge amounts of money. Some of this is lent to politicians to secure their client base, some of it to the well-connected to spend on themselves or their business ventures. Those who have first spending of the money are able to appropriate resources from everyone else in ways that look like ordinary purchase, and not the theft that they really are.

This process enables and requires a bloated financial services sector. This is further enlarged when inflation and heavy taxes push the rest of us to hope for any return at all on our savings by putting it in the hands of coke-fuelled gamblers.

Productive activity is taxed and regulated into decline. This has the effect of destroying economically secure and politically engaged middle and working classes that would otherwise protest at the looting. Because, at however basic a level, industrial workers have daily experience of applied science and of the underlying rationality of things, the decline of industry turns people back into superstitious sheep, addicted to astrology and in awe of lying statistics. The working classes are further immiserised by state-sponsored mass immigration. This reduces wage levels, and promotes further deskilling, and makes the kind of solidarity of dissent last seen in the miners strike impossible, and justifies a police state to deal with any remaining dissent.

The result is an overclass of very rich people, who splash money round places like London, and who legitimise their wealth by hiring intellectuals to argue that it has been acquired through the “free enterprise system.” Go outside these enclaves, and you see growing impoverishment, disguised for the moment by debt.

I can just remember the 1960s, when most ordinary people had secure employment and could look forward to real increases in their standard of living. Dave Barnby is luckier, in that he benefitted from the old order of things.

Saying this doesn’t mean that I approve of nationalised industries and overmighty trade unions. However, when I compare the liberal social democracy that ended c1980 with the increasingly totalitarian plutocracy that is the real legacy of Margaret Thatcher, I know which I prefer. SIG Continue reading

The Libertarian Party UK and the Politics of Courage


Hello Sean,

Although I understand your argument, I believe freedom and liberty are not an excuse for truancy. I like you am against state imposed education, I was both state and privately educated, and truancy was not accepted in either system. Indeed my view and that of the Libertarian Party UK is that there should be a voucher system, so parents and children can choose between progressive and effective state schools, free schools and private education. If this were the case, many would opt for private education, state education is very wasteful and generates negative income to the exchequer. Private schools are efficient, achieve results and have a positive impact on the exchequer. Continue reading

Truancy and the Total State


Libertarian Alliance News Release
Release Date: Monday 16th April 2012
Release Time: Immediate
Contact Details:
Dr Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199, sean

Truancy and the Total State

The Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties institute, today condemns proposals by the British Government to deter truancy by cutting the child benefit of parents whose children absent themselves from school. Continue reading

A Scandal in the Media


Republished on invitation from http://ex-army.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/scandal-in-media.html

A Scandal in the Media

It was in the late April of ’12, and Holmes and I were sitting, as it were, in the sitting room. I was relaxing after a long day of making my rounds, while Holmes continued his perusal and study of the “Internet” on his “laptop,” a device that he was positively obsessed with at the time, puffing dreamily away at a pipeful of his egregious shag tobacco, seemingly indifferent to my very presence. As he was clearly in no mood for idle banter, I picked up my copy of the Times, and proceeded to lose myself in its shocking accounts of crime, political scandal, and the interminable war in Afghanistan in which I myself had participated several decades ago. Continue reading

The English élite’s cultural style


by D.J. Webb

Are Unflappable Englishmen Actually Just Complacent?

England, and especially the political élite, has long cultivated a rather admirable cultural style. I call it unflappability. It is a kind of sang froid that dates back to the days when England ruled the waves. Our current prime minister, David Cameron, exudes unflappability partly because of his upper-class, Eton and Oxford roots. His class were born to rule—to rule one-quarter of the earth, and not just England—and many members of his class retain a serene cultural style, which means that he performs well in a crisis, debates well in Parliament and gives a good account of himself in front of a television camera. Continue reading

The Nature of Empire


by Kevin Carson
http://c4ss.org/?p=10108

Multitude, by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, adds enormous clarity to the libertarian worldview.

The Westphalian nation-state’s sovereignty rested on its sole right to define the legitimacy of both use of violence within its boundaries and the exercise of violence against other nation-states. Under the Westphalian system, whatever their differences in actual military power, states regarded each other as equal sovereigns, with equal claims to territorial integrity and equal rights to conduct war, subject to common standards of legitimacy under international law. Continue reading

An unflattering but very positive review of Mr Blake’s latest


The Sword of Damascus

By Richard Blake

Find & buy on

http://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/the-sword-of-damascus/

Jarrow in the Dark Ages. Also the cold and wet ages, a particularly wearing combination for Brother Aelric, aged 94. Even worse, a pack of Vikings is threatening dire consequences unless the door of his monastery is opened. Surprisingly, they want him rather than plunder. It turns out they have been paid to bring him to their (unspecified) employer, who Brother Aelric suspects may be the Emperor of Byzantium. This is because he was once the Lord Alaric, legate extraordinary of the emperor, and his last departure from Constantinople was not a happy one. However, things are not as they seem, and the journey into the Mediterranean soon takes a very different course. Continue reading

The Principal-Secretary-of-State-for-War will now intervene


David Davis

It says in the Torygraph that University College Hospital (I presume that’s the London thingy) is to spend £180,000 on four new sets of uniforms for 2,500 staff, to “halp make patients feel safer”. That sounds to me like what people call “security-theatre”, a concept, which is clearly not to be confused with “operating theatre”, which is an actual object.

As war should begin at home like charity, and should not be exported until absolutely necessary and also until all enemies at home – and there are many in Britain today – have been “taken care of”, I think that a People’s English Revolutionary-Liberalist-Party’s first administration’s first War-Secretary should investigate a few exciting little cases of GramscoFabiaNazism like this one. Since taxpayers will already have paid for these uniforms, and they will be thus worn and unsaleable, then the “Hospital Trust’s Directors” (or whoever the War-Secretariat’s “Executive Officers” find in the buildings, when they enter unannounced one day) will be invited to pay for an equivalent number of ECG machines, patient-friendly orthpedic matresses, clinical-pathologists’ salaries, and the like.

I note that the cost of an ecg machine here is US$ 1,995.  There may be cheaper and better ones but I found that one. That’s without the monitor scope but we can get him to pay for that too. Each “director” will be “invited” under supervision, (in front of witnesses, to agree that there was no physical coercion or torture) to pay for 40 of these on line, which is about £50,000. If he quibbles, then he might be “invited” to pay for the monitor scopes. There are some nice digital flat ones with 8-inch screens, made in China, for under £500 each, so he’d be “agreeing” to pay another £20,000.

When it comes to matresses, the buggers will be shipped off up to “Beds-’r-Us” in an industrial estate in Preston (they’ll like that, I know the very one to take them to) and get a few thousand of those. They can then give some to St Mary’s in Paddington up the road from them. The Executive Branch will have taken the St Mary’s “directors” to other interesting places where they can “offer to pay for” useful things.

I’m getting occasionally fed up with Libertarians who swim about in think tanks. Sorry. It’s nice sometimes to wave a hand, and seem to make all well. If enough people did it, the GramscoFabiaNazis might start to jitter a little bit, as opposed to not at all.

And Hitler made the trains run on time too


David Davis

Here you can view Red Ken Livingstone‘s “Nazi-propaganda-style” “party”-political-broadcast, which made him cry of course, as he loves children, vulnerable people and the old of all races and creeds. He is truly “The Father Of London”. Glad I don’t live there any more.

(Also filed under “lying Nazi scumbag Fabians”.)

19 Signs Of Very Serious Economic Trouble On The Horizon


http://attackthesystem.com/?p=14379

From the Economic Collapse.

Most Americans have no idea how much economic trouble is heading our way. Most of them just assume that everything will eventually “return to normal” just like it always has before and that those running our economy “know what they are doing” and that we should trust them to do their jobs. Unfortunately, these beliefs are being reinforced by the bubble of false hope that we are experiencing right now. For example, it is being reported that weekly unemployment claims in the United States have fallen to a four-year low. That is a very good thing. Let us hope that unemployment claims go even lower and that the current period of stability lasts for as long as possible. We should enjoy these last fleeing moments of tremendous prosperity for as long as we can, because when they are gone they won’t be coming back. As I noted the other day, all of this false prosperity in the United States has been financed by the 15 trillion dollar party that we have been enjoying. We are adding about 150 million dollars to our debt every single hour so that we can continue to enjoy an inflated standard of living. Unfortunately, nobody in the history of the world has ever been able to keep a debt spiral going indefinitely, and our debt bubble will burst eventually as well. Continue reading


Originally posted on The Libertarian Alliance: BLOG:

 

Here are some remarks I delivered to the sixth annual meeting of Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe’s Property and Freedom Society, held at the Karia Princess Hotel in Bodrum, Turkey, May 26-30, 2011.

The subject of my address was “Understanding China and the Chinese.” The conference organizers meant it to form part of a set, with Jared Taylor following me on the topic “Understanding Japan and the Japanese,” then John O’Sullivan on “Understanding Europe and its Bureaucrats,” then Professor Norman Stone on “Understanding Turkey and the Turks.”

As things turned out, the set was unfortunately incomplete, as the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC, with very un-Japanese inefficiency, lost Jared’s passport a few days before the conference, leaving him no time to sort the problem out and so unable to embark for Turkey.

We missed Jared and commiserate with him on what seems to have been an exceptionally bad year for him…

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Help Needed re Speakers Upgrade


Several years ago, I bought this: Hitachi Mini Hi-Fi Component System AX-M137

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hitachi-AX-M-137-Silver-System/dp/B000HT2IA4

It works nicely. However, I want to know if it is worth upgrading the speakers, and what sort I should buy.

The amplifier output power is 50W x2, and the frequency response is 20HZ-20kHZ.

The existing speakers have an impedence of 4 Ohms and an input power of 50W

All advice gratefully received.

D.J. Webb on Anglo-Irish Relations


British-Irish Relations: “Not Entirely Benign”? David J. Webb

Historical Notes No. 53

ISBN 9781856376501 ISSN 0267-7105 (print) ISSN 2042-2571 (online)

An occasional publication of the Libertarian Alliance, Suite 35, 2 Lansdowne Row, Mayfair, London, W1J 6HL.

© 2012: Libertarian Alliance; David Webb.

David Webb studied Chinese and Russian at Leeds University, where he was involved in Marxist politics.  He has since become a conservative writer, contributing to The Salisbury Review and Right Now!, and more recently contributing extensively to the Libertarian Allianceblog.  He lived for four years in China (Tianjin, Kunming and Chengdu) and now writes freelance on Chinese politics and economics.  He is also a student of the Cork dialect of Irish and runs the Cork Irish website at http://www.corkirish.com.

The views expressed in this publication are those of its author, and not necessarily those of the Libertarian Alliance, its Committee, Advisory Council or subscribers.

FOR LIFE, LIBERTY AND PROPERTY! Continue reading

Seasonal Greetings


Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας

What to do about GramscoFabiaNazism’s roaring success, and how smokers can’t find a place in society now


David Davis

Sean Gabb and I agree that this comment, reproduced below, on Sean’s piece earlier about hiding tobacco products that are on supposedly free sale, ought to be more widely shared. He and I and Ian B all agree that strategic direction of the fight for individual liberty is lacking. Perhaps it’s because we are all libertarians that we can’t cohere on a strategic platform in the way the Nazi left does – principally by discrediting (or killing, often) its opponents….Anyway, here’s Ian:-

Well, speaking as a smoker, I understand your point Sean but it’s not quite fair about the “sheeple” thing. You of all people know how hard it is for genuinely “outsider” movements to organise or gain any political traction; those nominally “grass roots” movements which succeed do so due largely to “insider” political sponsorship- gay rights, environmentalism, what have you. That is, although they may not be hegemonic at some point in history, they have a politcally inside faction who sympathise with them. If you don’t have that, your chances of success as a group are bleak. (Compare for instance the “sheepleness” of gays when they had no insider friends who would openly campaign on their behalf, in the 1890s).

The Proggies are insiders and are very good at what they do. They learned from the error of Alcohol Prohibition in the USA that decades of demonisation groundwork- so that nobody dares object- is the key to success, and they have pursued this ruthlessly with target number 2, the smokers. It is hard to know what strategy smokers could have adopted to prevent all this. I’ll be damned if I can think of one.

When a society decides to persecute some group, however numerous, there is generally very little they can do about it. Stalin was just one man, but millions upon millions of Russians and Eastern Europeans suffered under him. They were not stupid sheeple; they were simply vanquished by the application of power. A million smokers could amass in Trafalgar Square for a demonstration, and if the BBC bothered to cover it at all, it would be by simply filming anyone they could find coughing, or interviewing the least articulate and dim witted demonstrators. Nothing would change.

People don’t normally resist power because they recognise, correctly, that resistance is generally futile. We live in an authoritarian society; the brief semi-”liberal” phase of the post-war period is thoroughly over, thanks to decades of well organised reaction. Nobody found a way to prevent the reaction setting in. As a result, our country has been changed forever. Nobody found a way to stop mass immigration, or leave the EU, or relegalise drugs or even abolish the BBC. Who is to blame? Everyone, and no-one. We live in history, and history tells far more tales of oppression than of liberty.

We need a strategy for achieving liberty. This is far more important that discussions of what we might do if we ever got it; whether to be Anarcho-Capitalists or Syndicalo-Minarchists or whether to have a Gold Standard. The Enemy have all the wrong answers, but all the right strategic methodology, and that’s why they win and we lose.

If I knew the answer to this, I would give it. But I don’t.
Perhaps we spend too much time on trying to agree among ourselves that what we are saying is right, (and rfining our arguments in front of each other so that we are all sure that everybody’s position holds water, and too little time on killing all the GramscoFabiaNazi bastards untill they are all dead.

Of course, I’m not saying that all Libertarians all agree that we (or anybody at all for that matter) should be killing all the GramscoFabiaNazi bastards until they are all dead and no trace of their writings or thoughts infests any kind of self-respecting library for evermore. But there is a case for suggesting that the GFN-bastards have caused a deal of trouble and impediment to human progress and emancipation, and that “something should be done”. It’s hard to see what, though.

 

It’s like being asked the way by a lost traveller, and having to say “Well, if I was you, I would not have started to get there from here.”

 

In a Democracy, the People Choose…..


Any Questions: A View from the Studio


by Bill & Ann Woodhouse

Now we know it is set up! We had Any Questions in Sturminster Newton last night and it was interesting the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how they handle it. We had to book in well in advance and were given a postcard sized ticket, perforated in the middle, half of which had space for name and address and question to be asked. Continue reading

Sean Gabb in the Nottingham Post re Cigarette Display Ban


Sean Gabb on the Cigarette Display Ban
The Nottingham Post, 7th April 2012

THIS new law will make buying cigarettes harder and less pleasurable.

Every smoker will be made inescapably aware, every time he or she buys a packetof cigarettes, that smoking is a disapproved activity. Continue reading

China, Gold and the Next World Money


by Michael McKay

Below are some interesting comments by Richard Russell, made yesterday, re Gold and China. Continue reading

“Forget About It?” Not On Your Life!


by Kevin Carson
http://c4ss.org/?p=10041

David B. Grusky shares an insight generally ignored by the center-left: The real problem of inequality is not inequality of after-tax income resulting from an inequitable tax system, but the inequality of pre-tax income generated by the economic system itself (“What to Do About Inequality?” Boston Review, March-April 2012). Continue reading

The Special Relationship of a Predator with Its Victim


U.S. wanted to hand the Falklands to Argentina secret papers reveal on the 30th anniversary of war beginning

  • Secretary of State ‘tried to strike a deal that would have seen the UK hand over power’

America secretly backed Argentina’s demands for sovereignty over the Falkland Islands in the weeks before the Royal Navy joined the battle in 1982.

Papers released to mark the 30th anniversary of Argentina’s invasion of the territory today show that then U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig privately tried to strike a deal that would have seen the UK hand over power – but it was rejected by the Argentine junta.

In one private briefing for Congressmen, the Secretary of State even makes smutty jokes about sexual relations between the farmers and their sheep.

Mr Haig, who began diplomacy between London and Buenos Aires in the weeks following the invasion, described both sides as behaving like `a demented man on a ledge ready to jump… but unable to grab our hand’.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2123785/Falklands-anniversary-US-wanted-hand-islands-Argentina-secret-papers-reveal.html#ixzz1qrmfDXwi

Big Brother State UK: Sean Gabb v Alex Carlile


Libertarian Alliance News Release
Contact Details: Dr Sean Gabb
07956 472 199, sean
Monday 2nd April 2012
Immediate release

On Sunday the 1st April 2012, it was revealed that the British Government wanted to pass an Act to let it to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the United Kingdom. On Monday the 2nd April 2012, Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, debated on the BBC with “Lord” Carlile, the British State’s security oversight figleaf.

Dr Gabb made the following points: Continue reading

Let us suppose for a moment, that…


David Davis

…that Argentina, that intellectually-powerful, liberal-leaning and beneficent nation in the South Atlantic, which had done so much for 14 centuries to teach the entire world how to live, and had acquired peacefully large territories in all the continents, had got hold of the Isle of Wight in 1591: it had started settling it in 1833, and had used it as a coaling station in its World Wars to Defeat GramscoStaliNazism. It would also have settled it with its natives, perhaps a few thousand. People called “Wilson Pedrosa”, or “Davis Fandango” , or Stevenson Berlusconi, and so on. Or Sally-Anne Biedermeier. (I made all those up.)

Let us also suppose that a revanchist English-Nationalist-Socialist junta based on London, insisting on calling it the Isle of Man, and objecting to the name “Isla Cristina” or whatever Buenos-Aires-Radio was using to refer to it, went to the United Nations and accused Argentina of “colonialism”. What then?

What if also the patriotic English (under, let us say, General Antonio Blair who did so much to “disappear” the Forces-Of-Conservatism in their thousands) had gone to war in 1982 to try to capture and occupy the Isle of Wight, had managed to occupy it temperarily, but had been turfed out after 6 weeks by an Argentine expeditionary force of unconscripted soldiers, which managed to sail 6,000 miles against the odds and with the entire world arrayed against it?And the English suffered the loss of the Ark Royal and 350 sailors drowned, torpedoed in the Solent by an Argentine Sumbarine?

I just thought it was worth asking.

Can Liberalism Tolerate Islam?


by Abdal-Hakim Murad.

Must one be liberal to belong to the West? For all the polite multiculturalist denials, this question is being put to us more and more insistently. The European Union, as it struggles to articulate a common cultural as well as economic vision, regularly toys with grand statements about Europe as a vision of human community, whose success underpins the universal model now being urged upon the rest of humanity. European liberals, with their Enlightenment, civil society, democratic institutions, and human rights codes, sometimes seem to self-define as a secular Messiah, willing and ready to save the world. To resist is, by implication, to align oneself with an unregenerate, sinful humanity. Continue reading