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Accentuating the Liberal in Classical Liberal: Advocating Ascendency of the Individual & a Politick & Literature to Fight the Rise & Rise of the Tax Surveillance State. 'Illigitum non carborundum'.

Liberty and freedom are two proud words that have been executed from the political lexicon: they were frog marched and stood before a wall of blank minds, then forcibly blindfolded, and shot, with the whimpering staccato of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ resounding over and over. And not only did this atrocity go unreported by journalists in the mainstream media, they were in the firing squad.

The premise of this blog is simple: the Soviets thought they had equality, and welfare from cradle to grave, until the illusory free lunch of redistribution took its inevitable course, and cost them everything they had. First to go was their privacy, after that their freedom, then on being ground down to an equality of poverty only, for many of them their lives as they tried to escape a life behind the Iron Curtain. In the state-enforced common good, was found only slavery to the prison of each other's mind; instead of the caring state, they had imposed the surveillance state to keep them in line. So why are we accumulating a national debt to build the slave state again in the West? Where is the contrarian, uncomfortable literature to put the state experiment finally to rest?

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Christchurch School Closures – Children Do Not Have Adult Judgement. Settle Down.

My further letter to the editor (Press) on this topic:

To Alison Hennig’s (Oct 4) reply to my own letter. Critical thinking in children is fine, but remember they have no adult judgement: it is the role of parents to exercise adult judgement on their behalf. Children will react to a school closure in the manner that it is pitched to them by their parents: positive or negative. Just as when a child changes a school in the ordinary run of events. If you don’t believe me about the risk of following a child’s judgement, read William Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’. School closures in Christchurch need to be thought about, rather than emoted on. The valid point that parents do have is the MOE’s unsound data: decisions should not be made on that either – mind you, that’s also the argument to keep the state out of your child’s education.

… and incidentally, to the anonymous snail mail poster from my first letter, if you’d had the gumption to put your name and contact details to your correspondence, then we could have entered into a rational discussion. Although, again, you didn’t send me a letter, so much as a badly packaged, badly spelled, agglomeration of your emotions. Take a chill pill and have a lie down; next you’ll be inciting the children to violence.


  1. How is then that my child came home in tears when she heard, on the radio, her school might be closed? Some kids are smart!

    1. Goodness me. Your child came home in tears because your child is a child.

      Here's the important thing. Did you say, 'it's sad, but there's been this big event, so some things change. However, that's okay, it'll be an adventure, all your friends will be going with you, it's nothing to worry about, it'll be fun ...'

      Or, did you pander to it, on the level of the child?

      (Sorry for harshness, but you asked, and jeez, a reply like this worries me for our future ...)