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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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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Asset Sales & Referendums – The Contradiction for the Left

On the news this morning that National will push ahead with asset sales despite the referendum against it, the standard Left response has been typified by this tweet:

To which I have been studiously replying:

I have yet to have a single response to this contradiction?


  1. The biggest argument against the left on this is that this government was elected on a platform of asset sales.

    National won, they lost, eat that - as Dr Cullen once said. National won, UF and ACT support it, move on. Unless the left wants the same accusations thrown at it

    1. Yes, but unbelievable we now have to fund an expensive non-binding referendum which National say, prudently, they're going to ignore. I can't remember the circumstances of non-binding referendum coming in, but it's stupid. Labour / Greens are managing to waste yet more taxpayer money, and they're not even government yet.

  2. Not much in the way of logic to really see there.

    You are absolutely correct to point out that a representative democracy is not the same thing as democracy, because the representatives don't really have to do what they were elected to do. Even pithy to point that out in just one word. But then in the very next sentence you revert to them being of the same form and assume that both the parties of Labour and the Greens both have and have to subscribe to your own rather narrow vision for them. No, not really under any form of logic which is strong enough to support this being a contradiction.

    1. There's up or down, Nic, freedom or statism. I know which side of that equation Labour and Greens lie.

      But yes, 'pithy': it was good, wasn't it, for 140 characters :)

    2. What was wrong with stopping the conversation at 'Yes'? Had nobody mentioned the last Labour-Green's government for the last couple of weeks?

      How do you know?

    3. Why stop at yes, when Greens/Labour, if not the instigators of the referendum, have put huge resource of time (and so money/opportunity cost) into it's completion.

      Do you think Labour and Greens from when they unfortunately win in 2014 are going to instigate small government, less taxation, less intrusion, et al ad nauseam?

    4. Oh, and the second part of the answer is I've got an agenda, which I thought rather obvious in here.