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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, April 16, 2013

Reply to Deborah Russell on Tax Havens II

My first reply was here, and set out the philosophical rebuttal. But I wished I’d added the below, which I’ve since left on Deborah’s original post:

You say, quote:

”… This has been precisely the problem in Greece: people routinely avoid taxes, because they think that everyone else is doing it, and so the Greek tax system has been undermined, perhaps fatally so.”

I disagree entirely. The ‘fatal’ aspect of Greece, and which is bankrupting the West, proper, is the size of the state, and how under mobocracy the state just keeps growing until the current tax take can’t cover it, hence governments need to borrow, so enslaving the next, and the next generation of tax slaves. This was certainly so for Greece: taking even the Greek state rail system, it had more employees than passengers. It would have been cheaper for the Greek taxpayer to simply give all passengers taxi chits. That’s insanity. Even a country can only print their way out of distorting free market forces to that degree for so long.

Regarding statism and the inherent advantage it has over freedom, Daniel Horowitz sums that up well:

“We must understand that there is an imbalance of power in the political system of any democracy in that the forces of statism have an innate advantage over the defenders of freedom. It takes but one legislative or administrative victory for statism to succeed in guiding society on an indelible path towards dependency. We cannot perpetuate the free-market, but we can perpetuate statism by creating inveterate dependency constituencies. Statism enjoys the inherent advantage of self-perpetuation through its own pernicious activities that engender a continued need for the government programs.”

In the West, under your Left ethic, Deborah, unfortunately democracy has finally triumphed over economics, which has been the triumph of insanity over reality.

In the next post I’m going to come back to the Westminster Principle again, because it’s so important once you realise that tax administration is the administration of the surveillance state. Deborah sees the striking down of this landmark classical liberal principle as moral, which is to turn the morality of that freedom we expect in the West on its head entirely. Without that principle it’s the Soviet styled society we live in, not a free society.  And everything connects. Because of the loss of that principle for tax, I’ll show how a judge in New Zealand’s employment courts has just disallowed the ability of an employer to make a staff member redundant because there was not the ‘business case’ for it: the employer’s business has now become the business of everyone other than the employer. Truly, that’s happened; just last week (NBR paid content). And then from there we’ll look at nationalising our children.

Next post … (probably).


  1. The most important principle is "no representation without taxation".

    Both NZ & the US were established to reflect this principle; reforms in the last 100 years have completely undermined it, and those are the reforms that have lead to the welfare state.

    Restore the integrity of the franchise, restore this principle, and most other problems will be gone.

    1. I see your point, but don't agree. (I might have agreed at some part of my past :) )

      More and more I see the only solution being a minarchy (small-state), not a democracy, and in the form of a constitutional republic. Although my thinking is by no means fully formed on the 'end point'.

      What my mind is fully formed on is that neither direct nor representative democracy, both a mobocracy (a Hitchen's term I use more and more), will lead to the free society. The quickest way is to show what I mean by my oft-quoted example:

      Take a mob/democracy of ten people, four black people and six white people. The mobocracy decides to hold a vote on the proposition that white people have an entitlement to live off the efforts of black people via an income tax; the vote is won six votes to four. A democratically made, majority vote just enacted slavery of the type we have as the ruling redistributive ethic of the West now. Immoral."

      The votes of the black men in this example are useless to them, because the democracy is a tyranny of the majority.

      My vote in the three yearly general election is so close to 100% useless, that I might as well say it's 100% useless. Democracy always ends up voting for the free lunch at the expense of the minority, and in this way, per my comment to Deborah, democracy has triumphed, and will always, over economics, until the economy eventually falls over.

      Thanks for commenting.