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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, February 25, 2014

Why Are We Discussing Mental Illness As An Excuse to Curtail Free Speech?




A wise society, a free society, knows that the principle of free speech is an absolute: the minute you tinker with it, no matter how minutely, the entire principle is lost, and with it, the free society. Thus a wise society, a free society, knows that the emotions and feelings stirred up around a multi-faceted personal tragedy must not lead to the social injustice of curbs on free, unfettered, speech. Twitter did not kill Charlotte Dawson, mental illness did, with its concomitant breadth of unique circumstances, financial, relationships, childhood, et al, the intricate, complex web of a life, as is always the case. At times like this we need particularly to be thinking on the way we live, and our classical liberal ethic that once made the West the best civilisation humans have reached, and not producing policy born of emoting and what ‘feels right’ at the time. It’s about rigour and backbone required by our politicians, for once … (which is why, of course, I have lost hope).

Furthermore, to deflect Dawson’s suicide over to curbs on free speech, misses entirely the important issues surrounding mental health in our societies that should be the only issues front and centre here being discussed.

No to cyber bullying laws, hate speech laws, and all incursions on free speech, no matter how worthy may seem the excuse or the cause. If Judith Collins's New Zealand cyber bullying law is passed, then so must there be censored and/or banned every school playground and device that can send a text, because otherwise it can only be cynical politicking. I’m disappointed in Judith for championing this law, but then that’s why I’m a classical liberal, not an authoritarianTory.


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