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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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Monday, February 2, 2015

Pushback: The Tedious Straight-Line Thinking of the Left & Our Arts Community.

If you belong to either or both of those two groups - the Left and the Arts Community - how does it feel to be lumped into such arbitrary groups, identities, and told what and how you think based on that, as I have done in my heading?

My next post, after this one, timed for Parliament's next sitting on February 10, in which I seek to eviscerate ACT’s David Seymour, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, will be easy; this, however, because I have a great deal of respect for the participants, is not. So, without abating any of my respect for the participants, and their talents, yet noting, gloriously, free speech is all about the spirited (because passionate about my life) retort:

These tweets come from a debate happening in New Zealand currently which is angering me greatly. Such a facile position as intimated in my tweets, taken by too many of the Left, and by our Arts community almost wholly, is not ‘intellectualising’: its lazy, sloppy, emoting, not thinking at all, as I have explained in my post The Mind/Heart Dichotomy – Feeling Our Way To The Police State.

This Left DumbThink that throwing the tax take at any social problem solves it, not subsidises it, is not compassionate, it’s a societal disaster. Read the second half of my piece on Maori self-determination – which classical liberalism has to advocate – regarding the hellish results of unthinking welfare beyond the barest of safety nets; in fact, let me help you by quoting:

The [Native Affairs – Maori TV] story on housing was framed by interviewing five – from memory – individuals who were living it dire conditions. The opening interview was a teenage mother who had been living in a car with her baby; the woman – sorry, girl – had herself been brought up by her solo dad living on a benefit. The father of the girl’s baby was neither seen nor mentioned: that is, he’d scarpered from both his fatherly, and financial responsibilities.

Stop. In those last two sentences how many bad life choices, across three generations, are evident? The summation of those bad choices is called a cycle. And then it got worse. Apart from a single respondent who was a male living in his car, the remaining three respondents were all teenage girls, all with babies, the final one had not long given birth to her second – conceived while living in a car, as was the first, presumably – all living in appalling circumstances, not a teenage father in sight, and no extended family for support. For those I am annoying right now, if you read that and can guess the multitude of problems I have with these girls and their missing, irresponsible sperm donors – they ain’t fathers – then even as huffing and puffing with your indignation, you were thinking the exact same thing as I was.

Which brings me to my beef with the reporting of this piece. The circumstances of these teenage girls with their fatherless babies is disgraceful and my first reaction is to emote, just as the Left do: give them money, house them, do something! And yes, something must be done. But surely it is also compassionate to understand the cycle evident here of why too many people are making not just these irresponsible, but insane life decisions, and on how our welfare state incentivises this. What chance have these babies got of breaking the cycle of their parent? From memory, pursuant to some of the last statistics I read on Lindsay Mitchell’s blog, we are up to one in four babies now born into a family dependent on a benefit. Perhaps the Native Affairs selection was unrepresentative, but four out of five, really? We will never understand this cycle until we face it and ask the hard questions which the Native Affairs reporting did not ask: namely, why did you girls decide to get pregnant when you were in no position financially nor emotionally to raise children; on getting pregnant, why did you decide to first take your babies through to term, and then on doing so, keep them?

Hard arse isn’t it. But we have to be hard to break this cycle. As to the first question which should have been raised to each of the girls - where are the fathers - Liberty Scott speaks well to this point:

In an age where contraception is cheap and universally available, without shame, to anyone of breeding age, where it is possible to trace fathers of children through DNA testing to prove their responsibility, child poverty should be exceedingly rare.

What the reporter of this piece never did, nor have I seen it done on similar reports run by current affairs on the networks – remember mum of eight, ninth on the way with her Sky decoder – was give us the backstories, with the shame of that being all long term solutions come from those backstories, not the patch up after-the-event welfare solutions that the Left guilt society with from their smug arrogance – arrogance because they believe themselves to have a monopoly on compassion (with my tax money). My challenge to Native Affairs on stories such as this is to go under the level we were given here and investigate causes, not just make causes out of the welfare patch-ups that set lives lost on the next cycle of dependency. And same to the networks, thinking of Bryan Bruce’s appalling documentaries before the 2011 elections, and Nigel Latta’s fluff pieces showing currently - his opening piece on inequality was one-sided nonsense …

To the debate at hand, proper, referring to the children in that Native Affairs piece, as well as what chance do those children have of breaking the cycle of their parent(no ‘s’), what chance have any of them got of their parent imparting to them a love of books? As if my love of books came from tax dollars, not my (poor and in today’s terms large) family which nurtured it.

If you want to understand how selfish, hence, vicious, progressive societies set up around iterations of the common good are, that notion of the common good, moreover, which is fatally written into that other founding document of our nation, the school curriculum, read my 1984 Comes To 2012 – Children Nowadays Were Horrible, which is my most read post, over 21,000 views, and merely changes the narrative point of view to recite the Truth and the sleight of hand that has been mindwashed into our children – that’s you.

If you want to understand how progressivism is gutting a vibrant literature that held the historical and, once - not any more - the future hope of resistance against unbridled authority, rather than worship at the premise of it, a post, furthermore, rejected outright by two literary ‘journals’ it was sent to because - I know in one instance, suspect in the other - it seeks to turn outward from our modernist literature of interiors – from Proust via the Bloomsbury group – to a literature placed in our politics (note the ironies in the current context), then read my Disquisition on Our Contemporary Literature: Standing Upright Here, noting at the end of that piece my thoughts on how the concept of a ‘book’ and the book market is changing, via technology born of capitalism, to open books up to groups who’ve never had such opportunity before, as well as to authors who’ve had no mass market outlet up until now.

Yes, that piece is over 18,000 words (and in truth is as much a critique of our contemporary literature as a disquisition, with a further piece on aesthetics coming at some future date); as is the race relations piece approaching a similar word count. Diddums, no apologies.

And unrelated, related – because those of us versed in Systems thinking understand everything connects – while on matters cultural, if you want to understand how Marxist (identity bound) feminism is the final Maoist Cultural Revolution seeking to destroy those few oases of legislative freedom left in the West, and to borrow from George Orwell’s 1984, by rejoicing in the ‘destruction of words’, read my Retrieving CERA Boss Roger Sutton’s Corpse from the Cross Of Shesus. The West as the bastion of free individuals living in free villages: it’s long gone, as soon will be the central tenets of same, the burden of proof on the state, not the defendant, and the right to remain silent; more coming on that and the parlous state of our judiciary in future posts. And never forget the ethic that once informed our western societies, making them the countries those living in tyrannies wanted to escape to.

Argue any or all of these points above intelligently with me, but don’t just launch ill-thought-out op-eds tarring individuals who don’t think as you do with the same damned brush. And don’t think because you’re of the Left Politick you have any type of moral or emotional transcendence over me. Of all groups in society, I once thought artists would/should be the least likely to view the world in straight lines, without sophistication: I was wrong, perhaps this, also, is a product of the progressive capture of our literature, which starts in our primary schools. Regardless, serve me up like this, then unfortunately I will end up ignoring you (and I love ya really, while being at pains to point out this piece is very widely scoped in actuality.)


The term 'Neoliberal', in my opinion, describes nothing actual, or useful, as regards New Zealand, or Western, politics. For example, our current National led Government is unfortunately socially conservative, but is also unfortunately not capitalist, so neoliberal has no meaning in the context of it. I am a laissaz faire, minacharist capitalist, but a social liberal, more socially liberal, indeed, than any sitting Labour Party MP and probably most in the Green Party, that is, a classical liberal, so neoliberal has no meaning in the context of yours truly. Invariably those throwing that term, Neoliberal, around, do so in pieces that are invariably, as stated, unsophisticated, ill-thought out, catch-bags of stereotypical prejudice which have nothing to teach to me. 


  1. Mark the terms neoliberal, liberal, conservative, progressive, left and right wing, democrat ... have no meaning. They have all been to soviet re-education classes. Can we start with our own definitions?

    1. Yes, they are tiresome and tedious terms, but when you make your own definitions, the debate then becomes about those, rather than the issues. Or failing that, no one has any idea what you're talking about :)