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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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Friday, February 27, 2015

Why We Should Flag the Flag Debate.

Even the capital of that nation which launched the war on drugs, Washington DC, legalised cannabis this week, following whole US states that have done so over the last eighteen months, with some states having had available medicinal cannabis for many years, as they have had assisted suicide. For all its faults the US understands freedom better than our legislature; New Zealand is still closer in time to the Maori Wars than being able to hold such grown-up discussions. Instead we get to spend millions of dollars of taxpayer money, will lose countless tedious media hours, to discuss a flag that won't be seen other than rarely on the podiums of minor-world sports events.

Here's what we do with the trifling thing that is the flag debate: nothing. Don't get involved. Don’t partake. Don’t give it the dignity of any type of rational discourse. Ignore every aspect of it and venue it is taken to; show it the contempt it deserves, compared to issues of living our lives, and for many of us, dying sometimes cruel deaths.

This will be the only time ‘flag’ is mentioned in this blog. To the Prime Minster, with no respect, you arse … and just over one year ago you promised at least some type of assisted dying legislation: live by your word.


You'll have noticed over the last twelve months that my use of foul language in posts such as this has become, sadly, more commonplace. The keywords to understanding this are:



The majoritarian politics we have succumbed to in our social democracy is too often growing into inhumane bullshit. I am an individual; give me my rights back.


  1. Mark, we compete in a market place of ideas. The best we can do is articulate our perspective as best we can, and then leave the rest to the consumer. Change is of necessity slow, until it's not.

    I'm not an advocate for gay marriage, but 40 years ago who would have thought homosexuality would be decriminalised, let alone the State endorsing gay marriage!

    Then there is the law of unintended consequences. Sometimes the thing we hope for ends up hurting more people than it helps. How many socialists thought they were on a 'mission from God' to help the poor, and now where are we?

    Frustration goes with the territory of those of us who support a minority viewpoint. :-)

    1. True, but those dying in dreadful circumstances, such as highlighted on this blog recently, don't have the luxury of political time: and we shouldn't have to wrestle our basic rights from Wellington anyway.

      I'm not prepared to wait. It's not good enough we have to wait. And to repeat myself, I view every politician who can read the plight of people such as Faye Clark, and Rosie Mott, and choose to do nothing about it, akin to people who would drive on and not see what aide or comfort they could give, after being first on the scene of a road accident. They're scum.

    2. A good Samaritan would stop and administer a lethal dose of morphine.

    3. Richard, I didn't think you held to the God-squad line on euthanasia?

    4. Exactly, Mark.

      Punk/metal band the Stormtroopers of Death have some good advice for you to take when the time comes to die with dignity.

      "Kill yourself, don't rely on no one else."

    5. No, that's barbaric: seems Xianity isn't much further than other forms of fundamentalism after all.

      The reason for 'civilised' euthanasia law is so individuals can voluntarily transact with medical professionals to die on their own terms, in the presence of their loved ones.

      It's not hard this stuff Richard.

    6. I don't speak for mainstream Xianity, Mark. Nor, as you know, do I hold to "the God-squad line on euthanasia".

      "Kill yourself, don't rely on no one else" is good legal advice under the present circumstances, is all.

    7. In a legal context, yes. That's the problem.

      OT: with your Christianity, do you ever have doubts?

    8. Yes, certainly.

      Do you ever have doubts about your own worldview?

    9. No doubts in the 'overall structure', sometimes in the details, which I point out here when they occur - for example, animal welfare, etc.

      And no doubts, for me, that Christ/God is an artificial construct: even a belief in 'intelligent design' would not lead me, ever, to any notion of a Christian god, or Allah, or any of those as written in any religious document. They are all too mean spirited and 'small' to fit the bill.