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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, May 22, 2015

The End. #Budget2015


The National Party’s budget yesterday was a socialist shocker. It’s a budget that will only grow dependency on a more and more powerful Big Brother Tax Surveillance state. For my overseas readers, National was supposed to be our party of limited government which professed belief in a small state - small 's' - and an individual’s freedom to be left alone pursuing their happiness, so long as they harmed no one. But yesterday Finance Minister Bill English proved the lie of this. His budget grows welfare, indeed, advantages welfare living relative to working, and contains nothing (NOTHING) for hard working freedom lovers, business people, risk takers and entrepreneurs – because National understands with how the free society is brought so low in the twenty first century, it only needs pander to the Statists. Symbolically this budget throws millions more dollars of taxpayer money at the government spy agencies, including IRD to audit the lives of tens of thousands more Kiwis. In the long game English and Prime Minister John Key probably think they are being clever taking the centre left and creating a viable ACT Party, but in actuality all they have done is use their reign to cement in the State as a huge, brutish disruption in the lives of the free, and in a way an honest and professed Left Labour Party could never have done so thoroughly, because this is about bad philosophy spooned into the gaping maws of sheeple upon an electoral deception, indeed, a blatant fraud of misrepresentation.

I feel as gutted as those on the Left after the 2014 election when Labour was defeated so soundly, and I feel like this because yesterday the National victors enacted a Labour budget, and my eyes are finally opened – they always were, every English budget has involved a bigger State spend than the last Labour government, but this budget rubs it in, and in a way that can no longer be ignored.

I don’t know, quite, what my above Twitter Timeline means, I don’t think I’m flouncing – perhaps I am - but it is a final turning point, somehow. I only see total disengagement from the political process as an option which allows any degree anymore of pursuing my own happiness. One certainty is I can't see myself voting again in any general election anytime soon.

Bill English and your Progressive chums: you arses. Traitors, who have just disenfranchised the majority bloc of your voters: go to hell.

Footnote I:

Direct from IRD's Tax Policy eletter this morning, this National Government budget - the below means tens of thousands of individuals to be bullied by the State, their private lives destroyed (and destroyed totally) ... welcome to the twenty first century Big Brother Tax Surveillance and Police State: don't be looking for the free society here, that's long done and buried:

Budget details announced on Thursday include a further Budget allocation of $74 million over five years for Inland Revenue’s investigations activity. This will target property speculation, and for tackling the hidden economy and aggressive tax planning strategies, Revenue Minister Todd McClay announced today.


  1. The budget was disappointing but not unexpected. What gutted me was ACT being ridiculed by the press last election and by people who appeared to express libertarian views (I would say liberal but that word has been redefined to the opposite of its original meaning) but nevertheless dismissed ACT for various illogical reasons. I was particularly hurt by my own daughter who verbally abused me when I suggested she read some of Jamie’s comments. I am disappointed that you also disparage David Seymour. While I support your advocacy on euthanasia, I cannot agree that it is a defining issue. People may hold other views for genuine (even if mistaken) reasons.

    1. I understand all you say David, but for me euthanasia *is* a defining issue, plus a litmus test for a classical liberal party. Indeed, for individuals such as Lecretia Seales in the unfortunate position she is, and her consequent wish to have the choice to die with dignity, there is no other issue that can be as important, and that politicians are prepared to sit on their chuffs while she has to run her High Court case is cruel and disgusting. David Seymour is a huge disappointment - surely the ACT weekly e-letter could have cited Seales case the once (that would cost them nothing, but allowed them to voice agreement with such an important classical liberal issue as ownership of one's body and health issues). I wish Jamie Whyte was the sitting MP.

  2. I feel your pain at the intrusion of the state where it should fear to tread. There appears no options for the economic far right and social conservative like me. I'm expecting things to eventually come unstuck because the rules economics cannot be ignored for ever but expect things to get pretty screwed up before a correction occurs.

    This is where I feel secular humanism fails - it offers neither hope if you are downtrodden nor the expectation of accountability for the elite that tread on you. I hate the political system we suffer under but can cope with misery today in the hope of a better tomorrow and confidence there will be, eventually, something new and worthwhile to embrace.


    1. Afraid I've stopped believing in a better political tomorrow.

      For record, one thing, I'm not far right or conservative, but libertarian :)

  3. This from kiwiblog quoting an article in the Dominion " I’ve been saying for a while that ‘neoliberalism’ – ie a belief in the efficacy of free markets, the distortionary evil of taxes and benefits and the minimalisation of the state – is dead". That's the conclusion you, me and the commentator took from the Budget. The mind boggles. Never mind the neo, that is what liberals believed before the left took over the term. I believe it. All the evidence seems to support it. Go to Whaleoil or Kiwiblog and most people there talk as if they believe it. I even think most of our politicians believe it - but. But that's not what they deliver. What we get is a rush to statism. Is this the fault of democracy (two welfare beneficiaries and a worker voting on a fair tax system)? I do share your despondency. I would like to believe there is a way forward.

    1. Well absolutely it is the fault of "democracy" as you put it. The difference between liberals and libertarians is that liberals are foolish enough to believe in the universal franchise and that bludgers have rights (both to eat and to vote), while libertarians are realistic enough not to believe in either democracy or rights for bludgers.

    2. This libertarian plans to stand for Parliament in 2017 and then not vote for himself in protest at our democracy.

    3. Sorry Angry Tory ... missed your comment when you posted. Generally agreed, I think :)

    4. Brilliant Richard. I can not vote for you then also.