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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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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Arts & Letters Daily – And the Antidote To It.



When Arts & Letters Daily was edited by founder, Dennis Dutton, I was a regular visitor. Since his death, I find the site hard to stomach, until this morning the reason can’t be ignored.






It’s the first time I’ve seen the site openly posting its advocacy of a Left program. Collectivism and Left state authoritarianism is the death of literature. Even that contradictory socialist, George Orwell, understood important art must be an individualist and individualistic enterprise.

... Modern literature is essentially an individual thing. It is either the truthful expression of what one man thinks and feels, or it is nothing.
 
As I say, we take this notion for granted, and yet as soon as one puts it into words one realizes how literature is menaced.

Orwell was writing against the totalitarian state, however – tellingly - those sentences apply equally today. We are all denied by a modern Progressivism which has the agenda of appropriating art for itself; certainly it is (increasingly) the death of art as a living and vibrant commonplace of my life.

On a similar theme I've been receiving daily emails from LitHub (Google it) over the last six or so months: always interesting but up to a half of the links are to literary cultural Marxism, and its concomitant identity politics.

I have previously written the antidote to this rampant socialism in the arts: but you won’t see links to it on Arts and Letters Daily – I know this because I long ago submitted the link to them, with the only response being the silence of some Marxist or other no doubt sliding to the floor with apoplexy. I’m not a hugely read blog, though am glad to say my disquisition on our modern literature, which doubles as my literary manifesto, is still being daily read, and now has over 5,000 reads.

Read it and my follow up post on our wowser literature that represents only our state-worshiping culture, not counter-culture, anymore, and is thus lost as the essential resistance it needs to be against untrammelled state power and individuals being forced to exist in the prison of each others minds via the tax take:



Still not had enough fresh air, then try an unrepresentative chapter from my novel.

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