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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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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Left’s Hypocrisy Over This Morning’s Pacific Spying Revelations | #GCSB #Privacy

Afraid I don’t have time for a full post this morning, other than to say yes, re Nicky Hager’s latest expose of New Zealand’s spying on our Pacific neighbours: it’s disgusting. But, equally important is the fact the Left only use this for political expediency, given privacy has no meaning to them: I’m tired of the hypocrisy on my Twitter feed currently.

My first link above was to an older article where I pointed out the contradiction in the Left’s stance on GCSB; quoting:

So given this comment, can I assume [Left leaders] will have 'deep concern' at our tax surveillance state which operates totally outside of our privacy legislation and essentially gives IRD officers open slather on our lives? Because government bureaucrats who can read our financial transactions and other essential communications, who data mine NBR daily [as well as social media, searching out thought-crimes], and whom are almost unrestricted from doing so, including raiding business premises without need of a warrant, can read our lives in far more detail than a Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) officer can. That is, our politicians are concerned with our privacy to the point of weakening the protection of Kiwis from terrorism, but the total stripping of our privacy and right to be left alone, (so long as we do no harm), in order our own government can plunder the private property of its own citizens is fine? How and where did the concept of the importance of privacy in a free society change? Perhaps [Left leaders] could answer to that. What is the difference between an IRD officer being able to read my life in order to take my income, and a GCSB officer being able to read my life to protect me from Al Qaeda?
I've never understood the (im)moral underpinning of the tax state in this regard.

At the bottom of that piece I refer to New Zealand’s signing up to that American imperialism known as FATCA under which via an Intergovernmental Agreement between NZ and the US we have agreed to use IRD’s abusive, police state ability to operate outside of our privacy legislation in order to monitor American citizens for the US government, a spying exercise with no link to our own tax take. That is corruption under any definition.

Currently IRD are conducting routine raids on the restaurant sector. In another earlier piece on the almost unlimited powers of IRD in such raids – and I challenge any member of the Left in a lather this morning to read that - I described how these raids are conducted without warrant, they are timed at maximum inconvenience during the periods of peak service (lunch-times), and the heavy handed nature of them typically are scaring the bejesus out of restaurant owners and their staff. IRD powers to raid, and what they can do on raid, are largely uncontained by legislation: they have open slather.

And then in the sometimes ruins of their business – I am assuming in some cases, albeit that is beside the point – IRD then have, again, full police state powers of snooping, search and seizure, over weeks and months following to invade all aspects of those owners everyday lives, right down to the minutia.

But you won’t see the redistribution cultists out marching on that one, because, to end where I began, this morning’s Nicky Hager revelations – and more power to Nicky – are for the Left, only about political expediency.

I’ll end with Deirdre McCloskey on the Left’s hypocrisy over privacy:

No left egalitarian has explained how such [taxes] square with Kant’s second formulation of the categorical imperative: “So act as to use humanity, both in your own person and in the person of every other, always at the same time as an end, never simply as a means.”  Taxing Peter to pay Paul is using Peter for Paul.  It is corrupting.  Modern governments have been encouraged to think that any abuse of Peter is just fine, that Peter is a slave available for any duty that the ruler has in mind.  A little like non-modern governments.

The Conservative Right are willing to trade privacy in order to protect Conservative values - which they call the War on Terror (at the moment). The Left are prepared to trade privacy for redistribution, and toward that end, all immoral, dreadful means are justified. Meaning we Classical Liberals are screwed, if Danyl cared to think about issues deeply, rather than always settling for these childish, shallow snipes at classical liberalism and libertarianism. The West as that concept of freedom, of classical liberalism, died many years ago. We are all living in the ruins of civilisation as we are marched to the next iteration of the Gulags that will be built, and wars fought, by the Big Brother states that are now ascendant.

Back to work for me so I can pay my taxes. To government employees I know read this site, click your fingers and snap those hands ‘I don’t want you raiding lil’ol me,’ so read my disclaimer at bottom please.

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