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Constitution (4)

Posted over at my place: “Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.” H. L. Mencken “From time…

Who’s next?

To sign up to be Britain’s Political Prisoner Number 2, just post anything you like here at Orphans of Liberty. They’ll be along to arrest you shortly. By all means go on posting here about how Al Qaeda and Islamic…

Constitution (3)

“The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under…

Constitution (2)

A repeat of a series begun over at my place:   “Any society that entails the strengthening of the state apparatus by giving it unchecked control over the economy, and re-unites the polity and the economy, is an historical regression.…

We are sheep led astray?

“Democracy’s a very fragile thing. You have to take care of democracy. As soon as you stop being responsible to it and allow it to turn into scare tactics, it’s no longer democracy, is it? It’s something else. It may…

Hate in a cold climate

And here we go. “At Utoeya, the water is still being searched for more victims,” deputy police chief Roger Andresen told reporters. “We have no more information than… what has been found on [his] own websites, which is that it…

Sick Scum

Please note this piece is cross-posted from my substantive blog. There is a cranks’ corner of online libertarianism from which I dissociate myself utterly, a skin-crawling, tinfoil-hat and often borderline-deranged cabal of those who advocate violence and armed insurrection to…

The state of the nation

The system of democracy under which we presently live, namely parliamentary democracy, has many inherent drawbacks, even though we elect the representatives to the institution known as Westminster.  Regular readers will be aware that it is a system which I…

Physician, heal thyself

Yesterday (13th July) in the House of Commons there occurred an event for which all politicians should hang their heads in shame – and of which the Hansard report can be read here. It was an aberration of all that…

Taking it from behind

A alternative history of the Earth in reverse chronological order, but lacking the wholesome triumphs of socialism and political correctness. 1945 – present day. Imperial Japan surrenders to Allied forces in the far East, the Third Reich lies in ruins…

Stony Stratford Smoking ban

Smokers like me may be expected to be outraged at proposals by Stony Stratford Town Council to use a new bylaw to ban smoking in all public places, but actually I welcome the issue coming to a head. As a Localist,…

A Damascene conversion?

Peter Preston. the Guardian’s ex-editor and current columnist, decided that Amsterdam was just the place for an early Summer break. Perhaps he took the ‘Time Out’ guide with him. Perhaps like many middle-aged men with car-legs (thin, spindly, pale unmuscled…