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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Quote of the Day for Thursday, 20 July 2017

Filed under: Economics, Politics, Principles, Quote of the Day, Reading — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 4:07 AM (04:07)

It is my contention that this concept of spontaneous order is the central idea of the enlightenment, brought to a pinnacle nine years later by Adam Smith with his invisible hand and applied to life itself by Charles Darwin some decades later. If the English language can get along without a government, why do we so quickly assume that English society cannot organise itself?

To labour the point, today in London roughly 10 million people ate lunch. Working out just how much of each type of food to have available in the right places at the right time to ensure that this happened was a problem of mind-boggling complexity, made all the harder by the fact people made up their mind what to eat mostly at the last minute.

Who was in charge of this astonishing feat? Who is London’s lunch commissioner and why does he get so little credit? Why is this system not subsidised? How can it be so lightly regulated?

The protesters who gather to criticise free enterprise from time to time use Facebook and iPhones to arrange their protest, drink Starbucks and eat Pret, wear shirts and shoes, in some cases even use toothpaste and shampoo before setting out. They swim where they wish to in a sea of possibilities provided by free enterprise.

— Matt Ridley, Free Markets are Revolutionary, Liberating, and Democratic (Foundation for Economic Education [FEE])


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Quote of the Day for Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Quote of the Day, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:38 PM (17:38)

No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion.

James Burgh, Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses [London, 1774-1775].

H/T Michael G. Spivey


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Google Plus / Minds / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress.com

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Thursday, 1 August 2013

British Humor is Different

Filed under: Humor — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 12:14 AM (00:14)

BRITISH HUMOR IS DIFFERENT

These are classified ads, which were actually placed in U.K. Newspapers:

FREE YORKSHIRE TERRIER.
8 years old, Hateful little bastard. Bites!

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FREE PUPPIES
1/2 Cocker Spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbor’s dog.

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FREE PUPPIES. Mother is a Kennel Club registered German Shepherd.
Father is a Super Dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound.

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COWS, CALVES: NEVER BRED. Also 1 gay bull for sale.

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JOINING NUDIST COLONY!
Must sell washer and dryer £100.

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WEDDING DRESS FOR SALE.
Worn once by mistake.
Call Stephanie.

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And the WINNER is . . .

FOR SALE BY OWNER. Complete set of Encyclopaedia Britannica, 45 volumes.
Excellent condition, £200 or best offer.
No longer needed, got married, wife knows everything.

(Statement of the Century)

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Thought from the Greatest Living Scottish Thinker – Billy Connolly.

“If women are so bloody perfect at multitasking,
How come they can’t have a headache and sex at the same time?”

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Children Are Quick

TEACHER: Why are you late?
STUDENT: Class started before I got here.

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TEACHER: John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?
JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.

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TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’
GLENN: K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L’
TEACHER: No, that’s wrong
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
(I Love this child)

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TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
DONALD: H I J K L M N O.
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it’s H to O.

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TEACHER: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago.
WINNIE: Me!

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TEACHER: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.

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TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ‘ I. ‘
MILLIE: I is . . .
TEACHER: No, Millie . . . . . Always say, ‘I am.’
MILLIE: All right . . . ‘I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.’

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TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?
LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand . . . . .

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TEACHER: Now, Simon , tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.

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TEACHER: Clyde , your composition on ‘My Dog’ is exactly the same as your brother’s.. Did you copy his?
CLYDE : No, sir. It’s the same dog.

(I want to adopt this kid!!!)

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TEACHER: Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD: A teacher

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PASS IT AROUND AND MAKE SOMEONE LAUGH

Due to current economic conditions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.


NOTES

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Friday, 1 February 2013

Quote of the Day for 31 January 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:06 AM (00:06)

“The public at large seem to think banning guns makes them magically go away and the fact they haven’t and have increased in number means they need to be made ‘super duper illegal with sprinkles’.”

“monkeyshoulder”, Re: Will the UK ever change?, 23 March 2012


NOTES

  1. Reposted – WordPress

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Frank Turner — Sons of Liberty

Filed under: Listening, Philosophy, Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:34 PM (12:34)

Current mood: excited

Here’s the lyrics, for those inclined to sing along –

Once an honest man could go from sunrise to its set
without encountering agents of his state or government.
But a sorry cloud of tyranny has fallen across the land,
brought on by the hollow men, who did not understand
that for centuries our forefathers have fought and often died
to keep themselves unto themselves, to fight the rising tide,
and that if in the smallest battles we surrender to the state,
we enter in a darkness whence we never shall escape.

When they raise their hands up our lives to possess,
to know our souls, to drag us down, we’ll resist.

Watt Tyler led the people in 1381
to meet the king at Smithfield to issue this demand:
that Winchester’s should be the only law across the land,
the law of old King Alfred’s time, of free and honest men.
Because the people then they understood what we have since forgot:
that government will only work for its own benefit.
And I’d rather stand up naked against the elements alone
than give the hollow men the right to enter in my home.

When they raise their hands up our lives to possess,
to know our souls, to drag us down, we’ll resist.

Stand up sons of liberty and fight for what you own.
Stand up sons of liberty and fight, fight for your homes.
[4X]

So if ever a man should ask you for your business, or your name,
tell him to go and fuck himself, tell his friends to do the same.
Because a man who’d trade his liberty for a safe and dreamless sleep
doesn’t deserve the both of them, and neither shall he keep.

Thanks to The Devil’s Kitchen for the tip-off!


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. NMPolitics.org


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Monday, 17 December 2012

Quote of the Day — Sunday, 16 December 2012

Current mood: irate, pissed

 

“Laugh at me. Call me mad. Call me evil. But just remember me when you or your loved ones are being raped, or mugged, or dragged off never to be seen again – and you are an obedient, disarmed little citizen who can do nothing about it.”

– Sean Gabb, Director, Libertarian Alliance
   from The Libertarian Enterprise #701, 16 December 2012:
   The War Against Armed Crime: We Need Guns to Make Us Safer


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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Quote of the Day — Sunday, 16 December 2012

Filed under: Politics, Quote of the Day, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:55 PM (12:55)

Current mood: irate, pissed

“Laugh at me. Call me mad. Call me evil. But just remember me when you or your loved ones are being raped, or mugged, or dragged
off never to be seen again – and you are an obedient, disarmed little citizen who can do nothing about it.”

– Sean Gabb, Director, Libertarian Alliance
   from The Libertarian Enterprise #701, 16 December 2012:
   The War Against Armed Crime: We Need Guns to Make Us Safer


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Duke City Fix / NMPolitics.org / Tea Party Nation


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Friday, 24 August 2012

“The Devil” on Politics

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:36 PM (16:36)

Current mood: cynical

Anyone who’s been following politics abroad might have noticed that American politicians seem to view British policies as worth copying by the Congress – the Romneycare-Obamacare thing isn’t an isolated incident.

“Progressives” have been yammering away since Lyndon Johnson for victim disarmament (“common sense gun laws”) and nationalized / socialized “single payer”  health care, while “conservatives” apparently see the British Empire as worthy of emulation.

For example, the recently-required graphic labels on cigarette packs have a precedent in British “law” in that their Health Secretary claimed the “authority” to micromanage cigarette packaging and advertising back in 2009.

The British political scene mirrors the American scene in another way in that there are a few libertarian bloggers who are sick of this bad-cop-worse-cop routine from ” ‘both sides’ of the aisle.” For example, “The Devil” sounded off on this very issue of tobacco regulations –

The power to “dictate the colour of cigarette packs, their shape, the trademarks displayed on them and any labelling” was handed to the Health Secretary solely back in 2009.

And you poor fucks think that we live in a democracy.

The consultation on this matter – just like the “consultation” on the display ban – is simply a democratic fig-leaf: the government simply wants to pretend that it is, in any way, answerable to the people.

Anyone who believes that our democracy is in any way “representative” is an idiot.

Successive governments have passed what your humble Devil called “mini-Enabling Acts” for years: the NuLabour government may have been the greatest transgressors, but that hasn’t stopped the Freedom Coalition making full use of those functions.

When you are a disgusting authoritarian bastard, why would you not?

No, “The Devil” isn’t Jesus’ nemesis from the Christian mythology – he’s just a pissed-off Brit of the libertarian mindset, who also enjoys a smoke on occasion. He updated the post I linked to above:

The intention was to highlight the fact that successive governments have quite deliberately attempted to neuter Parliament, and remove themselves from democratic oversight.

But, surely, we have the right to throw these bastards out – that’s the point of democracy, is it not?

Well, yes and no. As you might have noticed – if you have taken an interest in politics over the last few decades – the ratchet only seems to go one way, i.e. in the removal of our freedoms. And I don’t give two shits about the colour of the rosette worn by the scum who do so.

So, if Lansley has the power to impose plain packaging on tobacco, then he will do so. And the next government will not remove that power.

If you doubt what I say about the freedom ratchet, simply compare the Coalition’s liberties-championing rhetoric immediately after the election with their actual record in government.

So what about it, Americans? How can we say that we’re freer than the Brits when politicians on this side of the Atlantic behave in just the same sort of cretinous, dishonest chicanery?

Didn’t Obama promise in the 2008 election to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay, and to have the DEA back off from medical-marijuana clinics in states that passed those sort of referenda?

What sort of “limited-government,” “fiscally-restrained” Republican signs off on anything resembling Medicare Part D? Heather Wilson used it as the centerpiece of her 2002 re-election campaign to the U.S. House, and George Bush signed it into “law” with enthusiasm.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – Xanga / Yahoo!
    2. KCUF Media – Xanga / Yahoo!
    3. LPUSA / LPNM[lpnm-discuss] Yahoo! Group
    4. The Weekly SeditionWordPress / Yahoo!
    5. NMPolitics.org

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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Quote of the Day for 25 December 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:06 AM (04:06)

“Which just goes to show that politicians are not heroes, bravely making those difficult decisions that will best benefit the people of this country, but simply grubby little snake-oil salesmen – hungry for adulation – who are only out for their own benefit at the expense of everyone else.”

The Devil’s Kitchen, Drugged, again, 16 December 2010


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Friday, 30 April 2010

Harry Brown (the movie)

Filed under: Philosophy, Self-Defense, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:54 PM (12:54)

Current mood: ecstatic

After I saw the link to trailers for this movie on Facebook, I was intrigued because of the name — Harry Browne was the LP’s presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000. What this movie appears to be is a British version of the1974 movie Death Wish, starring Charles Bronson.

The official movie poster — click to enlarge (or for a PDF version
The official movie site

The movie’s American site

The movie’s Facebook page

The Wikipedia page

Well, what do you do when the cops give you the blow-off, as they do with Mr. Brown in this movie, as played by Michael Caine?



Click to enlarge


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