An excellent article on how illiberal weeds can grow from sectarian cracks in libertarian circles. "Today marks the 80th anniversary of then-aspiring tyrant Mao Tse-tung’s “Combat Liberalism.” In that short pamphlet Mao outlines eleven ways that liberal attitudes might manifest themselves within an anti-liberal revolutionary movement like his. Broadly, Mao characterizes the liberal attitude as… Continue reading Combat Illiberalism (Jason Lee Byas)
Sean Gabb deals with the BBC Gosteleradio, the nature of the controversy being ‘insensitive jokes.’
Michael Gove and Harvey Weinstein:
No Laughing Matter at the BBC
27th October 2017
Every so often, I promise myself never to go on the broadcast media again. I think this is a promise I should now think of keeping.
Earlier today, the 27th October 2017, the Conservative politician Michael Gove compared being interviewed by John Humphreys to being taken into Harvey Weinstein’s bedroom. Everyone laughed until some radio presenter called Shelagh Fogarty set off a virtue spiral with claims that the joke “trivialised” victims of sexual assault. The ritual condemnations rolled in at once, and Mr Gove apologised.
Probably because no one else was willing, I was begged to go on BBC Radio 5 this evening and discuss the matter with Miss Fogarty on the Stephen Nolan Show. I finally agreed.
The points I made were these:
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An interesting discussion of the premises of Marx that were not necessarily incorrect. Tom Woods expounds on an article written by Hans-Hermann Hoppe, who picks out five foundational statements on Marxism, explains in what way they're right, and how Marx distorted those truths and made them incoherent.
As people scramble to form economic arguments on both sides of this debate, I honestly think it's the wrong question to ask. To send so many young people "back" to countries that they do not know and have barely lived in is not constitent with the American notion of liberty. I try not to moralise… Continue reading I Support the Dreamers
Whenever one comments critically upon Owen Jones, there seems to be a courteous compulsion to interject, "he's a nice lad, but..." or "...but he does seem like a nice guy." Whether this is his boyish young looks (he's actually in his mid thirties) or the friendly approach he sometimes takes with political opponents that he… Continue reading Fraudsters of Free Speech Part I: Owen Jones
This is not intended as an article, but as a page to link-in from my about me page to update the scant introduction I wrote when I first set up the blog. This is an updated declaration of the various influences that coalesce to form my philosophical-political outlook, for anybody that's interested. PRIMARY INFLUENCES… Continue reading My Orientation: Guiding Lights and Fellow Travellers
The Property and Freedom annual meet occurred just a few days ago. A page on the Property and Freedom website from December 2016 boasts an intriguing line-up, reproduced below, although I have no idea if this reflects the final list of those that addressed the conference. Keep an eye out on the Property and Freedom… Continue reading The Coming Property and Freedom Talks
Here's a really thought-provoking discussion of Herbert Marcuse and the Frankfurt School. As somebody that's pretty caught up in the culture wars, I have been wondering recently if the Frankfurt School should be reconsidered. While I admire the work of thinkers like William S. Lind (the first half of this article is modelled on Lind's… Continue reading Herbert Marcuse and the Tolerance of Repression (Keith Preston)