- Dear All,
Three publications to recommend:
John Kersey, The Freeman on the Land Movement: Grass Roots Libertarianism
Those of us who hold that libertarianism is a process that rests upon a
series of logical and connected principles would hold that these
principles are capable of discovery by any who choose to look for them.
The developments in English law during the post-1997 era have placed an
increasing regulatory burden upon the citizen which has been perceived by
a number of people as unjust, petty and politically motivated. In that
situation, it is unsurprising that some people have sought to exercise a
degree of independence from the state, and that in the course of
establishing the means by which such independence may be brought about,
they have re-examined the relationship between the state and the
individual in law. Their resulting movement is of profound interest to
all concerned with the future development of libertarian ideas in England.
David Webb on the Managerial State
The basic question of politics is "who does what to whom?" This was put a
little more succintly in Russian by Vladimir Lenin as "kto, kogo", "who?
whom?" He was a Marxist with a fondness for class analysis of society, but
that does not reduce the force of his view that the fundamental facts
behind any society are who the ruling class are and who the ruled.
The Passive Smoking Scare: When Ruling Class Propaganda Masquerades as
Science, by Sean Gabb
As science, this Report is worthless. Common sense alone should tell us
that. Its purpose, beyond any reasonable doubt, is not to describe the
world, but to justify the power of those who rule the world. It is meant
to justify taxes and other aggressions against the masses, and to justify
the employment of an army of clients. Modern states have no precedent in
the scale of what they can steal, and no single ideology is nowadays
sufficient to legitimise what they do. But the anti-smoking movement is an
important strand in the coalition of forces that comprise the managerial
state. Together with political correctness, environmentalism, health and
safety, and a general desire to regulate every aspect of our lives, the
war against tobacco is an equivalent of the obsession with religious
conformity or the passion for big military establishments that legitimised
earlier ruling classes.
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Buy these novels by Richard Blake: "Conspiracies of Rome"
<http://tinyurl.com/l8uj8r> ("Fascinating to read, very well written, an
intriguing plot" Derek Jacobi); "Terror of Constantinople"
<http://tinyurl.com/n9ugw3> ("Nasty, fun and educational" The Daily
Telegraph); "Blood of Alexandria" <http://tinyurl.com/356mwdr>. "Sword of
Damascus" will be published in June 2011. Buy them for your own enjoyment.
Buy them as presents for your friends and loved ones.