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Tom
London, England
An Englishman returned after twenty years abroad blogs about threats to liberty in Britain
Interests: liberty, travel, photography, writing
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I don't think my proposals involve any suspension of human rights in the true sense. A nation is entitled to take defensive actions (including pre-emptive strikes) to protect itself. The governments of the West have been so entangled by their treasonous academics in twisted notions of "human rights" (no human has a right to anything – such as employment, education or health – that another would be obliged to pay for) that they have lost sight of their duty to defend their nation.
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I agree. In the context of the discussions on the implementation of Brexit it's depressingly clear that many people think nations trade. People trade and governments interfere. When they decide to interfere less they proudly announce they are "promoting trade" or even creating a "free trade zone", which would be hilarious if voters did not take it seriously. One of the best moments of the Guardian Brexit debate at the London Palladium last year was Nigel Farage pointing out that he was the only person on the stage who had ever traded anything internationally. Politicians are terrible people to handle international relations because they see everything as a "Game of Thrones" type power struggle whereas normal human beings are naturally inclined to deal peacefully with each other on trade, sport, culture and personal relationships, provided governments stay out of the picture.
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I love your optimism James. I think POTUS's twitter feed is more megaphone than earpiece.
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I generally think it's best to avoid wars - and especially metaphorical wars on concepts or weeds.
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I wouldn't go so far as to say I support VVP. But he was right on Syria, whereas the USA did a lot of harm with the best of naive intentions. Acknowledging that, and asking for his support, would go a long way towards building influence with Russia.
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In dealing with Radical Islamic terrorism, Israel is a reliable ally.
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It has been a while. My life has been filled with family, friends and festive fun as I hope, gentle reader, has yours. Even this, the first post of 2017, is something of an accident. A young photographer friend of mine responded on Facebook to President Trump's inaugural speech as... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
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In my last post I made a rash promise to address the abuse of language by the Left; the way in which they weaponise it to undermine opposition to their ideas. Most friends of Liberty are naggingly aware that it's going on and routinely irritated by it but when I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
Those are good questions and valid doubts. But what Brexit and Trump have shown us is that the people are not cowed by the politically-correct. The Leftists have cried wolf so often they are no longer audible. It’s up to us now to be brave and speak out. Any day an SJW is NOT calling you a bad name is a day wasted - especially if there’s a voter nearby to hear him or her scream at you. We all need to be Milo in a modest way, because the more the people hear the would-be tyrants scream, the less they like them.
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2016 on Winning the War on Error at THE LAST DITCH
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For the first time in decades I am optimistic we can win the battle of ideas against statists in general (difficult) and Leftists in particular (beginning to look easy). It will involve a journey that Jeremy Corbyn will never make; from the cosy mutual warmth of opposition, where all policies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
Quite. The average lifetime uplift in earnings is now not much more than the cost to the student. Given that the uplift is still high for STEM and other "hard" degrees, the soft ones that produce below average financial returns are an extravagance. The next step will be to trap them in lifetime public "service" by waiving repayments for state minions.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2016 on The closing of the Millennial mind at THE LAST DITCH
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In the wake of Brexit and Trump, I am becoming a little tired of all the accusations of hatred and division being thrown at those who voted the "wrong way". Leftists are utter hypocrites when they use these words of their opponents. Their ideology deliberately sets people against each other... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
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You Are Still Crying Wolf | Slate Star Codex I have said my piece on Trump for now but the worldwide wets of the special snowflake meltdown just can't give it a rest. Scott Alexander over at Slate Star Codex is trying to administer some soothing facts to them. Good... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
How different would the western world be today if more people had read The Closing of the American Mind in 1987 when it was published? Shortly after publication, the Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War was won by the West. Marxism proper had comprehensively failed and Fukuyama naively told... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
Can we trust the people? After Trump, I'm no longer sure | Coffee House. The right-on Conservative in name only, Matthew Paris, has the gall to ask openly the question in the hearts of treacherous metropolitan élitists across the Free World. It's not an easy question to answer because it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
Thanks! Happy triggering!!
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Thank you kind sir. It was good to meet you too. Welcome to our little community of people sharing the values on which the free world was built.
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I agree. He has a Masters in Economics from the prestigious Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania so it's hard to accept he believes some of the trash he talked to get elected. But then see my new post today on the subject, inter alia, of expertise! Metaphorically mining your ports with tariffs and non-tariff barriers to prevent your people buying the stuff they want hurts only your own country. That's why Britain should have declared for unilateral free trade on the day after the EU Referendum, served Article 50 notice immediately and pledged to abolish all tariffs as soon as released from the EUs obligations to impose them.
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It has been delightful to wallow in the grief of triggered leftists. Yes, their candidate lost. And no, they have neither self-awareness nor irony and that is bloody hilarious. But for classical liberals/libertarians or even smaller state Conservatives, the man who won is by no means our guy. Not by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
"A liberal’s* paradise would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only law enforcement has guns. And believe it or not, such a place does, indeed, already exist. It's called Prison." Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
I have a shrewd North American friend or two too shy to comment on blogs. Let me summarise their comments on this piece anonymously. "Well said. I have done business with Donald Trump. Most ambitious businessman I have come across. He inspires people who like a challenge and scares the rest. The vote shows the rise of people who like a challenge." "...All the pols and pundits said Reagan was a total idiot on economics as well. Nothing could have been further from the truth in hindsight. Trump is lights years ahead of Reagan on economics and will be brilliant on business and trade. He gets it. Don't listen to his words too closely, he can be clumsy, watch his actions over the next months." "... he is probably the most successful businessman to ever run and win the POTUS. If he translates his extraordinary intuition and business to his elected office he will in my view surpass most of his predecessors on economics and getting the US back on track. The guy is a special winner and just blew the competition away when most of the experts, pols and pundits called otherwise. He is formidable and capable beyond most people's imaginations. Donald just started as a politician 18 months ago. Supposed to be clueless...remember. Even many of his closet supporters can't resist focusing on his flaws. Very easy to under estimate this incredible winner."
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The Facebook feed of most people who move in smug "educated" metropolitan élite circles today is awash with the plaintive cries of leftist butthurt. Mine is no different. I try to keep my Facebook page light and social. After all I can express my political grievances here, where they are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
Enter stage left. A well-spoken, expensively-dressed white guy — let's call him Rupert — with an unconvincing dash of Estuary diction to disguise his public school plumminess. I'd guess an academic of some kind from his chit-chat to the bored but polite barman about a conference he's addressing tomorrow. A... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
Donald Trump's win in the US presidential election tells us something. It's hard to be certain what that something is — apart from the fact that opinion polls, even now exit polls, have an inherent left wing bias. Perhaps because conservative voters now seem to delight in lying to them... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH