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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 it's debilitated minds. Technology and the arts advance healthily for example. I do think welfarism has undermined ethics. Any generalisation is wrong but in general I think people have become more selfish and more inclined to freeload on others rather than take responsibility for their own welfare and that of their elders, for example.
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So did I.
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Yes I am aware that their use is permitted in such circumstances so I suppose I *was* being a bit tabloid pejorative in emphasising the horror of the poor chap's injuries. Thank you for thinking me better than that and my apologies for having fallen short on this occasion. I realise it's no more an excuse for me than it is for snowflake leftists to say I allowed emotion to cloud my exposition of the facts or worse to justify it as making for more effective agitprop. Thanks for clarifying the matter. I stand corrected and I appreciate it.
Toggle Commented yesterday on Cressida Dick at THE LAST DITCH
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Has Political Correctness Gone Mad? - On Demand - All 4. I watched Trevor Philips' programme with interest. He became President of the National Union of Students just as I was leaving student politics for the real world - back in the 1970s. He was a familiar presence at the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at THE LAST DITCH
The closest I came to despair during the long dark political night I hope is now ending was during the affair of Jean Charles de Menezes. It wasn't so bad that panicked policemen made a tragic error in the wake of the 7/7 bombings. That was both understandable and forgivable.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at THE LAST DITCH
"Social" in this sense is a prefix that sucks the quality out of the word it precedes; turning it – in Tolkeinish terms – into the Orcish version of an Elvish original. For example "social justice" is not law applied fairly between individuals regarded as equally valuable. Rather it is collective punishment by state violence of disfavoured groups to compensate for alleged inequalities. I prefer justice to social justice, just as I prefer housing to social housing or science to social science. I am rather fond of my social life however, as long as there are no social justice warriors to spoil the socialising!
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There is not a triggered snowflake's chance in hell. ;-)
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Twitter Users Pledge To Fly Thousands Of Refugees To Live In J.K. Rowling's Mansions - MILO NEWS. It's unwise for wealthy leftists to "virtue signal" on the internet. They may get called out. Kudos to author, film-maker and controversialist (troll, if you prefer) Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich on Twitter) for offering... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
I think / hope that you underestimate the sea change in western politics that is currently in progress. The Left cried wolf (or rather cried racist, sexist, transphobic etc) too often and the people's patience snapped. The old media suicided over Brexit and Trump. Their credibility is shot and it's anyway the time of a new generation that does not get its news from the BBC and the dead tree press. Steve Bannon says the old media is Trump's opposition and he's partly right. The real enemy within is academia. There is no reason for taxpayers to fund the parasitical lives of cultural Marxist professors undermining the Enlightenment and the Rule of Law. Trump hinted, in the wake of the Berkeley riots, at defunding them. I was astonished to learn that the University of California is 50% funded by the federal government. I believed American universities were more independent institutions. Our own British universities are emphatically not. They are almost totally taxpayer funded serving students who are in turn taxpayer funded. We the people of this United Kingdom are funding freedom's enemies to brainwash our children into cultural self-loathing and economic suicide. That has to stop and I hope President Trump will lead the way If people want to study "Social Sciences" or other non subjects then let them pay for it themselves. All those professors who so despise money will no doubt teach for free.
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Fascinating though world politics is at present as the insurrection against PC sweeps the free-ish world, Britain is for once the most interesting place. Once upon a time in our country every little boy and girl who was born into the world alive was either a little (classical) Liberal or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
True. But this nonsense has to stop. It is both wrong and wicked for any legal right to depend upon membership of any category other than "human being".
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Law came into existence for practical purposes. By offering peaceful resolution of disputes, it reduced violence; for example acts of revenge and feuding. By prohibiting force and fraud it facilitated peaceful trading and made the modern world possible. The post-Enlightment West – certainly the Anglo-Saxon Common Law part of it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
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.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2017 on A new age? at THE LAST DITCH
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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.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2017 on A new age? at THE LAST DITCH
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I love your optimism James. I think POTUS's twitter feed is more megaphone than earpiece.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2017 on A new age? at THE LAST DITCH
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I generally think it's best to avoid wars - and especially metaphorical wars on concepts or weeds.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2017 on A new age? at THE LAST DITCH
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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.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2017 on A new age? at THE LAST DITCH
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True
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In dealing with Radical Islamic terrorism, Israel is a reliable ally.
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2017 on A new age? at THE LAST DITCH
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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 Jan 20, 2017 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