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Accentuating the Liberal in Classical Liberal: Advocating Ascendency of the Individual & a Politick & Literature to Fight the Rise & Rise of the Tax Surveillance State.

Liberty and freedom are two proud words that have been executed from the political lexicon: they were frog marched and stood before a wall of blank minds, then forcibly blindfolded, and shot, with the whimpering staccato of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ resounding over and over. And not only did this atrocity go unreported by journalists in the mainstream media, they were in the firing squad.

The premise of this blog is simple: the Soviets thought they had equality, and welfare from cradle to grave, until the illusory free lunch of redistribution took its inevitable course, and cost them everything they had. First to go was their privacy, after that their freedom, then on being ground down to an equality of poverty only, for many of them their lives as they tried to escape a life behind the Iron Curtain. In the state-enforced common good, was found only slavery to the prison of each other's mind; instead of the caring state, they had imposed the surveillance state to keep them in line. So why are we accumulating a national debt to build the slave state again in the West? Where is the contrarian, uncomfortable literature to put the state experiment finally to rest?

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Liberty Challenge - A Gap in the Language


Over the last few days I’ve been racking my brain trying to remember the last time I heard or read a New Zealand politician, from any party, utter or use either of the words, ‘liberty’ or ‘freedom’. Including in their electioneering.

And I can’t. I can’t recall a single instance. Anybody else?

What does it mean that those two words have disappeared completely from the political lexicon? Our politicians don’t even bother anymore to pay lip-service to that ethic the West was supposed to be based on?

Now what about use of these words in a single MSM editorial or op-ed? I still draw a blank. In fact I draw blanks in every media outside blogs. And even then, as I said in this post, to bring up freedom as a goal in any blog, is normally to earn either half-witted sneers, or that annoying, cloying, assumed Lefty superior type of intellectual (though it’s the opposite), paternal opprobrium (which in fact is merely cynicism).

I’m wondering if we even got close to either of those words here, in our history, ever, or from inception did we get side-tracked by the word ‘egalitarian’? And hasn’t that word had its meaning shamelessly subverted to being, ironically, now turned against ‘freedom’ in 2012? Part of the post-modern apocalypse brought down on us by the collectivists, first hoodwinking the well-meaning liberal heart of academia that language is slippery, then using that to insert their agenda against the identity of the individual, and thus the possibility of their freedom from the minds of their brothers.

What of overseas? In the US, take out the singing of the national anthem, which Obama couldn’t sing with a straight face, as he believes in a secular theocracy, where the State trumps an individual’s freedom, and if he gets replaced this year it’ll be with a Mormon for whom God trumps an individual’s freedom, so do those words have both use in their lexicon, and their original meaning anymore?  Worse, Obama is the first American president I can think of who openly repudiates the word freedom, as in:

“The market will take care of everything,” they tell us…. But here’s the problem: it doesn’t work. It has never worked. It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It’s not what led to the incredible postwar booms of the ’50s and ’60s. And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade. I mean, understand, it’s not as if we haven’t tried this theory.
—President Barack Obama, Osawatomie, Kansas, December 6, 2011

That statement is wrong on every level, including the facts, and represents the complete capitulation of the Revolution that cleared the way for America’s first black president. There is one important secular holy trinity: philosophy, economics and politick, and if you do not believe in markets, then your philosophy cannot be one that will nurture or promote the meaning in two of the best words in our language: liberty and freedom.

6 comments:

  1. I am starting to think that humans are in one of three states:
    1. Know of Freedom and are Libertarian.
    2. Know not of Freedom and are ignorant.
    3. Know of Freedom but do not advocate and are immoral.

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  2. As such, there is a case for all members of office to be tested...?

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  3. Afraid it's (2). How's it going down South Shane?

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  4. No Mark, my first point talks to people in general - and yes, the vast majority are in 2 - so there is hope. It the evil fuckers who know Liberty and wilfully maintain the use of force that bug me.

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  5. And yes, not too bad down here. Have been busy trying to keep roof and wife and get rid of kids all at the same time.

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  6. Getting rid of the kids is the biggest saving you'll make in a lifetime ;)

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