domingo, dezembro 28, 2014

Feminism: Socialism in Panties


Karen Straughan - Feminism: Socialism in Panties @NHLF14

Rant Liberal do Dia

O Churchill terá dito "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." Ora, na era das caixas de comentários abertos do Youtube e do Facebook -- não propriamente conhecidos por grande profundidade intelectual ou cívica --, impressiona como é que ainda haja quem defenda a dita "democracia". Dizem que é muito bonito "a palavra ao povo", mas na prática o povão tem voto em matérias sérias da vida de outros. Em alguns aspectos, esta gentalha, esta matilha de fanfarrões, têm mais peso na minha vida do que eu próprio. (E a malta "normal" que alinha no sistema, idem). Os "representantes" que elegem, por artes mágicas de "legitimidade democrática" passam a ser os meus representantes, e a deter poder sobre mim. Quando em situações sociais eu não escolheria conviver nem com uns, nem com outros.

terça-feira, dezembro 23, 2014

A Internet está segura com o Estado


Net Neutrality, Obama and Oatmeal (Berin Szoka)

Rant Liberal do Dia

Ainda há dias estava a passar os olhos pelas minhas prateleiras, fantasiando que um dia levarei para o 'exílio' tanto os livros que ainda não li, assim como os que são referência. Ali algures estava o livro do Compromisso Portugal -- que não cai em nenhuma daquelas categorias. Ainda em lembro da minha estupefacção (isto de ser-se crédulo dá azo a incredulidades) quando depois de vários diagnósticos acertados, os redactores lançam-se numa defesa apaixonada do "Estado Forte".

Entenda-se, um "Estado" mais "forte" que o existente. O qual pintam como anafado onde não interessava, mas fraco em áreas fundamentais em que -- por artes mágicas -- a política, a burocracia, a fossa moral do estatismo, e o cancro organizacional que dá pelo nome de socialismo... passaria a funcionar. Como Medina Carreira criticava ontem, basta a "mudança de mentalidades" salvítica que já vem da Fundação. A lógica é que em funções fundamentais da Economia/Sociedade devemos querer o sistema de gestão "mais péssimo" inventado pelo Homem, e com a força do pensamento mágico esse sistema funcionará.

São os liberais que temos - ou os que merecemos. If they had their way, teríamos um "Estado (mais) Forte", regulador, garante da paz social, e de outros pregões socialistas, capaz de "intervir" providencial, preventiva e correctivamente sobre os problemas mais complexos do país, um gestor exemplar do gado cidadão, e claro sempre perfeitamente respeitador das liberdades individuais. Aliás todo este programa muito eficiente nada tem que ver com estatismo.

segunda-feira, dezembro 22, 2014

Adaptabilidade


Global warming: scientists are not always the right experts

Morte por Estado

Don’t support laws you are not willing to kill to enforce:
Some critics of police misconduct implicitly assume that we can have our law enforcement cake and eat it too. They believe that we can simultaneously have police enforce thousands of petty laws and regulations, yet also extirpate .. excessive use of force to such an extent that police abuse of civilians will no longer be a serious problem.
But even if we make substantial progress on these fronts, a society where almost everyone is a criminal will still be a society where the sheer number of hostile interactions between police and civilians will be very large, which in turn ensures that there will be considerable room for abuse.
.. we should always remember that “[e]very new law requires enforcement; every act of enforcement includes the possibility of violence.” If we really want to curb police abuses, we should think carefully about whether all the laws we have on the books are really worth killing for.

Every law is a threat against your life

Every law is a threat against your life, podcast com Jeffrey Tucker

Dumb stupid foreign policy socialism

PETER HITCHENS: Forget 'evil' Putin - we are the bloodthirsty warmongers:
Now I seem surrounded by people who actively want a war with Russia, a war we all might lose. They seem to believe that we are living in a real life Lord Of The Rings, in which Moscow is Mordor and Vladimir Putin is Sauron.
We think we are the heroes, setting out with brave hearts to confront the Dark Lord, and free the saintly Ukrainians from his wicked grasp.

This is all the most utter garbage. Since 1989, Moscow, the supposed aggressor, has – without fighting or losing a war – peacefully ceded control over roughly 180 million people, and roughly 700,000 square miles of valuable territory.
The EU (and its military wing, Nato) have in the same period gained control over more than 120 million of those people, and almost 400,000 of those square miles.
Until a year ago, Ukraine remained non-aligned between the two great European powers. But the EU wanted its land, its 48 million people .. its Black Sea coast, its coal and its wheat.

So first, it spent £300 million (some of it yours) on anti-Russian ‘civil society’ groups in Ukraine.

Then EU and Nato politicians broke all the rules of diplomacy and descended on Kiev to take sides with demonstrators who demanded that Ukraine align itself with the EU.
Imagine how you’d feel if Russian politicians had appeared in Edinburgh in September urging the Scots to vote for independence, or if Russian money had been used to fund pro-independence organisations.

Then a violent crowd (20 police officers died at its hands, according to the UN) drove the elected president from office, in violation of the Ukrainian constitution.
But do we have any idea what we are doing? .. If anyone really is trying to punish the Russian people for being patriotic, by debauching the rouble, I cannot imagine anything more irresponsible. It was the destruction of the German mark in 1922, and the wipeout of the middle class that resulted, which led directly to Hitler.

Stupid, ill-informed people nowadays like to compare Mr Putin with Hitler. I warn them and you that, if we succeed in overthrowing Mr Putin by unleashing hyper-inflation in Russia, we may find out what a Russian Hitler is really like. And that a war in Europe is anything but fun.