England at a Crossroads


By Andy Duncan, Vice-Chairman of Mises UK

Well, I suppose I always knew that it was logically possible for England to become a tyrannical third world socialist tinpot dictatorship. However, it’s still been emotionally quite a blow to realise that we’ve now officially sunk down to the same ignominious level as North Korea.

When I grew up, we entertained the generally accepted idea that to be born an Englishman was to be handed a life-long Willy Wonka golden ticket in life’s mysteriously complicated lottery.

Yes, it rains here a lot. Yes, our main culinary condiment is ‘Brown Sauce’. And yes, the rapid decline of our Empire took a huge amount of wind out of our previously billowing sails.

But there still remained something about this England, this glorious England, that felt special.

Other countries might stoop to holding political prisoners and arresting people simply for either being who they were or for being in the way, but that would surely never happen here in Jolly Old England? Instead, it was our God-given duty to constantly help the world to become a freer and better place!

Even when our overlords did have occasional troublesome priests murdered, that was because these kings were really Johnny Foreigners (Norman-French, for the most part), rather than true-born Englishmen with thick English blood running through their manly veins.

And so the mythos grew over the centuries that this glorious Sceptred Isle would always remain unsullied.

We see it in the enduring James Bond movies, we see it in the celebration of St. George slaying the dragon, and we see it within our entire literary tradition from Shakespearian plays onward, via Sherlock Holmes, and right the way through to the eponymous Mr Harry Potter and his trials against the fascist would-be world dictator, Lord Voldemort.

However, now we have our own fascists in charge at the Ministry of Magic, particularly Amber Rudd at the Home Office, and Theresa May, in 10 Downing Street.

And there seems very little we can do to remove either of them, politically, and even if we could, their likely replacement, Mr Jeremy Corbyn, would perhaps prove even worse.

A very sad week indeed to be an Englishman.

I think we therefore stand at a crossroads. We must now think about what we can do next, as individuals, Misesians, and maybe even as people who know people in Parliament, to ensure that the correct road choice is selected as to where we go next.

However, if Amber Rudd and Theresa May were to get thrown out of office by the Parliamentary Conservative Party, to disappear into well-deserved political obscurity, I think that at least would be a good start.

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3 comments

  • As long as people are afraid of what their neighbours,friends and colleagues think of them, there will always be a part in the back of their mind that secretly believes it is shameful and evil to argue for traditional English freedoms and liberties.

    It would help if people had a genuine belief in a personal God whose opinion they cared more about than their neighbours’. But, alas, such a belief is increasingly difficult for most people to hold in the present intellectual climate, so we get human laws (& morals) which are more concerned with conformity than noble ideals like freedom.

    • “If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments, they shall be governed by the ten thousand commandments”

      ― G.K. Chesterton

  • Andy,

    I share in your lament. That meek institution, the Christian church, created the liberty that Englishmen took for granted.

    Tragically, those that loved liberty either used their liberty to stop going to church or to attack the church. Now we are all loosing our liberty.

    This is what Englishmen used to read in their Bibles, and what used to be taught and believed in churches:

    LIBERTY

    “Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go…” (Ex 5:1)

    “Proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.” (Leviticus 25:10)

    “The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem to make a proclamation of liberty to them… [The LORD said] “You recently repented and did what was right in my eyes by proclaiming liberty, each to his neighbor, and you made a covenant before me in the house that is called by my name,”” (Jer 34:8, 15)

    “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Cor 3:17)

    “Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery” (Gal 2:4)

    “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” (Gal 5:1)

    “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Gal 5:13)

    “So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty.” (James 2:12)

    “Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” (1 Pet 2:16)

    “But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.” (1 Cor 7:21)

    “For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience?” (1 Cor 10:29)

    WORK AND PROVIDE FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY

    “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.” (2 Thess 3:10–12)

    “If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Tim 5:8)

    GET SELF CONTROL

    “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Tim 1:7)

    “But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” (James 1:25)

    “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance… ” (2 Pet 1:5–6)

    AVOID DEBT

    “…the borrower is the slave of the lender.” (Prov 22:7)

    “Owe no one anything, except to love each other,” (Rom 13:8)

    CONCLUSION

    That’s why the Left has worked relentlessly for the last 150 years to destroy the church.

    Socialists have understood far more deeply what Conservatives, Classical Liberals and Libertarians have ignored or denied:

    Strong church, small state.
    Small church, big state.
    No church, absolute state.

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