Author Archives: Without Prejudice

Sean Gabb at Sixty: A Balanced Appreciation


Sean Gabb at Sixty: A Balanced Appreciation
Mario Huet

I’ve read the various appreciations written to commemorate Sean Gabb’s sixtieth birthday. These are all good and true. I don’t claim to be much of a political analyst. What I can offer is that I’ve known Sean for half a century, which is somewhat longer than anyone else here can claim. Because I usually helped put them there, I know where all the bodies are buried. Over the years, he’s returned the favour. I think this qualifies me to add to the growing heap of praise.

I met Sean on Tuesday the 7th September 1971. It was our first day at a crap comprehensive school in South-East London. He was a short, fat boy, with NHS glasses and a mass of brown curls. He had a flat voice and a permanent look of boredom. He despised most of the teachers, and responded to their usually incompetent lessons by reading in class or falling asleep. The other boys responded to him with ruthless bullying. His response to that was truancy. If I ever wanted to find him after school, the surest place was Lewisham Library, which in those days was a treasure house of books on every subject. Read more

Erudite, scholarly, and unfailingly polite


To Sean Gabb on the Occasion of his Sixtieth Birthday

One of the unanticipated pleasures of my adult life has been the diverse number of intellectuals, scholars, and liberty lovers, from all over the world, that I’ve met, and often befriended, through various libertarian and Austrian economic events, seminars, and connections, since the mid-1990s. The singular and intriguing Sean Gabb stands out in my mind as an excellent example. I don’t know if I had previously heard of Sean when we first met at the inaugural meeting of the Property and Freedom Society in Bodrum, Turkey, in May 2006. Well, we call it Bodrum, but historical-minded Sean insists on calling it by its proper name, Halicarnassus (in his delightful account of that first meeting (see below)). Read more

Refreshing, realistic, and uncompromisingly radical


by Swithun Dobson

I believe my first memory of Sean was him defending the introduction of the R18 certification by the BBFC in 2000 on a 5 Live phone-in – even though this maybe a phantom, it is certainly an apt one given Sean’s unwavering belief that consenting adults should legally be able to do as they please. In the year 2000, I had very little idea who he actually was. In sixth form, a few years later,  I began to really discover classical liberalism, reading many of the works of the Institute for Economic Affairs. In my early years at university I devoured more hardcore libertarian texts and then stumbled across the Libertarian Alliance blog. What was refreshing about it was that it was an uncompromisingly radical organisation from England. Sean linked his appearances on BBC radio in which he called for the entire abolition of alcohol licensing laws and the rolling back of the police state. This was a far cry from some of the dull, wonkish publications from the IEA, in particular the egregiously dull title, The Dangers of Bus Re-Regulation. There was simply no-one else who was vaguely in the public eye who would defend some of the more radical libertarian positions. Read more

Sean Gabb on the New Ruling Class and “Grown-Up” Libertarianism


by Christian Robitaille

It is difficult for any writer to be both prolific and insightful. It is even more difficult to be so while defending opinions that are deemed to be dangerous by the State’s ruling class. Such writers are indeed often ridiculed or ignored. It thus requires courage as well as many other uncommon qualities to dedicate an important part of one’s life to effectively defend libertarianism. It first requires a profound knowledge of social theory and history. It then requires the ability to make sense, in light of this profound knowledge, of what the current state of the world is and to understand how it can be changed. Finally, it requires the skill to coherently articulate an opinion or a program which can be understood by as many intelligent readers as possible. Read more

Always travel with Sean


by Robert Grözinger

Apart from us both being staunch libertarians, Sean and I share a few things more in common. For example, we both were enthusiastic amateur astronomers in our youth. And we both love Richard Wagner. Especially the latter’s music came in handy once when Sean helped me collect some personal effects from my deceased father’s house in Braunschweig, Germany. It was early January 2012. I had to hire a van, driving from my home in the south-west of England. Sean and his lovely wife Andrea kindly allowed me to stay the night in their home in Deal, near Dover. Not only that: Sean had even agreed to accompany me to my old home country and share some of the driving. (When I first put my plan to him some weeks before and asked him to help me, he immediately said he would be “delighted”.) Having gone all the way to Braunschweig, we used the free day we had before returning to pass through the now defunct (indeed, virtually invisible) Iron Curtain nearby and visit the east German medieval town of Halberstadt. Here we soaked in the old history on display in a local museum. I think something he saw there inspired Sean to include it in one of his rip-roaring Alaric-novels. A wax tablet with a richly adorned silver frame it was, if I remember correctly, part of the spoils brought back from Constantinople by a Bishop of Halberstadt during the Crusades. Anyway, on the way out from, and back to, England, we listened to almost the whole of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle (Sean provided the CDs), all the while debating how best to fix the world. Conclusion: If you have to cross half a continent in a van both ways, there is no better way of doing this than by being accompanied by one of the most learned and formidable thinkers of our time, with whom you can conduct a formidable intellectual tour d’horizon, while both of you enjoy music from the most formidable opus by the most formidable composer who ever lived. Thank you, Sean. That trip was a great experience and honour. Read more

Online Harms – A Bill of Rights for the Censor


Online Harms – A Bill of Rights for the Censor
Alan Bickley
8th April 2019

Perhaps the most overlooked effect of the Brexit Crisis is that new legislation of any kind in Britain has dwindled from a flood to a trickle. Since new laws and bad laws amount to much the same, this is to be celebrated. For this reason alone, I might hope for the crisis to continue at full tilt until at least 2022. It will not, but the respite has been welcome.

Something particularly nasty that will now have to wait its turn in a long queue is any Bill inspired by the Online Harms White Paper published on the 8th April 2019. This proposes that Internet sites should be fined or blocked if they fail to tackle “online harms,” such as terrorist propaganda and child abuse. To achieve this end, here are the suggested means: Read more

Diabetes: Facts About This Modern Epidemic


Dr Mercola
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/04/07/xdjm18-diabetes.aspx
Diabetes: Facts About This Modern Epidemic

According to research conducted in late 2016, life expectancy in the United States has declined for the first time in two decades, leaving the researchers baffled as to what the exact cause is.1

One of the primary perpetrators of this decline is believed to be drug overdose. But there is another major factor that has been pinpointed by a supporting study: diabetes, specifically Type 2 diabetes.2

There’s no doubt that diabetes is steadily growing to be an epidemic, particularly among Americans. According to data from the American Diabetes Association, at least half of all adults in the U.S. are either in a state of prediabetes or already have diabetes.3

Researchers also noted that it is actually “an underreported cause of death on death certificates” and should be considered the third leading cause of mortality in America, right after cancer and heart disease.4

Unfortunately, there is a growing amount of misinformation surrounding this common health condition. And, in some cases, it is the physicians themselves who are perpetuating this misinformation. But what exactly is diabetes? Why does it manifest, and more importantly, how can you protect yourself from falling victim to this growing epidemic?

Diabetes: An Illness Rooted in Insulin Resistance

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines diabetes as “the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy.”5 When you eat, the food you consume is transformed by your body into sugar to be used as energy. For glucose to enter the cells of your body, it needs a hormone called insulin.

The pancreas, an organ found near the stomach, is responsible for releasing this hormone into your bloodstream. However, if you have diabetes, either your body fails to produce enough insulin or it does not use insulin as well as it needs to. This causes glucose levels to build up in your blood.6

There are three well-known types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes. However, there are other lesser known types or classifications of this illness.

Many people think that diabetes is a disease of blood sugar – but it is not. Rather, it is a disorder of insulin and leptin signaling. Insulin acts as a source of energy for your cells. In other words, you NEED insulin to live. In healthy people, the pancreas does a wonderful job of providing your body with just the right amount.

But in some, risk factors and certain circumstances put the pancreas at risk of not functioning properly. This causes insulin and leptin resistance, which then evolves over a long period of time. It starts as prediabetes and if left untreated, goes on to become full-blown diabetes.

The Good News: Diabetes Is Preventable AND Reversible

The reason why conventional medicine fails to treat diabetes is because the solutions they put in place address the insulin deficiency through insulin shots or pills. In short, they are addressing the symptom and NOT the root cause, which is insulin sensitivity.

What many fail to realize is that diabetes, particularly Type 2 diabetes, is preventable and reversible. All it takes is proper attention to your lifestyle, especially your diet. In fact, in the majority of cases, diabetes does not need any type of medication.

Learn More About Diabetes

Many diabetics usually find themselves falling down a black hole of helplessness, as they’re clueless on how to reverse their illness. But there is a way out, and the first step is to be informed.

Visit these pages and learn everything you need to know about diabetes: common risk factors, its hallmark symptoms, the different types, and how to effectively reverse this condition. Find out how your diet and lifestyle play a role in the occurrence of this illness.

Diabetes now affects people of all ages and from all walks of life, so this is crucial, must-know information. Share these pages with someone you know who’s struggling with this illness. Who knows, you just might save them from the perils of this disease.

Next >

What Is Diabetes?

Next
What Is Diabetes?

More About Diabetes

aggbug.aspx?PostID=930173

« Older Entries