Hot Air and the Paris Atrocities

Michigan Standard
Hot Air and the Paris Atrocities
By Sean Gabb
(The Michigan Standard, 10th January 2015

For the avoidance of doubt, I will begin by saying that the murders this week at Charlie Hebdo were a barbarous crime, and deserve the strongest punishment allowed by law. This being said, the smug chanting of the politicians and media people is getting on my nerves. Here, without further introduction, are the more objectionable mantras:

Je suis Charlie

I will repeat that this was a barbarous crime. But there seem to be barbarous crimes and barbarous crimes. Suppose the attack had not been on a cultural leftist magazine, but on the headquarters of the Front National, and the victims had been Francine le Pen and the party leadership. Would all those city squares have filled with people reciting Je suis le Front National? I hardly think so. Nor would the media have given blanket and uncritical coverage. Continue reading

Interview with Richard Blake

 Historical novelist Richard Blake
on writing fiction readers will like

Tom Jackson
Jan 5, 2015

If you love historical fiction as much as I do, you need to get to know Richard Blake, the author of a series of historical novels about the adventures of an Englishman named Aelric in Italy after the fall of Rome, and in various portions of the Byzantine Empire. They offer a wonderfully vivid portrait of a fascinating period of history. And also lots of action and intrigue.

Blake’s first novel in the series came out in 2006 as “The Column of Phocas.” Perhaps wisely, the major British publisher which picked it up retitled it “Conspiracies of Rome.” It’s been followed by “The Terror of Constantinople,” “The Blood of Alexandria,” “The Sword of Damascus,” “The Ghosts of Athens” and “The Curse of Babylon.” Continue reading

War, Churchill, and the National Interest: Interview with Sean Gabb

Churchill bol zlosyn

Je dnes jedným z najznámejších a najkontroverznejších libertariánov v Spojenom kráľovstve. Označuje sa za britského nacionalistu, ale pamätá si iba jedinú oprávnenú vojnu. Navyše hlboko nesúhlasí so súčasnou zahraničnou politikou Británie. Sean Gabb.

Martin Vlachynský

.začnem osobnou otázkou. Viete si predstaviť situáciu, pri ktorej by ste vzali do ruky zbraň, vstúpili do armády a aktívne sa snažili ohroziť život nepriateľa?
Určite by som bojoval vtedy, ak by bola moja krajina napadnutá. A tým nemyslím nejakú situáciu na Blízkom východe označenú za „ohrozenie“, ale inváziu britského územia.
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Why Should We Remember Byzantium?

In Praise of Byzantium – Why should we remember Byzantium?
by Richard Blake
Published in The Baltic Review, 9th August 2014

“The Byzantine Empire grew out of the Roman Empire”ByzantineEmpire867AD4lightpurple In Praise of Byzantium - Why should we remember Byzantium?

Based in Constantinople (modern Istanbul), it lasted until 1453. At times, it was the richest and most powerful state in the known world. Today, it is almost forgotten. Its main presence in the English language is as a word meaning complex bureaucracy. What is it so forgotten? Why should it be remembered?

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