Tag Archives: Antoine Clarke

Trying to talk down at teenagers badly


David Davis

“Talking down to teenagers, badly”, is not in it! These guys (see below just here) just “do not quite cut the cake”. I’d give their stuff to an 8-yo as an example of how to construct sentences but no more than that. Not for philosophy.

Just look at what the Anchorage Daily News (or whatever it’s called) is saying about Republicans.

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Ahhhhhhh….so that’s it then. How stupid of us not to see it….


David Davis

The continual and extending sexualisation of free-people’s children was written about earlier on here. Now, Trooper has made the connection with earlier but still fairly modern fascist Utopian literature on the subject, which could give us reasons why our children are all being sexualised by the State.

This may or may not have anything to do with why I, running this blog, now find it useful to outreach previously un-libertarianised groups in British society and elsewhere, such as young British men.

There’s nothing wrong with sex. I even agree with the horrible Paul Ehrlich that it’s nice. It is the reward, programmed into the operation of our bodies, and contrived from first principles for us by our genes, for us being successfully able to pass them on before we fry. They (our genes) are toast, otherwise. Er, that’s why it’s nice. Otherwise we wouldn’t be programmed to spend time working out obessively how to do it with someone.

But what he forgets is that the tragedy of civilisation, language, morality and goodness versus evil has crept into the woodwork. Matter has at last reached the state of consciousness where it contemplates its own existence, its origin, its possible fate, and what it ought to do in the meantime.

Thank God I still dont look like that,

Thank God I don't yet look like that...He's had too much sex, clearly. (Terrible hands.)

Libertarian Alliance conference celebration post 9: Milton Friedman on self-interest and the profit motive (1 of 2)


David Davis

The other one will try to come later, if I have been able to scratch my arse before the conference closes.

…and this one’s 30 years old! Surely, the oldies are the goodies, and I bet that not more than 20,000 of tomorrow’s Zoo and Nuts readers will have seen it before. So it’s worth airing. The illuminati of the british Libertarian Movement are not the only people who need to have heard of this guy, and otherswill not be picky about the age of a video clip either.

You may vote for more than one answer.

Antoine Clarke comments constructively on the Libertarian Alliance Blog


David Davis

Antoine, when you post, please could you kindly put your name, in blue italc type at or near the top of each post? Then everyone out there (who does not know us, and sadly that is still most people on the planet) will know who you are.

In the LA as we know, Chris Tame always said that a project belongs to him who does most to run it. I am fortunate to have been asked to run the blog, which had beet started before I came to it, and we are now read by an annualised (Peter Marsh’s  (of ABM) words not mine!) 180,000-odd people a year.

I do not care if Milton Friedman videos are 20 years old. I may well have seen these for the first time: how can one know? Anyway, things get old and stick around because they are good. Furthermore, I have not time to make new ones, and he, Friedman, will now find it hard to get to the appointment.

Two-and-a-quarter years ago, I did not know what blogging was. I had to be told by Sean. But soon I looked at a couple of liberal/libertarian/”right wing” blogs. I found that the popular ones were talking outwards to new people who had not really heard either of libertarianism (or even knew what liberalism really meant) or had not really got politicised.

Kelley Hazell (and refs to “bras”) are there on purpose. Can’t think why I didn’t do it before. (Don’t worry, she won’t be able to appear every day…) I want to get this blog’s teeth ibto the trousers of people who may well be supportive of liberal ideas but do not know why. Yep, even “Sun” readers. Of the Dead Tree Press, the Sun still has a circulation approaching 2 million. I don’t know what some libertarian blogs get, but it’s probably less than that. I know Samizdata gets several thousand a day, for which I also aim: Samizdata reads “rougher” than you think, Antoine! That is why it is popular.

If people start to think Kelley Hazell is getting boring, or if she marries a nice sensible plasterer and settles down to have “kids”, I may get someone else. I’ll have to see which one next airs her climate-change views on Sky news or wherever.

For too long, libertarian blogs hgave been talking to themselves and each other, while the Enemy Class strides on and our back is turned. If we don’t alert thousand, and thousands, and millions, of “ordinary” people to the issues soon, we might as well sit in each other’s lounges having meetings about philosophy.

I will have more to say later after I have been to work. Meanwhile, my Youtube research officer will find another old (but good) Friedman video for you all.

Libertarian beliefs wiki


InstaPatrick libertarian wiki screenshotYou probably know of Wikipedia, the incredibly useful online encyclopedia that anyone can edit. But you may not be aware of how that same wiki technology – allowing dynamic information to be stored and shared in a truly dynamic format – is being used in personal projects.

Patrick Crozier, a libertarian who has been active in the Libertarian Alliance for many years, has set up InstaPatrick, a wiki where he catalogues his thoughts and opinions on many issues. You can see a listing of all the pages in his wiki here.

Pages like “Why British rail privatisation failed” or “Against taxation” allow Patrick not only a resource to which he can refer others in the course of online conversation, but also can be found by people using search engines to find information on these issues. (It also makes for addictive reading for someone like me, who has come to similar views relatively recently. It is much handier than pestering longtime libertarians like Antoine Clarke and Brian Micklethwait about every question that crosses my mind.)

I have been thinking about how the LA could use wikis to help spread its wisdom and gain influence. For starters, each page about a particular issue could also link to all related LA papers; this would be incredibly useful to journalists and students, among others. If you have your own ideas, feel free to share them in the comments.