Finding the State’s Achilles’ Heel


Finding the State’s Achilles’ Heel

By Duncan Whitmore

One of the consequences of the state’s insidious corruption of truth and knowledge – and, thus, a stumbling block in our efforts to make sense of the world – is the failure to identify relevant causes.

Causation is a difficult subject in both the natural and social sciences. For any one event there are thousands of preceding events that could be labelled as possible causes. Take, for instance, the falling of an apple from a tree so that it hits the ground. This would not have occurred without the ripening of the apple, the onset of summer, the watering of the tree, the planting of the tree, nor without the fertility of the soil. Technically, the creation of the universe is a cause of absolutely everything that has ever happened. But which of these, if we wish to understand the event, should be regarded as the relevant cause, the one from which we could truly deduce the existence of a relationship of cause and effect? Such difficulty can be compounded when there are multiple relevant causes, as is often the case with transportation accidents such as plane and train crashes – an unthinkable, but lethal combination of circumstances that unite to produce a catastrophic effect.

For humans, our understanding of cause and effect is praxeological, i.e. is intimately connected to our role as actors. Whenever we investigate causation, our primary interest is in what we would want to do in order to divert the course of history towards either bringing about or preventing a given event, and how such actions would affect the satisfaction of all of our ends with available means. As such, the identity of a relevant cause is heavily tied to the costs and benefits of a given action.

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Statism: Conspiracy or Incompetence?


Statism: Conspiracy or Incompetence?

 By Duncan Whitmore

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity” 

                  –  Hanlon’s Razor

In some recent essays examining the factors that have brought us to the political, social and economic conditions in which we find ourselves in 2020, we mentioned briefly the role of conspiracies, concluding that it is not necessary to speculate upon their existence in order to explain our current situation. This essay will not examine the phenomenon of conspiracy theories in great detail. Instead, we will look specifically at whether the possible existence of a conspiracy among the global “elite” that aims to reduce the entire human population to enslavement offers a convincing explanation for major societal changes that tend towards a crushing of freedom.

Revisionist History

The common theme of conspiracy theories is that certain key events are planned, directed or orchestrated deliberately by establishment figures in order to achieve a specific, underhand purpose while being passed off either as mere accidents or as the responsibility of other parties. Thus, it is essentially a form of historical revisionism that is antagonistic to those who have an interest in maintaining conventional historical understanding, and so the latter normally deploy the term “conspiracy theory” as a slur so as to dismiss any explanation of an event that differs from that of the official, approved narrative. Indeed, following the enormous increase in state power as a result of government responses to COVID-19, the term has been used to pigeon-hole opponents of “lockdown” measures, particularly after popular protests which were attended by well known conspiracy theorists such as Piers Corbyn and David Icke. Generally, however, such opposition is now being voiced in mainstream terms by those whose credentials make them more difficult to ignore, and so the “conspiracy” element has not received a great deal of attention. No Austro-libertarian can doubt, though, that the power of the state has increased many times over throughout the past century or so, often in response to specific events. It is, therefore, important for us to diagnose correctly the causes of this seemingly unstoppable trend if we are to have any hope of reversing it.

In spite of the fact that it is an unhelpfully pejorative label with a tendency to capture both the serious and the spurious within its ambit, we will continue to use the term “conspiracy theory” to denote revisionist theories which, unlike some proven or persuasive theories, have failed to gain acceptance as accurate historical explanations. Continue reading

Nine-Eleven, plus eight


David Davis

It occurs to me every time this anniversary comes round now, that the time interval is already very much longer than the entirety of the Second World War. The proper response to this previously unimaginable atrocity, the conception of which can only have been encompassed in the minds of pre-capitalist and perverted anti-liberals, has been blunted and turned off-course on purpose, by the denizens of the Enemy Class at home in both the UK and the USA. Eight years on, and all we have accomplished is:

(1) The death of Mr Barack-O’Sin-Binliner

(2) The just and right removal and killing of the murdering butcher GramscoSaddam

(3) The beginning (only) of the writing-down of a “Taliban”, whatever that is (but it’s clearly bad) in Afghanistan.

The persons, politico-machine-spinners, media-channels and droids still walk this Earth who fail to speak sufficiently evilly, or evilly at all, of the enemies of the Western Canon of Civilisation. After eight long long years, to someone of my age and generation, this is difficult to comprehend. Yet they are pleased to bask in the lights of its benefits.

Furthermore, persons, droids and others exist that maintain 9/11 and its horrors to have been deliberately perpetrated (that’s worse than just “not prevented”, and possibly libellous) by “our” politician-shits, rather than those of another persuasion. Analogous allegations, to my mind, would be that Chamberlain “suggested to Hitler” that he might asssault Poland in order that the British Empire could go to war “for oil”. (I thought we’d invented Arab oil?  – Ed.)

Of course, it must be right to listen to “film” “stars”, above all others, and heed their grave pronouncements, which are dispensed when they seek to advise us who is responsible for the ills and disasters in our civilisation.

it woz 'im wott dunn it!

it woz 'im wott dunn it!

For they are Gods: they are divine and divinely inspired, and they can neither think no do any wrong. Their wives are pretty or have been so at some time, so they must be intelligent and wise and worth cultivating for opinion as to the fate of the world. (Can anybody tell me who or what the film actor thingy “Charlie Sheen” is, please? I do not know.)

If Western Civilisation did not contain the awful vulnerability of free discourse and allowable individual seeking of paths to truth, then things like this would never have happened. We would not be being berated by the likes of Charlie Sheen – whoever he is – and Michael Moore, for our supposed institutionalised and therefore irremediable faults. But we, as the lefties tell us, we “can’t turn the clock back now”. Libertarianism would never have come into being if the Enlightenment had not made possible the thoughts that “things could be better than they now are”.

Tell me how many Honestiores/Humiliores-type civilisations begat an articulate and well-intellectuallty-researched and founded movement for individual liberty. When you have done that, I will put up a ration-voucher for a case of TWELVE recyclable-small-bottle-emulators (USSR standard Gulag Pattern) of State-Champagne-Substitute.

Oh, and to the truthers reading this, if you have the good fortune to be directed here….if Bush _HAD_ either ordered 9/11 or been “complicit in letting it happen” (watch out for what we call “Libel” – or the US equivalent, whatever it may be called!) how many people do you think would have had to be in the loop, and their silence bought or enforced?

(I expect there will be a well-considered riposte from at least one well-known commentator, and soon.)


Earth: prison planet….(recommended idea)


David Davis

The Landed Underclass thinks we ought to get off, too. Or, do something radical and quick. But maybe it’s more realistic for a proportion of humans, even if small, to leave for “other shores”. After all, that’s what we did before.

I don’t go for conspiracy theories, or for “world government” conspiracy theories. I don’t think the Fabianazis, indisputably and irremediably evil, murdering and wicked though they are, are sufficiently well advanced in their plans yet to consider this matter, even if they thought they were even to mean it literally, which I doubt.

I don’t even believe in the (Bob the) “Builder Burgers“. These are a fiction. It is just rich and powerful guys who want to get together and have a drink and a sexy f***, with girls who are specifically not their wives (just look at the wives and see why) in some nice hotels near to some good sources of the  more pretty escort girls. Also if money is no object, so I guess the sex would be fairly OK. Why do you think that _”journal ists”_ are kept out? They fear the News of the World just as everyone does. (Tony, it’s your cue here to say if we are right or not.) But this planet may become too unpleasant for liberals, and in the not to distant future, mainly because we failed to see how serious the Enemy Class was, about reinstating slavery, feudalism, and pre-capitalist-neopastoralism, because it has so little imagination abour how it could survive in a real-world.

But the idea of confining, by orbital forts, the pre-capitalist population of bureaucrats – sadly plus those peoples who are too badly-armed or too sheeplike to oppose them – on Earth, while the rest of us leave, is an attractive one.