“Read Magazines, not Books” – Review of The Complete Libertarian Forum: 1969-1984

“Read Magazines, not Books” – Review of The Complete Libertarian Forum: 1969-1984

By Duncan Whitmore

“Read magazines, not books”. Such was the advice given to me by Theodor H Nelson, for whom I had the privilege of working for a number of years when I was a fresh-faced graduate. In Dream Machines (1974) Nelson, who is not a libertarian, had earlier justified his imperative by stating that “magazines have far more insights per inch of text, and can be read much faster”.

It is only after having finished The Complete Libertarian Forum: 1969-1984 (LF) – two, formidable volumes of a total of 1,200 pages of small print, the reading of which has occupied me on and off for the past year or so – that I can see precisely what Nelson meant, and more. For LF is not only a treasure trove of ongoing theoretical debates within libertarianism and of libertarian viewpoints on important global events at the time; it is a record of the successes, failures, triumphs and tragedies of the libertarian movement in one of the most turbulent periods in recent history. Continue reading

The UK Libertarian Party manifesto, as of today, 17th September 2008

Please read it here.

Libertarians have often disagreed with eqch other about the need for a Libertarian Party in the UK. or even whether forming one is wise. The Libertarian Alliance publicly takes no position either way, since we are a research and publishing organisation, and a think-tank. But my personal views are that it’s time for a party.

Order in the special-brew!

On a more serious note, I will republish links to it from time to time, as the Party’s policies become more fine-tuned.

Where did it all go wrong? … cry the Polly Toynbees and other stalinists…

Here’s where. ZANU-Laborg made the deeply, deeply iniquitous moral choice to be, at one and the same time, deliberately-wrong-and-evil, plus listening-to-metrosexual-PR-men-and-other-spin-doctors.

David Davis

We however are now, at one and the same time, both heading for a New Dark Age in Britain (especially and deliberately caused on purpose by the above buggers (q.v.) if we are not careful and vigilant, and also possibly for the first true Libertarian Government of a state … if they play their cards right and don’t tell lies in manifestos. The mob in the link are my friends, ideologically-speaking, so I’m sure they won’t do porkies.

But they will have, from about 5.00 am on DAY ZERO (socialist imagery, but the Devil has all the best lines) a hard task of pruning, or perhaps chain-saws would be better. the New-Laborg-Votariat of state-stipendiarized dictocrats will have to be neutralised before any state-reducing-measures can be effctively carried to competion, or they will be stopped.

Yes, you can close and lock their buidlings, shred all their records (of themselves – and of us, created by themselves) steam-roller all their hard disks, terminate their “salaries”, and the like. But insurance has to be taken out against not just a socialist party and executive coming back (ever), but also a socialist mind-set (perhaps we’ll have to clear out the school and minicipal “Libraries” and start again?)

You see, the eternal back-and-forth ratcheting-and-reversing, between socialism advancing and a sort of Heath-Robinson-temporary-reversal of (some of) the damage done by the lefties, that we have to devote resources to and allow for, is just so damaging and wasteful. Worse, it interrupts and degrades, over time, English liberalism – the only civilisation and culture that properly reflects what human beings are and how they behave in co-operation, and which teaches the world how to live.

Even a few, desultory, Heath-Robinson liberal measures to mitigate the baleful results of 70-odd years of socialism, as under Margaret Thatcher, show how effective liberalism, liberty and the Market can be. But it’s all so distressing, time-wasting and unnecessary. This time, a final reckoning has to be had, and socialism has to be rubbed from the face of the planet (along with Al Gore’s paperwork, copies of his silly film, and records. the gold from his Nobel “Peace” “Prize” medal could be recycled into teeth, for poor-people who have to drive cars for a living.)

No, the first task of a Libertarian Administration will be to zap away the levers-of-power which can be used by the opposition.  The second task may be to agree an enlarged Defence budget, as I don’t expect that these measures will go down well when viewed by collectivist states in the light of their own foreign policy. But I hope that’s not the case: however, we should Praise the Lord, and Keep our Powder Dry.

The EU … let’s “shift target to next ahead” for a moment. EU arrogance and supercilious disdain for “the People” (who will have to be dissolved and re-elected.)

David Davis

The UK Libertarian Party has a marvellous appreciation of the present turmoil of the EUrocrats over the exposure (by the Irish People, thank God for them!) of the EU’s dangerous isolation and lack of support among ordinary electorates. these electrorates think – perhaps mistakenly – that they have been living in “democracies”, since World War 2. I blame fascist nazi pigs like Monnet, Spinelli and that other bugger whose name I can’t remember, I think he was a composer of music and stuff.

Here it is.

But a quote of the day is in order, as it’s just, er, so…….. predictable:-

 The arrogance with which the people of Europe are dismissed as irrelevant by this ruling elite beggars belief.

This quotation from the European Weekly, an official EU publication, is stunning in its contempt for the citizens of Europe.

The security, liberty and prosperity of hundreds of millions of
European citizens ask for complex leadership actions, which
cannot be appreciated by heterogeneous populations, from the
point of view of the information level and the education one.

They think we are stupid, they assume that we cannot read such treaties and understand what they are doing, and further assume that because most politicians across Europe do not bother to read them, the populous should not bother either – we should leave it all up to the unelected ex-communists and Maoists in Brussels (yes, did you realise that Barosso was a Maoist?)