Tag Archives: life

The life of a Man is His own property…


…but He might transfer some of his rights in that to the rest of his family, which is His right so to do.

It is NOT, absolutely not, the State’s right to say whether what He had done agreed with what the State thinks, or not.

David Davis

If we are libertarians, then we think that a Man’s life in His own property, to live or to dispose as He thinks fit. If the people who love him the most, which is His family, want to help Him, in His extremity, then it is NOT the State’s affair, no not at all.

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Brilliant George Pitcher (not often) on Prince Charles and artificial life forms


David Davis

Here it is, go read the whole thing. In fact it’s so good that I’ll paste it here. If Pitcher objects, I’ll just leave up the link.

 

Posted By: George Pitcher at Mar 13, 2009 at 14:03:58 [General

I’m waiting for Prince Charles to say that he’s very worried about thebreakthrough by American scientists in creating “artificial life”. His Royal Highness has form on this; in his worldview, genetics and stem-cell research are activities conducted by mad Dr Strangeloves with crazed disregard for the future of the human race. And, please, don’t anyone say “Frankenstein”. 

According to Professor David Deamer of California University, we should have the ability to create a synthetic lifeform from scratch within 10 years. A made-to-order living system could, he claims, produce everything from new drugs to biofuels and greenhouse gas absorbers. 

Some religious alarmists will say this is a step towards synthetic, test-tube humans and, as such, an abomination and a hellish bid by arrogant scientists to usurp God’s creation. Indeed, the scientists don’t help their case in this regard by referring to the advance as “a second genesis”. 

It’s nothing of the sort, of course. There was only one genesis of the human race. I don’t mean the Bible account; I simply mean that the development of the human race was a unique event. This is not a creationist argument – I’m saying that the human mind is of such potential that its ability to create life itself is inevitable. 

In theological terms, the ability of the human species to defeat its own disease and threats to the existence of the planet is a service to the Kingdom of God, to which all three Abrahamic faiths aspire in one form or another. You could go so far as to suggest that these research scientists are not so much building lifeforms as building that Kingdom. 

The artificial creation of human life is another matter. But also so far off as to be hypothetical. And by the time we’re able to do that, our ethical standards should have developed sufficiently, God willing, not to need to do so. 

Meanwhile, the scientists of California are to be applauded, even by Prince Charles.  

Jade Goody, “Jack Tweed”, cancer and slebs. What has become of us as a civilisation?


David Davis

I swore not to write about Jade Goody. Honestly, I did – whether she was dead or alive.

For foreign readers – of whom there may now be many, I cannot count – Jade Goody is a person who appeared, a few (I can’t remember how many) years ago, on a thing called “Big Brother” (I don’t expect you people in proper countries have that on your Wireless Tele Visions: only we do, as this is ZanuLieBorgLand and the thing is designed as a deliberate neo-Utopian-de-educator.) She insulted, racially, it is said, a person called Shilpa Shetty, a “Bollywood” actress, calling her “Shilpa Poppadom” – my reaction on being told this by a scandalised student was “so what”? since the actress said at the time that she did not mind either way. But Jade Goody became, er, famous for being famous.

Now, the world has learned that Jade Goody is dying of metastatised cervical cancer. Of course, this is a very sad position for anybody to be in. The issues as regards the Libertarian Alliance, and what I decide to blog about for it, are as follows:-

(1) Societies that are in decline, in terms of their philosophical stature, start to worship false gods. That is to say, they are like the Incas and Mayans and other failed-projects, and all that lot which elevate a human being for a week or so, then tear its heart out, while it is living, in front of everyone. Socialism encourages this of course as I have always said, as the public purging of pity and terror takes the watchers’ minds off their own problems with the enemy-class (be it priests or rulers) for a few minutes or days. Jade Goody’s TV travails and  tele-tormentings of others and herself were just another ingenious device: used by people like Peter Bazalgette, to help narcotize the British People into keeping ZanuLieBorg in power for longer.

(2) Jade Goody herself has focussed on what is important in the time left to her, which shows that All Men are capable of redemption and forgiveness. This is the ultimate Libertarian message, as I keep saying, which destroys both at one moment the entire pseudo-science of “criminology”, and also ampplifies the truth which All Men know, which is that God gave Men Free Will – to choose either Good, or Evil. The choice it ours. She has, in her last weeks, chosen Good. She apparently got married yesterday, to somebody called Jack Tweed, and although huge sums of money have been arranged for the “rights” to the pictures etc, the money will be used to help educate her little sons. I think this is a bloody good show. Good for her, and it shows that underneath perhaps, just perhaps, she was not really like the others.

If she is sincere, this sad story then shows the power of repentance and redemption. I object to the auto-insertion into the narrative of the odious cockroach-of-faux-celebrity-Max-Clifford, from whom I would be reluctant to accept a whisky, in case there were media-rights-conditions attached, but if he helps her to save the lives and futures of her poor boys, I will be satisfied. (I’m sure his software will find this blog entry.)

Oh, and Jack Straw has after all some glimmerings of humanity and kindness in his institutionalo-socialistically-warped soul (like all the others who are potentially-lost souls.) He allowed Jack Tweed’s curfew (the fellow has what is known as a “tag”, whatever that might be) to be lifted for one night.  of course, he is the “Justice Minister”, so he can do anything he likes I guess. But it was kind and it ought to be noted. I am quite sure that The Recording-Angel has already filed this matter.

I don’t think that ultimately Jack Straw is an innately bad man, even though a socialist, and potentially unforgiveable, for the wrongness of this policy-position is patent. He too is potentially capable of redemption – even though he did this deed for socialist-ZanuLieBorg publicity reasons.

Video record of the Libertarian Alliance 2007 Conference; also the 2006 and 2005 events, if you can click stuff!


Here they are. You can click on the date-links to get each conference.

Http://www.libertarian.co.uk/conferences/conferences.htm

 Conferences

The Libertarian Alliance has held dozens of conferences and seminars during the past thirty years. Most of these are evidenced by nothing more than an old brochure, the occasional publication arising, and a mass of photographs in the Chris R. Tame collection.

In 2005, however, we acquired a video camera, and decided that everything from then should be carefully recorded and made available. Here are the video records of the conferences held since then.

2007 Conference of the Libertarian Alliance and Libertarian International, held in November at the National Liberal Club in London

2006 Conference of the Libertarian Alliance and Libertarian International, held in November at the National Liberal Club in London

2005 Conference of the Libertarian Alliance and Libertarian International, held in October at the National Liberal Club in London 



 

And no, sorry! I don’t know either, why wordpress has formatted the 2005 conference in a larger pointsize! (Faced with computer-stuff, I sometimes I feel like that semi-funny guy in the movie, the one where the unlikely comedian sits by accident in the cockpit towards the end of the film, pulls levers while wisecracking, in order to try to save the world from the evil Bureautrons, or whatever. Then sometimes he even pulls the right one.)

You know!  “I wonder what this button does??!!”