I direct you merely to the Russians, who are serious and who have not yet lost their pride and esprit.
This is not a cause for rejoicing: either that a boat, belonging allegedly to them, has been recovered, or that it is them and not less unworthy peoples’ Navies who could spare a few minutes to do the thing, when they could have done. There is something fishy going on here, and I smell a rat.
If liberty and order can’t prevail in the English Channel, how can they prevail in space which is and will be much, much more vital?
Successive Tory governments GramscoFabiWeimarians, followed by New Labour GramscoFabiaNazis, none of which, functionally these days, are populated by persons who have served properly, hate the Armed Forces so much that we now have effectively none.
There will, sometime, come a next election that matters. In it, a Libertarian Government will be elected in an England which has left or will immediately leave the UK, as will be inevitable, and therefore also structurallywill leave or has left the EU also. The legalistic shenaniggans will be tremendously hilarious. We do not (as Hitler said infamously, or maybe it was Ludendorff in another war? Or perhaps it was Stalin?) “care nothing for treaties” – we will, as people who do agreement and not force, do our very best to console and satisfy every party who is properly involved, as is right and proper.
At that point, the lack of methods available to deal with simple stuff like a gang of semi-armed-men riding a rubber-tyre, and then stealing a cargo ship in full daylight at pop-gun-point, will be felt. Whether “our” ship or somebody else’s, is immaterial. The point is that, owing to in-house-Fabianism, control of our near oceans will appear to have been lost.
Since shipping lines will all be private property again by then, this libertarian State will appear incapable of helping to protect such individual property rights. This will be embarrassing to say the least.
In the interim, a very very strong blue-water-Navy, probably encompassing fully the Air and Submarine Arms as is natural, will be a Libertarian Priority. The logical conclusion, so long as GramscoFabiaNazis continue to either exist or be able to teach on this planet, will be an extension to space.
The weaponization of Space, will become necessary for Man’s survival in the Universe in future, in order that he will be able actually to get off here with some hope of establishment elsewhere. It will become therefore a battle against people like Rousseau, Lenin, Marx, Gramsci, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Sir Jonathon Porritt (who is old enough and ugly enough and educated enough to know better), Pol Pot, Mugabe, that bugger who did the Peru thingy, and the like.
A very, very poor, badly-written and also bad and pedestrian, SF novel about politics, about 16 years ago, was started by me then. Fortunately, all trace of it was lost when that computer went awol, and the only “floppy” (remember those? it fitted puite well on one in MS-Word 2.0 along with lots of other gear) which I had saved was an oldish draft and also was, much later, found to be “corrupted”. In it, fleeing libertarians were forced to construct a ring of Orbital Forts round the Earth (guns facing downwards) after they had left for The Stars, with whatever people and remnants of the Western Canon and Culture thay could carry with them.
I continue to be convinced by those insights which came to me when I was thus younger.
Libertarians will find how many enemies they have, among the still non-disarmed governments of places where they have not electorally triumphed, and they will therefore experience problems, for many many I hope only) months – but let’s not bank on it. Praise the Lord, and keep your powder very very very dry.
Am I paranoid, or is “piracy” by a load of towelhead scumbags with pop-guns and lilos, being allowed for some reason? It does seem rather odd that in the 21st century (I still piss myself at the very idea of one!) huge metal ships bursting at the seams with crewmen (I assume they are men?) get held up, presumably in the full sight of toher ships, hijacked and emptied of people by a couple of thug-muggers on a rubber ring, with what amounts to an airgun.
Are these buggers friendly with fake charities? Are their Khalashnikovs paid for by “Chrisdaia Nit”, for example, or “people not profit”? Or even Gordon Brown? I do not know. I think we ought to be told.
Has nobody heard of the British East India Company? Of course, it was really a fascist monopolistic “public-private-prtnership”, fully in bed with the State in most aspects of its operation, but it did manage to mostly protect its ships and employees from attack, most of the time. I wonder what the employers are doing about this modern matter, and what their insurers say?
I note that The LandedUnderclass wondered about this same problem a little while ago.
How the internet will be regulated and throttled, at an ISP near you, and soon.
Isn’t it nice NOT to have to talk about the BNP membership list any more! Lancaster Unity is miking it for all it’s worth. I guess they have “nothing useful to say about anything”, as Duncan Money said about me, in his comment on this posting. (Of ours.) We’ll send you some traffic, Duncan, old chap, there you are, we’ll paternalistically toss you a penny as we pass.
Pirates are a problem, caused by Global Climate Change. If you go there, then you will see why. The “precautionary principle” of course shows why we really all ought to reduce our “carbon footprint”, and only burn chicken shit, in order to eliminate piracy.
As Auberon Waugh would say: “I am not suggesting that we should all shoot all pirates on sight, but it may help to reducde the problem”.
We did pick this up earlier, but I think a hat tip to The Remittance Man is in order, and for a nice photo too, in the ship-pron category. I didn’t know we still had any (ships, that is.)
If late, then at least someone’s doing something about these irritating little squirts. If libertarianism means something concrete, then it’s about, as we always say, the enjoyment of someone’s life, liberty and justly-gained property, without let or hindrance by another. Property I guess means goods moving on the High Seas too.
People forget that the Navy’s main task, for centuries, has been the control or elimination of piracy and the same too, for nearly 200 years, regarding slavery. The world should apologise to BRITAIN for (continuing) slavery (after we were the first to make it illegal) including some modern countries I could mention, and not the other way about.
It’s not clear to me why pirates, having been identified, have to be “stopped” at all. They can just be killed, dismembered for the sharks to have an easier task, and left as an example to “encourage the others”.
Warming to my recurrent theme of what a Libertarian State (still a tautology I fear) would or might do in the defence department, for itself and for others: I think that its taxpayers, if consulted as they would have to be, might go for a fairly efficient Blue-water-Navy as a thing they’d pay for. This might even be profitable, since the insurers of traffic for other States might be prepared to pay it to operate, if nobody else will.
And this is quite cool:-