Friday, December 18, 2009

Tory Anarchist

The Paradox of “Self-Government”

It doesn’t limit the scope of state power at all; it expands it. This isn’t just because rulers can get away with a lot more so long as they keep up the myth that they aren’t really imposing anything on anyone else but are merely the conduit by which people govern themselves. It’s also because the modern notion of self-government tends to assume homogeneous selves — that is, while older evolved systems of government tended to take into account the diverse interests of society (church, nobility, king and courtiers, peasantry, etc.), contemporary notions of self-government usually acknowledge only a single, general public interest. Today it would be difficult even to say what different interests should be represented in government — small businesses? multiple churches? universities? — since this way of thinking is very much out of fashion, and in any case which interests were represented in government in the Middle Ages were a function of power, not design. Kings had to deal with nobles and the Church, whether they wanted to or not.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

“Conquest is not the victory itself; but the acquisition, by victory, of a right over the persons of men. He therefore that is slain is overcome, but not conquered: he that is taken and put into prison or chains is not conquered, though overcome; for he is still an enemy, and may save himself if he can: but he that upon promise of obedience hath his life and liberty allowed him, is then conquered and a subject; and not before.”

-- Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

Saturday, December 5, 2009

R.I.P. England

'This isn't the Britain we fought for,' say the 'unknown warriors' of WWII

Many writers are bewildered and overwhelmed by a multicultural Britain that, they say bitterly, they were never consulted about nor feel comfortable with.

'Our country has been given away to foreigners while we, the generation who fought for freedom, are having to sell our homes for care and are being refused medical services because incomers come first.'...

'We're now controlled by Germany and France. What a sad irony!'

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Human Folly

The Lisbon Treaty. Today.

God help us.
Kate Beaton writes very intelligent webcomics, mostly about literature and history (she has a couple about Emperor Norton I, and has a wonderfully silly sense of humor. Her latest comic is a takeoff on the excessive sexiness of the series The Tudors.