With the current direction of travel it seems likely that before long there will be a clash between capital and labour that could either be devastating to freedom, or to set it off for another stretch with a more secure footing.
To maintain or regain freedom in this way requires the independence of mind of many people. It’s the opposite of being a government informer. In a world that is ever more controlled, in propaganda, in regulations, in registrations, this independence of mind is more important than ever.
If you think Commies are left wing, and Nazis are right wing, then one must conclude that (a) libertarians are neither left wing, nor right wing, or if you think libertarians are right wing, then one must conclude that (b) commies, socialists, fascists and nazis are all leftwing. Pick one.
“The law becomes the tool of every kind of avarice, instead of being its check! The law guilty of that very inequity which it was its mission to punish! Truly, this is a serious fact, if it exists, and one to which I feel bound to call the attention of my fellow-citizens.”
“I think really humanity is just beginning to wake up to what it’s supposed to be. Humanity wasn’t meant to be a domesticated species, owned by a ruling class. Every human being owns himself, is in charge of his own life.”
“If human beings believe that they are free, then they will produce much more for their farmers. The best way to maintain this illusion of freedom is to put some of the livestock on the payroll of the farmer. Those cows that become dependent on the existing hierarchy will then attack any other cows who point out the violence, hypocrisy and immorality of human ownership.”
It’s time to stop talking and thinking in collective terms. We are individuals with lives and loves and feelings. We all have unique situations that cannot be centrally planned for. Because it’s individuals who get harmed, so it is individuals who should choose how they manage their own situation, having been given reliable information.
My response to the Covert Human Intelligence Sources bill, and the current state of the Covid-19 response.
It could have promised so much, but delivered so little. The potential rebellion of about 80 back bench Tory MPs over the renewal of the Coronavirus Act became nothing at all. Is this a case of weak MPs being unwilling to really take a stand when they can make a token gesture and then hide behind the cabinet and sit tight?
Since resources can’t possibly pull up everyone, but still might pull up anyone, the ‘rules’ can be tantamount to a mechanism for arbitrary arrest.