I’m in favour of free speech. It’s not because there are people I want to be unkind about, it’s because free speech is a human right and because the state getting involved in censoring speech is a serious backward step towards authoritarianism.
I would prefer a written constitution for Britain which clearly identifies *the people* as the source of the state’s power – not Westminster, and not an even more remote and unaccountable monarch. Let the monarch remain, but let the source of power be the people and be written in the constitution as such, and let future such issues be resolved on the basis that the people are sovereign.
There has to be a more morally consistent approach than pressuring other people into doing what’s good for you, holding them back, and making CO2 production the exclusive right of the rich.
Some consistency in the west about whether they really care about standards and freedom would go a long way to balancing this, instead of only caring about them at home for virtue signalling, but accepting lower standards and lower freedoms abroad for the sake of cheap goods.
The problem with simply increasing police numbers is that it assumes a purely state-down approach, disconnects police function from their source of authority (the individual), and can become easily politicised and directed away from the real job of tackling actual rights violations such as violent crime and theft.
For me, libertarianism is a manifestation of the golden rule – ‘do as you would be done by’. The golden rule is not merely an injunction to refrain from actions which harm others – though that is absolutely set in stone for libertarians – but a positive injunction to act in a way that helps others.
Ultimately this is not about holidays, this is about state infringement of private family life. This is a test of how abject and subjugated we are willing to be. A test of how little we value family autonomy from state interference.
It has been said that those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it. While this is true of so many things, the cultural marxist revolution we are now experiencing is perhaps the most insidious of them. One of the most infamous movements of
The round of protests following the elections of both Trump and May seem to echo a previous time when street protesters have been harnessed, funded and egged-on in an effort to bring about political change far beyond the scope of that imagined by those protesting.
Such taxation is currently achieved through fuel duties imposed at the pump, which of themselves levy taxes based on consumption which, in turn, is based on distance travelled.