Britain is the next last stand again

I spent the afternoon educating myself on a British Right-Wing pariah named Tommy Robinson.  Thanks Youtube for suggestions.  He came across while taking in the orations of Peter Hitchens.  Robinson has a storied past over the last decade and a half opposing radical Islam in Britain.  He’s not funny, has no time for jokes, and has a serious manner that belies conviction and passion.  He was also born the same year as I.  It’s the early 30’s ideologue curse/blessing.

Robinson has faced lots of oppression; from his own government in the form of extended prison sentences.  Granted, a lot of this is from dumb choices he has made like attacking extreme Muslims protesters and passport fraud.  Those things and subsequent jail sentences are really hamstringing his ability to lead a movement.  He has also been fighting against the real extreme Right-Wing Nazi’s that share his sentiments.  It takes someone with a sympathetic ear to cut through the propaganda against him and see that he is speaking out for what he believes is the good of his nation.

I’ve only visited Britain once when I was much younger and before the modern strife.  However, I’ve always had this sense that while it was the accredited nursery of modern liberal democracy and human rights remains distinctly “less free” in a lot of ways.  Some of the clear cut protections in the United States such as double jeopardy are permitted and people can be repeatedly prosecuted.  That tenant of their legal system, coupled with his admitted aversion to “putting his family through X again” is working against him.

His main message is that there has developed a two-tiered police system in Britain.  In it Muslims and non-Muslims are searched, arrested, and prosecuted differently due to the police fear of being labeled racist.  Arguments contrary to the “racist” narrative that Islam is an ideology with clear political teachings hold just as little in the narrative.  His campaign over the years to found an organization called the English Defense League was centered around this duality.  It is something that would surely aggravate me if I saw it in the United States.  Certain aspects of the media already exhibit this “politically correct” double standard of reporting.  This is just as evident if not more so in Britain; made more sinister by the fact that the media is state run.

Britain, like the rest of Europe, is extremely close to the source of this diametrically opposed ideology to Western democracy.  They do not have vast oceans on either side insulating them from the influx.  This is actually becoming a major problem in their lands and will no doubt be exacerbated by the illegalsmigrants, refugees, hordes of counter-cultural influencees flowing in presently.  Taking in the voices from the Right over in the cradle of the language of which I write and the culture to which I owe my ideas has been an eye opener to what a real national problem looks like.

Bernie Sanders and Commies in America

Driving out of a parking deck today I saw a van with a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker.  I know that he is popular in and around his home state of Vermont but I was taken aback by a sign of support for him so far into the conservative, Right wing South.  I actually appalled me as do most liberal Democrats and especially people that would throw their support behind an avowed Socialist.  It has really surprised me as of late that Socialist has stopped being a 4-letter word in the United States.

I don’t know if it is because people like the promise of free stuff from the government or have a poor grasp of history.  I suspect it is both themes that repeat themselves again and again.  We have evidently failed to learn hard won lessons of the twentieth century.  Namely; that millions will die for the institution of authoritarian socialism and that it will invariably fail.  Make no mistake, all socialism at its end for will become authoritarian.

This reminds me of an interview I saw recently of Anatoly Kuznetsov.  He was a Ukrainian born author that lived under the Soviet Union.  He escaped to England where he then shared storied of repression under authoritarian socialist rule.  I believe his words, spoken nearly half a century ago, say it best:

Communist doctrine, communist teaching is very attractive… and it grew out of good convictions and beliefs.  But life it appears is a good deal more complex than it appeared to the founders of Communism.  And we see ancient history being repeated again.  The road to hell is paved with good intentions.  Thanks to Communism that road has become many miles longer.  I only hope to mention the name Stalin and you’re bound to agree with me.  If that is possible; if it is possible to have millions of victims completely senselessly, that means that the idea itself is no good.

The idea that the people can organize into unions, collectively raise wages, and live in equality sounds awesome.  But stratification across society is endemic in every population, culture and economy throughout history.  The only way to move towards such objectives is through authoritarian control via the government.  In other words; at the barrel of a gun and via censorship.

Oxford Union Youtube channel is great and I highly recommend subscribing.  In their debates you get to hear both sides.  I try to be critical of my own biases to vet out any inconsistencies or fallacies.  By this age in life however, I rarely have to stray from my convictions because I start from a bias towards reality.  During the debate on Socialism I found the oratory skills of the parties favoring free market capitalism to be unparalleled in their passion and eloquence.  Plus everything just sounds smarter in a British accent.  Here is an example:

To the credit of the side espousing that Socialism DOES work their points were primarily and almost exclusively contained within the realm of idealism.  Again, with an anti-realistic bias.  There were two valid criticisms among them I will admit.  Those being an anecdote of one proponent’s ancestors living in a coal mining town where workers were exploited and the postulation that the Soviet Union was able to establish institutions of public transit and public education in a matter of years as opposed to the free market taking centuries.

To the point of worker exploitation; in our current society we have exceedingly cheap and widely available means of relocating to better circumstances.  Though local ties and obligations may seem insurmountable remember that while modern Americans may need to pack their belongings into their car and drive a few hours to a new city the first people here took what they owned and spent months on treacherous ocean voyages.

To the second point of public works.  Much if not all of the infrastructure needed to provide these things came from private industry and innovation.  And as a more apt retort, as given by one of the debators, would you rather send your children to school in North Korea?

I highly recommend listening to the entire interchange and I’ve put the link below.  In the meantime I was left with the question people keep asking me about my wacky views, “what are you really going to do?”  I’ve decided the best and only way is this; Reject, Refute, and Ridicule.

Just go

Sometimes you just have to start.

I have a lot that I want to cover.  Mainly my intent is to get out my opposing viewpoint which so happens to be right.  I consider myself an ultra-realist, ultra-pragmatist.  I like to think that I am optimistic but if you have views that have a distinct anti-reality bias you’re just wrong.

A few topics to hash out that I really really want to tackle:

  • Why Bill Clinton is the de facto next President
  • How the 21st Century may ryhme with the 20th
  • Interview a gun rights hero example
  • Take on Southern Heritage
  • Debunk the self-interested financial pundits
  • Ask people things