About Badger

Don't let that picture of me as a cub fool you. I am a thoroughly bad tempered and irascible English badger.

For Charles

…if you get to know them closer, they are very kind and gentle; they never speak much because they never speak about themselves. They enjoy themselves like children, but with the most solemn, leathery expression; they have lots of ingrained etiquette, but at the same time they are as free and easy as young whelps. They are hard as flint, incapable of adapting themselves, conservative, loyal, rather shallow and always incommunicative; they cannot get out of their skin, but it is a solid, and in every respect excellent skin. You cannot speak to them without being invited to lunch or dinner; they are as hospitable as St. Julian, but they can never overstep the distance between man and man. Sometimes you have a sense of uneasiness at feeling so solitary in the midst of these kind and courteous people; but if you were a little boy, you would know that you could trust them more than yourself, and you would be free and respected here more than anywhere else in the world; the policeman would puff out his cheeks to make you laugh, an old gentleman would play at ball with you, and a white haired lady would lay aside her four hundred-page novel to gaze at you winsomely with her grey and still youthful eyes.

Karel Čapek (1925)

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A Rough Idea About Socialism

Although definitions vary in some details, socialism is typically defined as a system of economic, social and political processes in which collective ownership or control over property, investment, and the means of production and distribution figure prominently. (1)

For our purposes, the term ‘collective’ denotes a centralised government, despite any idealised representations to the contrary.

Beyond this primarily economic definition, however, the modern socialist state is inevitably highly managerial, custodial and parental in its social policies.

A particular expression of this tendency is found in the term ‘therapeutic state,’ (2) a label emphasising the interventionist nature of so-called remedial programmes. Efforts of this kind use social workers to aid poor children in need of special education, socialisation and mental health care. In other areas, campaigns to achieve, say, redistribution of wealth and to equalise real or even merely perceived disparities in social and political status are associated with the modern socialist state.

Whether these campaigns call themselves socialist or not, policies advocated by the modern liberal agenda are fundamentally socialist in their effects. The Green Party, environmentalists, gun controllers etc.

Efforts to establish government control over ownership or management of major economic or social functions rank high on the liberal’s list of priorities. Oxymoronic ‘positive discrimination’ laws inject the agenda’s politics into employment decisions and university admission policies. A cradle to grave health care system remains probably the most important objective, and the ethics of political correctness and multiculturalism typify the agenda’s intrusion into individuals’ lives at all levels.

Rules affecting economic (e.g, sexual equality) and social conduct (e.g. dress codes or the lack thereof, terms of address) in the work place are now common. All of these interventions have been instituted in the name of a ‘collective good.’ All of these interventions are controlled by government officials. All are basically socialist in nature and in their location of control.

(1) The Liberal Mind; pp 27-28, Lyle H Rossiter MD, ISBN-13: 978-0977956319

(2) http://www.firstprinciplesjournal.com/articles.aspx?article=990

More Progressive Bias

How refreshing to hear Frank Gaffney wipe the floor with the so-called BBC’s Radio 4 Today’s John Humphreys (right?) at 08.10 this morning. He had a sound answer for everything this indignant libtard threw at him and must have had quite an effect on the large number of Deplorable Limeys like myself who are sick of the Corporation’s blatant left wing bias. It’s well worth replaying if you missed it. Continue reading

Where would the left be without a crisis?

note the obligatory child above

Where would the left be without a crisis?

“Save Aleppo’ runs the headline on the so-called BBC.

With only hours to go before Daesh are finally wiped out, are they suggesting there should be a cease-fire so what is left won’t be knocked down and a free pass for the terrorists can be negotiated?

Congratulations to Assad and Putin for doing more in a few weeks to crush these barbarians than the whole of the allied coalition could do in years.

If nothing else, the victors have demonstrated that only ruthless application and overwhelming force can succeed against islamic jihad, something the West lost the will for  long ago in their guilt games over Dresden and Hiroshima.

War crimes? I maintain the vast majority were actively and passively committed by the terror side in their use of human shields and the location of arms dumps in civilian areas The rest is the fog of war.

And now the caravan moves on. To Yemen.

Why can’t we afford public services…

without further increases in taxation?

A survey in today’s Independent on the public’s attitude to globalisation was simply a report on what people think. It has nothing to do with whether they are right or wrong. The result is simply a means of pushing a newspaper’s particular policy, and if going by some of the comments, not a particularly successful one either.

That there is a crisis in our public services is consistently blamed on an increasingly aged and aging population. That it has increased by many millions of immigrants together with  the strain it imposes is never admitted by the progressives. Because they are then faced with the problem of explaining, if immigration is so good for the economy, why can we no longer afford to pay for these services without massive tax increases?

German practices in Fleet Street?

Page 5 of last Friday’s London Evening Standard runs a piece headlined “Stab victim was teen from Calais Jungle who came to London for a better life”

This was the eighteen year-old, alleged arts student (turned out he wasn’t) who was fatally stabbed by a burkha clad female in Acton a week or so ago with the precise circumstances omitted from most press reports and, as far as I know, completely ignored by the so-called BBC and the rest of the broadcast media. Continue reading