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A Little More Liberal Fascism

After the turmoil of the Trump inauguration, I’ve gone back to reading Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg, and have encountered in it a plausible explanation of why, in America at least, “liberal” no longer means “liberal”. Liberal intellectuals and activists … Continue reading

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The Emergent Individual

I’ve got three books on the go at the moment. I dip in and out of them. The first is Illiberal Reformers, the second Liberal Fascism, and the third is Officious (H/T Dick Puddlecote). Actually it’s four, with the Underdog … Continue reading

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Liberal Fascism

I never used to be political. For much of my life, politics didn’t affect me. It was something I took note of, but it was something which seldom had much of an impact on me. I’m someone who has wanted … Continue reading

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Primordial Fear

Breitbart: Sir David Attenborough, the veteran broadcaster and climate change alarmist, has attacked the involvement of voters in politics beyond elections, suggesting the only way to stop Donald Trump is to “shoot him” and that complex political questions like Brexit … Continue reading

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Moral Chaos

Something Rush Limbaugh said recently: I just spoke eloquently, I think, too, about the lack of any moral authority in our culture. There isn’t anybody with any moral authority. Nobody’s allowed to have any. That has been one of the … Continue reading

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The Functional Minimum

As I was writing last night about pill poppers, I remembered a conversation I’d once had with my father many, many years ago. We were living in the Gambia in West Africa. And I was six years old. And we … Continue reading

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Benefits and Costs of Smoking Bans

I started to think today about smoking bans from the perspective of Idle Theory. Idle Theory measures everything in terms of people’s time – freedom, wealth, value, profit, money, prices, good, evil, justice. It’s a unified theory. It’s a bit … Continue reading

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