Tag Archives: Politics

Civilian Freedom and Military Constraint

Grandad wrote yesterday: The smoking laws were inherently wrong from the very start for one simple reason – it dictated to business owners what they should allow on their own property. I’m  not going to disagree. But I just wonder whether … Continue reading

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Realists And Idealists

I recently ordered a copy of The Strange Death Of Europe, by Douglas Murray. It arrived yesterday. And I’ve read the Introduction, which starts with the words: Europe is committing suicide. Or at least its leaders have decided to commit … Continue reading

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Opulists v. Populists

The Kim-Trump meeting seems to have already been and gone. Ron Paul comments on it: When President Reagan met with Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, on October 11, 1987, it helped put into motion events that would dramatically change the … Continue reading

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Rampant Populism

Something I read about a week ago has floated back into mind: The establishment in Europe must unite to stop “rampant populism” ahead of European Union (EU) Parliament elections next year, Jean-Claude Juncker has said. It’s a bit mind-boggling really. … Continue reading

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Louder Than Words

I’ve been wondering how the G7 conference in Canada went. Occasionally pictures speak louder than words: You can almost feel the pressure being exerted on Trump (1) by Merkel (6), Macron (7), and May (8). Trump’s folded arms, and Bolton’s … Continue reading

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Skating on Thin Ice

I tend to have a very physical idea of politics. By this I mean that I see politics as an arena in which large forces are at work, pushing and pulling entire peoples one way, and then another. And I’ve … Continue reading

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The Alarmist Playbook

For some time now – perhaps even the last 10 years – I’ve tended to strongly associate antismoking alarmism with global warming alarmism, with antismoking alarmism the senior partner that preceded global warming alarmism by some 50 years, with one … Continue reading

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