We are in the middle of a liberal berserker, one of those demented moments when "progressives" run riot and smash the liberties they are meant to defend. Inspired by Lord Justice Leveson, they are prepared in Parliament tomorrow to sacrifice freedom of speech, freedom of the press and fair trials. They are prepared to allow every oppressive dictatorship on the planet to say: "We're only following the British example" when outsiders and their own wretched citizens protest.The motion for Her Majesty's Government to muzzle the Press passed by a vote of 530-13. Press organizations and even bloggers (!) now will have to register with a Brit.Gov functionary or risk ruinous financial penalties. Readers in the American Republic might consider the parallels with proposed firearms registration proposals.
Not even a quarter century ago, The Iron Lady was Prime Minister and the idea that British subjects could be stripped of their traditional right to free speech, to a fair trial, and to self defence would have been considered the ravings of a lunatic.
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.On this side of the Pond we can thank the Mother Country one last time. Here, too, principle is cast to the gutter as Realpolitik becomes the core driver of our miserable political class. But things are not as far along here as in Europe which is falling apart:
- John Stuart Mill
After speaking recently in Belgium, I declared, in response to an audience member’s suggestion that the European Union’s purpose was the preservation of peace, that “Europe”—in the peculiar, Soviet-style usage of the word now so common—does not mean peace, but conflict, if not outright war. We are building in Europe not a United States, I said, but a Yugoslavia. We shall be lucky to escape violence when it breaks apart.We can thank the Founding Fathers as well, who scrupled to write down our own Constitution. The First and Second Amendments are under assault here, but yet stand. For now.
The destruction of what was good and noble in Europe is fair complete, and shall not take the remainder of the decade. That will put an end to the idea that a European Model is worthy of emulation on the shores of the New World, at least for a couple more generations.
To my readers and friends in the UK, I offer my condolences. It's a shame what has happened to your country.
We wonder,—and some Hunter may expressToo bad about Britain. It used to be great.
Wonder like ours, when thro' the wilderness
Where London stood, holding the Wolf in chace,
He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess
What powerful but unrecorded race
Once dwelt in that annihilated place.
– Horace Smith, Ozymandias
UPDATE 20 March 2013 12:05: Welcome visitors from Blazing Cat Fur! Take a look around - lots of pondering the works of Statist Pricks here.