Who is Mirek Topolanek?

31 03 2009

From time to time I hear about eastern European politicians with a free market bent. 

Soon to be ex-Czech president, Mirek Topolanek has been making headlines over the last week for being inspired by ACDC.  (The mainstream media are such clowns obsessed with the irrelevent).  I haven’t been able to dig up much info on Mirek’s beliefs.

But I did like his statement about Obama’s disgusting exercise in wealth distribution, debt creation and money printing (I think the mainstream press call this immorality a “rescue” package)

Mirek stated Obama’s bullshit was a “Road to Hell”
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7963359.stm

Right on.





Frederic Bastiat

31 03 2009

Interested in Frederic Bastiat,

Discovered a good site dedicated to the man:

http://bastiat.org/en/

I’m about to read “That which is seen and that which is not seen”

http://bastiat.org/en/twisatwins.html





Sweden is so hot right now.

24 03 2009

Sweden isn’t exactly the first place I think of when it comes to freedom although from memory Milton Friedman claimed the Scandanavian coutries paradoxically have a relative amount of freedom to operate as they wish even though they have high levels of state ownership.

Anyway, Two great pieces of news from Sweden today: 

1) The Swedish government will not bail out Saab. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/23/world/europe/23saab.html?_r=2&hp

2) A Swedish company, Sunshine press has issued this press release over the Australian government’s unbelievable and draconian plan for internet censorship: (see http://blog.libertarian.org.au/2009/03/20/shhh-wikileaks/ )

WIKILEAKS PRESS RELEASE (for immediate release)
Thu Mar 19 23:07:20 EDT 2009

“Wikileaks to Conroy: Go after our source and we will go after you.”

The Stockholm based publisher of Wikileaks today issued a warning to the Australian Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Steven Conroy, who is responsible for Australian internet censorship.

Senator Conroy issued an official media release yesterday in response to Wikileaks’ release of last year’s confidential Australian internet censorship blacklist. The Senator said that his department, “is investigating this matter and is considering a range of possible actions it may take including referral to the Australian Federal Police. Any Australian involved in making this content publicly available would be at serious risk of criminal prosecution.”

The Senator is perhaps unware of the legal and diplomatic risks associated with the statement.

Sunshine Press Legal Adviser Jay Lim stated:

“Under the Swedish Constitution’s Press Freedom Act, the right of a confidential press source to anonymity is protected, and criminal penalties apply to anyone acting to breach that right.

Wikileaks source documents are received in Sweden and published from Sweden so as to derive maximum benefit from this legal protection. Should the Senator or anyone else attempt to discover our source we will refer the matter to the Constitutional Police for prosecution, and, if necessary, ask that the Senator and anyone else involved be extradited to face justice for breaching fundamental rights.”

Senator Conroy may wish to consider the position of the South African Competition Commission, which decided to cancel its own high profile leak investigation in January after being advised of the legal ramifications of interfering with Sunshine Press sources.





The Austrian Business Cycle

20 03 2009

http://scripsit.blogspot.com/2009/03/austrian-business-cycle-in-one-image.html

Great article.  Great photo. 

T]he only way 45% of the world’s wealth could vanish in a year is if it was a mirage in the first place.Mish Shedlock





Latest LTE

17 03 2009

The most alarming aspect of the financial crisis is the constant claim that we simply need more “confidence”.  This focus is particularly interesting as it is a blatant reversal of cause and effect.  Surely we would like to know, why confidence has dropped?

The confidence focus is popular due to the confusion created by the primacy of consciousness ideology – a common metaphysical position shared by the vast majority of people in the world.  

However this view is a fundamental part of the problem.  To believe in the primacy of consciousness over existence (in its many varied forms such as religions, or collective society at large) implies that some consciousness has the power to change reality.  If we all just believe in our financial systems, then we won’t have a problem!  This is total rubbish.  Reality is reality and the reason people do not have confidence in the financial system is because the system itself is a mess of government meddling and regulation.  Since the inception of government central banks around the world and the disastrous move to abandon the gold standard, financial turmoil has reigned with the all too familiar boom and bust cycle.  To think that demonstrably false Keynesian economics still dominates in political spheres is unbelievable.  

But the problem isn’t political.  Politicians are simply the bits floating on top of the septic tank of ignorance.  There are fundamental errors of metaphysics and epistemology in our culture that need correcting before it will be possible to achieve optimal social systems.  History is doomed to repeat with continuing exponential growth in political intrusion, regulation and control of the economic world. 





Un-freakin-believable

17 03 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGsHUfl9xEE

I couldn’t embed this vid but it’s a must-see.

According to Iranian TV, Harry Potter isn’t a simple children’s story (essentially about the classic theme of good vs evil, where Potter uses his noggin to defeat the forces of darkness). 

Harry Potter is actually a zionist plot to destroy Islam and morality in society! 

I guess the Christians were also scared of Harry Potter. 

See what religion does to your brain people! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGsHUfl9xEE





Andrew Bolt gets it right on racist legal double standards

11 03 2009

http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,,25168831-5018727,00.html

My comment:

I wish to thank Andrew Bolt for his commentary pointing out the racist double standards in our legal system. 

In our egalitarian obsessed society, the aim is equality per se, at the expense of equal rights.  Equality itself is impossible and those who attempt it always advocate the use of government force to sacrifice the rich for the poor.  This approach destroys the incentive to achieve, encourages irresponsibility and ultimately results in increased suffering for all as the virtuous are held back to the lowest common denominator.  

Equal rights are the key to a healthy society, and this means equal treatment for all individuals by the law. 

I am reminded of Ayn Rand’s quote:

“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights, cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”