No, it’s not your bleedin’ money

Money and property rights are both creations of the state. If the state were abolished, neither would exist. The 'money' point is obvious, but the same applies to property: the fact that you happened to own a nice house would be irrelevant, because someone bigger than you would come along and tell you to get … Continue reading No, it’s not your bleedin’ money

Just, worth putting out here

Since I've already tweeted that it annoys me, as a left-wing kind of person, that some people in the 1980s hated Mrs Thatcher so much that they opposed the most reasonable and fair war that the UK has ever fought, I thought I'd make clear on my blog that anyone who opposes it is pretty … Continue reading Just, worth putting out here

Taxes on the rich clearly aren’t too high

There are lots of countries in the world that are tax havens. They are short of skilled labour. Anyone earning enough to pay higher-rate tax in a Western country has a skillset that would easily land them a job doing something similar in a tax haven. Instead, they've chosen to live where they do. Definitionally, … Continue reading Taxes on the rich clearly aren’t too high

Good answer to a rhetorical question

On a fairly standard CiF article about the death penalty (the Americans are planning to execute a woman who was involved in a plot to kill her husband, but who was demonstrably too stupid to have led it; everyone sane disapproves; everyone evil and vindictive approves strongly), the standard liberal joke question came up: i've … Continue reading Good answer to a rhetorical question

Easy answers to simple questions, #423

From the comments on Charlie Brooker's excellent Guardian piece on the insane fuss over the not-a-mosque not-at-ground-zero: How many Saudi's would object to a Church being built in one of their cities if they were asked and polled? How many Americans object to a mosque? How many in Switzerland recently voted against minarets? Are they … Continue reading Easy answers to simple questions, #423

Supreme Court (UK edition) for the win

Lord Rodger, yesterday: Just as male heterosexuals are free to enjoy themselves playing rugby, drinking beer and talking about girls with their mates, so male homosexuals are to be free to enjoy themselves going to Kylie concerts, drinking exotically coloured cocktails and talking about boys with their straight female mates. Great ruling, though. And nice … Continue reading Supreme Court (UK edition) for the win

Depressing but probably true

From the Rodent: It would've been wiser and more useful in military and diplomatic terms; more humane, productive and billions of pounds less expensive if the US and Britain had responded to 9/11 by crashing two planeloads of US marines into the centre of a randomly-chosen Afghan city at 700 mph and executing 300 randomly-chosen … Continue reading Depressing but probably true