Saturday, 23 December 2006

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams I’ve had indeed these last few journeys to school. I’ve imagined a world where things were done the way I liked them and opposing views were tolerated but never became more than laughable crackpot theories. Nationalisation? HA! Tax Hikes? RIDICULOUS! Minimum Wages? DON’T BE SILLY! Unfortunately, the Britain and the Europe I am living in is very far from my fantasy and sometimes I feel it may never get there.

By nature, I am an individual who believes in individual liberty, the right of an individual to defend his liberty, the right to own property and the necessity of the rule of law. In theory, the part of the world I live in upholds these principles and there seems to be no immediate threat to them but in practice, people who share my beliefs have little in the way of joy when thinking about the current situation. On the issue of individual liberty, I can attest to the fact that it is frowned upon in this great E.U. Part of liberty is the right to practice self-reliance. Have you ever tried to completely opt-out of national insurance schemes? Part of an individual’s right to defend his or her liberty is the right to keep one’s home safe. Have you ever wondered why you should fear prosecution if you shoot a burglar? Part of one’s right to own property consists of the right to any wealth derived from it. Have you ever thought about why minerals found on your land are not actually your property?

The necessity of the rule of law should also include the fact that no member of society is above the law but why can ‘celebrities’ have photos of themselves taking illegal drugs splashed across the front pages without them being prosecuted like everybody else? I’m sure all these questions have come across your mind at least once in your life. A natural result of me being so concerned about the issues raised on this website is the development of an interest in politics. In fact, I think I’m addicted to politics. Therefore, I have found it necessary to choose which party I will give my support to. Due to my adoration for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, other members of the Conservative Party and what they are supposed to stand for, I thought it would be a good idea if I became a fully paid-up member of the Conservative Party. Alas, I called to cancel my membership about two weeks ago after only a year of membership.

When I joined the Conservative Party, I thought I was joining a party of Victorian values: respect for the rule of law, private property, individual liberty and privacy, the family unit and maintaining the limited size of central government. Instead, with the rise of David Cameron I have seen a party prepared to say anything it thinks the largely ignorant public wants to hear and it worries me. The myth of winning elections from the ‘centre-ground’ has turned all three major parties into clones of themselves with panel members in debates often only disagreeing on trivial details. Lately, I have found some hope. I have found a party with which I can agree on a large part of issues and not feel like I have to compromise too much of my ideal vision when browsing through the manifesto.

This party is called ‘The New Party’ and it has already won one seat despite the fact that it’s not even a decade old! The party advocates withdrawal from the E.U., deregulation, the introduction of environmental legislation based on sound scientific evidence, low taxation and many more traditionally right-wing policies. Earlier, I never would’ve thought of devoting myself to a party with no immediate chance of being in Government; I would’ve thought it a waste of my vote and time. Now, with the collapse of our democracy at the hands of the sledgehammer of ‘consensus’ I feel differently and I see the merits of supporting a somewhat smaller party in achieving its goal of gradual expansion.

So yes fellow freedom lovers this is what our community has been reduced to: pinning our hopes on small parties who aren’t afraid to stand up for our beliefs. Only twenty-odd years ago our ideology was at the helm with an axis of might stretching from the Americas to the British Isles, a young population feeling the electricity of social mobility running through their very being and the Left smashed to bits with all their theories on ‘equality’ and the ‘proletariat’ pointing to a gloomy world where Man was not allowed to explore his own talents. Now two decades later the Left has performed the ultimate magic trick and come back as strong as ever but, hold on, what happened to the scruffy feminists protesting against Margaret Thatcher? What happened to red flags and the Soviet anthem? Where are the open attacks on private enterprise? Nowhere to be found! Instead they campaign under the vague banners of social democracy, the ‘democrat’ movement, social liberalism and Christian democracy and manage to fool the electorate into thinking that their problems lie in competition and individual responsibility rather than an overly powerful state and the welfare system.

The rot has penetrated so deep that although people may be dissatisfied with the E.U., they do not have a concept of being able to exit outside of it. They fear independence and confidence in themselves has been steadily undermined by increasing state benefits and the propaganda that they cannot look after themselves. Anti-Smoking, anti-obesity and ‘green’ campaigns are all part of the problem.

As in all aspects of life, politics is cyclical and there is a period of Socialism, consensus and eventually Liberalism (European definition of the word). Hopefully the period of consensus will not last too long and we can see Liberalism return once more to lift more and more people out of misery like it has always and will always do. A wise man (Milton Friedman) once said that it is not a government’s job to protect individuals from themselves. Oh how right he has always turned out to be!