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The new world order has Karl Marx rolling in his grave

Karl Marx heralded a new world order made up of a brotherhood of man. He would be shocked and dismayed to see which brotherhood sits atop this new world.

I spent time on the phone today with a British friend who voted for Brexit and who is heartbroken and angry about the way in which Parliament has worked assiduously to undercut the will of the people. I pointed to Daniel Hannan’s article promising the MPs are beclowning themselves and that Brexit will happen, but she doesn’t believe it.

My friend’s anger goes far beyond the fact that Britain is still anchored to the EU. What infuriates her is that Parliament has proven that she no longer lives in a representative democracy. She can go to her polling place and cast a vote, but once her MP walks across the threshold of the Parliament building, his first allegiance is to the EU’s and Britain’s bureaucracies. In other words, voters have no say in their own governance.

I also failed to cheer her up when I reminded her that the last time that the British Parliament doesn’t have good outcomes when it ignores its citizens. In 1381, after years of plague, warfare with France, and inflation, the straw that broke the camel’s back was Parliament’s enactment of a poll tax. The peasants revolted — hence the name, The Peasants’ Revolt — and the British government was forced to back down. The revolt’s leaders were brutally executed, but the poll tax went away.

Closer in time and closer to home, when Parliament chose to ignore the rights of British citizens in the American colonies, the colonists also rose up in revolt. This revolt was a very successful one, resulting in the creation of the United States of America, one of the most powerful, successful, and richest countries in the history of the world — and, for a long time, most the free country too.

I’d like to think that there is still some spark in the British people that will allow them to rise up once more against a Parliament that refuses to represent their interests. My friend, though, who actually lives in England, says that the British are so buried under bureaucracy, both locally generated and from the EU, that they wouldn’t know how to unite. She described hours and days of frustration dealing with her town counsel, with the company providing her internet service, with the government’s unemployment service (which has, to date, paid her nothing since she was downsized months ago), and all the other elements of the British bureaucracy.

Because my friend is British, rather than resorting to Kafka to describe the faceless bureaucrats preventing her from achieving any of her goals, my friend turned to Dickens. “It’s the Circumlocution Office. That’s what I’m caught in.”

Dickens created the phrase “Circumlocution Office” to apply to an imaginary government bureaucracy in Little Dorrit. Anyone who goes to that office seeking answers from the government is bound to leave both frustrated and disappointed, “It being one of the principles of the Circumlocution Office never, on any account whatever, to give a straightforward answer.” Even worse, said Dickens, the Circumlocution Office reached its tentacles into every facet of life:

No public business of any kind could possibly be done at any time without the acquiescence of the Circumlocution Office. Its finger was in the largest public pie, and in the smallest public tart. It was equally impossible to do the plainest right and to undo the plainest wrong without the express authority of the Circumlocution Office.

At this point, you should be asking yourself what all of this has to with Karl Marx. The answer is that Marx and Engels envisioned a world in which the proletariat would rise up everywhere, throw off the stifling, abusive chains of the governing and merchant classes, and enter into a worldwide brotherhood through which they joined with each other to govern for the benefit of all.

A century and a half after Marx first articulated that vision, we have signally failed to achieve a brotherhood of workers. Instead, the world is governed by a brotherhood of bureaucrats. Whether in America or Europe (and always in the UN), these bureaucrats have a fealty to each other and to their bureaucratic mission that transcends race, class, and national boundaries.

The Marxist cry, “Workers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains,” has morphed into “Bureaucrats of the world unite. You will then lose nothing.”

I hate Marx and everything he stood for, as well as everything that flowed from his ignorant and malicious pen, all of which can be measured by misery and death. But even I can spare a thought for the pain Marx’s ghost must feel when he realizes that the international brotherhood he envisioned didn’t elevate the workers but instead oppressed them even more under the unyielding, iron hand of the self-serving bureaucrat whose only job is perpetually to extend the reach of his simultaneously petty and overwhelming powers.

Incidentally, while I wrote the above in terms of Britain, because the thought came to me in the context of a conversation with a British friend, we’ve seen exactly the same thing happen in America. Both houses of Congress, from a combination of laziness and an unwillingness to be held responsible for decisions, have ceded massive amounts of power to unelected bureaucrats. Every aspect of our lives, right down to the tag on our mattresses, is governed by people for whom we didn’t vote, but who serve as judge, jury, and executioner in our lives. Even worse, the judiciary has joined Congress in elevating bureaucratic power by giving bureaucratic decisions almost the full weight of law when they are argued before the court.

Trump, to his credit, has been trying to shrink the bureaucracy, which is part of why the Deep State hates him so much — after all, the Deep State is the bureaucracy, which owes no loyalty to the United States or the constitution and which gives some loyalty to the Democrat party, but which is primarily dedicated to extending its unearned, undeserved, undemocratic power over all of us in perpetuity.

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Bookworm Beat 3/27/19 — the post-Mueller report illustrated edition

The MSM is trying to make the Mueller Report exoneration old news, but it’s not, and even Chicago “justice” for Jussie Smollett won’t wipe that issue away.

(Yes, you’ve been Rick-rolled.)

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LIBERTY to the Rescue in Scotland: The UKIP Scotland Manifesto for the May Elections!

Scotland once offered the UK and the world economic, political and spiritual liberty:

Economic – Adam Smith, an intellectual defender  of capitalism

Political – Lex, Rex (the Law is King) by Rev. Samuel Rutherford, (although Rutherford could have done better on religious tolerance) and

Spiritual Liberty – the teachings of Rev. John Knox (not to mention the bold stand Eric Liddell made for religious freedom in 1924)(although I think Wesley’s position on soul liberty is better than the Calvin/Knox formulation but on Jesus being the only Saviour of the world Knox was right!)

But today Scotland seems to be in the thrall of bigger government.  Now let’s be clear:  I am for Scottish independence.  But the SNP is a domestic disaster.

Enter UKIP Scotland and their manifesto for the Scottish parliament (at Holyrood in Edinburgh); and liberty may be on the march again in the land of Robert Burns and curling.

Here is the UKIP Scotland manifesto.  It’s great (here’s the bullet points):

UKIP will:
x Oppose any suggestions which would result in taxes being higher in Scotland than the rest of the UK.
x Lower business rates and cut red tape.
x Open Grammar and Technical Schools in Scotland.
x Oppose the ‘Bedroom Tax’.
x Protect the NHS from TTIP.
x Cut Stamp Duty and regulation for brown field sites to increase housing.
x Ensure all Armed Forces Veterans receive fast track NHS care for both mental and physical needs.
x Repeal the Named Persons scheme.
x Protect property rights and the Laws of Inheritance.

First Brexit will help Scotland to be truly independent of the EU superempire:

The tentacles of the EU stretch into almost every area of our national life. The EU has complete control over Scottish fishing, farming, energy, environment and social policy. It dictates UK business and employment legislation and immigration rules. It seeks greater control over our law enforcement services, our foreign affairs and tax policy. There is significant momentum behind plans for an EU-wide army and police force.
On these and many other issues, our elected Holyrood and Westminster politicians are impotent. They pretend to have the power to influence these matters but actually they have none.

Amen!  There’s more:

Lower income taxes (still too high but you have to start somewhere):

We believe that the current higher rate of income tax is now out of date and should not be levied on middle-income earners such as school teachers and senior nurses. As soon as the budgetary implications of devolving income tax become apparent we will propose the introduction of a new intermediate tax rate of 30 per cent on income tax ranging between £45,300 and £55,000. The higher rate of 40 per cent will begin at the threshold of £55,000. (A pound sterling is about $1.50)

A balanced budget with strict controls on government debt and this to try to return power to elected officials, who will not receive fabulous salaries (we need this reform for the administration at VCU for example!):

x UKIP would review the number of Quangos and the amounts paid to them to ensure value for money. Too many produce little or no discernible benefit to the Scottish taxpayer and this must be stopped.

x We would review all wages and expenses paid to both senior bureaucrats and politicians to ensure the public are getting value for money from those that represent them.

Lower business taxes and freedom from EU regulations:

UKIP will repeal EU regulation and directives that stifle business growth.  Only by leaving the EU will the Scottish and UK parliaments have the power to repeal laws introduced by the EU.

And YES we must save the PUB and rein in the nanny state:

The local pub has been a long standing tradition in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK. However changes in the law have pushed people away from their local and into the supermarkets to buy cheap alcohol. UKIP believes that the local pub is a cultural tradition which moderates drinking in a social environment. UKIP will make changes to the law to allow people to head down to their local for a pint.
x The drink driving limit should go back to 80mg per 100ml of blood – the same as the rest of the UK. Having a varied limit makes no sense and 80mg is low enough to deter reckless behaviour.

x The smoking ban has had a disastrous effect of sections of the Scottish economy and society. It has led to an increase in smoking at home in front of children and a reduction in people meeting face to face adversely affecting society in a negative manner. UKIP understands the concerns surrounding smoking in public places but several systems are used abroad which do away with the negative impact on non-smokers, while at the same time allowing smokers to enjoy their pint. UKIP proposes to allow pubs and clubs the choice to open smoking rooms if they so wish. These rooms must be physically separate from non-smoking rooms and must be properly ventilated. Workers must not be required to enter a smoking room except for cleaning and other essential purposes and only when the room is not in use.

While UKIP is firmly opposed to independence, only UKIP and a Scotland part of the UK that is OUT of the EU and have true local autonomy:

UKIP believe in Evolution not Devolution for the Scottish Parliament. We see the future as one of repatriating powers directly from Brussels to Holyrood so that the Scottish Parliament is no longer the puppet of the EU. Currently 75% of all Scottish Parliament business is taken with rubber stamping EU rules and diktats rather than dealing with real Scottish concerns. Under UKIP the Scottish Parliament would no longer be a Puppet Parliament of the EU but work in partnership with Westminster for the benefit of all.

Support for the Scottish NHS (well, you can’t have everything) and also this – I must quote it in full it is so wonderful:

TTIP is a proposed EU/USA free trade agreement that is being negotiated in secret by the EU trade Commission and other EU bureaucrats.
There is growing concern that TTIP may compel us to put many of our public services up for sale to US corporations thereby privatising significant parts of our NHS.
x UKIP is committed to securing the exclusion of the NHS, by name, from TTIP
The level of public concern around TTIP makes it a good example of what can potentially go wrong while we remain in the EU and allow EU Commissioners to negotiate every single trade agreement on behalf of twenty-eight member states, including the UK en bloc.
Fears of what TTIP might contain precisely illustrate why UKIP believes the UK should leave the EU and negotiate our own free trade agreements again.
Numerous EU directives prevent medical institutions from operating in the best interests of patients. We will scrap at least two of them: the EU Clinical Trial Directive which has led to a substantial drop in clinical research and threatened Scotland’s position as a world-class leader in this field. The second is the Working Time Directive which by limiting working and training time to 48 hours in any week, prevents medics learning essential new skills, putting patient care at risk.

There’s more than I can describe in a blog post BUT this last quote is important and must be cited in full:

UKIP is committed to upholding the rights of the individual and protecting them from an ever encroaching state.
One encroachment that we have seen in recent years is the Named Person scheme. The Named Person Scheme intends to put a state guardian in charge of every child in Scotland regardless whether or not the parents want to have one and regardless whether there is need for state intervention or not. This scheme aims to give every child in Scotland the equivalent of a social worker and will treat each child as if they were at risk regardless of the child’s actual situation. This will result in government resources becoming stretched and being directed away from children that actually need help. The Named Person Scheme also undermines the roles of the parents/guardians by making the ‘Named Person’ legally responsible for the wellbeing of a child. Therefore, the scheme assumes that all children need state supervision and gives the ‘Named Person’ intrusive powers to interfere with family life. UKIP believes that the best people to bring up children are their parents and that the state should only intervene using current laws when a child is at risk of harm.
x UKIP will repeal the Named Persons Act and protect parent’s rights and family privacy and focus social services on children that need support.

UKIP also opposes any plans to create a super ID database. Recent plans to give 120 public bodies access to the ‘NHS central register’ has raised concerns that a national identity scheme could be introduced through the back door. A ‘super ID database’ would give government a huge amount of power over people and could lead to micromanagement by the state of people’s lives.
x As it is uncertain what the information in such a database will be used for in the future, UKIP will oppose the creation of a ‘super ID database’, whether it is created directly or through the back door.

Parental rights and no Real ID system for Scotland!

Now if it were left up to me, Thursday May 5 would be a day for liberty in Scotland – a stunning upset:  UKIP wins!  My realistic guess that UKIP will win a seat or two maybe but also this is a great springboard to lower the pro-EU margin in Scotland for the Brexit referendum in June.  Now it is in the hands of the people of Scotland.  Help is on the way.



Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders