Cromwell Had A Point—Part 2

Renowned British historian, David Starkey, currently touring Britain and lecturing on “Henry VIII and the First Brexit”, writes in the Daily Mail on the recent developments in Britain pertaining to Brexit:

The referendum was a very British revolution. And it’s been followed by a very British counter-revolution, which shows every sign of succeeding.
Don’t be deceived by the lack of violence or the comparative good manners of those now seizing control. This is a coup, and what is at stake is the nature and legitimacy of Parliament itself.

His main point is that the historical traditions given to us from the Magna Carta are now disintegrating before our eyes…

It is no exaggeration to say that British democracy, which stands in direct line with Magna Carta, is now unravelling before us.
If today’s self-satisfied MPs and Ministers – I have already described them as a Parliament of Pygmies – have no time for the voters, they have little time for history, either.

The Labour Party, once the voice of the working class and the mighty trade union movement has been coopted by prissy Grauniad-reading dilletantes and the Conservative Party has transmogrified into a shape-shifting Blairite Thing.

The People voted 52 to 48 per cent to leave; an estimated 74 per cent of MPs voted to remain. No representative assembly can sustain such a gulf. Either People or Parliament must give way.
This is not the first time such a thing has happened. Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Communist states were ruled by similarly pampered, out-of-touch and privileged elites who, against all the evidence, claimed to represent the People.

He concludes darkly…

And where will it end? In other very British revolution? Or something nastier? I don’t want to prophesy, good historian that I am, but I fear the worst.

If you read anything today, read Starkey’s article—it’s nuclear.

Rebel Yell

Half the population will die if the Green Plan is implemented – Patrick Moore

If you are of my school of thought, this is the actual goal of the Greens: mass extermination of humans, based on pure misanthropy. Here is Patrick Moore, former leader of Greenpeace.

Only rising prosperity will guarantee the reduction of the human population. Fertility is dropping everywhere in the world as women become educated. This includes especially Islamic societies, where the birth dearth is taking place in three generations instead of 150 years, as it did here. Women become educated when the societies in which they live pass beyond subsistence, and fossil fuels are the main reason the world has passed beyond subsistence. See Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson’s Empty Planet: the Shock of Global Population Decline.

Also, Matt Ridley’s The Rational Optimist draws a direct line between fossil fuel consumption and the increasing prosperity of the last four centuries.

According to Ocasio-Cortez and her ilk, this is all a crime against Gaia and a disaster, because, as we all know, food is made in the basement of supermarkets.

Cromwell Had A Point

Oliver Cromwell’s remarks to the Rump Parliament on April 20th, 1653, should be ringing round the halls of Westminster today.

In the Daily Mail, Richard Littlejohn points out that the British people no longer live in a democratic land, and that a rebellion of the political class including the bureaucracy, the media (of course) and the careerists in Parliament itself, has now rendered voting obsolete.

The politicians, who so ardently promised to respect the results of the referendum on leaving the EU, have shown all their cards. They never intended to honour their promises. Their abject surrender to the commissars of the EU has established their lack of character. Indeed, treason is not too strong a word in this case.

In the English Civil War, it was Parliament against the overbearing king who refused to recognize the limits to his powers. Now, it is the political class, the Deep State, the media, and all their accompanying parasites seeking to maintain their power at all costs—even to the extent of destroying the legitimacy of the British state itself.

Now is the time for a new Cromwell to sally forth, fan the flames of liberty, and cleanse the rot from Parliament.

Rebel Yell

Decline And Fall?

Civil society in Britain is decaying before our eyes. Knife crime, like gun crime, car crime, brick crime, like all-other-inanimate-objects that commit crimes, is rampant in London and other parts of the UK. As in US cities, this violent crime is overwhelmingly young black males killing other young black males, no doubt compelled to do so by the knives they were carrying. Everybody knows what is going on, but everybody is lying about it.

The endless prattle from the state propaganda organs, the BBC, the Grauniad, the Independent, all the dead tree press, moans about increasing police funding, banning knives, more social workers, anything except actually talking about what the problem really is.

An article in Conservative Woman lays it all out, exposing all the bloviating pundits and newspaper editorialists for the frauds and dissemblers they are. The causes are clear to those who have eyes to see…

…widespread fatherlessness and the weakening of the traditional family as the prime building block of a civilisation; the undermining of adult authority; a society diseased by disrespect; policing weakened if not paralysed by cultural Marxism and long interference by politicians and radical lawyers; weak sentencing; a demoralised welfare culture; rapid social and cultural change brought about by massive immigration from cultures sometimes with values and attitudes at odds with our own; the core Judeo-Christian values of Britain turned upside down from school onwards. …I doubt whether you will hear anything more about any of that from our political and media class.

No kidding.

Not from the political class, but these words are precisely what the British National Party (BNP) has being saying for years—and suffering for it from endless lies of the Fake News media. [Even this article substitutes “from cultures sometimes with values and attitudes at odds with our own” in place of Islam, which it really means.]

But knife crime is the least of it. Remember Rotherham from a few years back?

This, of course, was where the police, Labour Party councilors, social workers, and many other apparatchiks in the state authorities turned a blind eye for over a decade on the appalling Muslim rape gangs in the city of Rotherham. Since then, other cities have reported the same problem, and on it goes, seemingly never-ending.

For years, thousands of white girls were drugged and raped almost in broad daylight. Complaints to the police were brushed aside, and the Labour Council members refused to even talk about it. As parents and residents could get no help from the authorities, they approached the only people willing to talk about these criminals—the BNP. Naturally, the BNP and their leader at the time, Nick Griffin, were excoriated, insulted and lied about in the national media for years. In fact, Nick Griffin was prosecuted twice for “incitement of racial hatred” for just reporting on it and demanding that the authorities act, and, please note, Griffin was twice acquitted at jury trials.

Eventually, the story did break through in the national media through the efforts of the BNP and one or two MPs (who are protected by Parliamentary privilege). Since then, stories have been spilling out of other towns and cities with the same sordid tale.

Here again, the …backgrounds of the suspects and victims have not been made available for publication. Do you wonder why?

Griffin’s prosecution and trial was simply a barometer of the state of thought control in Britain at the time, and the intent of the establishment to suppress the story in its entirety.  When the story did break there was not a single apology from the Fake News media (particularly the BBC) for the years of their cover up, nor were any police officers, politicians, councilors or social workers ever punished, or even held accountable for their actions.

After all, what are the lives of young British girls worth when “vibrant multiculturalism” is at stake?
In a stinging article, conservative philosopher Roger Scruton points out, this is…

…a story of rampant child abuse—ignored and abetted by the police—[is] emerging out of the British town of Rotherham. Until now, its scale and scope would have been inconceivable in a civilized country. Its origins, however, lie in something quite ordinary: what one Labour MP called “not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat.”

This is what the disintegration of the moral fiber of the country has amounted to. Sacrificing children’s lives to the false idol of multiculturalism. The media and the political class should be in sackcloth and ashes, not that they would know what that means.

In his article, Scruton concludes…

And when the truth is expressed at last, nobody is fired, no arrests are made, and the elected Police and Communities Commissioner for Rotherham, although forced to resign from the Labour Party, refuses to resign from his job. After a few weeks all will have been swept under the carpet, and the work of destruction can resume.

Eventually, after much kicking and screaming, an inquiry was held and the results made public.  The results clearly indicate the criminal negligence and degeneracy of the authorities, excusing their inaction and, indeed, cooperation with, the rapist gangs.

There should be some kind of medal for the BNP for sticking with the story for so long—and for sticking it to the leftist political class for once.

Rebel Yell

Living in the Matrix

Scott Adams of Dilbert fame believes we are living in a matrix (see his March 3, 2019 panel below for the wittiest exposition of the idea). The word has come to signify a cosmic structure in which we humans exist, that has the following qualities:

  • we live in an artificial structure
  • it is made by a conscious designer
  • that designer has God-like powers relative to us
  • we are designed so as not to inquire successfully into the nature of the matrix we live in (quantum indeterminacy and so forth)
  • The matrix in which we live could be encapsulated with in a larger matrix, and so on ad infinitum, possibly

Ages ago I wrote a piece called “Allah’s holodeck”. It sought to explain the Islamic idea of God, that he was so all-transcendent, so all-powerful, that he could snap his fingers and annihilate the universe. In principle He could delude us into thinking two plus two made five or worse, that the rules of arithmetic could actually change and 2+2 could equal 5.

I think we have seen where the thought of God as an arbitrary sovereign leads us in practice. The profound lack of curiosity in the Islamic world about the nature of reality is predicated in a religious idea, that Inquiry into the ways of God is a form of blasphemy. Inshalah – as God wills. Everything is God’s will. It is a dark thought to imagine oneself powerless, that one does not have moral agency.

The matrix idea may have the opposite effect. It may stimulate research in an entirely different direction, the same direction as Western science has always followed, which is to understand the mind of God. In the case of atheists like Scott Adams, the inquiry will be directed at showing how the Mind of the designer works.

A physicist once said that the universe is much more like a thought than a thing.

My hunch tells me that the matrix idea is a way for materialists to rationalize to themselves their intellectual curiosity without admitting to a theistic interpretation of the matrix. So that, if we are Sims in the Simulator, no feelings of religious awe are obligatory. The creator was just some Joe or Jane doing what we think is God-work for some metaphorical equivalent of an hourly wage, kind of like a Niebelung slaving away in the factories owned by Fafner which are protected by Wotan.

In the end I am persuaded that the matrix idea is the thin little envelope slipped under the door into the atheist’s bunker, which when opened produces revelations.

What would be tipped off to, Scott Adams? Anything we did not already know?

Scott Adams’ Deep Dive

I have been listening to Scott Adams, Dilbert’s creator, for some time now. His style is cool and rational. I recommend him. On the downside, he can ramble, and the level of preparation for the show is wanting. Putting it another way, a little editing would improve the show.

For the past few weeks he has been conducting a “deep dive” into anthropogenic global warming. He professes skepticism towards all claims for and against man-caused global warming. He keeps asking the right questions, namely, what fact or facts, if shown, would be decisive to a rational mind that man-caused global warming was both happening and serious.

On the downside – and I confess to having listened to him too much – he needs to do something about his nose. As in blowing it to clear the nasal passages. If that is insufficient, would he please take some claritin or anti-histamine? Thank you, Scott.

His contribution to rational discourse is hugely important.

 - Dilbert by Scott Adams

Trashing the INF Treaty—More American Humbug?

The Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty negotiated in 1987 between President Reagan and Soviet President Gorbachev, removed intermediate-range missiles, American cruise missiles and Soviet SS-20s, from Europe. Following the collapse of communism and the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, further steps were taken to reduce tensions in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994 whereby Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan would surrender the Soviet nuclear weapons on their territory to Russian control.

Also, during the 1990s, repeated assurances were given to the Russian Federation that NATO would not engage in a continuous expansion eastwards, extending a military threat right up to the Russian border. NATO, essentially the Americans, have reneged on these commitments numerous times. An article in Der Spiegel is useful here.

When the Yanukovych government was overthrown in Ukraine, by an obvious CIA-inspired and executed plot, Victoria Nuland, the US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, was handing out cookies in Maidan Square to celebrate. Is it any wonder that the Russians were concerned?

The very real possibility existed that a NATO puppet government would take over in Ukraine and possibly the only warm-water port of the Russian Navy would fall to NATO. Further, Crimea has always been part of Russia proper; it was only handed over to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic in 1954 by Khrushchev, allegedly in a drunken stupor at the time. So what “legitimacy” can be claimed for that?

The Russians made the only possible geostrategic decision—retain the port by retaking Crimea. This was a popular move in Russia and in Crimea, particularly as Ukraine has continued to become more chaotic.

Fast forward to the present when the US foreign policy establishment has decided to tear up the INF Treaty.

According to Scott Ritter, a former Marine Corps intelligence officer who served in the former Soviet Union implementing arms control treaties, in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, and in Iraq overseeing the disarmament of WMD, in an article in The American Conservative (no less)

The United States has a track record of asking nations to prove a negative when it comes to compliance with arms control agreements, and then holding them to account when they fail to do so. The deficit of integrity over U.S. claims against Iraq regarding weapons of mass destruction and Iran and its nuclear program speaks volumes about how corrupt America’s policymaking apparatus has become. Now the United States is making the same mistake again by pulling out of the INF Treaty, which it claims Russia violated.

Further,…

According to the current director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, the intelligence community “assesses Russia has flight-tested, produced, and deployed cruise missiles with a range capability prohibited by the Treaty.” Coats named the system in question as the 9M729. He noted that the Novator design bureau was the responsible agency, and that the 9M729 missile closely resembled other cruise missiles Novator was developing at the time.
According to Coats, “Russia conducted the flight test program in a way that appeared purposefully designed to disguise the true nature of their testing activity as well as the capability of the 9M729 missile.”

In the US claims, there are many things that “appear” or “are probably” something or other with very little to back up the claims. The main claim is the recently developed missile, the 9M729, a ground-launched cruise missile, has a range longer than the 2,500 miles permitted by the INF Treaty.

To cut a long story short (you can read the details in Ritter’s article), the new missile has a propulsion system the same as its predecessor, which operates within the limits of the INF Treaty. Indeed…

…Russia has indicated that it is willing to go further—perhaps removing the missile from its sealed launch canister for a more technical evaluation by U.S. specialists—to reinforce the 9M729’s compliance.
The U.S. has refused to participate in such an exercise.

Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) Thomas Graham, Jr, in 1994 said,

…“A high degree of confidence is required before the United States will publicly charge another party with violation of an international agreement.”

As Ritter drily points out…

The words of Thomas Graham hang heavy in the air today. There is nothing about America’s case against Russia that meets that standard. Instead, the U.S. seems intent on following in the same path as previous intelligence failures in Iraq and Iran.

Since the fall of communism, the US foreign policy establishment has learned nothing and forgotten nothing. They resemble the fossilized Soviet nomenklatura, hidebound and incapable of change.

Instead of seeking a rapprochement with Russia, welcoming her back into the fold of Western Civilization after suffering under communism for seventy years, uniting in the fight against the real threat to the West—Islam—the US nomenklatura is continuing its fratricidal and myopic foreign policy of incessant war-mongering.

Perhaps President Trump should be seen as the American Gorbachev, struggling to bring some glasnost and perestroika to an establishment desperately in need of some fresh thinking. Trump is Y-u-g-e, but not superman.  He cannot do everything he would like to do; with all the seditious rabble in the Democrat Party offering nothing but hysteria and hatred, it’s quite remarkable what has been done. At least he has been trying to show some common sense about Russia, pretty hard to do when the Fake News media, the Deep State and the chattering classes are all so deluded about the current state of the world.

Rebel Yell

“What?”

The Prime Minister this morning maintained in essence that his chief fault in the whole affair was not to make clear to his staff and his ministers that his door was always open for them to come and air their grievances and concerns. Jody Wilson Raybould might have availed herself of the opportunity for an open-hearted chat if only had had been clearer on this point.

No money exchanged hands in the recent Raybould affair. For some people, the absence of an illegal act means there is nothing to the scandal. This was the view of Barbara Yaffe in the Globe a few days ago. As soon as I saw that piece, I recollected that Gerald Butts or someone in the regime said that they could sprinkle op-eds around the system minimizing the damage.

The French press wonders, with some justification, why the English are in one their periodic outbursts of indignation. But they too have noticed that Trudeau has done great damage to the Liberal brand. I am reminded of a great scene in a movie about Queen Elizabeth 1 when she was being courted by the French Duc D’Orleans, successor tot he throne. His problem was that he was actively homosexual. When he failed to show up for a state dinner, Elizabeth and her chief counsellor Lord Burleigh visit the Duke of Orleans state apartments. They find a party going on, with the Duc d’Orleans dressed in the Queen’s clothes being courted by homosexuals. Outraged at this interruption of his good times, the Duc d’Orleans yells “Whaaat?” to Elizabeth, completely unembarrassed. As in, “what are doing here, you bitch, interrupting my private amusements?”.

“Yes I was wearing a dress”, said the Duc d’Orleans. “So what? It is what I do on private with my friends.”

I suddenly thought of Justin Trudeau, saying, in so many words: “What?” What scandal? Who me? You must be kidding!” Then after a few weeks of this, he realizes that maybe he has committed a small boo-boo. The English and their stupid ideas of rectitude.

It has been a good week

Jody Wilson-Raybould eviscerated Justin Trudeau in detail, and revealed him for all to see as a floundering, feckless, effete fop. His moral preening about being a feminist and pro-native has been eclipsed by the light shone on his and his government’s behaviour.

Trump bats it out of the park in his address to the Conservative Political Action Conference. A relatively neutral observer, Nick Gillespie of Reason Magazine, wrote:

“It’s way too early to be thinking this, much less saying it, but what the hell: If Donald Trump is able to deliver the sort of performance he gave today at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the annual meeting of right-wingers held near Washington, D.C., his reelection is a foregone conclusion.

“There is simply no potential candidate in the Democratic Party who wouldn’t be absolutely blown off the stage by him. I say this as someone who is neither a Trump fanboy nor a Never Trumper. But he was not simply good, he was Prince-at-the-Super-Bowl great, deftly flinging juvenile taunts at everyone who has ever crossed him, tossing red meat to the Republican faithful, and going sotto voce serious to talk about justice being done for working-class Americans screwed over by global corporations.

Jussy Smollett’s hoax was fully exposed as a complete fabrication.

All the Usual Suspects supported Smollett the same way they piled on to the poor kids at Covington High School. Hate hoaxes are numerous because they fit into the prejudice that white people are seething with hate against lefties, darkies, and queers, whereas the hate is almost entirely directed by left-wingers at normal people.

The Michael Cohen expose of Trump’s misdeeds before Congress went badly: he refused to confirm any of the Demented Party’s favourite calumnies against the Donald. Two years’ worth of nonsense was denied by Cohen, but you had to watch carefully because Cohen was repentant for being toxicly male. Tucker Carlson shows how much Cohen in substance effectively denied the Russian collusion myth.

The Green New Deal, the plan for destroying the American economy, will continue to undermine the Demented Party’s chances in 2020.

I may be entirely wrong, but I am feeling that this past week marks the beginning of the end for Trudeau Junior, and has provided further evidence that all the enemies of Trump will be confounded. The enemies of Trump are blinded by their hatred. I did not think that blind hatred was a real thing but I see too many well-educated intelligent people who have lost their minds over Trump. Their reason has gone. Their aim is off the mark; they cannot see him, they only see their hatred.

To quote The Donald: “If we don’t go off script, we won’t save the country”.