A year of blogging...

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Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Thu, 2005-12-22 23:41

As my farewell too you all for the year (now, now, don't cry), I've posted links below to some of my own favourite and more reflective posts from the past year so you don't get 'PC withdrawal' over the holiday season. I've tried over the year to be pithy, thought-proving and entertaining -- I've enjoyed writing these pieces, and I'd like to thank all of you who've visited my blog, who enjoyed what you found there, and who left me feedback about what you read.

Feel free to print off a few copies of these pieces and take them with you to the beach. Smiling

Decentralisation, and those who oppose it

The city's expansion is inevitable -- equally inevitable is it's decentralisation. Technology makes it so. Fighting that is like fighting on the side of Canute, only when one fights this inevitability one fights against the will of individuals...

More on Urban_Design

Project: Holiday Home
A holiday home to delight, relax and sleep ten people (plus guests) - compact, yet deceptively spacious. Simple materials used intelligently to make nature more human, and human life more natural...

A fairy tale of a leaky house or two

...And the little people of this fair land did all that they were allowed to do and all that they were told to do, and many houses on many hills were erected in the fashion that BIA determinations and approvals said they were allowed to be and told to be.

More Building

Coromandel mining exposes "a clash of values"--Tanczos

So how is such a clash of values to be played out? There are only three options, as I see it. 1) Violent conflict; 2) Politicisation of the issue--the current default position involving picketing, bickering and politicking; 3) Property rights.

Crocodile fatalities expose ethical flaw in environmentalism
The Northern Territory has 'enjoyed' a three-decade ban on hunting crocodiles that has seen their numbers jump from 5,000 to 70,000, crocodiles appearing in the backyards of suburban Darwin, and a corresponding increase in savage and often fatal croc attacks -- and still the absurd ban has been continued. You might say that these people were killed by an idea; a very bad idea...

The miracle of breakfast

There's nothing miraculous about Smith's 'invisible hand,' it is simply the recognition that when each producer trades the fruits of their labour, they each win by that trade.

The "Problem" of Initial Acquisition
...Cohen argues that all the world’s resources were originally "jointly owned" and therefore, like Proudhon, he claims that all property is therefore theft. “Why was its original privatization not a theft of what rightly should (have continued to) be held in common?” he asks...

Property rights - the Northland speech

...Author Ayn Rand once observed that when the productive have to ask permission from the unproductive in order to produce, then you may know that your culture is doomed. Aren’t we there now?...

Time to put a stake through the heart of the RMA! [PDF]

Four-page PDF article arguing for the Resource Management Act to be scrapped in favour of commonlaw protection of environment and property rights...
More RMA

'You Smell of Goat': A Complete Hiftory of Man According to Hif Divers Delightf
...On such nights, and over the course of those thousands of year of struggle, there was one thought, one goal, that drove these men forwards: the idea of beer...

Libertarian tools, games, quizzes and links

Chris Lewis: Tall Poppy

I'm enormously sad to learn that New Zealand Tennis have finally driven tennis ace Chris Lewis from New Zealand. Chris is a wonderful sportsman and a tremendous human being, and his departure for California leaves me angry at his treatment here...

More Heroes

Hands up who wants to play Rock, Paper, Saddam

Looks like at least one former dictator wants to give the game a go. Nothing like laughing at former dictators is there.
More Humour

Something Better than Rage, Pain, Anger & Hurt

There are parts of oursouls that no rock music will ever reach. If we are to be true to ourselves, we need to search out music that does and let it reach us. What that means is searching out music that has the scope, depth and integration that our lives...

More Music

Live 8 Losers
The bleeding hearts of Geldof anf Bono offer the lesson that if it's the thought that counts, then you should at least make sure your thought is a good one. And here's a good thought: If you want to help the victims of bad governance — which presently describes most of Africa — then don't give the bad governments money...

More Ethics

Some cultures deserved to die out

Not every culture is worth saving or preserving. There are some cultures that deserved to die out -- the Maya were just one, and on this as so much else Jared Diamond's book Collapse has it wrong again. As a tragic loss, they weren't, and Roger Sandall is...

Wananga, waste, and voucher failure

So why exactly was so much taxpayer money so poorly accounted for? I'm glad you asked. It was wasted because Wetere & Sons & Daughters were just cashing in on the latest 'free-market' fad: educational vouchers...

Unintelligent design, Part 3

Was existence itself brought into existence by a Creator? There's no evidence for that claim, and nor is there any need for it. Nor is there any evidence for the claim of there being a Creator...

No power

2005-07-27: "It's very hard to invest in coal [because of Kyoto], nuclear's a sort of four letter word...hydro is suddenly becoming too hard...what's left?...we can't do everything on windpower," says Jenkins. And if there's no power, there's no industry...
More Energy

The enigma of David Lange

...That was in the end perhaps his tragedy, that he never grew beyond his childhood demons, and his need to be liked above all else...
More Obituary

The day the Velvet Revolution began

Adriana at Samizdata remembers the anniversary this week of the Velvet Revolution, the day that communist rule in Czechoslovakia began to crumble...

A Sunday constitutional

...good government is like a guard dog: it's there to protect us from being done over by others. However, if that dog is badly trained and it gets off the chain, we can be badly savaged -- more so sometimes than we would have been without the dog.

Making freedom concrete
So what exactly is it, then? 'Freedom' is not freedom from reality, as is sometimes claimed; it is not freedom to have your own way regardless of the rights of others; it is not a license to ride roughshod over others or their property...

More Rights

Selling the foreshore
...Personally, I think New Zealand's foreshore should have all existing property recognised and protected (no matter what colour the rightful beneficiaries of those rights) before selling what remains to buy secure annuities for New Zealand's pensioners. That's one very easy and very effective way to instantly de-politicise both the foreshore issue and the issue of the impending superannuation blowout...

More Privatisation

Capitalism is colour-blind
...Thomas Sowell points out that the racially-segregated seating Rosa Parks won deserved fame for opposing barely existed in the American South until municipal transit systems operated by the state replaced privately-owned transit systems:

More on Racism

Drug use is not a victimless crime

"I don't like drugs." Fine. Your business. I don't like Pink Floyd. But I don't demand that anyone write a law about it, nor do I ask for the criminalisation of otherwise law-abiding Pink Floyd users...
More Victimless_Crimes

Political Correctness: A classic documentary now online
time that a classic documentary on Political Correctness was taken out and dusted off: a forty
minute radio documentary put together by Lindsay Perigo and Deborah Coddington

PC, & 'The Great Postmodern Essay Generator'

Hicks's own book, Explaining Postmodernism, might also prove useful, particularly as it points out so well the connection between postmodernism and PC...

We Are All Londoners Today
"We are all Londoners today." Doesn't that describe the way all people with a soul feel this morning? The vibrant, tolerant city of London is today's front line in the battle for those Western values that makes cities across the West the great places they are...

More War

...Politicians only understand one thing at election time: that you voted either for them or against them. If for example you hold your nose and vote Team Blue just to get out Team Red, then Team Blue will see that as a vote for them...

2005-06-04. Here's five things you could try saying that at the moment you're too scared too...

In the interests of balance and fairness, Drone has been trying to come up with six Labour achievements to mark the six years of their rule...

More Politics-Labour

Running the rule over the Nats
John Armstrong runs the rule over the Nats behind Brash, and as those of us who can remember the Nats when they were in power might testify they come up three feet short of a yard...

Rangatiratanga - at whose expense?

Tariana Turia’s Maori Party wants to end Maori dependence on welfare, she says in this week’s Listener. Great. So do I...

Greens losing their freedom mojo

...on the conviction and sentencing of Schapelle Corby, New Zealand's Greens have been studiously silent when all logic surely tells them that -- guilty or innocent -- poor Schapelle is a martyr to the War on Drugs to which their principles should tell...

How would Libz handle coalition?

The thing is, if he had principles he would be fine. How so? Let me explain by pointing out how I would see a Libertarianz caucus of six behaving in parliament. It would be unlike that of any other party, and something only a party of principle could mana


What's a libertarian for?
Reader Justin has politely but firmly asked why some libertarians bother with Libertarianz. "For all your professed admiration for rationality and goal-orientation, you seem to be sorely lacking it...

More Libz

And finally...

Cue_Card_Libertarianism
I haven't posted as many of these intruductions to the tersn used by libertarians as I'd planned -- too much other writing to post, I guess -- but be reassured that the material is all there and just waiting to go. In the meantime, here's the two-dozen or so Cue Cards that have already been released to the wild...