Death of Classical Liberalism - and Cullen's Knighthood

Mark Hubbard's picture
Submitted by Mark Hubbard on Mon, 2012-06-04 22:34

Cross posted from Life Behind the IRon Drape.

I've spent much of Queen's Birthday weekend penning a long article on the premise that the Founding Fathers, and Ayn Rand, were (catastrophically) wrong on the ‘inalienable’ nature of
the rights pertaining to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A topic that's been on my mind since Lindsay Perigo first brought it up in a thread on his SOLO site, and then since reading, of all things, a history of bureaucracy by Ben Kafka. That article won't be ready until later this week (possibly next weekend), but on reading of Michael Cullen's knighthood, I will put up just one paragraph of it here as a taster. (Still in draft though.)

Because my right to freedom is not a ‘metaphysical
given’, I’m looking at the world created by man around me, and am accepting I
will never be a free man. Yes, human reason, un-bullied, will always arrive at
the wisdom of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for each individual
one of us, however, we don’t live in an age of political reason. To recall my
first quotation, we live in an age where insane politicians have ‘set
themselves, knowingly, in revolt against the nature of things’. An age where
politicians bribe their electorates with the prospect of a free lunch, then
tax, borrow and spend our liberty away trying to achieve the illusion, and when
it all goes, and went, wrong, Western economies falling down, as they are,
thought they could fix the problems of their Keynesian insanity, with more
Keynesian insanity. An age where politicians thought the moral devastation
wrought by welfarism, could be fixed by more welfarism. A sick age where men
who mention freedom as the thing to strive for, are sneered at and jeered at by
the feeble minded without the wherewithal to think or argue beyond ad hominem
on every blog thread -   look at the comments to this
. Where even the economists who profess to believe in markets,
do so only with the passion of a frosty night, and in the final instance,
repair to the well-being of the majority tyranny as the solution to their
theoretical aggregates, blinded as they are by their utilitarian fascism – see this thread, and comments.  An age when a Finance Minister
who pissed away ten years of New Zealand’s best commodity prices against the
wall of the bigger thug state, and who designed an envy tax on the rich in such an
absurd manner he distorted the entire tax field, for which IRD are still
hanging taxpayers off hooks for, gets a knighthood – Christ! For the same
reasons the Enlightenment saw the separation of state and church, now we need
to separate the insane state from free markets, which, as the expression of the
complex wants and desires of all the individuals in an economy, is to separate the
state from the lives of a freed people. But this will never happen in my lifetime.

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Ross Elliot's picture may find this funny.

Cullen was against knighthoods. He helped dispose of them. Then along comes National and reinstates them. Then he gets nominated for one. He accepts.

The joke is that perhaps National approved his nomination just to put the boot in. Just to make the ironic point. I dunno about that, but he certainly accepted it. His hubris compelled him to. Do as I say, not as I do.

But please don't say you're

Rick Giles's picture

But please don't say you're surprised or disappointed Sir Michael is a Sir Michael?

That icons of statism are iconographed, that a sick culture puts crooks on the front pages of its magazines and politicians honor robbers? Understanding this, one must cease to be surprised or downhearted.

Same applies to blogs..
are sneered at and jeered at by the feeble minded without the wherewithal to think or argue beyond ad hominem on every blog thread

Guys who use ad hominem arguments are logically wrong because they are feeble minded. Smiling

Thanks for letting me know

Newberry's picture

Thanks for letting me know that. It all seems a bit frustrating. Yes, I guess the issue you will have with democracy is that it doesn't draw the line on things like private property; the majority doesn't have to recognize rights, nor does it believe in the rule of law. They can just take what they want, unless there is a uprising. Lol.

By the by, Michael, I stood

Mark Hubbard's picture

By the by, Michael, I stood for Libs in 2008: I got seven votes.

When I put the full piece up, you'll see one of the chief problems is democracy. The single vote counts for nothing.

Mark, instead of taking all

Newberry's picture

Mark, instead of taking all the time to write about it why don't you run for office and do something about it?


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