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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Martyn Turner on Theresa May …

Satire: Martyn Turner, used with permission: https://www.facebook.com/martynturnercartoons/ . http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/martyn-turner

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  1. Simon Warriner

    December 9, 2018 at 7:42 am

    Christopher, your analysis of the problem may well be correct, but as I have mentioned elsewhere you need to follow the causes back to get to the root of the problem. Unless you do that, all the analysis in the world is nothing but a fart in a thunder storm of global chaos. I think your analysis is largely correct but it fails to get to the root of the problem.

    Root causes are found by repeatedly asking “WHY?”

    WHY didn’t the libertarian ascendancy listen?
    WHY did they mismanage profound demographic change?
    WHY did that change come about?

    When the trail of WHY is followed it repeatedly leads back to a couple of issues. This is done by asking Why to every answer previously given. It usually takes seven iterations.

    The two causes that I find keep coming up are these:

    The failure of party political governments to recognise, understand and deal with conflicted interest in a competent manner that respects and honours the national interest. This resolves to party politics attracting people who do not understand conflicted interest, and deterring people who do. Over time this reduces the aggregate intelligence and competence of the party until it winds up behaving like political parties now behave and electing leaders like Teresa May.

    A small, very committed group of people, whose influence grossly exceeds their numerical presence, and using that influence to get party political governments to do things that are not in the national interest but which generate a degree of chaos and mayhem that over the longer term give impetus to calls, originating from within that small group and designed to resonate within the wider scared and confused masses for a one world government, which they will duly subvert and control.

    Singapore works (if you can call it that) because its leadership was never about popularity or representation, and so it was not conflicted in the way western party politics conflicts itself. In that respect it has been much harder for outside forces to influence and control. It should be noted however that US forces are based there and the US is entirely under the control of the aforementioned small group.
    That said, I spent a couple of stints there working back in the 90s and came away with the impression that it’s population, while pleasant and industrious, were quite immature in their outlook and rather lacking in resilience .. like the kids of overly domineering parents in many ways. They will be fine until something really bad happens, and then they will fail spectacularly because they lack the ability to function without strong leadership telling them what to do.

  2. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    December 8, 2018 at 10:17 am

    What this cartoon suggests is true enough as far as it goes. But what it does not do is probe why she and Britain have come to this thoroughly dysfunctional and potentially very damaging pass.

    And in one word, it is immigration and the massive demographic and cultural shifts that have washed through Britain since that crusty old Tory fart, Enoch Powell, issued his ‘rivers of blood’ warnings in 1968.

    Everyone who was anyone knew he was an ageing out-of-touch white racist pre-war Establishment throwback whose views could not possibly be taken seriously by any reasonable person in the mid-later twentieth century. And we all enjoyed the schadenfreude of seeing him getting his comeuppance at the hands of progressive and right thinking people.

    And what was even more gratifying was the silence that followed, bar the occasional inchoate shouting of plebeian skinheads with Nazi insignia tattooed on their faces, at which we, the sensitive cognoscenti, could wrinkle our delicate noses with petty bourgeois disgust.

    The libertarian ascendency took that silence to mean that the jury was in, the verdict of history declared, and racism was a muttering pariah that lived under a rock far far away.

    Well actually it was far far away from the comfortably shared education, brand aware and discreetly charming bourgeois suburbs of the emerging multicultural elite.

    In the working class and welfare dependant parts of a Britain that were rapidly disindustrialising, this sunny state of affairs did not pertain to anything like the same extent, where everyone was competing for shrinking resources and where intercultural ‘understanding’ was much harder to come by, especially in places where the new chums were edging out the old population .. who gradually began to feel it wasn’t their country any more.

    But the thing was that the unhappiness was very effectively silenced. Everyone knew that to say anything vaguely ‘racist’ would bring a welter of disapproval and condemnation down on their heads by their social, educational and ideological betters.

    But the silence only compounded the resentments and anger.

    Segue to the twenty-first century, and the simmering discontent started to not so much leak as explode through the seams of the status quo and not just coming from the old population, but the new chums as well, many of whom weren’t happy either. Remember Paris in 2005.

    And of course the terrorist attacks had started, coming out of increasingly large Muslim populations who increasingly disapprove of western secular deregulated and privatised societies that seem to them to be losing the plot .. which they are.

    In 2016, the silent unhappiness was able express itself through a secret ballot where there was no target to point the ideological finger wag of judgement. The awful truth came out.

    And what the libertarian ascendancy then did, as all ascendancies do, was point the finger at anyone or anything that wasn’t them. Everyone else was to blame for their mismanagement of profound demographic change.

    Multiculturalism mostly doesn’t work terribly well. The only one that I think does work well is Singapore, where everyone has to keep it nice, and the Chinese who run the place make absolutely sure it does. They invest a lot of money, effort, education, time and heavy handed organisation to get that result.

    But just across the Straight in Malaysia, the Malays don’t like the Chinese and systematically discriminate against them. To their south in Indonesia, Chinese property burns every time anything goes wrong. To the west, the Buddhists of Myanmar have just ethnically cleansed the Muslim population, and just a little further west from that, the Sri Lankans have recently finished one of the nastiest and longest inter-ethnic civil wars in modern history.

    The libertarian ascendency in Britain and most other places in the old metropolitan centres of capitalism just didn’t listen, did not control their boundaries, or manage the changes they were facilitating with any sense of consequential political reasoning. It is high time we started to hear a few mea culpas coming from that quarter.

    Going after the wretched PM May for the impossible imbroglio she has had to sort out is a cheap shot and a political obfuscation of the realities that lie behind it.

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