Friday, 8 September 2017

Some Random Thoughts On My Political Stance, Will and Technology

1. This is my life and I will live it however I want. Anyone who tries to tell me what or whom I can say, think, read, watch, listen to, love or hate, is my ENEMY. This is why I take no sides in the tiresome Left vs Right struggle. Not because I am ‘sitting on the fence’ but because I see both sides as being equally hostile towards that which I value the most, my individuality.

2.  W I L L – 4 very important letters. 4 letters that mean the same to me in English as they do in German. In German will is the first person present form of the verb wollen – to want. Ich will gehen = I want to go, a statement of desire. In English I will is a statement of fact. For me the 2 are synonymous, if I want to do something and I have the physical means to do it I will. The only authority I respect that can make me do something I really don't want to do, or prevent me doing something I really DO want to do is - superior physical force. To prevent either of those situations arising, that is one of the main things that keeps me motivated to keep training at Krav Maga and  working on my strength.

3.  I grew up reading (and still read) a lot of Science Fiction from the 40s – 70s what I consider to be the Golden Age of sci fi. Those authors generally had 2 visions of how humans would be using technology in the 21st century. Either to make life easier such as robots doing dangerous/demeaning work, flying cars or hypersonic transport. Or the dystopian vision of nuclear warfare, sentient robots and computers trying to wipe out mankind etc. It seems neither has really happened, instead technology has mainly served to make life less PRIVATE, it is easier than ever for governments, employers and business to monitor what we are up to, where we go, what we buy etc. Meanwhile we work just as long as we did before all the IT technology came along, and for many the way it has made it easier for their employer to keep tabs on them has meant work has become even more, not less stressful!

 It’s as if our thinking has got smaller, no flying cars, inter-city moving walkways or hand-held laser blasters, but hey, let’s all get excited about a computer the size of a credit card! If anything things have gone backwards with the abandoning of the Space Shuttle program and the grounding of the Concorde and Tupolev supersonic airliners. What a damning indictment of modern small thinking it is, that you could fly across the Atlantic faster forty years ago than you can now!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Negative Labels

The older I get the more terms like ‘atheist” and ‘non-believer’ are starting to grate on my nerves. They imply that having theist beliefs is the normal state of affairs and that people like me are somehow lacking something because we don’t believe in supernatural mumbo-jumbo. As far as I am concerned the opposite is true, I HAVE something that the theists lack. Namely the ability to think for myself and formulate my own values in accordance with my own needs, rather than being enslaved by someone else’s values. I look forward to the day when we revaluate our terms – those who are now called ‘atheists’ and ‘non-believers’ will merely be labelled ‘rational’ or ‘logical’ while the god-believers will bear negative labels like ‘irrational’ and ‘non-logical’!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Why I'll Be Voting In the 2017 General Election

 I’ll be voting in the General Election for the first time in the 29 years I’ve been eligible to do so and I’ll be voting Labour. Purely out of self-interest, I have not become a ‘leftie’ and have the same Social Darwinist outlook as I’ve had since I stopped taking drugs and realised that anarchy would actually mean what Hobbes called ‘the war of all against all’, rather than everyone living in happy little communes growing their own food and ‘herbs’.

I’m a Civil Servant, and like most of my colleagues (exceptions being some senior execs and managers) I haven’t had a pay rise that’s kept pace with the cost of living since 2004-2005. Every year since then it’s been a below-inflation pay rise every year (in other words a pay CUT) plus we have had numerous attacks on our working terms, our pension contract was torn up so now we have to pay more each month, wait longer to get it and it will be less than was originally agreed. This process of driving down our wages and conditions started with ‘New’ Labour, at a time when the economy was strong and continued with the Coalition then Cameron’s Tory government, the economic downturn just gave them an excuse to turn the screw even more. Also the department I work for is self-funding, we charge fees for our services and usually make a healthy profit for the Treasury – this has made us a prime candidate for privatisation and we’ve fended off a couple of serious attempts to sell us off.  As we’ve seen from other civil service departments that have been privatised, this would have led to even worse pay and conditions and job losses. Throughout all this our staunchest supporter in Parliament has been Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, probably Jeremy Corbyn’s strongest ally. Corbyn has made it clear he does not share the ‘private sector good, public sector bad’ ideology that has driven previous governments so for once I feel there is enough of a difference to break my principle and actually endorse the farce that is democracy. By that I mean the people who actually run the country (those who control the wealth, permanent secretaries in Whitehall, the senior judiciary etc) don’t put themselves up for election, the whole parliamentary system is a ruse to fool people into thinking they actually have a say in who runs the country.

Also, Theresa May has made it clear that she supports fox-hunting. As far as I am concerned, anyone who harms or kills animals for pleasure is the lowest kind of scum. That alone would be good enough reason for me not to vote Tory. Plus Jeremy Corbyn wants to re-nationalise the railways. Having travelled in numerous other countries where the railways are under State control, cost a fraction of what ours do and run far more efficiently, all I can say is ‘about time’! As I have said, I have a basically Social Darwinist outlook, I believe society should be allowed to naturally stratify itself without government interference according the laws of nature. The function of government should be merely to maintain law and order, national security and the infrastructure such as public transport networks and power. The idea of having the national infrastructure in the hands of private companies (especially when most of those companies aren’t even British!) being run for the benefit of those companies’ shareholders rather than the British public seems absurd to me. Now I’m fully aware that Labour are more pro welfare than the Tories (in order for stratification to occur the welfare system would have to be dismantled) but as I use the railways almost daily and (being realistic here) am more likely to find myself requiring welfare than being in one of the upper tax brackets who will be more heavily taxed under Labour, self-interest makes my choice obvious. Only a fool puts ‘principles’ before their own self-interest!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Some Thoughts Following The Terrorist Attack In Manchester May 2017

It doesn’t matter who sold what arms to what countries or intervened where. RELIGION, that is the one thing that is to blame for atrocities like Manchester. As long as there are people going around thinking that the universe was created by a sentient being that has nothing better to do with its time than worry about what individual humans do with their genitalia, what food they eat or do at certain times of the year (a concept which has not relevance ANYWHERE else in the universe except on this speck of dust called the Earth!), there will be those who feel they have a right to kill those who don’t conform to the standards of their particular deity. Especially as these deities (can’t say I’ve ever read the Koran, but being brought up in a Christian household I am very familiar with the Bible) act like fairytale cosmic Hitlers, striking down anyone who offends them in the slightest way, and encouraging their followers to wipe out any individual/tribe/nation that refuses to conform to their wishes.

Which brings me onto another thing, this distinction that we’re always asked to make between ‘moderate’ and ‘extremist’ religionists. Seems to me like making a distinction between the tail and head of the scorpion that stings you – when you consider the nature of the fairy-tale figures they grovel to, ANY theist is a potential ‘extremist’.

As for the notion that the extremists are ‘perverting’ their religion, again when you consider how their deities behave in their own fairytales (scriptures), it’s actually the ‘moderate’ theists who are ‘perverting’ their religions by damping down their inherent intolerance, sexism and homophobia to fit in with modern values. The bottom line is, until the day comes when theistic religion is consigned to same dustbin of history as the flat earth theory, atrocities like Manchester will keep happening.

There is a war being fought that has been fought for thousands of years, between reason and unreason, science and superstation, knowledge and ignorance, enlightenment and religion, light and darkness. Not for nothing did the early Christians adopt Lucifer, the Roman god of wisdom and enlightenment (Light of the Morning) as their symbol of ultimate evil. Those yellow-bellied liberals who talk the language of appeasement towards Islam need to take a good long look at themselves and consider which side they are on.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Democracy And The Left

I think for a lot of people, particularly those on the liberal left side of the political divide, Democracy is something they prefer the idea of to the reality. It makes them look cool and liberal to champion democracy (particularly when it is being fought for abroad, most especially against undemocratic governments that are backed by the West), but they don’t seem so keen on it when it’s closer to home.


Before 1972 Britain had a democracy that was envied and copied around the world. In that year Prime Minister Ted Heath took us into what was then the EEC, something which he promised the British public was just about economic and not political union. Long before he publicly admitted that he had lied about that, it had become obvious that political union was very much on the agenda and power was gradually and irreversibly being devolved away from our democratically elected government to a group of unelected and largely unaccountable officials in Brussels. Fast forward to 2016 and we have a referendum on our membership of the EU, and the supposedly democracy-loving Left are leading the call for the UK to remain in the EU, rather than taking back control of its own affairs and borders. Even more hilariously, when the result of the referendum went against them, many called for it to be ignored, citing that fact that the Leave campaigners told lies as a reason for annulling the result. If the fact that one party lied was a reason for annulling an election result, we would never have joined the EEC/EU in the first places, and I’m guessing a lot of General Election results would be declared null and void too!


Personally I’m not particularly fussed when we stay in or leave the EU, I can see up and down sides to both options. I do however think that if we end up remaining we should just drop the pretence of democracy. Think of the money we’d save if we didn’t have to pay the wages and expenses for 650 MPs and have elections every 4 years. We could just add rubber-stamping EU legislation to the Queen’s list of duties and turn the Houses of Parliament into a museum. I think it’s the most beautiful building in London and it would be fantastic for the public to be able to access it fully.


The hypocrisy of the Left in this matter shouldn’t come as a great surprise though. These are the same people who are quick to condemn (and call for the censorship of, while at the same time claiming to champion free speech) of anything they deem sexist or homophobic. However they are also the first to defend Islam (a religion which sanctifies patriarchy and homophobia) and assure us that those who commit terrorist acts in the name of Allah do not represent the views of ‘real’ Muslims, they’ve even invented a word (Islamist) to separate ‘bad’ and ‘good’ Muslims, so terrified are they of being portrayed as racist (a word which carries the same stigma as ‘paedophile’ in today’s PC society) should they be seen to be criticising Islam. It’s no wonder European and American politics have shifted so much to the right in recent years. Weakness and cowardice are probably the 2 least desirable qualities that people wish to see in their leaders. I think what has happened has been less a move towards the Right, more a recoiling in disgust from the Left!