Archive for February, 2008
Those of you who read Tuesday’s blog, and followed the link to the world’s shortest political quiz, will realise that the political spectrum is not just left to right. It is up and down as well.
On the x axis (left or right) we are all either left inclined, right inclined or are huddled around the midpoint. However with the y axis (top to bottom) we are either Libertarian (the individual is in charge of himself and his economics), Centists (the individual is in charge of himself and the government is in charge of economics) and the Statists (the government is in charge of the individual and the government is in charge of Economics). You can be on the left or on the right and still be any of these up and down categories. For example, a Statist could be either a communist or a fascist.
Both the Socialists and the Conservatives are basically Centist parties although, since 9/11, the Labour party seems to be heading towards Statistism. And I have no doubt that when the Conservatives get in they will loath to alter anything, as new governments are want to do. Or in this case, not do.
So we have a situation where Centists are well represented and to a limited extent, so are Statists. However, the Libertarian who believes in freedom of the individual, has no representation at all. This is not just in the UK but in the whole Western world. And if it comes to that, probably in the whole world!
There is one politician in the US running for the Republican candidate in the 2008 elections against McCann. However, at the most in the various caucuses, he has never got more than around 10% of the vote? Why is this? It is because most Americans are totally unaware of him owing to big business that own the National Media in the US refuse to give him any publicity and blatantly don’t mention him even when he comes second.
Here is a man who only wants to fight wars that have been formerly declared, as per the constitution. The last time America or Britain formerly declared a war was the Second World War! He wants to stop money for big business, bring troops back from Iraq and Afghanistan and from 350 bases in 130 countries around the world, He wants to stop Corporate Welfare (bailing out big business), stop lobbying by big business, and reduce most Federal government and allow State government to look after their individual States.
I know of one young politician who may well try and introduce such policies eventually in the UK but he is still young and serves only at Council level. He is in one of the major parties however, and might well be able to bring democracy into UK politics by catering for the large amounts of Libertarians.
I have created a dual boot system on my computer and am experimenting with Linux so look forward for a future blog to tell you of my experiences with this free “open source” software.
The honesty of politicians.
Moving aside from flippancy, I have put some thought into the problems we have in the United Kingdom.
One of the major problems is that there is so much dishonesty in parliament caused by the fact that politicians nowadays are career politicians. However, two short rules could change all that overnight.
Nobody may stand for a seat in Parliament, or on a council, until they have reached and passed their thirtieth birthday.
We pay double their salaries for their first term of office and if they are re-elected, they receive no salary for their second term (unless they have reached the first rung of the ministerial ladder).Then the normal salary for the third term onwards. Government pensions would be abolished.
Apart from the problem that young MPs have had no “life or business experience” so therefore are not able to vote on sensible rules for the rest of society to follow, joining a hotbed of corruption at such a young age makes it very difficult not to join all the other noses in the trough.
Having business or other experiences mixing with the general public will enable budding politicians to know more about how the rest of us go about our daily tasks.
I am not saying this rule is perfect but it is a lot better than having a person straight from school or university bypassing the real world and becoming an MP without any of life’s experiences – other than trying out cannabis at college!
Looking at our second rule, this may seem a little drastic, but is it? The sensible man who wants to remain in parliament will spread his double salary for the first term over the two terms, so will not be out of pocket. The reckless individual will leave after his first term and, as far as I am concerned, this is no bad thing.
The other benefit would be that we might attract those commanding higher salaries in industry to take a five year sabbatical to help the country with his or her knowledge.
Those able MPs who get a foot on the ladder as a parliamentary secretary to a minister would, of course, get a salary for the second term but only the more ablest move up the ladder, especially so quickly. This would be a just reward for being able, and help attract more able people to try for parliament in the first place.
Finally, I believe MPs get very high pensions and encourages career politicians. MPs should fund their own pensions, it is not a fortune each month, and would not be noticed with their high salaries.
I have rekindled the desire to write, especially since I have finally realised why I have been so unhappy with politics in this country.
It seems that, although the left/right straight line in politics do actually have some bearing, the real political spectrum is a diamond shape. Ranging from Libertarian at the top down through Centrist to Statist at the bottom.
So you can still be left of centre or right of centre, but you can also believe in the freedom of the individual, through to the government handling everything to do with national economics (Centrist) down to the government handling everything in your lives (Statist).
A visit to http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz.html will introduce you to a ten question short political quiz which will show you exactly where you are in the diamond spectrum. Go and take a look, it is easy to do and you may find it illuminating.
I now realise that both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party are at the best Centrist, and at the worse Statist. They are certainly heading in the latterly direction. And I am a complete died in the wool Libertarian, believing the individual should be responsible for their own lives and there should be very little government interference in any aspect of our lives.
The nearest politician in the Western World to being a Libertarian is in the USA. Dr Ron Paul, who is standing for the Republican ticket says he will bring all troops back, close all American bases – all 350 of them, around the world, stop all Corporate Welfare (tax payers money to big business and end Income Tax. He will save have the present governments expenditure by those two things and Income Tax only accounts for one third of Government revenue so that should be easy.
Libertarians have one simple creed and answer given should be based on that creed, which is:
The individual is in charge of his property and may do as he likes with it as long as it does not interfere with another person doing the same with their property. (your body is counted as your property). The individual should never offer violence unless attacked and if so attacked, should not offer more violence than is needed to repel that attack.
No country should fight a war unless a war has been formerly declared. The last time America or Britain formerly declared a war was the second world war. We should not be in Iraq or Afghanistan.
A centrist believes that the Government should be very much as it is now within the UK or the USA whilst a Statist is far more encompassing. A left of centre heavy Statist would be a Communist, and a right of centre heavy Statist would be a fascist. These two words are offered factually rather than emotively.
The blog will not be about politics as such, but will continue to be of an eclectic nature.