Archive for February 22nd, 2009

So you want to vote BNP?

First of all, I have no problem with that. They are an official party in Great Britain so you have every right to do so.

But you will never see me giving them my vote. The secondary reason why is that they are really racist. I mean the nasty part, not the term that the Righteous use to brand everyone who doesn’t agree with everything they do.

No, the real reason is that, like the Socialist Party, the Conservative Party and the Liberal-Democrat Party, they are Statist.

Being left or right of centre is not a problem as such. Being extreme left or right of centre is. But the real picture of politics is not a line from left to right but a diamond. For those mathematically inclined, people not only fall on the political x axis, but are also placed on the y axis.

If you are lower down in the diamond, as the three main political parties are (and the BNP) and you believe that the State should not only rule the economy but also your lives, you are a Statist.

However, if you believe that the State should rule the economy but people should rule their own lives then you are a Centist and you fall… guess where? In the centre of the diamond! Once upon a time the Conservatives were Centists, but that was a long time ago. Now, like Labour, the Tories want to rule everything.

The people “at the top of the tree” or, in this case, the diamond, are called Libertarians. A lot of people think Libertarians are anarchists but that is not true. Libertarians believe in very small governments and total independence should fall to the citizen. Where they differ with anarchists is with their core belief which is “everyone should be allowed the freedom to do whatever they want to do as long as it doesn’t interfere with everyone else’s freedom to do whatever they want to do”.

A small example of this is you are free to play your music as loud as you can at three o’clock in the morning, as long as this doesn’t impinge on your neighbour’s right to enjoy a deep sleep at that time. To put this into simple terms, freedom but not at the expense of others or, “freedom with responsibility”.

What this does mean is that many of the laws which govern our daily life would be dispensed with and very few laws would remain. After all, the above rule covers almost everything.

Here is a short political quiz to see where you stand in the diamond.


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