Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Autonomy !

At £70 (£66.50 from Amazon) Autonomy and Liberalism is not a cheap read, but it does articulate the gut feeling 'that something has gone very wrong and that the political classes have effectively enslaved us all.


Autonomy and Liberalism (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy) Dr Ben Colburn

This book concerns the foundations and implications of a particular form of liberal political theory. Colburn argues that one should see liberalism as a political theory committed to the value of autonomy, understood as consisting in an agent deciding
for oneself what is valuable and living life in accordance with that decision. Understanding liberalism this way offers solutions to various problems that beset liberal political theory, on various levels. On the theoretical level,Colburn claims that this position is the only defensible theory of liberalism in current circulation, arguing that other more dominant theories are either self-contradictory or unattractive on closer inspection. And on the practical level,Colburn draws out the substantive commitments of this position in educational,economic, and social policy. Hence, the study provides a blueprint for a radical liberal political agenda which will be of interest to philosophers and to politicians alike.


Ben Colburn is a Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and
Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge. From
September 2010 he will be a lecturer in philosophy at the University of
Glasgow.


Dr Colburn stresses that in a properly liberal society equal access to autonomy is vastly preferable to equal outcomes because of 'the proper recognition of the importance of personal responsibility as part of the ideal of an autonomous life'. Inadvertently the philosopher has put his finger on
theral problem with This Government's attitude, and therefore the real
problem with so much it tries to do: it doesn't believe in personalresponsibility and it doesn't like autonomy.


Simon Heffer The Telegraph March 17th

A Libertarian viewpoint

Libertarianism is constantly being attacked as extremist or 'radical'. The charge of
extremism should be laid at the door of this Government in creating 4300 new offences in thirteen short years, and of the opposition's supine acceptance.

The Social Democrats once promised a 'bonfire of legislation' , I don't hear much of this from Cleggy in the two months to go until May 6th.

The Labour Party has clearly broken into two, the manipulative corrupt gerry mandering rump of Nu-Labour under 'Lord' Mandelson, and Unite-Labour guided by Mandelson's enemy Charlie Whelan with its hard left agenda and deep pockets. I would say that the soul of the Labour Party is in play, (if it actually has one). No wonder the deranged Brown sees himself as the only person who can hold these two factions together, and Balls sees himself as the heir apparent.

The true argument is Authoritarianism v Liberty, that is the Authoritarianism of whatever shade of Government against the Autonomy to live your life as an individual.

'Parliamentary' Democracy has been dealt a crushing blow under this 'Rotten Parliament' and should now be replaced by a Referenda based local democracy, where all shades of political opinion can be heard.

When Libertarians, Hannan supporting Tories, Classical Liberals can merge in this country with the intellectual rigour of the likes of the Libertarian Alliance and Ben
Colburn and produce something like this. We are on our way to taking back our country.

16 comments:

More Nazi dogma that will be used to abuse and dictate said...

"Libertarianism is constantly being attacked as extremist or 'radical'. The charge of
extremism should be laid at the door of this Government in creating 4300 new offences in thirteen short years, and of the opposition's supine acceptance."

Wow what a stunning intellectual argument!

We're shit but then Labour are just as shit if not shittier therefore we win - there are no other alternatives!

More dogmatic crap from people who want to dictate their dogma to us, rather than allow us to decide with a fuller functioning accountable democracy!

When people want to dictate their dogma they really want to impose their will on you and would rather not let the people choose their own destiny!

You have to ask, what is the REAL agenda of such people? if the people were free to choose their destiny no dogma would be needed just pragmatic solutions for the many and this would include either scaling up or scaling down goverment.

We don't need more bullshit dictated dogma, Libertarian or otherwise, we need democratic accountability and things will find their own political shape - pragmatism for the masses.

Guthrum said...

pragmatism for the masses.

You don't want autonomy then ?

I am Stan said...

Yo Guthrum,

66 squid!!! cripes!

Parliamentary' Democracy has been dealt a crushing blow under this 'Rotten Parliament' and should now be replaced by a Referenda based local democracy, where all shades of political opinion can be heard.

Sounds good!. which party is offering it?

Anna Raccoon said...

More Nazi Dogma,

Chill baby.

You don't have to take up the offer of autonomy from Libertarians, the Nu-Labour Government have already passed legislation so they can excercise your autonomy on your behalf.....its called the Mental Capacity Act.

Vote Labour, you won't have to think for yourself.

Anonymous said...

What utter shite!

Until you understand and deal with the banking/corporate/military complex/NWO mafia/corporate media system you will have NOTHING! - EVER!

You will never even get to a point of considering any `real` solutions until you understand what the KEY problem is, and it isn't political dogma!

THAT is the KEY problem, that no one will look higher up the chain in this top down system of corruption!

That people are talking about the flim flam that will make matters even worse as the NWIO use every dogmatic phoney parties weaknesses to tighten it's strangle hold on the nation and further enslave us.

The parts of the NWO that the Labour couldnt sell us, then the Tories will, etc etc until all freedoms and liberties are gone, you only get the bad side of each party.

Libertarianism will be used to bring in the worst of that dogma while bringing in none of the so called `freedoms` but banging on about the merits of the implimentation of the shit bits.

repeat and rinse until the country is dead and we are all slaves!

Accountability and democracy must come first and formost, the rest is bullshit.

Anonymous said...

I am Stan said...
Yo Guthrum,

66 squid!!! cripes!

Parliamentary' Democracy has been dealt a crushing blow under this 'Rotten Parliament' and should now be replaced by a Referenda based local democracy, where all shades of political opinion can be heard.

Sounds good!. which party is offering it?

17 March 2010 10:08

The BNP.

Guthrum said...

Until you understand and deal with the banking/corporate/military complex/NWO mafia/corporate media system you will have NOTHING! - EVER!

And what is your solution sunshine against the big scary people?

Libertarianism is not a top down philosophy

Guthrum said...

Sounds good!. which party is offering it?

The BNP.

!!!!!!!

Nearly puking with laughter

I am Stan said...

Oh The Nazis eh!

This lot.

Nick Griffin (Party Chairman) Received a two-year suspended sentence in April 1998 for inciting racial hatred. His magazine The Rune carried obscene anti-Semitic and Holocaust denial material as well as crude racism.


Tony Lecomber
Tony Lecomber (Group Development Officer). In 1985 he was convicted on five counts for offences under the Explosives Act, including possession of homemade hand-grenades and electronic timing devices. Sentenced to three-years imprisonment.
In 1991 he was sentenced to another three years imprisonment for unlawful wounding for his part in an attack on a Jewish schoolteacher whom he caught trying to peel off a BNP sticker at an underground station. He has a total of 12 convictions.

Colin Smith (South East London organiser). Has amassed a total of 17 convictions for burglary, theft, stealing cars, possession of drugs and assaulting a police officer.

John Tyndall (founder of the BNP). Six convictions. In 1962 he was jailed for organising a paramilitary organisation. Four years later, he was again sent to prison for possession of a loaded gun. In 1986, he was convicted for incitement to racial hatred under the Public Order Act and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

Warren Bennett (Chief Steward). Supposed to keep order in the party yet has convictions for football hooliganism. In 1998, he was deported from France with over 50 other Scottish hooligans, including several BNP members.

Steve Belshaw (East Midlands BNP organiser. Was convicted in 1994 for assaulting a lawyer in his home-town of Mansfield. At the time, Belshaw combined his BNP membership with Combat 18 activity.

Kevin Scott (North East Regional Organiser). Was convicted in 1993 for hurling a glass at a black customer in a pub.

Alan Gould (Waltham Forest Organiser). Was convicted in 2000 for racially abusing people in a local pub. He told the court that it was the drink getting the better of him.


Robert Bennett
Robert Bennett. A leading activist in Oldham BNP during the 2002 elections campaign, Bennett has served five years in prison for the gang rape of a woman. He has also served seven years for armed robbery and has over 30 convictions in total.

Mick Treacy. The Oldham organiser has five convictions for violence, theft, and handling stolen goods

Darren Dobson. Found guilty of racially aggravated assault at Oldham magistrates in November 2001. Fined £300. Connected to football hooligans in the Oldham area, and has links to the nazi terror group Combat 18

Darren Hoy. April 2002, the BNP supporter was sent to prison for 3 months for racially abusing people as they left an anti-fascist rally in Oldham.

Anonymous said...

Yup ! They sound like true democrats

Catflap said...

It pays most of the time to think strategicaly but sometimes tacticaly alone is best.
It makes things more achievable.
We like to read,comment and offer solutions to premiership league problems.To what end?
There is a Sunday league game down your road.Not only can you comment on it, but you can fucking join in.
See the whites of the eye's of your opponent as you kick him in the balls.
like WW1 the political battlefield has spread as each party has tried to out-manouver the other.
The party trenches now reach into every branch of our Governance as a result.
Stay local and get active.Fight the big 3 parties tooth and nail and get the cunts out of your local affairs.
Where's my seventy fucking quid?

Stan of the UAF gets F for effort said...

Stan once again you FAIL, If you want to pick out individuals most of whom no longer have any connection to the BNP or their actions endorced by the current BNP as examples of party policy - rather pathetic attempt at a smear, then try this site that has MANY serious offenders from the mainstreme parties and they are not even a hounded persecuted anti NWO state grouping either!

Still nice of you to celebrate people being imprisoned for free speech offenses - you sound like a Nazi Stan but then the UAF is not too far removed is it! the state brownshirts UAF that appear to be able smash people in the face with hammers and kick women with impunity.

http://liarsbuggersandthieves.blogspot.com/

Try this for size Stan! said...

Stans comrades -

Homosexual mass murderer; Dennis Nielsen, who strangled and
dismembered 16 young men in the 1980`s, was also a highly active
member of Labour fringe groups such as the Anti-Nazi League, and
the SWP. That's when he wasn't busy boiling peoples heads in a pot,
or masturbating over the corpses of his victims.

would you like another hundred pages of this Stan or do you except you are a moron!

I am Stan said...

Why come to me children of the 4th Reich ,go to your Fuhrer Griffin.

The crimes were there`s not mine,go to your Father,he will wipe away your tears not I.

Begone children to your fathers bosom!

I am Stan said...

Simple child ,Dennis Nielsen isnt standing for election or promoting a Brtish dictatorship,

See boy,your deluded,seek help!,go to your father,ask him why the voices wont go away.

Clive said...

"When are you going to campaign for people imprisoned for free speech offences or ones who have lost their jobs for political oppression reasons?"

No, "dumb and dumber". When are you going to campaign for them?

Waiting for a third party -- any third party -- to fix things is entirely unproductive.

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