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My ideology

I can proudly say I am a:

Post-Colonial Anarcho-Monarchist

How fickle are the programming deities at the BBC?

Yes, Deities.

I find the people who do the programming respond well to flattery.

And loads of public requests.

In this case, I was lazy about watching Frost on Nixon and setting iPlayer up to download it.

And, I’m kicking myself for failing to do that.

Frost’s 1977 interviews that totalled 28 hours and 45 minutes with ex-President Nixon were history making. They gained record audiences and the events that surrounded them later became the subject of both a West End play and an Oscar-nominated film, Frost Nixon. The most important part of these interviews is that it is believed that Nixon admitted and apologised to the American people for the Watergate Scandal.

I remember these events, which was probably why I neglected to “tape” this interview. Still, it would be interesting to see this two hour rehash.

I hope this will be rebroadcast soon.

Rule of the best

Given that the US is undergoing the Parliament of Fools, what would the US population think about a concept of being ruled by the best citizens. That is the wisest and most benevolent of the members of society?

This question goes to the Greek ἀριστοκρατία (aristokratía), from ἄριστος (aristos) “excellent,” and κράτος (kratos) “power”, or otherwise known as Aristocracy. I know its a system which has taken a bad rap mostly due to people abusing the power. On the other hand, there is such a thing as a Constitutional Monarchy, why not a Constitutional Aristocracy? Any of the Aristocrats would under constitutional restrictions. One of the failings of a hereditary system, that is primogeniture could be thwarted by making the title inheritable to be passed on to more worthy offspring, and possibly even non-family members.

A Constitutional aristocracy would require transparency so that the wealthy wouldn’t be able to abuse the system. Thus the commons would hold some sway over the Aristocrats. Also, part of being an Aristocrat would mean that they had an obligation to the common people, not a power to horde wealth, but to share it. The nobles would be the same as the Anglo-Saxon rulers who were givers of rings (and other treasure).

Another mass shooting!

I want to get away from the Second Amendment and gun control rubbish, but yet another shooting happened at a West Palm Beach, Florida Wendy’s where two people are dead and five are injured.

Florida is a shall issue state, which according to John Lott means that stuff like this shouldn’t happen, as it shouldn’t have happened at Virginia Tech.

Of course, the “RKBA” crowd will start screaming for yet more guns when more guns is the problem.

The RKBA crowd wants to drown out songs like Cheryl Wheeler’s “If it were Up to me” that has the line “If it were up to me, I’d take away the guns.” They don’t want people to realise that something needs to be done about the uncontrolled proliferation of firearms. There is too much talk about “gun rights” and none about gun responsibilities.

Of course, there is no such thing as “gun rights”, but the politicians are too cowardly to say that. And they are even more cowardly to not bring up gun responsibilities when the term “gun rights” is used.

RKBA folk like to say that cars, cigarettes, alcohol, and so are cause more deaths than do guns. the problem with that argument is that cars are useful. I would argue that we should wean the US from its cars in favour of mass transit, but cars are useful. On the other hand, I have to be taught to drive, licenced, insured, and my car is registered. I can’t just get a car and drive it. I am also expected to drive responsibly or I can get hammered civilly and criminally.

I have the freedom to write and post this on the internet. Maybe people will read what I write and see that there are people who are frustrated by this lack of responsibility on the part of people who scream for their “rights”. Maybe more of us will link up and work to vote for real change.

Maybe we will begin to see leadership in the media who pander to this talk of gun rights, yet don’t do what they can to show that this is a myth, like John Lott’s statistics.