James Blunt Responds To Attention Seeking Politician In Stunning Fashion

By Christiaan van Huyssteen (@cvh23)

James Blunt said people laughed at the idea of him going into the music business

Photograph: Ken McKay/REX

Last week, a British MP launched a tirade against what he perceived to be too much privileged people in the arts.

Chris Bryant – British Labour MP and shadow minister for the arts:

“We can’t just have a culture dominated by Eddie Redmayne and James Blunt and their ilk,”

The ‘You’re Beautiful’ singer James Blunt responded by setting the facts straight. In an open letter:

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Top 10 Arguments Statists Make Against Libertarianism

By Christiaan van Huyssteen (@cvh23)

These arguments tend to be clichéd and sometimes immature. The people who make these arguments are not ignorant, but they tend to repeat ideas that sound obvious to them, because it has never occurred to them to question their own arguments.

  1. “Communism is good idea in theory.”

At least they understand that it is a bad idea in practice. However, communism is a very bad idea in theory, for economic and moral reasons. For a start, under a communist system, people are not equal. There is a ruling class, and there is a working class. People in a communist country have no personal liberty. They get assigned jobs, and only have access to the bare basics for survival. To force people to play a certain role in society requires violence, this is why all communist systems tend to be oppressive dictatorships. Ordinary civilians have no rights. Private property gets stolen. This is obviously an immoral system. There is no social mobility. There is no incentive to be productive, as you can never escape your dire circumstances by working hard. Under communism, there is no reward for being creative and innovative. No communist country has ever produced a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs or an Elon Musk. Under collectivised agricultural practices, you can have a large proportion of the population working on farms, but still have a massive undersupply of food. The agrarian system instituted by Mao under the ‘Great Leap Forward’ between 1958 and 1961 resulted in a famine which cost the lives of 30+ million people.

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Obama Proposes To Make Community College Free

By Christiaan van Huyssteen (@cvh23)

A few things:

1. “Reform”

‘Tax reform’, ‘healthcare reform’, ‘eduction reform’. If these policies are always so good, so why the constant need to ‘reform’ them?

2. “FREE!!!”

In between occupying multiple foreign countries, killing children living in $10 tents with $16m predator drones, bailing out banks and paying for Obama’s multiple golf vacations, it is uncertain how this ‘reform’ will be funded. Maybe they will just print the money.

UPDATE:

From Zerohedge:

Yesterday, to much shock and dismay, Obama revealed his latest “noble” grand vision: provide a free community college education to millions of folks. Apparently now, far too late, even the community organizer-in-chief realized that with $1.2 trillion in student loans the Millennials will never be able to take their rightful place as the dynamo of US economic growth. What is Obama’s solution? Another free lunch. Socialist unicorns and Marxist rainbows aside, what will Obama’s “free” plan cost taxpayers? The answer: $60 billion over 10 years, according to a White House official.

3. “Community college!”

With students who go to real colleges not being able to find jobs, and having over a $1t in student debt already, how would subsidising students who go to inferior community colleges benefit America?

everything free

If you are against this, be prepared to be labelled ‘anti education’ by the loud and obnoxious left.

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The potential for liberalism in South Africa

Rational Egoist

It being just the 5th day of the new year, we’re being treated to all sorts of predictions and theories for the year ahead, both worldwide and here in South Africa. As ‘complex’ as matters can at times appear, especially when you look at the fiasco that parliament was in the latter half of 2014, I think it’s possible to cut through all of the attempts to paint South Africans as mysterious and difficult to understand and focus on one point: South Africans are still fighting for freedom. This might strike you as reductionist but I think it’s vital to step back from the furnace and talk about philosophy and principles.

When I talk about liberalism, I mean exactly that. Liberalism. A philosophy of human liberty, of open markets, free speech and freedom from religious persecution. Nowadays when the word ‘liberal’ is used, it is said with a smirk of contempt from…

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Liberal Propaganda Debunked!

By Christiaan van Huyssteen (@cvh23)

obama apparently

This information is so simplistic and out of context, it doesn’t even make for good propaganda.

  1. Dow Jones

Before we get to why the stock market is so high, we should ask: why does it matter? Do you measure the success of the president by how high the stock market is? The president doesn’t have a mandate to keep the DJIA above a certain level, but you choose to congratulate him for it anyway. As to why the stock market is so artificially high? Well that is simple. If you bail out financial institutions, print $4t dollars over a period of 5 years and make interest rates 0,25%, of course you will inflate the stock market to artificial bubble like levels. And this, almost exclusively only benefits the rich, and hurts the middle class and poor (by stealing their savings).

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