If the only way you can tell a left winger from a right winger is by which one of their hands is in which one of your pockets, you might be a Libertarian.
What colour are the skies on your planet, @ken4london?
Here’s how it will pan out on Planet Livingstone, as it always does….
In order for this “investment” to occur, money will have to be created out of thin air.
The first place the bulk of this harvest from Ken’s Magic Money tree will stop is in the commercial banks or primary dealers, and there it will remain, sloshing about on the financial markets, doing nobody any good apart from the very bankers whom you claim to want to rein in.
I realise that actually fixing the economy comes a distant second to getting your party elected, Ken, but couldn’t you at least try something a little more imaginative than trotting out the same worn out old nostrum all the time?
Despite all evidence to the contrary, Ken Livingstone still wants us to believe that printing money will save the economy.
Those who think this is no big deal will point to the fact that no administration figure attended the funeral of Hugo Chavez of Venezuela last month. Apples and oranges. Chavez was a Marxist radical who hated the United States. Obama knew he couldn’t openly mourn the loss of a dictator who persecuted Jews, served as a banker for Iran, and trampled the civil liberties of his own people as he built up a personal cult following. Ideologically, Obama was practically Chavez’s soulmate, but he had to stifle his admiration for appearance’ sake.
Thatcher, on the other hand, was America’s best friend during her tenure as prime minister. She and Ronald Reagan teamed up to deal the death blow to the old Soviet Union without, as she famously noted, firing a single shot. Both leaders brought their nations back from the brink of fiscal disaster, and both restored the proper kind of pride in their countries. Neither do I believe it is coincidental that both were firm in their Christian faith.
The Provisional IRA has largely disarmed, though it prides itself on being an undefeated army: yet here the Shinners will see the British army marching through the streets of Belfast, thereby reminding people what an undefeated army really looks like, and worse, how utterly pointless the IRA war really was.
Irish Independent, 22nd October 2008
I just got back from speaking about the financial crisis at the Mises Institutes in Poland and Estonia, as well as the Lithuanian Free Market Institute. When I was going through customs on my way back to the states, they asked why I was travelling. I told them I was speaking on the dangers of fascism. The customs agent told me that was really cool. I don’t think she made the connection.
Nothing we’re going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to a thousand a year from what we’re at now.
So why do it then?
Essentially, @BarackObama has achieved the same relationship with the press and the media and public information that the Soviet Communist Party had to jam radio transmissions and smash printing presses to achieve. Essentially these guys are volunteering to do for him what they had to be coerced into doing most self-respecting countries, and I think that’s the real issue here.
1) A man named Jesus comes along with all the secrets of peace, love, happiness, mercy, and all that good stuff.
2) The people in power take one look at him and see a threat. Jesus is healing the sick without medical certification, creating bread and fish with no food-handler’s permit, etc. etc. etc.
3) So they have him killed.
4) On the third day after Jesus’s execution, everyone sees a dramatic illustration that the government can screw up anything.
5) Well, almost everybody sees a dramatic illustration. The two government employees at the scene were both sleeping on the job.
Can somebody explain to me why an AR15 in the hands of a DHS agent is a “personal defense weapon” and yet when an ordinary member of the public has one it’s an “assault rifle”?