The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

Archive for December, 2007

Positive liberty is a misleading concept: reflections on Jack Straw, Labour and Liberty

Posted by rantingkraut on December 18, 2007

Back in October, Jack Straw demanded a ‘Bill of Rights and Responsibilities’. I anticipated at the time that positive rights would receive more emphasis in such a project –at the expense of negative rights constraining the power of the state. Straw’s recent comments in the Guardian appear to confirm this prediction.

The notion of positive rights or positive liberty is popular with many genuinely Read the rest of this entry »

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Homage to Chavez

Posted by rantingkraut on December 4, 2007

¡Me gusta cuando calla, porque está como ausente!
Se below for an artistic interpretation of the recent Hugo Chavez – Juan Carlos love-in:



To be fair on Chavez, it must be hard for the chubby autocrat to suddenly find himself at a meeting were others not only can disagree with him but need not even ask his permission before doing so. I guess he just isn’t used to this anymore.

Anyway – long live the King! 🙂

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Muhammad the Bear: the Market Response

Posted by rantingkraut on December 3, 2007

With just about everyone outside Sudan agreeing that the whole Muhammad-the-Teddy-Bear affair is crazy there is surely no need to repeat this. The market, meanwhile, responds in a predictable way: for an increasing choice of cuddly Muhammads see e.g. here.

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