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Archive for September, 2008

Taming the Bankers

Posted by rantingkraut on September 27, 2008

The current financial crisis predictably has socialists gloating about the demise of capitalism and the blessings of state regulation. They will probably be wrong about the demise of capitalism –a prolonged crisis not withstanding– but may have half a point about regulation. The question is how exactly a leash should be designed if investment bankers are to be kept on it.
Most free market economists would agree that financial markets need prudential
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The Tories and Civil Liberties

Posted by rantingkraut on September 26, 2008

Greg Hands addresses the issue of civil liberties in the current edition of Vorwärts Avanti Forward. He argues that the Conservatives should not become a civil liberties party because that issue doesn’t win elections. The sad thing is: he’s possibly right.
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A Cunning Plan

Posted by rantingkraut on September 26, 2008

Daniel Hannan has a cunning plan. There is a summary on the telegraph and those who really want to know can buy the whole thing here.

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Eamonn Butler on the Nasty Party

Posted by rantingkraut on September 17, 2008

“… Labour turned into the “nasty party” – with police-state restrictions on almost everything we do. How could it have happened?
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There is really no mystery. Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Alastair Campbell, Peter Mandelson and other leaders of the New Labour “Project” had a sense of mission.
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Because they knew they were right, the Project’s leaders were completely unapologetic about scrapping ancient rights and institutions, re-writing the constitution, or suspending trial by jury and habeas corpus.

(Source)

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The Politics of the Irrelevant

Posted by rantingkraut on September 16, 2008

Heather McDonald has looked at the way the US elections are becoming dominated by substantively unimportant issues. The Republicans pioneered the habit of parading their family members as electoral assets. The democrats duly copied them.
But the family show-and-tell imperative remains silly nevertheless, demonstrating a misguided conflation of the personal with the political. You could search the Federalist Papers long and hard without finding any indication that having a loving family is a qualification for office. Few investors care whether the companies whose shares they hold are headed by CEOs who had supportive mothers; it’s hard to see why filial relations should be any more relevant to a president’s capacity to negotiate with Congress or to conclude a treaty.” (Source)
The democrats, on their part, made an issue
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Freedom of Speech in Italy

Posted by rantingkraut on September 12, 2008

The Italian comedienne Sabrina Guzzanti is threatened by up to five years imprisonment for insulting the Pope: “… after warning everyone that within 20 years Italian teachers would be vetted and chosen by the Vatican, she got to the punchline: ‘But then, within 20 years the Pope will be where he ought to be — in Hell, tormented by great big poofter devils, and very active ones, not passive ones.’” (Source).
The prosecution
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An Observation on Faith

Posted by rantingkraut on September 11, 2008

The bigger the hole in the head, the greater the view of heaven.
(Karl Heinz Deschner)

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A Dissident German Voice on the EU

Posted by rantingkraut on September 4, 2008

Henry Nitzsche an independent German right wing MP offers some straight talking on the EU constitution: here on Youtube
HT: Better off out

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Undercover Mosque: The Return

Posted by rantingkraut on September 3, 2008

‘UnderCover Mosque: The Return’ is up on Youtube here.

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New EU Censorship Initiative

Posted by rantingkraut on September 3, 2008

The EU parliament voted to adopt a report by Eva-Britt Svenson calling on member states to take action against ‘gender stereotypes’ in advertising and to ‘regulate’ the portrayal of women in the media in general to “promote balanced and diverse portrayals of women by the media” (Source). This vote does not appear to be legally binding, but if it translates into implementation at the national level, the consequences could range from traditional censorship to outright contents prescription for the media.

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