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19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

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EU Gender Quotas?

Posted by rantingkraut on September 17, 2010

Viviane Reding, the EU ‘Justice’ commissioner threatens to require minimum quotas for the proportion of women in top business positions:

The target should be that by 2015 at least 30 percent of all supervisory board members should be women, and 40 percent by 2020 …” (source)

An odd target in a way, since English speaking countries, at least, tend not to have supervisory boards. It is also worth noting that supervisory boards have little to do with the day to day running of a business. They are an ideal target if you want to hand out favours without demanding competence.

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Communitarianism, Obama and The Economist

Posted by rantingkraut on April 23, 2009

The Economist’s Lexington column  discusses ‘Obama hatred‘ and turns out to be summarily dismissive of Obama’s critics (see also here). Obama is arguably the USA’s first outspokenly communitarian president, so concern over this new brand of collectivism hardly belongs on the lunatic fringe.
One of the articles The Economist shruggs off is Quin Hillyer’s essay in the American Spectator titled “Il Duce, Redux?“. It makes some points similar to the ones this blog made about New Labour a while ago. Some arguments in this piece are indeed debatable: Obama’s economic interventionism, for example, can just as plausibly be attributed to a desparate attempt at fighting off depression as to an ideologically driven desire to rule the economy. Other points are harder to dismiss:
Again and again, Obama has called not just for a change of policies, but to “change America” or Read the rest of this entry »

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Freedom is slavery: brown is looking for compulsory volunteers

Posted by rantingkraut on April 12, 2009

Brown looks set to adopt a bad idea from Obama. He is also doing his worst to underperform Cameron in matters of individual liberty:

“Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged to ensure every young person has done 50 hours of voluntary work by the time they are 19-years-old.” (source) Read the rest of this entry »

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Boris Talks Sense on Trade and the G20

Posted by rantingkraut on March 24, 2009

“… the near-collapse of the banking system, and the shortage of credit, has encouraged the big Western financial institutions to turn their backs on the developing world. Money is being sluiced back home, to Europe and America, with catastrophic consequences for anyone who wants to get a loan in, say, Nigeria. In these circumstances, it is doubly immoral and disgusting that we continue to restrict the access of the developing world to our markets, and that we continue to use huge sums of taxpayers’ money to dump our products on the Third World.” (source)

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Will the democrats bring back slavery?

Posted by rantingkraut on November 14, 2008

Well, it is safe to presume that they won’t revive the 18th century version. However, if slavery is defined generally to cover any case where ownership rights are claimed over another human being then the answer may well be yes. Obama is reportedly planning forced labour schemes for school children and for college students as a precondition for receiving a grant.

Of course, if you want to be nice about Obama, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Civil Liberties, Libertarianism, Property Rights, Socialism | 2 Comments »

Nanny State vs. Welfare State

Posted by rantingkraut on November 3, 2008

Reporting on Alan Bennett’s decision to donate his personal archives to Oxford University Library, the Economist quotes Bennett with the following words: ““I felt in a way it’s a recompense for the education I was given,” the writer told The Economist. “I went to a state school in Leeds. I went to Oxford on a scholarship. I benefited at every stage from the nanny state, as it is disparagingly called. It would be unimaginable now to be a student and free of money worries. But I was lucky in my time and I’m grateful to be nannied.”” (source)

Bennett seems to equate the nanny state with the welfare state –is this correct? Read the rest of this entry »

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Trevor Phillips Demands Quotas for Whites

Posted by rantingkraut on October 28, 2008

Trevor Phillips recently called for white quotas to protect low skilled whites from better qualified immigrant competition. This is intended to prevent them from supporting far right parties:
Mr Phillips argues that ministers should allow councils and education authorities to introduce measures favouring young whites unable to compete with highly-skilled immigrants and he says the financial crisis could trigger anti-immigrant feeling in the UK.” (source)
This blog has argued before that there is no such thing as positive discrimination. If local workers are not as well qualified Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Camilla Cavendish on the Oversized State …

Posted by rantingkraut on June 12, 2008

It’s not just the cash. Every new agency, every new initiative, nudges down the ratio of normal citizens to busybodies. Britain is starting to feel like a nation of traffic wardens. The mentality of officialdom is increasingly malevolent.

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In a free society, rights and laws protect people from the government. In a tyranny, rights and laws protect government from the people.” (More)

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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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