August 2007

31 August 2007
To the Filing Cabinet #03

A few more bits and bobs to add to the filing cabinet.  I’ve started to look through some of my old stuff as well as the Libertarian Alliance web site.  There’s quite a lot of good deep stuff there - well, maybe not Croziervision so much but certanly the LA - which is the sort of stuff that’s worth bringing up again and again.


Spot the difference, Guy Herbert, Samizdata, 12 August 2007.  Similar stories, completely different slant.

Progressives against progress. An Investment in Failure, Thomas Sowell, Real Clear Politics, 21 August 2007.  The left would prefer to keep people poor.

Zimbabwe’s horrors, Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, 12 August 2007.  Archbishop calls on Britain to invade.

Isolated incident? UK Commentators, 25 August 2007.  It’s just, as Laban Tall points out, that there seem to be an awful lot of them.

Gun control’s twisted outcome, Joyce Lee Malcolm, Reason, November 2002.  Britain’s handgun ban hasn’t worked.

Gun Control in Britain, Sean Gabb, Libertarian Alliance, 1988.  More gun laws, more gun crime.

Why the right to armed self-defence against criminals and against tyrants should not have been suppressed…, David Botsford, Libertarian Alliance, 1997.  More gun laws, more gun crime


Junior doctors forced to stay in unsuitable jobs, The Telegraph, 28 August 2007.  They continue to be messed around by the government’s new computer system.

New doubts raised over mobile phone safety, Telegraph, 30 August 2007.  They cause cells to split, apparently.


The reason welfare is bad is not because it costs too much, nor because it “undermines the work ethic,” but because it is intrinsically at odds with the way human beings come to live satisfying lives. Charles Murray.  Quoted by Samizdata on 29 August 2007.

30 August 2007
Things that really matter in life

Japanese pen tricks!

(Hat-tip: Japan Probe)

24 August 2007
"Ulster's sectarian strife costs £1.5bn a year" says the Telegraph. Oh dear. It has nothing to do with religion.

22 August 2007
To the filing cabinet

A few more bits and bobs that might prove useful at some future date:

92% were literate before state education, A N Wilson, Evening Standard, 1 July 2002.  Wonder what it is now?

“Why are we so worried about terrorism when so many more people are dying on our highways?” asks Gregg Easterbrook (Road Kill, Gregg Easterbrook, Los Angeles Times, 5 August 2007 (via Jay Jardine).  You could just as well make the comparison with MRSA or cancer and people - especially people who would rather the war just went away - frequently do.  I think they are wrong to.  It seems to me that there is a fundamental difference between these types of lethal danger but I don’t know what it is and I haven’t heard anyone else explain the difference either.

Chopper Coppers, Burning our Money, 16 August 2007.  Crime used to be much lower because police were on the beat.

Going to the Well Once Too Often, Confederate Yankee, 15 August 2007.  A press photo claiming to show bullets fired into a house in Iraq appear to have been faked.  Badly. (Via Instapundit)

A New Home for DDT, Donald Roberts, New York Times, 20 August 2007.  Argues that DDT isn’t half as bad as was claimed back in the 1970s when it was banned. (Via Instapundit who adds: “The debate over DDT is over. There’s scientific consensus. Anyone who disagrees is a DDT denialist and a mouthpiece for Big Mosquito.”

Hitler’s Handouts, Michael Moynihan, Reason, August 2007.  Review of Hitler’s Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State, by Götz Aly.  Doesn’t think much of it despite the idea that Nazi conquests having an economic motive being one of my favourite theories. (Via Instapundit).

The best thing on television at the moment… Arrested Development, which BBC2 in their wisdom are screening at between 1 and 2.30 in the morning.  Perhaps I shouldn’t be too hard on them.  They are actually screening it after all.

Come on Germany.
16 August 2007
To the filing cabinet

I have added a rating system.  I thought I ought to do this as some pages are very short and in future some are going to have nothing at all - serving as placeholders just in case.  Ratings are also colour-coded, so readers will be able to tell straight away which pages are worth reading and which are not.  The eagle-eyed will notice that as yet no page merits even a “Good” rating let alone an “Excellent”. Oh well, early days, early days…

Anyway, here are a few more items for filing:

17,000 scientists deny that pollution will cause catastrophic global warming.  17,000?  Jeez.  OK, it’s been carrying on for a while and the whole Kyoto thing has been lumped into the wording but still…

Confessions of a BBC liberal, Antony Jay, August 12, 2007, The Sunday Times.  Describes the media mindset. (via Instapundit)

To reduce crime, get the lead out, Mark Thoma, Economist’s View, 8 July 2007. Lead in petrol causes crime.

The Big Lie or Many Smaller Lies: The Career and Impact of Communist Propagandist Willi Muenzenberg, Dr Helen Szamuely, Libertarian Alliance, 2007.  Note: this is how the commies did it.  That doesn’t mean that you should do the same.

Reuters Busted by a 13-Year Old, Little Green Footballs, 10 August 2007.  Footage claimed to be of a recent event turned out to have come from a Hollywood feature film. (via Pajamas Media)

“Abject poverty” to be wiped out in India, James Bartholomew, The Welfare State We’re In, 12 August 2007.  Because they adopted free markets?

“This August I’m sorry not to be in Edinburgh. Not because I’ll miss the Fringe. If I want left-wing propaganda masquerading as comedy I can always tune into Radio 4… “Michael Gove, The Times, August 14, 2007. (Via Biased BBC)

A Heated Debate, David Copperfield, The Policeman’s Blog, 16 August 2007.  Do drugs really cause crime?  Mind you this is a long way from saying that drug bans make things better.

Smoking ban hits charities, Chillicothe Gazette, 15 August 2007.

09 August 2007
Patrick Crozier’s Libertarian Filing Cabinet

“This is Patrick.  He sets up blogs at about the same rate other people write blog postings.” 

Perry was only slightly exaggerating and every time I set up a new blog or site I find his words ringing in my ears.

This time it’s Patrick Crozier’s Libertarian Filing Cabinet which is causing the ringing.  It is intended as a store of stuff that I think will prove useful at some later date.  It will include things like libertarian writings, writings by libertarians, things of interest to libertarians along with cuttings, quotes and graphics.

Right now it’s a bit empty.  It’s also not finished.  Some of the panels are missing and some of the runners are a bit sticky.  But bit by bit things like this can be overcome.