Monday, January 07, 2008

Last words ...

... The last testament of Flashman's creator: How Britain has destroyed itself.


  1. Steve Blackmore7:21 PM

    "Short of assassination there is little people can do when their political masters have forgotten the true meaning of the democracy of which they are forever prating, are determined to have their own way at all costs and hold public opinion in contempt."

    As the sham tv political masquerade is hitting overdrive on American shores.

  2. I think this demonstrates a difference I often observe between Europeans and Americans. I noticed in particular in a debate on this blog last year on the subject of guns. So far as I can tell, Europeans tend to think that their rights have been conferred upon them by the state. Americans think their rights are God-given and that the state is obliged to respect them. I do not have any political masters. I have a number of political servants, thank you. I also disapprove of assassination as a means of dissent - period.

  3. Steve Blackmore5:21 AM

    I certainly don't approve of assassination, but if you think the ruling elites are your servants you're dwelling in fantasy land, Frank. A Unicef report last year out of developed nations ranked the US and Britain worst out of all for general well-being of tehir children, from education to health, amenities, etc. And the political rulers of the corporatocracies are off spending trillins raping Iraq. And you delude yourself that these people are exercising your will. You're the ruling master looking on from teh other side of your television screen? You must be joking.
    There's a very interesting documentary called Spin from the 90s which shows some very interesting behind the scenes footage from a previous election campaign.

  4. Steve5:37 AM

    Sorry if the tone was a bit harsh.

  5. In my job, if you get bothered by a harsh tone, you should pack it in. My point was not that the people who have power are wonderful and have only my best interests at heart. My point is that I do not regard them as masters. I also do not invest any emotional capital in politics (as I have pointed out here a number of times, I am basically shallow - I also worked in a presidential campaign once). I read a lot of stuff out of Iraq that does not make the mainstream media and I think the outcome is going to be somewhat surprising.