In our inaugural Libertarianism.UK Podcast, I discuss with the illustrious Sean Gabb the current state of UK politics.
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0:00 – Intro
1:10 – Heating Bills in the UK
2:12 – Who is Sean Gabb?
2:50 – The General State of UK Politics
4:24 – From Margaret Thatcher to Boris Johnson
10:07 – Can a New Party of the Right be Created?
15:50 – Secession in the UK
21:26 – Totalitarianism in the UK?
24:20 – What About Brexit?
27:20 – Nigel Farage
29:41 – How Can Things be Improved?
34:15 – Richard Blake et al
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Some quotes from the podcast:
- “Come the next election, we have a choice. We can vote Labour and get the Leftists we voted for or we can vote Conservative for the Leftists we didn’t vote for.”
- “All of the bad things that have happened in this country over the past few generations really started with the election of Margaret Thatcher.”
- “You think to yourself, England is still around me. England hasn’t been destroyed. It can’t be destroyed. It will triumph. But it’s not true.”
- “You can talk about the organic linkage and development of our constitution and our national ways, but in general I’m afraid the nation has been atomised into a mass of terrified and obedient sheep.”
- “As a classics teacher, in which I do some limited good, I do the limited good that I can to hand on our civilisation to another generation, and that’s as much as I can do.”
- “There is no revolutionary class in this country. And in the absence of that, the most that we can hope for is that there will this time be a successful revolution in America, and fresh orders will be sent out from the new people in Washington to their satellites in London. And we might see some improvement because of that, but I do not see any spontaneous reform in this country.”
- “We are already closer to totalitarianism than supposedly Communist China.”
- “[On Brexit] the idea is to wait until enough of the leavers have died out or until lavish grants of citizenship have produced a new majority, then announce that circumstances have changed and run a rigged referendum and take us back in. They may not take us formally into the European Union and there will be some very creative new membership agreement. But I think the ruling class in this country was rather surprised and frightened when the referendum went the wrong way for their view of things. First of all, they tried to stop it by just refusing to go through with the will of the people. And then they had to go through some form of the will of the people. But it’s just part of this holding operation, to keep things ticking over until the whole thing can be reconstituted.”
- “I have a great deal of respect for Nigel Farage as an individual and he is the man who got us as far as we’ve got in leaving the European Union. I think the problem with his party is that it is filled with the usual Tory boys.”
- “Conservatives talk about freedom. They talk about free markets. They talk about tradition. And they have been in power now for twelve years and we’re living in a Leftist, totalitarian police state which is growing progressively worse.”
- “The only thing that we can do is to form ourselves into libertarian communities. Now that sounds rather utopian and vague, but what I mean is this: if you need an accountant, you go to someone who shares your personal political opinions. If you want to take legal action or if you want someone to paint your house or clean your windows or re-plaster your walls, you should make sure to give your preference to people who broadly share your outlook on life.”
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