An “Aha!” moment


I just discovered Fabian gradualism. Put this in the context of the Lisbon Treaty and Hayek‘s “The Road to Serfdom” and things begin to make sense.

The great ideological battle continues: Hayek shared his Nobel Prize with rival Gunnar Myrdal. The problem is, the combatants are in different places.

While proponents of liberty and enterprise get on with creating their own and society’s wealth, the socialists occupy the halls of power. I’m not sure this is news:

The worst difficulties from which we suffer do not come from without, they come from within. They come from a peculiar type in our country who if they add something to its culture, take much from its strength. Our difficulties come from the mood of unwarrantable self-abasement into which we have been cast by a powerful section of our own intellectuals. They come from the acceptance of defeatist doctrines by a large proportion of our politicians. But what have they to offer but a vague internationalism, a squalid materialism and the promise of impossible Utopias? — Winston Churchill, St George’s Day 1933

As you might guess from my blog’s change of tone, I decided at the end of October to seek election as an MP. Conservative.

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  1. sjb says:

    Oh yes: why “just discovered”? I’m a software and aerospace engineer, leader, manager and consultant. PPE only just graduated from being a hobby.