Moving Forward: Democracy’s Deep Division.

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Dear Friends,

My blog (as you may know) is usually hyperbolic and combative in nature.
Today that tone would be irresponsible and wrong. With this the day we remember the fallen in their fights against Tyranny. With the state of the world at the moment it’s time to come together, not pick on political “winners or losers”. We may be jubilant in Trump and Brexit or we might be distraught at the very idea all I know is on Armistice day 2016 we seem more divided than anytime in my life; and that pains me.
As someone who loves my country, my community and my heritage I don’t want it to become a centre of violence or hatred.
I’m not saying we have to all agree on everything and shut the hell up, but what I am saying is let’s be peaceful. Let’s be righteous, open minded, non violent and dignified. Let us understand each other’s position and what we want for our society.
People like myself (centre-right), want the government to leave us alone unless it’s protecting our rights, are growing in number. We’re discontented with being regulated and restricted all for the sake of appearing nice.. Virtue signalling in the name of political correctness, whilst censoring those of another viewpoint.
This pressure has created a resurgence on the right in Europe and America and it comes in two forms libertarian conservatism (my brand) and alt-right nationalism (potentially dangerous) There is, of course, some overlap. Nothing is “all”.
People on my side are trying to make the arguments that the left failed to do, as explained >by someone on the left<, but are often labelled as cuckservatives for not going far enough and not introducing any real change.
Because people have been ignored for so long Trump, Farage, Wilders, Le Pen and others look very attractive right now. I am aware these people aren’t all the same or even promote all the same things but they’re figure heads of a movement intent on destroying the pillars of a system that doesn’t represent them. To go back to a time of values and community with societal ideals and a national vision.
We can have a huge statist society where the government is god, where none of us relate because we all believe different things or we can say just give us laws that protect us as individuals, allow those who want to come here because they love our country and want to be a part of it and allow the enforcement officers (in their respective fields) to do their job.
You can either have the police of the UK or you can the stasi and gestapo of nazi Germany.

 

A quick word about Hitler.
Hitler is hard to pin down politically (for the most part), even for those of us with well defined terms and clearly thought out political positions argue.
We could say Hitler was socially right, economically left and authoritarian in nature so for the sake of argument lets agree on that for now to further this particular conversation.

 

The rise of the right and alt-right.
This post came about because of a conversation with a friend about Geert Wilders and how he’s part of “my” movement. The irony is that this resurgent right is reactionary against the regressive, authoritarian left. One that pushes ideas like multiculturalism and political correctness on people who just want to be left alone so to say he is left or right is a mistake, he’s a populist.
Because when some 1,500 girls were raped in Rotherham all because we can’t say it was done by Muslims, it creates a fury within some yelling “we can say what the fuck we want! Words are words, actions are actions! Rape is a crime, Muslim is a term. What should we be more concerned about?”
Now, when this isn’t addressed and numerous things aren’t addressed for some 15 or more years people start to get hardened, hardened to the calls of violence and bigotry because “well we’re being called bigots anyway, so we might as well try to enact some change”.
Someone like myself is always clear that I have a problem with ideas, not people. I have no problem with words, but I do with violence. But there are some who’re getting swept up in things that aren’t even “right or left” in the classical sense but just hate filled authoritarian populist bigotry.
I couldn’t see any of Geert Wilders economic policies when I looked at his pledges to see whether whether he is far right or far left or anywhere in between, I just see that he is anti-Islam, maybe even anti Muslim.
Now it’s ok to be anti something. When you’re being blown up or shot or stabbed or raped or set on fire or mutilated or having acid thrown in your face it’s ok to ask questions.
I’m anti wahabism/salafism (violent strands of Islam) but I have a number of Muslim friends who I deeply love and care about. I’m not anti-Muslim but I do ask them where they stand on moral, legal and cultural issues. Are you primarily Western or primarily Islamic? Because there is a difference and not acknowledging that has led to a “clash of cultures” as it were. Most victims of Islamic terror are in fact Muslims and in Muslim majority countries. This understanding that something is now happening here where it was only happening there without being properly addressed has caused potentially dangerous division within our countries.

 

Why does all this matter and what does it have to do with democracy?
It matters because I don’t stand with Trump or Wilders but I do stand with a movement against authority. So for instance more minorities voted for Trump than previous Republican candidates and 37% of Labour supporter voted Brexit (And this without considering those from Labour that have moved over to UKIP). Does it mean we’re all the same? No. Does it mean we’re all wanting change? Yes
The question is, what kind of change do we want and how are we going to go about getting it? Well democracy is the way to go about getting change. Voting, making the arguments, setting up systems for cultural and political change and graciously accepting victory or defeat.
Calling someone who identifies as right wing Hitler is not going to bring people to your side. But neither is backtracking and pandering when people are seeking real change.
Democracy is the only moral way for voices to be heard. The every day people of our country are sick of either solely blaming immigrants or pretending there isn’t an immigration issue. Who addresses the issue first wins. Simple. It’s the job of those who represent us to do just that. Take our concerns and listen. Create the society we all want to see. A prosperous, caring one where people are united under a common belief and shared value system.
The anger and fury directed at people on the left for ignoring them, will only be picked up by those willing to listen. Some of these people have genuine concerns about changing demographics, forced acceptance of intolerable actions, state intrusion, censorship, surveillance and political correctness. But Do you want a Cameron or a Wilders? A Cruz or a Trump? Because when you demonise someone relatively central you actually make room for someone with an agenda instead.
Now the face of politics is changing and a lot of people I know are confused as to why. For me it’s simple. A lack of visible argumentation on the left to take the right seriously and a lack of backbone by the right to enact real change has seen an explosion of new groups. You’re now Bernie or bust and a Corbynite. Or you’re a UKIPer getting on the Trump train.

 

Democracy is awesome.
It may be hard and it may cause us to yield and submit when we lose but it’s the best option we have against tyranny. Something we remember when we celebrate Remembrance day.
More than Trump, more than Clinton, more than Brexit or Remain we must fight tyranny.
Whether it’s a dictator or an oligarchy, whether it’s the taking of people’s liberty or creating second class citizens WE MUST ALLOW DO THIS.
I don’t mean to patronise you, those of you who read my blog are wonderfully sensible and thoughtful people and I respect you. No matter which side you’re on but if you happen to be reading this for the first time and you think violence against cops or black people or Trump supporters or Muslims or anyone is ok, stop and think some more. These people are human too. They have rights too. We must not allow political differences to become personal ones. Where we physically attack the winners/losers because we disagree.
Let us be humble in our victories and resound in our defeats that we’ll carry. Carry on loving our neighbour, carry on making the arguments, carry on carrying on. We’re made of sterner stuff then violence or riots or war.

I’ve actually taken stock in the presidential election speeches, that you can find below.

We the people must stand with the people and be for the people. All the people.

Never forget the price, never forget the cost.

Much love and Peace.

Fatman.

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Why I’m a Capitalist Part 2 (a soft heart for hard truths)

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So after chatting to my best mate Martyn (check out his blog, it’s really good and he is amazing) it turns out he has the same criticism of me that I often have of Ben Shapiro
and whilst he was explaining what he saw in my writing I thought for a second we merged into the same person. Although I’m substantially taller, less Jewish and poorer financially.
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Anyway, I digress. The criticism is that we both come off unfeeling or cold because we present hard facts and cold truths.
This discussion with Martyn about my blog got quite intense because he knows me but couldn’t believe what I was writing, and here’s why. He thought that because I support a structure where inequality is a factor I must not support people on the fringes that aren’t being helped by that structure.
This upset me, it upset me a lot, because actually the opposite is true. The reason I make the argument that capitalism is better than socialism is because it helps all people to a greater extent.
Go to any actual Socialist country, not just now but in history, and people on the fringes are worse off. In fact all people are worse off.
Martyn, born to the same family and having the same circumstances could well have died if he wasn’t living in the UK. That sounds terrible and it kills me to say it. But it’s BECAUSE OF THIS that I say it.
I want to support single Dad’s, I want to support single Mum’s. I want to support disabled people, “junkies”, “convicts” the vulnerable and the poor. And I think my life demonstrates this. I help a disabled friend, I got one of my mate’s off Heroin, I’m starting to volunteer in a prison and I’ve been a street Pastor. None of that negates my views though, I know what it’s like to be homeless and still agree with capitalism.

Economics vs Culture.
I was helped by a charity organisation not the government. The tax money I was earning, before my work and living arrangements messed up, is more likely to go to people who made bad sexual decisions then someone who was made homeless by a family member.
Ok maybe that’s reaching and a little hyperbolic but this is where culture comes into play, not economics.
I believe an economic system is Amoral, it’s individuals who are moral or immoral. I believe that capitalism is inherently better than socialism because it has freedom at it’s core. Freedom to work or not to work, freedom to own or to rent. Freedom to be employed, self employed or run a mutual.
Obviously there are life situations that have different constraints on different people. But it’s better than abject poverty and government enforcement. Every Socialist state has become authoritarian because, by definition, the state runs your life. It essentially owns you.
Maybe I’m just a bit of an anarchist at heart. I believe people should help one another but they should have the freedom to decide that. Somehow consent matters to leftists when it comes to gay marriage, abortion and in some cases incest. But when it comes to government enforcement for wealth and property they’re somehow ok with that? Well I’m not.
I’m not ok with people deciding anyone’s life for them. Go out and be who you want and as a society we should get round you to help.
Someone once said to me socialism was biblical and that’s quite clearly nonsense. Christians DECIDED to give up their possessions to help one another. They weren’t compelled by the temple with the threat of death or imprisonment. As I’ve said before this is the difference between socialism and charity. Charity is a choice, socialism is enforcement.
Deciding to get married, be reasonable people and raise well adjusted children is better than the alternative. That’s not to say I think single parents should go suck eggs and shut up complaining. But statistically speaking children do better in traditional nuclear families, supported by a wider family and engaged with a like-minded community like a local Church or Synagogue.

But I get this doesn’t happen for everyone. I get that there are subtleties. But that doesn’t change the facts it just changes your feelings towards the facts.
I’m not a Utopian, I live in the real world. I deal with real problems. I know what it’s like to be a person falling between the cracks and I get that things suck in different ways for different people. But that’s life.
We don’t progress by pretending an ideology that’s failed every single time it’s been implemented is going to help people. What we do is say ok, what system helps 85% of the people, and what structures can we put in place for the other 15%?

Teach a man to fish. Someone with no independence or skills won’t be able to cope in ANY COUNTRY. Education, solid families, loving communities and governmental systems built on freedom and consent are the only things that actually work. It baffles me that people complain in this country about inequality but they don’t see the rest of the world and where we are. I don’t care about inequality, I care about poor people. You don’t help people by giving them welfare you help people by giving them jobs and for those that can’t work, there will be more money for them within the tax system if people are in well paying jobs with savings and housing. You only get that with stability and you only get stability with an emphasis on personal responsibility, charity and free markets.

I don’t write my blog to offend people but I do realise what I say is offensive and you know what, I don’t care. Debate me. Reassess your thought processes. Question my intentions. Prove me wrong. Get to know me. But don’t sit in a rage because you don’t like the world you live in, sometimes I don’t like the world I live in. But it’s the one we have.

It’s why I can’t wait for heaven,

Fatman.