James Delingpole, Abortion, Dog Doodoo in Yoghurt and the Slowly Boiling Frog Dilemma

That’s me. The one on the left. Without the tie. Without the English accent.

Just got back from a Ricochet meet-up with James Delingpole. A meet-up for two. Well, it was a brief moment at one of the many talks given by James on his Australian book tour.

His talk had the wonderfully entertaining red meat for conservatives and libertarians alike, leaving them bloate…

  1. Percival

    The frog’s problem didn’t start when someone started turning up the heat on the stove.  The problem started when someone put him in the pot full of water.

    These things always start slowly.  Social Security wasn’t all that big a deal when it was started, but successive waves of well-meaning short-sighted people kept nudging the heat up just a little bit.

  2. Western Chauvinist

    So exactly how does one get the populace to respond early and forcefully enough against incremental progressive policies before it’s too late, without being marginalised as radical alarmists?

    I’d say we have to be able to articulate the conservative/libertarian position through story-telling (Ann McElhinney-style preferred).

    Here’s an example I came across recently in the Drudge headlines (didn’t bother to read the article). The feds are apparently asking themselves for permission to kill a federally protected bird which preys on federally protected fish. Who out there believes — truly believes — some bureaucrat is capable of finding the perfect balance of fish and birds? It’s the same with CO2. It’s just rubbish.

    And I believe we should be able to tell these stories with an air of disdain, like the Left so often does, because it really is just common sense. If disdain doesn’t do the trick, I’m up for a little scorn.

  3. raycon and lindacon

    Your first question, “isn’t an unborn baby one of these others?” leads to the answer to all of them.  A civilization is measured by the point at which the unborn child is considered one of the others.  That is, the degree of respect we give to life is the measure of us as a people.  Whether the unborn or the victim of murder, you will notice that a dying society treats each as a commodity to be discarded when no longer useful.

    So it is with how we approach all things.  The life of a person, which includes his freedom to live as a person, is a precious thing.  This is why slavery is such an evil.  The question then becomes, how much slavery is too much.  Thinking in those terms, there is no such thing as just a little. 

    A man can only be deprived of his freedom, or his life, if he deprives others of it.  Murder and robbery both do this, and we punish appropriately. 

    But what offense is a citizen guilty of when killing a bird or a fish.  He harms no other person.  We agree to limits for preservation of animals, but not people.

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