"Aha! Exactly so: that is precisely the way the current (unreformed) parliamentary system works. Under the "first past the post" system we have had for the last couple of hundred years, the size of the total voting electorate (as in those…"
"In my book, as well as "Blair turning Labour into another Conservative party", Thatcher did worse for the Conservatives. There is very little that is traditionally "conservative" about them. Curiously, David Cameron appears to…"
"I agree with all of the very good points you make.
I believe the Swedish and French models you describe have different origins, however: Swedish style social democracy for the former and the French Revolution, the latter. The key principle in both,…"
"It was most illuminating and distressing to watch the partial and very favourable treatment afforded to the anti-WDL demonstrators on Saturday (in Swansea): they seemed to be able to get away with chanting the most outrageous slurs. One sided to say…"
"Vernon Coleman has written a whole series of books on various political/legal issues. He is quite right in many respects.
As for gold: don't sell it. Buy if you can. It is all that will be worth having when the paper money printing presses go…"
"I would have to add to Cimmerian's list what used to be British Rail as well under the administration of John Major and, before that, British Coal under Margaret Thatcher. I am not of the opinion that "Thatcherism" (and her successor,…"
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Muslim Terrorism Count
Most Western societies are based on Secular Democracy, which itself is based on the concept that the open marketplace of ideas leads to the optimum government. Whilst that model has been very successful, it has defects. The 4 Freedoms address 4 of the principal vulnerabilities, and gives corrections to them.
At the moment, one of the main actors exploiting these defects, is Islam, so this site pays particular attention to that threat.
Islam, operating at the micro and macro levels, is unstoppable by individuals, hence: "It takes a nation to protect the nation". There is not enough time to fight all its attacks, nor to read them nor even to record them. So the members of 4F try to curate a representative subset of these events.
We hope that free nations will wake up to stop the threat, and force the separation of (Islamic) Church and State. This will also allow moderate Muslims to escape from their totalitarian political system.
The 4 Freedoms
These 4 freedoms are designed to close 4 vulnerabilities in Secular Democracy, by making them SP or Self-Protecting (see Hobbes's first law of nature). But Democracy also requires - in addition to the standard divisions of Executive, Legislature & Judiciary - a fourth body, Protector of the Open Society (POS), to monitor all its vulnerabilities (see also Popper). 1. SP Freedom of Speech Any speech is allowed - except that advocating the end of these freedoms 2. SP Freedom of Election Any party is allowed - except one advocating the end of these freedoms 3. SP Freedom from Voter Importation Immigration is allowed -except where that changes the political demography (this is electoral fraud) 4. SP Freedom from Debt
The Central Bank is allowed to create debt - except where that debt burden can pass across a generation (25 years).
An additional Freedom from Religion is deducible if the law is applied equally to everyone:
Religious and cultural activities are exempt from legal oversight except where they intrude into the public sphere (Res Publica)"