We are developing the social individualist meta-context for the future. From the very serious to the extremely frivolous... lets see what is on the mind of the Samizdata people.

Samizdata, derived from Samizdat /n. - a system of clandestine publication of banned literature in the USSR [Russ.,= self-publishing house]

There are five (slightly drunk) Samizdatistas in this picture


We would like to invite our readership to speculate about who is who?



All you need to do is give Perry a nice cat and he immediately reveals himself to be a complete softie.

22 comments to There are five (slightly drunk) Samizdatistas in this picture

  • Slowjoe

    From left to right:

    Johnathon Pearce
    Brian Micklethwait
    Michael Jennings

    What was the prize again?

  • Tim Haas

    The real contest is the indentity of the Palm-wielding pair o’ hands in the extreme southeast.

  • I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. And this is damn fine bottle of wine.

    Nice to put faces to names, especially as I recently put a voice to the name of Adriana when I caught a podcast on business blogging (ahhh, so that’s how you pronouce Lukas).

    So, who is the camera shy poseur with the PDA?

  • GCooper

    Ummm…. lemme see… L-R?

    Po, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and…umm… the voice from the speaking tube?

    Time for Teletubbies…. Time for Teletubbies

  • Thw palm pilot wielding pair of hands is not a Samizdatista per soe, although he is well known in the commentariat. If he wishes to reveal himself, thien this is up to him…..

    T’was a good evening (at my place in fact) as these things go….

  • Bob Dobbs

    Five pathetic wankers, from whom the silence on the the debacle in Iraq is positively thunderous.

    GWB is reduced to being the butt of horse wanking jokes by his wife, Iraq is on the verge of civil war, more Iraqis are being killed by the occupying forces and the insurgents than were killed by Saddam. More children are malnourished than during the Saddam era. Clean water, regular electricity service and working sewers are but a fond memory of a few years ago, when Saddam ruled the land.

    Yeah, that whole let’s invade a country that is NO DANGER to us and had NO INVOLVEMENT IN 9/11 WHATSOEVER is working out really well, isn’t it.

    Clap harder, boys and girls, and shout louder about how this quagmire, this meatgrinder, is such a wonderful example of “Libertarian” thought and practice.

  • Winzeler

    Er…Bob, go away. Your presumptions about the conditions in Iraq, both before and after the war are distorted, as is your presumptions about “Libertarian thought.” About the picture, Perry’s hair is a dead-giveaway, and so is Brian’s camera. Clueless about the rest.

  • Bob: Saddam Hussein was amongst the world’s nastier dictators. Whatever else may or may not have been found in Iraq, a great many mass graves were found. No more are now being dug. The world is a far better place for his demise. If your distaste for civilization is such that you cannot see this, then I think that quite frankly you should go and fuck yourself.

  • Verity

    Oh! A beautiful cat with a servant who knows his place! Allowed to lie on the cat’s bed!!! We must respect Perry for his wiles …

  • I'm suffering for my art

    Slightly? You all look completely sozzled! Bar Perry who appears to be…text messaging?? Was he the bored skipper or something?

    Ooh, I see a PDA in action in the lower right corner. A working pissup, then.

  • I'm suffering for my art

    Bob : you and your pathetic bunch of limp wristed peace-at-any-costniks should be the silent ones. There’s more hope in Iraq now than there’s been for many decades. The war that you all said was “illegal” and “immoral” has actually made the future of a country (and a region) a lot brighter. You should feel foolish, admit your mistake, admit that things are actually looking a lot better in Iraq, admit that maybe, just maybe, GWB was RIGHT. Oh dear, that hurts, doesn’t it? “That idiot” Bush was right. Yep, the stumblin’ bumblin’ straight shootin’ cowboy hick was smarter than you and the bunch of pseudo-intellectual curmudgeons that make up your ideological brothers. Yes, it hurts too much. Far better to pretend that Iraq’s going to hell in a hand basket, pretend that you weren’t utterly mistaken – pretend you were right. Well, you were WRONG, you’re the pathetic wanker and you should shut the hell up. After apologising for your lack of intelligence.

  • Winzeler

    Holy crap, suffering, you’re coming down harder than I’ve ever seen you.

  • madne0

    That cat looks like a clone of my own cat. The resemblance is amazing really.

  • Old Jack Tar

    25 million people can now vote in Iraq.

    And does that really say “Politically Incorrect” on that tee shirt?

  • I'm suffering for my art

    Sometimes I have the urge to go nuclear, Winzeler.

  • Verity

    Cats rule!

  • I'm suffering for my art

    Verity’s revved up over this post, too.

  • Tim Sturm

    If your distaste for civilization is such that you cannot see this, then I think that quite frankly you should go and fuck yourself.

    Well said, Mr Jennings. Exactly what Saddamites deserve.

  • Verity

    I wish Michael would go back to his weekly posting of a cat.

  • Jacob

    Everybody with a cup of wine in hand except Brian who is never off duty.

  • Johnathan

    A nice white cat, but I searched around the flat and could not find Ernst Blofeld.

    Bob, I think you need a drink.

  • Richard Easbey

    what? no picture of Phillip C? He’s so hot…