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Samizdata quote of the day

The last Labour government rigged almost every institution in this country with enormous craft and cunning. Even now, from the National Lottery Fund to the National Trust, we have institution after institution in this country run by people whose interests are opposed to those of the general public, and aspiring more than anything else to the hideous, divisive and now clearly failing ‘woke’ agenda. Dacre and Moore are good early warning shots. But if the Johnson government wants to do something meaningful, it should not just follow through on their appointments; it should follow them up with a fusillade every bit as relentless and long-lasting as the Labour one, the repercussions of which this country still suffers from.

Douglas Murray

21 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • bobby b

    Novel concept. You should have a name for it. You could call it the Deep State.

  • thefat tomato

    lol lol lol lol lol touche

  • Stonyground

    “…if the Johnson government wants to do something meaningful…”

    Does anyone have any reason to think that they do?

  • Exasperated

    “You could call it the Deep State. Exactly.
    I have taken to watching law podcasts and happened to listen to The Sullivan hearing streamed live by Uncivil Law. It was a disturbing 4 hours. The people who persecuted Gen Flynn are malignant weasels. It was blatantly obvious that they are all in for stalling. I had the impression that the amicus insinuated that the prosecutors, who are seeking dismissal of charges against Flynn, are liars, politically motivated, and corrupt. I have no doubt that the message is we can do this to anyone, just like the attack on the Covington kids. The Deep State is entrenched in the judiciary. I wish I could link it for you but recording and rebroadcasting is prohibited.

  • Exasperated

    Some have suggested that the Deep State and their masters have given.up on persuasion. It’s coercion, threat, deception, smears, suppression of opposing views, all the time.

  • Mr Ed

    It might have been Rothbard, in a rare window of sanity, who said something like ‘The answer to the problem of Communists in government jobs is not to fire the Communists, but to get rid of the government jobs.’.

    I was a lowly (temporary) civil servant (bureaucrat) in early 1997 and I saw how the management eagerly took on Blairspeak before the May election, using the term ‘stakeholder’ at every opportunity after it had been a Labour talking point, you could see that they smelt a Labour victory and were licking their lips at the prospect.

    The huge problem I have with this approach is that it assumes that government works if it is ‘our’ people running it, it doesn’t and it won’t. There is nothing more to add.

  • Paul Marks

    Mr Ed is correct – many of these entities should be ABOLISHED.

    For example, Conservatives running “Ofcom” would be better than Marxists running it (although, in the name of reason, not “Central Office” type “Conservatives” – who will “go native” at once working with leftist officials) – but “Ofcom” should NOT EXIST, television stations should openly have a political view, and people should be able to choose between them. No more fake “balance” which means that every television station is on the left.

    By the way – this word “Woke” it means follower of “Critical Theory” and that means the Frankfurt School of Marxism. And if you, gentle reader, are saying “but we can not say it is Marxist” then you are PART OF THE PROBLEM – not part of the solution.

  • @Paul Marks –

    Woke was devised as a positive word by these types. In a rare victory, the term has become one of derision and insult. This is not necessarily a bad thing. It means that we can capture words too.

  • Paul Marks

    By the way – now we see the true extent of the cultural agenda of the Marxists (“but talking of Cultural Marxism is Nazi” – yes of course, I want to gas myself you utter cretin) those people who thought that Mr Blair was a “moderate” have been shown to be in error, great error.

    As Herbert Marcuse and the others understood (and the “clever” people of Big Business do NOT understand), “capitalism” stands on cultural foundations – destroy the culture and capitalism falls.

  • JoeG

    Sounds like you’re done for. Welcome to the club. From SoCal with love.

  • Sounds like you’re done for.

    On the contrary, the political and culture war is by no mean over.

  • Carnivorous Bookworm

    By the way – this word “Woke” it means follower of “Critical Theory” and that means the Frankfurt School of Marxism. And if you, gentle reader, are saying “but we can not say it is Marxist” then you are PART OF THE PROBLEM – not part of the solution.

    Not really. Other than the academic elite, who are the real deal, most Woke folk have no idea what Critical Theory is (even if they’ve heard the term) & know bugger all about the Frankfurt School of Marxism. Most Woke folk are incoherent decadent middle class poseurs incapable of critical thinking & if they have Capital or Communist Manifesto or An Essay on Liberation on their book shelf, it’s a stage prop, they’ve never read it. That really is how banal most people are.

    Woke is a nice pithy term of abuse they understand. Stick with it, use it like a knife, & avoid trying to get technical with the cannon fodder.

  • Carnivorous Bookworm (October 3, 2020 at 10:35 pm), while I agree with the practical sense of much of your comment, be aware that though many middle-class dupes have indeed never heard of ‘The Frankfurt School of Marxism’, etc., they have heard the word ‘Marxism’ before and they may be got to (or be got publicly to refuse to) notice e.g. a link to a BLM leader proudly proclaiming their devotion to Marxism. And that does sometimes let you ask about Venezuela and/or Mugabe and/or whether ordinary black people are truly likely to benefit from BLM.

  • Pat

    Perhaps as well as appointing conservatives to oversee institutions, we might privatise a few. If the various arts outlets, museums, theatres, art galleries in London feel they need an arts council then let them pay for it.
    As should the rest of the country’s art outlets pay for the national equivalent.
    If potato growers want a marketing board likewise.
    The list is long.

  • thefat tomato

    @pat : bravo

  • but “Ofcom” should NOT EXIST, television stations should openly have a political view, and people should be able to choose between them. No more fake “balance” which means that every television station is on the left.

    I agree entirely with Paul, in an ideal world Ofcom & indeed the BBC should not even exist. By all mean change the leadership, but my vastly preferred solution to both institutions (& several other too) would be…

  • bloke in spain

    I do enjoy hearing the word “war” coming from people couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag.

  • Dyspeptic Curmudgeon

    The non-radioactive version of ‘Nuke it from orbit’ is set out by Sean Gabb, in his book “Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England and How to Get It Back”

    Search for it on Amazon: kindle version only L.99

    He proposes that the only way to break the back of ‘Deep State’ is to de-fund, de-construct and demolish *all* of the Deep State silos and sinks, in one go, at the same time. Pass an Act to defund the BBC, all the quangos, all the NGO’s, all the supposed charities and hangers-on, on the same day. The screams of outrage will be no louder than doing it to one, two or three quangos at a time. If you read the last chapter, he sets out in great detail what must be done, how to do it, and what might happen.

    At the very least, any government which wishes to try this needs to stop giving away money for nothing. This means no foreign ‘aid’, and no grants to bocci ball clubs and darts clubs etc. etc.

  • Carnivorous Bookworm

    I do enjoy hearing the word “war” coming from people couldn’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag.

    Yeah yeah, go out in the street and throw a few punches, dust off that copy of the Anarchist’s Cookbook, try not to blow yourself up & see what you actually achieve, I could do with a good laugh.

  • Paul Marks

    CB – the people you mention may not have heard of the “Critical Theory”, but they follow its doctrines (that is what matters).

    As for formal training – up to a month ago Critical Theory was being taught to the people in charge of the development of American NUCLEAR WEAPONS (yes President Trump stopped that – but it will back again in January), and the ideas have even hit the United States Military Special Forces – for example out with the word “brotherhood” (yes I know President Trump has pushed back against that to – but again in January….).

    “I could do with a good laugh”.

    Oh yes – and when the police or the armed forces stick a firearm in your face for not being P.C. (the British police investigate people for opinions already, and many of the police are big men with access to firearms IF they need them) – or you are just dismissed from your position, how much will you be laughing then?

    I served an organisation for 40 years (forty years) – and I was cast out. I was not even allowed to attend my own trial.

    What makes you think the powers that be will treat you better than they treated me? And if you say “I am self employed – they can not touch me” you will find they can touch you, they can touch you very hard indeed.

    I can assure you Sir – you will not be laughing.

    If you are American you might say “silly Biden and Harris do not scare me” – but they will not be taking you on themselves (coming in personally for hand to hand combat), they have 30 Legions (or the modern version of that) to take you on. So, no, you will be not be laughing. You would, if you tried violent resistance, be choking on your own blood Sir.

    And why should they even bother to kill you? Why not just destroy your business (say for a “Civil Rights” violation or some other made-up charge) and leave you to beg in the streets?

    Why not? What would you do against them? Appeal to the leftist media or the courts with Progressive judges? Good luck with that Sir.

    Still I am wasting my time – you have been warned, but you do not believe the warnings. So there we go – there is nothing I can do.

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