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January 27th, 2013:

Eleven questions with James Higham

James Higham is the host of the ‘nourishing obscurity blog and a regular contributor to Orphans of Liberty.  He describes himself as having a background in education but also a former storeman, DJ, builder, screenprinter, gardener, shop assistant, thespian, stage manager, military and various other ventures.

His main addictions are sailing, wimmin and dark chocolate, in no particular order.  James was kind enough to answer the eleven questions.

1. Who was the greatest political leader in the Western world?

Jesus of Nazareth – most influence on billions

2. If you could change, introduce or abolish one law, what would it be?

Any stemming from political correctness or the EU.

3. What advice would you give to a sixteen year-old today?

Don’t trust the bastards.  They’re not your friends.  Don’t let them walk over you.

4. Who do you most admire?

Bloggers like Single Acts, Captain Ranty, Leg-Iron, Angry Exile, Julia M, Longrider, any who take  it up to the PTB.

5. Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of your country?

Pessimistic – they’re trying to kill the middle to working class and ruin good relations between people.

6. If you think voting for establishment parties changes little or nothing, what is the one thing we can do as individuals to cause real change?

Vote for anyone but the major parties to start with – that should cripple parliament in the short term, then we can do non-compliance.

7. When will we finally say good-bye to the state?

When it becomes unworkable [see 6] and it’s given a final shove.

8. Should free people have the right to keep and bear arms openly or covertly without government permission, sanction or registration?

Absolutely the right to bear arms.

9. What annoys you most about current politics?

No direct democracy – the PTB are such lowlifes as people.

10. Gold standard or fiat currency and interest rate control?

Maybe neither – I’m in learning mode on this one.

11. Do we have an obligation to help the poor?

I think as people – yes and we do give, not via the State though.

Victor Davis Hanson: Why Study War?

Why Study War?
Victor Davis Hanson

In case anybody doesn’t know Victor Davis Hanson, he’s a military historian and classicist; former Prof. of Classics at California State U., Fresno; farmer; current Fellow of the Hoover Institution; and essayist, columnist, pundit. He’s very highly regarded over here as a military historian.

The essay is longish (but only one page), and ends with an armload of books for beginners to read.


…[T]he sixties had ushered in a utopian view of society antithetical to serious thinking about war. Government, the military, business, religion, and the family had conspired, the new Rousseauians believed, to warp the naturally peace-loving individual. Conformity and coercion smothered our innately pacifist selves.

. . .

Military history is as often the story of appeasement as of warmongering.

. . .

Military history teaches us, contrary to popular belief these days, that wars aren’t necessarily the most costly of human calamities. The first Gulf War took few lives in getting Saddam out of Kuwait; doing nothing in Rwanda allowed savage gangs and militias to murder hundreds of thousands with impunity. Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, and Stalin killed far more off the battlefield than on it.

I think most everyone will find at least one paragraph to argue with, but I also think on the whole the piece is sound.

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