Well, yesterday I managed to trigger Perry de Havilland’s narcissistic personality disorder and get banned from Samizdata for, er, agreeing with (respected Samizdata and CCinZ writer) Paul Marks, over a very curious matter- the not particularly controversial observation that Oxford’s PPE degree is a feeder for the State apparat. Davey Boy Cameron has one, Ed Balls has one, the Millipede Brothers have them, the BBC writes articles about it, Wikipedia has a great long list of them and casually and correctly states in its article on PPE that it was created as a more modern replacement for “Classics”, the previous booster degree into the Civil Service, politics etc.
But none of that’s good enough for young Peregrine because, er, “a writer” at Samizdata has one. So apparently therefore criticising it is a deeply wounding insult to Samizdata, or “the writer”, or Perry de Havilland, or Libertiarans everywhere, or something. I have no idea which. Anyway, if you’re interested in watching the unedifying spectacle of young Peregrine once again lapsing straight into furious denunciation while entirely bypassing any attempt at a rational discussion, throwing his toys out of his pram and pulling the “I owns this site, you is BANNED” thing (you can just see him typing that with his chest puffed out and shouting PWNED at his spittle coated monitor), feel free to read the thread.
Anyway, I wouldn’t have posted this except for how the thread continued after my removal from the company of decent folks. Another commenter, “will”, posted a supportive (to my comments) comment and young master Peregrine replied with something which initially mystified me-
I will continue to show people the door who are wilfully acting like jackasses on Samizdata “Will” (yeah right).
What can he mean by “”Will” (yeah, right)”? I thought for a moment it might be something to do with a pun on the word “will” but I couldn’t think of one. Then after puzzling for a moment, and looking at the rest of young Peregrine’s deranged ranting, I realised that he thinks that “Will” is me, using some sock puppet screen name.
Yeah, right, Perry.
Hence his franting keyboard banging like this, directed at Will-
You are only a ‘dissenter’ in the sense a obnoxious drunk at a party is a ‘dissenter’, tearfully complaining on the cold side walk about how his right of ‘free speech’ (on someone else’s property) have been cruelly trampled when he get kicked out the front door for being a boorish nuisance.
You fail to understand a great many things… education is only about “what professions require what” if that is what you wish to be educated for. Some people take the view that specialisation is for insects and in libertopia people will take courses that do not meet with your approval much as they do now.
Sorry Perry, it isn’t me. You’re a paranoid loon, mate. I recommend you use that advanced degree-honed brain of yours to check the IP addresses, but if you’re not up to that, you can see both myself and Will in this thread at the Libertarian Alliance blog.
I like the delusions of grandeur in the above quote as well, as young Peregrine divides the world into people like himself and, er, “insects”. If the blogging doesn’t work out, he can always get a job as a megalomaniac Bond villain, or something. I wonder if he passes the time in front of a mirror practicing phrases like, “I will crush you… like an egg!” and “They laughed at me the fools, but they won’t be laughing any more!!!111!111!”
So anyway, I’m just pointing that out here, because I can’t point it out there, because, as we are all constantly reminded, Perry owns it, property rights, etc etc.
Now, back to your normal diet of insightful libertarian commentary from the CCinZ team. Apologies for this interruption.