Negotiations + Friday Reads

In the business world, there are BATNAs, best alternative to a negotiated agreement. These exist in the political world. These are always in the calculus for peace agreements, ending wars, starting guerrilla campaigns, etc. The machine believes it can keep this system going. A dramatic change reduces the economically preeminent, so of course, they will…

A Defector Gene

As we watch the globalism crisis unfold, it is interesting to watch different reactions from different populations. There does seem to be a bit of the Hajnal Line working within the EU as Eastern Europe & Italy are moving to secure sovereignty while Western Europe has a less strident posture but makes statements about securing…

National Debt and the Technocrats

After the Napoleonic Wars, Britain had acquired a large national debt that was 225% of GDP. Britain also incurred an additional layer of debt to pay off slavers when their trade was abolished – which wasn’t finally paid off until 2015. Despite this, the country managed to dominate the world for the next 125 years….

The Last Anglo

Sir Roger Scruton is no longer among us. His life and his contributions have, (nihil nisi bonum) a very mixed reception in our circles – a reception they no doubt deserve. His passing, however, gives us an opportunity to reflect why they receive the mixed response they have enjoyed since the coming of age of…

Britain and the Great Shift

In the year 2009 Brexiteers, after 15 years of unsuccessful campaigning, discovered the topic of immigration. It might seem farcical now to think that Brexiteers, faced with unlimited immigration from Europe, were not using this issue to bolster their case for leave the European Union, or as a weapon to use against the Left –…

The Eternal Anglo IV

The White Man’s Burden in the Creole South Shall we bury in the grave of the grandest cause that has ever perished on earth, all the little stores of history and philosophy which a not altogether idle life has enabled us to enmass, and so leave the just cause, merely because it has fallen, to…

The Ever-Present Puritan

There is a half-cocked theory in one of George Orwell’s essays that I have been eager to steal. It is not a true theft, of course, if I give some credit to Orwell for the inspiration, so this is my obligatory nod to that great essayist. I feel as if he stumbled on an idea…

The Eternal Anglo III

The Tudor Reformation and the Harrying of England “I am thy father’s spirit, Doom’d for a certain term to walk the night, And for the day confined to fast in fires, Till the foul crimes done in my days of nature Are burnt and purged away. But that I am forbid To tell the secrets…

The Eternal Anglo II

The Harried North, Wild Scotch, and Old British “This race has now almost entirely vanished from the land, and with it, doubtless, much absurd political prejudice — but also many living examples of singular and disinterested attachment to the principles of loyalty which they received from their fathers, and of old Scottish faith, hospitality, worth,…