They now share the overarching belief that a “market economy”, espousal of the “values of the market” and exercise of the “right to choose” are preconditions of human progress and wellbeing. Instead, as the internal social condition of free societies worsens, we can see that free enterprise and moral licence are now two sides of the same coin. The free market and the free lifestyle go together; the privateer and the libertine are birds of a feather.
Extentions of human liberty in the economic and social sphere are undesirable in just what manner?
Britain\’s social crisis demands more public spending, not less; as the country falls into recession, more intervention is needed, not less. A small state and low taxes will not cure the ills that are daily increasing public alarm. Only a strong state can. You cannot repair the “broken society” while simultaneously “leaving people to live their own lives”, as Mr Cameron has put it.
Snigger. That broken society has, in great part, been caused by the expansion of the State into parts of our lives where it should not be. The solution is to extend it further?
It is to laugh.
The 19th century\’s oppositional movements – communism, socialism, trade unionism – have been defeated or humbled. These outlets for public action have gone. This, too, is a danger in times that have much in common with the Thirties. They are times when national self-repair is required, when the “free society” needs to be protected from itself,….
You could run Oswald Mosely on that: no, no thank you, I really don\’t want to have such a "national renewal" movement.