If the Mayan calendar is correct, this is the final LibertyGibbert thread ever, so farewell.
If it is wrong, then it’s simply the last thread for 2012. I’ve been so swamped with work lately, I need a month at least before I’ve caught up. Plus I’m quarantining a week or two for family and Christmas. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get out more threads on topics like religion and children, gun law and thermageddon; hopefully in a couple of months, if work subsides.
2013 promises to be an interesting, if not a watershed year, in the cause of Liberty. Here in Australia, unless something really odd occurs, we will have a conservative government by the end of the year. And while they can’t possibly be worse than the current lot, they will bear close scrutiny to ensure the Liberal government actually runs a liberal democracy, and not just a crony plutocracy.
In America, the debt will continue to spiral although, according to most analysts, the day of reckoning will occur sometime towards the end of Obama’s second term, rather than next year. In Britain, the government appears set to do all it can to ensure that the United Kingdom becomes increasingly a client state—ultimately, a vassal state—of the self-combusting EU. Some bloggers maintain that Her Maj broke her coronation oath by allowing her realm’s government to sign the Treaty of Lisbon, and I’m starting to wonder the same thing. The whole countryside is being transformed into a gigantic propellor-art display which, while it doesn’t actually produce much in the way of useable energy, at least enriches a few wealthy landowning aristocrats, and makes the totalitarians feel good about themselves.
Maybe China is the place we should look to for optimism. True, as a communist dictatorship they are starting from a pretty low baseline, but it’s always the case that with increasing wealth and education, people will seek out greater political freedom. The much-vaunted Asian desire for harmony cannot forever prevail over the desires of ordinary people to determine the course of their own lives, and take their fate into their own hands. Those who oppose this will, sooner or later, find themselves in the minority.
I’ll leave this thread open till about December 20, then re-open probably the second week of January. Meantime, my very best wishes to all of you for the festive season, and for the New Year ahead.
Update: I’ve decided to hold an End Of The World party here in the Bar and Grill. The Mayan apocalypse is scheduled for sunrise Friday (0511 Mexican Time = US CST) so we’ll kick off at 0200 CST (0800 UTC, 1900 AEDST). Drinks are, needless to say, on the house.