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The Pleasures of Perfidy
by Theodore Dalrymple (April 2011)
No feudal lord ever demanded more of his serf’s time or product than the British state now demands of its subjects: indeed, if he did, he would have provoked an immediate peasants’ revolt. Just as in the overpopulated parts of Nigeria the rule is ‘If it moves, eat it,’ such that there is hardly any bush-meat left, so in Britain the rule is, ‘If it moves, tax it.’ Even if you are not directly employed by the state in Britain, you spend almost half your working time working for it. This is what the French newspapers, as lazily incurious and ill-informed about Britain as the British newspapers are about France, call ‘savage liberalism.’ more>>