Saturday, September 26, 2020

No Sex Please, We're British

It had to happen. Due to the COVID panic the British Government is now telling Britons whom they can have sex with. Under stringent new lockdown laws it is effectively illegal to have sex with someone who isn’t an established partner. Or at least it’s illegal to have sex with such a person indoors. Apparently it’s OK if you have it outdoors. So Britons hoping to have some illicit nookie might be well advised to start stocking up on thick woollen pullovers, mittens and overcoats.

Before social conservatives start hailing this as a good thing they might want to reflect on the fact that it’s now effectively illegal to do anything indoors with someone who isn’t an established partner. So if you go on a date don’t even thinking about inviting the other person in for a cup of cocoa. Even if drinking cocoa is all you’re intending to do it’s still illegal. Which is going to make it difficult for people to do things that social conservatives approve of - things like meeting someone, falling in love and getting married.

Dating will have to be done outdoors. Just to be on the safe side it might be advisable to have a policeman on hand to make sure you’re not tempted to break any laws (by for example deciding to go indoors to get out of the rain).

These laws don’t go far enough for some people. The Terrence Higgins Trust advises people to avoid kissing or any face-to-face contact. Obviously you need to wear a mask when having sex. Apparently this organisation believes that the only real form of safe sex is with yourself.

So remember, if you suspect that someone is having indoors sex (or having indoors cups of cocoa) with a non-established partner you should call a policeman immediately.

Totalitarianism seems to be progressing quite nicely in Britain. All this is of course happening not under an evil communist Labour government but under a Tory government.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

what if pro-natalist policies just won’t work?

There have been endless discussions of the coming demographic crisis, as fertility rates in every developed country remain catastrophically low. All sorts of solutions have been proposed. There is however one question we may have to face - what do we do if we try adopting pro-natalist policies and they just don’t work?

So far pro-natalist policies have been abject failures so this seems to me to be a pretty valid question.

If they do continue to fail there would seem to be three options.

Since sub-Saharan Africa is just about the only place that still has high fertility rates option one would be for other countries to make up their population shortfalls by means of massive, sustained, almost certainly permanent, very high levels of immigration from that part of the world.

Option two would be to simply accept rapidly and drastically declining populations. This is already happening in the Baltic states. The population of Latvia has declined by 18% in the past twenty years. The other Baltic states are also disappearing nations. Emigration is a major factor but the rate of natural decrease is enough to doom these nations.

Can any nation survive such rapid population decline? Is it possible for any capitalist economy to adapt to a world of rapidly shrinking markets? We may be about to find out.

The third option is to get the Central London Hatchery up and running as quickly as possible. Millions of babies grown in artificial wombs and raised in state-run institutions. Or, even more horrifyingly, in privately-run for-profit child farms.

I said there were options. I didn’t say that any of those options would be attractive. As Huxley said, you pays your money and you takes your choice.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Oswald Spengler quotes

quotes from Oswald Spengler (1880-1936)

“When the ordinary thought of a highly cultivated people begins to regard 'having children' as a question of pro's and con's, the great turning point has come.” - Oswald Spengler

“The press today is an army with carefully organized weapons, the journalists its officers, the readers its soldiers. The reader neither knows nor is supposed to know the purposes for which he is used and the role he is to play.” - Oswald Spengler

“Optimism is cowardice.” - Oswald Spengler

“One day the last portrait of Rembrandt and the last bar of Mozart will have ceased to be — though possibly a colored canvas and a sheet of notes will remain — because the last eye and the last ear accessible to their message will have gone.” - Oswald Spengler

“When three liberals get together they form a new party; that is their idea of individualism. They never join a bowling club without introducing as part of the 'agenda' an 'amendment of the statutes.” - Oswald Spengler

“All world-improvers are Socialists. And consequently there are no Classical world-improvers.” - Oswald Spengler