One Aspect of UK Politics America Should Adopt

Vince Perfetto is an American liberty activist travelling abroad. He shares his insights gained from experiencing other cultures at VincePerfetto.com

If America imported this one particular thing from the UK, it would change presidential politics forever. I’m certainly not one to care who the current American Ceasar is or who the next one will be. Although I proudly supported and voted for Dr. Paul in the 2012 primary, I haven’t voted in the general election for president since 2008, and I don’t plan on ever voting for any federal politician again for the rest of my life. The less attention we all pay to Washington DC, the better.

Even though I won’t be bothered to check a box next to the lesser of two evils to elect the new Narcissist-in-Chief, I have to admit, while living in the UK for the past couple of months, there’s one feature that I really wish the United States would import from their former rulers, if only for its entertainment value: Prime Minister’s Question Time (PMQs). Members of Parliament (“MPs”, similar to Congressman in the US) get to ask the Prime Minister (“PM”, similar to the US president) questions for at least 30 minutes every Wednesday that Parliament is in session. [Read more…]

London: Communists, Vandalism, and Diversity

One of the things I wanted to do while I visited London was to go to a show. This isn’t the best time of year for tours, so the best I could find was a tribute band show: OutRage Against The Machine – UK’s Premier Rage Against the…, Nirvana UK, and FAKE NO MORE. By the time the second band took the stage, The Underworld Camden – a respected, below-ground music venue – was packed and everybody was having a great time.

I’m usually not into cover/tribute bands, but I have to admit, these guys were pretty impressive. Their hair, clothes, instruments, and of course, the music were very close to authentic.

They even subscribed to communism, just like the real-life Rage Against The Machine, as evidenced by the Che Guevara poster that you can see in the pre-show pic above. During their set, the singer said something that got a slight cheer from the crowd: “This next song goes out to anybody who supports Trump and Brexit. Ya’ll need to wake the [expletive] up!” [Read more…]

Armistice Day in the UK

As an American, there are things about other countries that you can read about, then there are things you can only truly understand while in those countries.

When was the last time a large war with a foreign State (not including the Confederate States of America) was fought on American soil for a prolonged period of time? I’d say the War of 1812. It’s been a while. Not many Americans can honestly understand what Europe and so many other parts of the world have gone through in the last 100 years.

I’ve been aware of this dynamic before today, but this moment… today… it really humbles me.

While I’m, absolutely, going to continue my journey by listening to locals and getting to know them and hearing their thoughts, I really hope that I never stop being thankful for the life that awaits me back home in NH, and its peaceful history for over 200 years.

Iron to Iron, Rust to Rust

iron lady thatcher

(dedicated to my father)

Yesterday marked the end of one of the last true legends of modern days, a person whose convictions and determination shook the very foundations of one of the most rigid and uncompromising cultures on the planet; and who, in the face of harsh criticizm and ever plummeting approval ratings, stood for what they thought was the right way forward for their country, for better or for worse. I speak of course, of the Iron Lady, Baroness Margaret Thatcher.

One of the most controversial figureheads of modern days, during her terms as Prime Minister of England, Ms. Thatcher single handedly formed the UK’s modern views; not only of conservative politics and government dynamics, but also of monetarist and supply-side economics. Her policies were decried by some as harsh on the little man, most notably the coal miners of the northern cities who were stripped of the jobs their families had held for generations; but at the same time, they urged said miners to gain qualifications and find a more lucrative job in the southern cities from which their families could further prosper.

Ms. Thatcher’s Policies are widely debated to this day, and labelled as ingenious and necessary as often as cruel and heartless. More so than most modern leaders, Ms. Thatcher epitomizes the concept of tough love, the uncompromizing and often harsh and even borderline ruthless approach to politics that is often criticized, but increasingly necessary in this day and age, most specifically in the financial sector.

Due to her strict demeanor, one of the Iron Lady’s less often recognized facets is her penchant towards libertarianism. Indeed, she is credited with sowing the seeds of a libertarian movement
within England’s Conservative party, a movement that has been called the “dominant, if unofficial characteristic of Thatcherism” (Andrew Marr, British Political Commentator). It is this drive
that led to her involvement in the process that eventually led to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the fall of the Soviet Communist Bloc. On the other hand, it was also purportedly one of the main reasons for her vehemency with regards to the Falkland War and the issue of Britain’s sovereignty on the isles.

The Iron Lady was a multifaceted person; described by her fans as the saviour of the nation, and by her dissenters as an unfeeling automaton; but there is one thing that neither would ever dare
deny, and that is the fact that she left a lasting mark on British Politics, and indeed Politics worldwide. From Reagan in the U.S., to Pinochet in Chile, to Tito in the former Yugoslav Union, she left an imprint wherever she went, be it positive or negative, and will always be remembered as the hard leader that England needed in a time of great hardship; someone who was willing to step up and take matters into her own hands and wasn’t afraid to dive head-first into the mess England was in at the time in order to ensure its future.

Sgt. Alon Fosman Starkman is a contributor to The Desert Lynx

Photo credit: Rool Paap