But for the new media, this would have gone unnoticed.

Daniel Hannan a British Member of the European Parliament, made a speech last week in response to one made by British PM Gordon Brown, calling for a joint effort between the EU and America to provide world leadership in these troubled times. He tipped off the BBC and some newspaper correspondents but, they ignored him.

  Over night the Youtube posting was picked up by bloggers, followed by Fox, and has become one of the hottest items on the net, currently having had 1.59 million views in five days.

 I had the feeling that Hannan was just another conservative with some good ideas, until I read this:


 “Last week, this blog attracted 65,912 readers, a personal best. Thanks, everyone. Or perhaps I should say, thanks y’all, because the posts that attracted the most traffic were the ones that pulled in readers from across the Pond. Several Americans were interested in my suggestion that Britain should bring home the revolution, by importing elements of Jeffersonian democracy. Others by my contention that Michael Moore is a coward. To get ahead, it seems, British bloggers need to emulate successful British film-makers and pitch for the transatlantic market.”

Few non-libertarians speek of such things as: “Britain should bring home the revolution, by importing elements of Jeffersonian democracy.” And this clinched it:

 It’s all a bit unsettling for professional journalists and politicians. But it’s good news for libertarians of every stripe. Lefties have always relied on control, as much of information as of physical resources. Such control is no longer technically feasible.


Angry Exile posted a link below to Fox that doesn’t work, so here are a couple I found to Fox.  

 Fox, (Hannity) interview, “ When you are in debt, you spend less, anybody except a politician can see that. 

 On Fox (Beck), “… The more remote government is, the worse the decisions get, the more expensive it becomes ….” (goes on to praise devolution of power.) 

 Would have preferred Ron Paul.

14 thoughts on “But for the new media, this would have gone unnoticed.

  1. Seen it, read the reference to libertarians and share your sentiments Jim. A brilliantly cutting speech. Hannan has a real gift.

    Libertarian is slowly emerging as a viable brand outside the USA. The term was even used by Tony Jones on the ABCs QandA program the other evening to refer to “right wing” opponents of Internet filtering (we should call it the universal perpetual unwarranted wire tap). Of course the term libertarian as a catchall for liberals with a small government, natural rights inclination has been pervasive on the Internet for ages. The main stream media needs to play catchup. Fox in the USA seems to have realised there is energy to be tapped. Hopefully it won’t be long before the other majors wake up.

  2. Britain should bring home the revolution

    One of the logical places for it to start 🙂 Either that or down in Victoria 😛

  3. Steve, it might be the logical place to start but I wouldn’t put money on it while so many people, maybe as much as 20 million, would vote for a dead dog if it had the right colour rosette nailed to it, and another 16 million don’t vote at all. There is at least a Libertarian Party there now, though only a little over a year old I think. I wish ’em luck but I’m in Vic now and pinning hopes on that independent Aussie spirit.

    By the way, Dan Hannan’s interview on Fox can be seen here.

  4. Angry Exile: That link doesn’t work and as there are a couple of interest I have done an update to the post that gives links to three really good ones.

    I haven’t noticed you here before and you make some good points, so welcome and come back soon.

  5. I saw Johns smiley so I know he isn’t really praising the existance of a European parliament. However I have seen it suggested that such a speech, so perfect for Youtube, is in part due to the restriction of speaking time in the European parliament and the lack of the regular heckling you get in Westminster. Ironically there are several Youtube videos where Hannan gets to deliver clear uninteruped criticism of the European parliament.

    I’m not a fan of superstates but structurally I think the EU separation of powers is better in some ways than the US or Australian setup. The tax powers in the EU are rigidly decentralised. They could however benefit (as could we) from some direct democracy recall powers for wayward legislation.

    Apparently Hayek and Mises were both supporters of EU federalism although perhaps not the current variety.

    And in terms of the American revolution which Hannan wants to import to Europe (or is it just Britian) we should not forget that it was this revolution that soon lead to an EU style super state in America.

    I’d have more time for the aussie critics of EU federalism if they also called for an end to US and Australian federalism. Although I know John would pass that test in a heartbeat.

  6. mark: i wouldn’t count on it. so many people are beholden to the state in the UK and can be counted on to vote nulab.

  7. Terje, at the moment, your comments are true. But all this talk of tax harmonisation leads me to believe that taxes will soon be uniformly high all over Europe. A legal separation of powers means nothing if they all think alike, and most of them do seem to have the same belief in the power of governments to fix anything. Whilst the dumb Irish people voted against the constitution, the wise Irish politicians are hoping to correct that mistake by ignoring that referendum, for example.

  8. drscroogemcduck: I am inclined to agree with you. All those new jobs governments are ‘producing’ are in the public sector and dependent on the reelection of the governments that created them for their continued existence, or at least that is the perception.

    I am not sure though that the holders of such jobs need worry too much as few incoming governments ever reduce the size of the bureaucracy like they say they will. In fact few oppositions ever go to election on such a policy.

    While Conservatives, and conservatives cheer him on now, i am inclined to think that if he were to continue to hold those views when they are in power, he would be about as welcome as a dose of clap among them.

  9. Nicholas – I thought taxes were already uniformly high all over Europe. I think harmonization is an enemy of tax cuts but as yet I don’t see that the advocates of harmonization have prevailed due to the EU. The OECD seems to be the usual channel for such calls.

    I think it is somewhat ironic that the US is calling for massive government spending to fight recession whilst Europe, except for Britian, is in general saying sod off.

  10. mark: i wouldn’t count on it. so many people are beholden to the state in the UK and can be counted on to vote nulab

    Did I correctly detect a 1984 reference? Nice

  11. Terje- How high do you think it could go? If you raise taxes by small increments each time, it seems acceptable, because each small step seems silly to complain about. It’s like being tempted to eat chocolate- one bite won’t hurt, and another small piece of chocolate won’t ruin the diet, and- Hey, where’d the chocolate disappear to? I couldn’t have eaten all of it, could I?
    Tax creep is similar. I hear they’ve already said nasty things about tax havens. RUN for it!

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