Dictatorship Blog: December 1st 2015

FA von Hayek was one of the great classical Liberals. He wrote about emergency powers in The Constitution of Liberty and approved of the practice. For Hayek, laws in a free society are nothing more than rule of thumb. In an emergency they must be suspended for the sake of long-term order. Even freedom of…

Dictatorship Blog: November 26 2015

Watergate is the biggest political scandal in modern American history. While the incident receives much discussion, it was really only emblematic of Richard Nixon’s bid for absolute power. When in office, Nixon combined an obsession with winning power with a conviction that the US Presidency was the will of the American people embodied. In order to win the…

Dictatorship Blog: 9 November 2015

The common law is the common and sensible way of doing things (most of the time). Whereas in France, the equivalent of martial law, the state of siege, has to be declared by a higher authority, i.e. President or Council of Ministers, in common law countries “necessity” dictates martial law.

Hitler’s Real Warning May Make You Uncomfortable

The lesson of the National Socialist movement is that laws and constitutional safeguards offer scant protection against someone who will play by the rules but disregard basic ideas of right and wrong. Policies, such as the targeting of minorities, can have a legal basis. With the resurgence of emergency measures and cries of ‘public safety’…