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  1. As I recall you should answer "I am John of the family Smith", not "I am John Smith". The later corresponds with the birth certificate and you are saying "I am the owner of the John Smith corporation"
  2. Why bother. Just live on income support. The same as before retirement age because many people are out of work at 50 and won't ever work again. You get all the degrees, work a bit earning big bucks, become obsolete, then are made redundant.
  3. The objective of the gold bug is not to profit from his gold but preserve what he has. I own my house. I own the acreage around it too. So where should I put mu surplus funds? I could buy another house and rent it to someone less fortunate. I could invest in equities and profit from other men's labor. Gold ownership makes no demands of other men and is thus moral. It is simply a form of cash. One that does suffer from fiat inflation through printing.
  4. A friend of mine went to look at a place the other day near our village. Small 2 bed place but with outbuildings set in couple of acres. Habitable. They are asking £20k. This is just across the water. The handicap is in the UK not in France.
  5. This position was brought about by the sea. All the other European countries are obliged to maintain large armies in order to maintain their borders. By contrast Britain could ignore its army and put it's resources in a navy to assure it's borders. No country can spend on army and navy at the same time. However a united Europe reduces the need for army expenditure and allows for a bigger navy than Britain could support. This position changed with the advent of air power. Surface ships are sitting ducks and thus Britain no longer has military reasons. It seems quite reasonable for both these peoples to want to live the quite life. I am not sure that Britain would benefit from conflict and thus should not sew it. Britains position is NOT reasonable. Its all about fair play. Everybody gets a say in what the rules are and IS going to have to accept that they won't like some parts. If you want to play on the soccer team, you have got to play with the others as part of the team. There is no place for egoists. Whenever the west wants to topple a regime it finds some rebel group to fund and train. The various nationalists in each region offer a means to wage war without risk. There are always men looking to found dynasties. Ireland's interest is in avoiding being dominated by Britain. It's geographic position and tiny population ensure that it will be anyhow. Britain is in exactly the same position with a united Europe. I expect the Scottish and Welsh would be open to bribes. Those petty little men will recall the braveheart movie and seize their chance to be kings. London is not well liked in the rest of Britain. I can see a cascade of breakaways into the arms of Europe.
  6. You can mix labour with a thing? Are they not of two very different qualities such that they cannot mix. Like, if you create a ball, you are not mixing 'roundness' with the leather. I guess words had different semantics back in his day.
  7. Not at all. It is a distinct drag on the software development industry. You see the big boys exchanging portfolios of hundreds of thousands of patents, all using ambiguous language. §I have seen many patents on things I have been doing for years. I certainly don't have time to go read through a patent database every time I put a button up just in case rounded green square buttons are patented.
  8. The 'scrounger' theme never gets old. Get the middle classes to fight the lower classes. A decoy whilst the rich take the wealth from both.
  9. Which is about £1200 for each of us, or rather from each of us. Do this and the country will enter a new renascence of innovation and productivity. It's an easy sell. When it doesn't happen, they say "tough, we got the money now" and come up with a new daydream. The last time around they pulled out Cliff Richard arguing that he should receive money for work he did 50 years ago. No mention of nobody else still gets money for work long done. It seems to me that he produced his work according to the terms then in place. Thus he cannot argue that he would not have produced them otherwise. That copyright extension was a gift from our pockets to theirs. They have huge legal budgets whilst nobody is fighting for the public.
  10. So you want a name change? We could collect the same amount of money through a business operating licence. After all, if you wish to operate in our country, it is only fair that you pay us for its use. The licence fee is 50% of your profits. No force there, a contract has been offered. You can't go around doing what you like with other peoples property such as starting businesses in them It is interesting that you group coercion along with violence. We are pretty much obliged to pay the energy companies price raises. I do no see much choice there. I would say most economic activity is based on coercion where the parties are not equal. Loss of your water supply, great damage to you, a few pounds of profit lost to them.
  11. And then there was no new land to conquer and resource contention returned. Vikings and English plantations imposed on a defenceless people. We tell different stories. Yours is one of the heroic entrepreneur overcoming obstacles to emerge the richest. A sort of gladiatorial contest. Yet gladiators always lost against organized armies because they are trained to fight as individuals rather than as a team. I suggest that at any given time property distribution is a function of force, cunning and luck in the past. That instead of your gladiatorial contest, an equilibrium is reached where the rich find that the marginal costs of further predatory activity are equal to their marginal gains. The situation we have now. If you are lucky enough to find a village without a shop; open one. But it relies on the luck of finding such a spot rather than your skill as a shopkeeper.
  12. What delusion is this? Where large states did not exist, tribal power structures did. This is the order I talk about, even if the form was different. They had no compunctions about using violence. Anarchistic populations cannot withstand the pressure of organised populations. I do grow all sorts of things. Suffice to say what takes me all day to dig takes the farmer 5 minutes. Food production too is lost to those with the capital to automate. So the market is 1000 widgets and I have a factory with a capacity of 1100. If you build a replica, you win half the market and we both lose money. If you build a 100 widget plant just to enter, your scale costs will be impair your sales. If I am standing in the sunniest spot, you cannot stand there too. Because of my financial muscles, deriving from my occupation, you cannot push me aside.
  13. Such as Somalia or Afghanistan? Hereditary monarchy gives a clear line of succession. Without it the contenders fight over who shall be king. Order is the very core of government. The form does not matter, the order does. Unless the other party accepts his labor in trade, he will still have nothing to trade in the future either. Which is invariably the case. You could open a village shop, but there is already one there thus ensuring you would make a loss. The very existence of that other shop is blocking you from making a living in the same way. Those who occupy the income generating units gain the wealth through their occupation alone.
  14. You count the employees PAYE and NI as your own? When dodgy employers fail to pay it, the revenue comes after the worker for it. You are simply handing it over for them. By this argument, employees have zero tax and employers pay it all.
  15. Which is an argument for the state since this produces less violence. All most people have to sell is their labor. If the other party will not accept that, there can be no trade and violence will then ensue. The man who has nothing can lose nothing.
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