Free people should think for themselves…

…or otherwise they will soon cease to be free. People, let’s get a move on. If we want to be free citizens living in free countries we have to start thinking for ourselves, as adults, without believing blindly everything we read, hear or see as if we were not equipped with common sense or the ability to reason. It is…

Spain, 2018: To prison for expressing an opinion?

In his classic novel 1984, George Orwell described a sinister totalitarian society of the future supported by three large bureaucratic structures. One of these was the Ministry of Truth, in charge of falsifying historical facts in order to back up the version approved by the Government. Brandishing the slogans “Freedom is Slavery”, “Ignorance is Strength” and “War is Peace”, the…

Spain wasn’t born in 1978

The Iron Law of Oligarchy declares that whatever the form of government —monarchy, aristocracy, republic or democracy— power is always exercised by a very small group of people. Our history, the dynamics of power and human nature itself underpin this law beyond any doubt, so to argue today that democracy is the power of the people is to be a…

Climate change? Give me a break

The mother of all fallacies in the current environmental movement, and by far the most threatening of them, is so-called climate change, probably the greatest ideological-political hoax of all time or, if you prefer, “the worst scientific scandal in history”, in the words of Dr. Kiminori Itoh, an expert in Environmental Meteorology at the University of Yokohama. There are four…

The naked truth of Catalonian nationalism

Catalan nationalism was not born in the mists of times as its mythology pretends, but in the late 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th Century, under the influence of German romantic nationalism and the depressive collective trauma caused by the loss of the Spanish Empire in 1898. The celebration of the Diada (Catalonia’s “national” day), along with the…

Catalonia vs the rule of law

Margaret Thatcher was right when she said that being democratic was not enough for a country to be free, since countries must also have an abiding respect for the rule of law. Events taking place in Catalonia have nothing to do with democratic rights and everything to do with the rule of law. What we are witnessing is a coup…

Environmentalist deceptions: ice meting and sea level alarmism

How would the environmental movement survive without real or imaginary environmental crises, without fears or imminent threats? In my latest article I explained that today’s environmentalism is nothing but a sad degeneration of the welcomed original environmental movement, which has been gradually infiltrated and contaminated by sinister ideologies, by pagan fanaticism, and obviously by money (lots of money). I summarized…

Today’s environmentalism – a sum of fears and fallacies

The birth of the original environmental movement was a welcomed event. Anthropocentric, conservationist and full of common sense, it aimed to put an end to excessive pollution caused by selfish, abusive and short-term behaviours, especially in fluids like the air and the water in rivers and oceans where property rights are not easily exercisable and where responsibility for harmful actions…

The Trumputin Complot

It’s always healthy to take what the media portraits with a huge dose of skepticism and another one of common sense. All the evidence suggests that the supposed collusion between the Russian government and Trump is about as credible as the WMDs in Iraq, in other words: it’s a lie, a fabrication, a puerile, stupid game of smoke and mirrors…

Security without responsibility, a road to serfdom

Man feels uncomfortable with uncertainty, which nonetheless is a law of life. Therefore, although reason may dictate that, more often than not, the promise of security is a fallacy, an elusive mirage, a bait, its irresistible attractiveness as a means to overcome uncertainty makes it an efficient lever of political manipulation. Knowing this, the Welfare State offers a deceitful swap…

The true cost of the Welfare State

Do you happen to know, dear reader, which proportion of your hard-earned income is eaten up by the State’s Leviathan if you add all the direct and indirect taxes that you pay throughout the year? Welfare States follow two essential rules: the first is to conceal the true level of taxation it obtains from plundering citizen-taxpayers, the second is to…

Playing Cassandra: a course on reality

I witness, in some degree of amazement, how our government officials appear to be immersed in a binge of mutual congratulation and merry back-slapping in the belief that the crisis has run its course, mistaking the manna delivered by the ECB and the nerve-strained inflows of investment funds (which come and go in the blink of an eye depending on…

Here comes the bogeyman

  After a vicious campaign carried out by both candidates to the Presidency of the United States, based on demonizing the opponent, the winning Republican candidate has led continental European media (especially in Spain) to express a hysterical response verging on obsession. Media unanimity is always a symptom of a loss of freedom. Is the dictatorship of political correctness about…

Destructive monetary policies

We are living in an era of economies intervened by central bankers who have been raised to the level of magicians or even gods of Olympus: infallible, clairvoyant and beneficent. Unfortunately nobody whispers in their ear, while holding up the laurel crown, that they are nothing but men. To be fair, at the worst moment of the crisis central banks…

Disabling the political establishment, or improving the system

“Do you not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?” We must analyze Spain’s political reality with the same patience and detachment with which Swedish Count Axel Oxenstierna wrote these immortal words in 1648 in a letter addressed to his son.                   The novice Socialist candidate has refused to enable the inauguration of the eternal…