Paul Marks

Memories of Thatcher’s time

Like all human beings Margaret Thatcher was a mixture of good and bad. And her time in government was (by her own account) a mixture of success and failure. The failure to prevent the increase (not “cut” – increase) in government spending in 1979 (by accepting the government sector pay agreements of the out going…

Should I care about the decline of the “Conservative” press?

When I gleefully point out the decline of the left press in Britain (Guardian and KGB “Independent” falling apart – Financial Times down to 50 thousand or so physical sales in this country….), the reply is sometimes give that the Conservative press is also in decline. But I sometimes wonder if I should care –…

Was Political Philosophy founded upon a mistake?

The title of this post is inspired by Harold Prichard’s 1912 article (justly famous in its day) “was moral philosophy founded upon a mistake?” where Prichard attacks the founding principle of Classical moral philosophy that ethics is based upon our search for happiness, a happy life  – an assumption that followers of Plato and Aristotle, the Cynics…

Is There Any Point In Having A Constitution?

Well another Supreme Court of the United States judgement – and yet again SCOTUS has used the Constitution for toilet paper. In the 19th century there were a few terrible judgements (Dred Scott, Second Greenback Case….), but mostly the Supreme Court had some respect for the text of the Constitution (the Common Law way of dealing…

The Endgame for “Prussianism”?

When I was young (yes even I was young once) I had a deep dislike for Otto Von Bismark (I still do dislike him) – His laying of the foundations for the first modern Welfare State, which has grown ever since and has spread to almost all other Western nations. However, Bismark was only building…