Paulie (of Never Trust a Hippy) is clearly too daft to know when he's well beaten.
That's the only explanation I can think of as to why he has chosen to reignite the whole 'bloggertarians' brouhaha on his blog this week.
I think it's fair to say that the "bloggertarians" won that particular skirmish. Perhaps that's because Paulie's side consists of himself, 3 other Eustonites and 1 "demented ranting wreck" (far-left blogger Voltaire's Priest's words, not mine or DK's!). Or perhaps it's because Paulie is not just wrong, he's thoroughly disingenuous to boot.
To explain just what I mean by that, I give you Paulie Translated: What Paulie says, and what he really means.
OK. First off, from his latest poke at libertarian bloggers, entitled 'Memebots':
"Other examples [of 'memebots'] are, of course, our friends the bloggertarians. Raise a question - any question - and the answer is always 'sack public employees' / 'school vouchers' / 'government can't work' etc. The thick shitheads...In future, I may just delete commenters on the grounds that they are memebots. A one word explanation."
People who make propositions that I don't agree with are like robots, and it is beneath me to debate with them
First of all, if I've ever seen anyone in this crazy world we call the blogosphere more deserving of the label memebot it's Paulie's mate, the "pet bottle of cyanide" - Will Rubbish. If ever there was a wanker. Its blog* consists of little other than Youtube embeds and links to/excerpts from Christopher Hitchens' articles. His other favourite pastime is surveying the comments at his group blog, deleting the comments of anyone who isn't in his little Trot club.
But getting back to the point, the examples Paulie uses in the above quote are bizarre. Two are extremely wide-ranging statements that require a significant degree of qualification to be at all meaningful (e.g. "sack incompetent public employees", or "government can't work when hamstrung by having to legislate on the basis of EU directives" are two sensible and accurate statements).
On the other hand, the third ('school vouchers', in case any Eustonites are confused by now) is a summation of a policy that many libertarians support and has been successfully applied elsewhere in the world. Surely you know this, Paulie (after all, it was debated in a thread that you contributed to at your group blog, Drink Soaked Trots). It is also a draft policy of the UK Libertarian Party.
That brings me onto the next translation, this time from the comments thread at Chicken Yoghurt's place. McKeating and I have our disagreements, but this comments thread aptly illustrates the difference between someone who one doesn't quite see eye to eye with, and a complete and utter fuckwit.
"Remind me again, are you for or against representative democracy? Last time we exchanged on this, you thought it was rude of me to suggest that you weren’t keen on democracy, but you seem to be doing it again."
Anyone who opposes the (lack of) choice British voters currently have is against democracy (unless of course they're a Marxist social democrat like me).
This one doesn't just take the biscuit, it takes the whole fucking packet and then some more.
Paulie, while clearly not in favour of everything Labour are doing (and, like all good Marxists, considering the Conservatives to be the enemy), has nothing but contempt for someone like DK who actually gets off their backside and sets up a new political party to, yes, advance new policies that are compatible with libertarian ideology and challenge the political mainstream.
Paulie is well aware of this. However, has Paulie, who posted several times before the formation of LPUK that 'bloggertarians' are "just right-wing negativists" and are "'objective allies' of the Tories"** acknowledged this? Of course not. Instead, he goes on to this day with the same old stupid "negativist", "bloggertarian" shit.
Finally, how about a bit of insight into how Paulie thinks (or doesn't)? This time from a related comments thread on his own blog:
"My loose understanding of Will's position is that there is no point in debating patiently with people who don't acknowledge the way that social forces work. It's a position that I'm more sympathetic to now than I was a few weeks ago"
If you aren't a Marxist, it is beneath me to talk to you.
Says it all, really. Will, you may recall, is the wanker I bashed earlier, who deletes the comments of anyone who doesn't share his particular worldview.
Well, Will and Paulie, enjoy the fucking shithole you call a blog. But if you think you're going to drag the rest of us down with you, you're very much mistaken.
Unlike your friend, Paulie, over here we don't believe in shutting the other side out of the argument. But if you think you're convincing anyone other than your pathetic, shrinking Eustonite clique you can think again.
* No, I'm not giving this particular prick the pleasure of an in-link from here. Go and Google it if you're really curious, but it's not worth it. Honestly.
** This one is mind-blowingly stupid. Did Paulie not notice the attacks on the Conservative Party here at DK's and over at Longrider's blogs, or does he have some kind of selective post-blindness? (If you follow the link associated with this, you might notice that my attitude to Paulie was a bit different back then. Really, this level of venom is not like me, but sometimes you have to call a cunt a cunt.)