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No manifesto: there are many manifestos—many proposals. To stop climate change, to increase equality, to preserve Europe, to liberate the Middle East, to bridge the gender pay gap, to reform the health service, to save trans lives, to save the white race. So many manifestos, so many bullet points—and always very dull. All these manifestos cause so much trouble—The Communist Manifesto, The Declaration of the Rights of Man, The Port Huron Statement. All these are problems, all these are not reality.

It is so that people say “I was a libertarian once, now I am a statist” or they say “I was a statist once, now I am a libertarian”—finally, brother, I have seen the light (they never take that literally, unfortunately); or they say “I used to think we should reduce suffering, now I see that it is good to suffer—people should suffer more, we have become so weak”. So many variations—and yet none is reality.

How can a piece of paper capture reality? How can a doctrine capture reality? How can anything I write be real? I can only point to reality—I cannot put it down here. And yet you all run around—you left, you Catholics, you Muslims, you libertarians, you traditionalists, you nationalists, you greens. And I see you “checking your notes” before you speak, to make sure you are “within the parameters”.

How can that be real? What is real is dynamic—if you always check back to make sure you are in “the right box” you will miss reality. In the end, it becomes vanity—“I believe in this principle, and it is very good; therefore, I do not say or do that—only bad people say or do that.” You have become haughty—today, it is mainly the left who are like that, it is easier for them because they have power. But the right is the same, has the same potential—in truth, there is no left and right, just reality; but the self-declared right is always closer to reality than the left, though it is not it.

General Patton said: “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” Life is war—there is nothing more spiritual than war. Patton does not make a manifesto—he does not say we will do x, y, z and then…utopia. He just says, “Capture that bridge!”. How you capture the bridge, he does not care (this is about religion too, of course)—so General Patton only cares that the bridge is captured.

People with manifestos say much about specifics, and they get tangled about specifics.

So there is The Mars Society—it has been around for decades, it has many proposals about how to go to Mars. There are many documents, many seminars, many illustrations (what a pretty artist’s conception—we can put it in our fund-raising calendar this year). Many proposals, many years—yet, they have not gone to Mars.

Perhaps if Elon Musk was very involved with it he would still be talking about how to go…There are many things like that—you go to the conference, you balance the little pastry above your coffee cup (the mini-almond croissant, very tasty); you take notes, you make little *s next to important points, you underline three times “organisation essential”. Many such conferences—to go to Mars, to save Europe, still they are talking (this year they have branded lanyards).

If you come to me and say, “Should we nationalise or privatise everything?” I would say, “Firstly, I do not understand the economy—I think businessmen understand the economy, how to produce wealth. I am not a businessman, I am not someone who produces wealth. But since you ask me, I say it depends on the circumstances—what do we want to achieve? If to accomplish our goal we must privatise, then privatise; if to accomplish our goal we must nationalise, then nationalise—perhaps to accomplish our goal we do nothing, so in that case do nothing. That is all.”

So many manifestos, so rigid and doctrinaire—so “principled”. Yet people are trapped in their principles—just like the Americans have a problem with guns. It is not just about their Constitution, but it is in part—it is too rigid and so anyone can have a gun, which means irresponsible people have guns, which means people are killed and maimed needlessly. So you’re anti-gun? Well, I think it should be easier to own guns in England. So you’re pro-gun? Well, it should be easier but not as easy as in the United States.

We do not want to be ruled by people who write manifestos, we do not want to be ruled by people with principles. People who write manifestos also seem to like to go out and shoot random people (one seems to follow from the other, from bullet points to bullets, and then the police can suppress the manifesto for the public good—it is good for you not to know what the person said, it is good to suppress reality; that is another principle—perhaps even a written regulation, another manifesto…).

We want to be ruled by wise people who recognise reality as it changes and move with it, and do not impose themselves or their beliefs upon reality. General Patton does not impose himself because war is very real, very deadly—so he can not be so particular about the little details; though he has a strong personality he is not vain, because he deals with death; and death is always greater than you, it does not negotiate—it is not a politician, it is not a manifesto.

So General Patton says, “Take that bridge!”—but you want a 12-stage plan to take the bridge (which you will be paid well for and is entirely theoretical—and, when we finally, painfully, implement it we find that it does not work).


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