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Margaret Thatcher, RIP

Alistair MacDonald reports in the WSJ:

Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister who became one of the most influential global leaders of the postwar period, died on Monday, three decades after her championing of free-market economics and individual choice transformed Britain's economy and her vigorous foreign policy played a key role in the end of the Cold War.
Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were the towering giants of their time.  We could really use a leader like them in the United States right now.


‘The fundamental reason of being put on earth is so to improve your character
that you are fit for the next world.’--PM Margaret Thatcher on Today, BBC Radio 4, 6June1987

Thatcher is so recently dead, but has not her godly
philosophy been decomposing for decades?

"The greatest event of recent times—that 'God is Dead,'
that the belief in the Christian God is no longer tenable—
is beginning to cast its first shadows over Europe."—
F. Nietzsche (1886)
quoted in P. Johnson's
"Modern Times" (1983).


"[D]uring her 11 years as Prime Minister, the gap between the richest 10%,
and the poorest 10% in this country, has widened, substantially.
Surely she accepts, that is not a record that she--or any Prime
Minister--can be proud of."—{Liberal Dem. Simon Hughes}
"Mr. Speaker, all levels of income are better off than they were in 1979,
but what the Honourable Member is saying is that he would rather that
the poor were poorer provided the rich were less rich.
That way one will never create the wealth for better social services as we have.

And what a policy!
Yes, he would rather have the poor poorer provided the rich were less rich.
That is the liberal policy. Yes it came out, he didn't intend it to, but it did."
—{PM Mar. Thatcher, 22Nov1990}


The philosophy that's been decomposing is the philosophy that Thatcher fought against, a philosophy whose precepts are that the government should subsidize inefficient businesses lest anyone lose a job; that we are all our brothers' (and our neighbors' and even complete strangers') keepers; that whoso wanteth perforce deserveth; that people who are rich should be despised, while people who've done nothing right in their entire lives should be treated as victims of society; that society bears blame for antisocial acts; and other nonsense.

It's to our detriment--ours and Britain's--that we'll never see her like again.

williamsa:: "that people who are rich should be despised, while people who've done nothing right in their entire lives should be treated as victims of society [nonsense]"

Here are 6 (other) simple truths:


|1.| “Let me give you my vision: A man’s right to work as he will, to spend what he earns, to own property, to have the state as servant and not as master.”

|2.| “Let us never forget this fundamental truth: The State has no source of money other than the money people themselves earn.”

|3.| “People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations, because there is no such thing as an entitlement unless someone has first met an obligation.”

|4.| “Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”

|5.| “Good Conservatives always pay their bills, and on time. Not like the Socialists who run up other people’s bills.”

|6.| “We want a society where people are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. This is what we mean by a moral society; not a society where the state is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the state.”


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