Well Done, Lady Thatcher
- NOTE: This is a long overdue tribute to late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. I posted the following on March 10, 2003, nearly a month before the Iron Lady passed away.
Between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, I’d choose Lady Thatcher any day! The Iron Lady fought the most ferocious battles of Britain’s post-WW2 political history. She privatized state-owned industries, tamed leftist/neo-liberal unions, and exposed the silliness and ugliness of socialism.
She had more balls than Cameron and Blair and the rest of the Tory-Labour gangs combined.
To labour party leaders and leftist intellectuals, Mrs. Thatcher will never be forgiven for what she did for Britain. It’s because she reminded- and still reminds- them they’re wrong about everything.
Thatcher was right in strongly, vehemently opposing the European Monetary Union. The Labour Party and the leftists blindly, stupidly supported it.
Thatcher was absolutely right in attacking the EU, which is now controlled by leftist globalists and communist-internationalists. The EU had brought political and economic disastrous to the people of its member-states.
Thatcher was right in vilifying, insulting the politics of supranationalism sold in the name of European integration.
The Iron Lady who saved Britain from creeping socialism once said:
“I am not declaring war on the unions or their leaders,” Thatcher said in 1980. “But I am challenging their illusion that Government can be a universal provider. The fact is that if the public sector unions take more it will mean less for those who work in the private sector….When expansion comes, it will be just as important to match pay to productivity as it is now during the recession. The new leadership being shown by management, the new realism being shown by workforces, must continue. If our own industries do not become more efficient and produce the products that people want, other nations’ industries will. They will get our business and our jobs.”
Too bad we have people, a government and institutions that naively think our government is a “universal provider” that can make ‘wealth’ possible through extortion and can create money out of thin air.
Thankfully we don’t have ‘radicalized’ government unions. Yes, it was government unions that Thatcher took down, not private unions.
Now I risk being accused of plagiarism by paraphrasing at least three paragraphs of Yaron Brook’s tribute to Steve Jobs:
Toward the end of the novel, when heroine Dagny Taggart is reunited with several men she had thought she would never see again, she says that the meeting is like a childhood dream “when you think that some day, in heaven, you will see those great departed men whom you had not seen on earth, and you choose, from all the past centuries, the great men you would like to meet.”
One of the men replies: “And if you met those great men in heaven … There’s something you’d want to hear from them. You’d want them to look at you and to say, ‘Well done.’… All right, then. Well done, Dagny!”
If there were a heaven, filled with the great men of history, I have no doubt that they would say, “Well done, Lady Thatcher.”
The Lady Thatcher in Quotes
HT: Objectivist Standard.
She is best remembered by some of her own words:
- “Without economic liberty, there could be no true political liberty.”
- “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, they are the essence of a free economy, and on that freedom all our other freedoms depend.”
- “If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time and you would achieve nothing.”
- “You don’t win by just being against things, you only win by being for things and making your message perfectly clear.”
- “I do believe that political arrangements which are based upon violence, intimidation and theft will eventually break down – and will deserve to do so.”
- “A system of state control can’t be made good merely because it is run by ‘clever’ people who make the arrogant assertion that they ‘know best’ and that they are serving the ‘public interest’ which of course is determined by them. State control is fundamentally bad because it denies people the power to choose and the opportunity to bear responsibility for their own actions.”
- “Some socialists seem to believe that people should be numbers in a state computer. We believe they should be individuals. We’re all unequal—no one, thank Heavens, is quite like anyone else, however much the socialists may pretend otherwise—and we believe that everyone has the right to be unequal.”
- “The people want to live in peace, real, lasting peace. The peace that comes from independence of the state, and being able to run your own life, spend your own money, and make your own choices. And above all, the peace of a country that is properly defended against any potential adversary.”
- “Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people’s money.”
There is no such thing as society:
“I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the government’s job to cope with it. ‘I have a problem, I’ll get a grant.’ ‘I’m homeless, the government must house me.’ They’re casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.”
- “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” 1965 speech
- “Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.“ May 4, 1979, after becoming PM
- “Pennies don’t fall from heaven — they have to be earned here on Earth.” November 1979 at a banquet
- “To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.” October 1980, Conservative Party conference
- “My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, live within your means, put by a nest egg for a rainy day, pay your bills on time, support the police.”September 1981 interview
- “Defeat? I do not recognize the meaning of the word.” April 1982, start of the Falklands War
- “I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”April 4, 1989, in the Observer