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Sunday December 17 2006

Somewhat over a week ago, and apologies for the delay, I did another recorded conversation, this time with my good friend Perry de Havilland.

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Perry is the founder of and principle writer for Samizdata, and that’s what we talked about.  How did Perry get to think like that?  How did Samizdata get started (a little over five years ago)?  What’s it for (and not for)?  What might be its consequences?  (Who can really say?)

The hyphenated word meta-context loomed large, as it always does when Perry is explaining what Samizdata is all about.  The purpose of Samizdata is not to take different sides in the same old party political arguments, but to change the assumptions behind and beneath these arguments, to challenge what tends now to be agreed by all parties.

Our conversation lasted just over forty minutes, but as you will hear if you listen we had to pause and relocate after about ten minutes, which caused a slight hiccup but no more.  However, the hiccup did delay me getting this up and ready to listen to, because it meant I had to do so editing, which meant I had to learn how to do editing, which until now I have studiously avoided.  It turned out to be quite easy, assuming I have now got it right, but I didn’t know that beforehand, did I?

Also, I wanted to get my reaction to that play I saw on Wednesday up in a hurry, what with the play’s run soon ending.  That was urgent.  The Perry de Havilland conversation was merely important.  Neither the subject nor the way we talked about it will date.  Samizdata is about challenging and changing basic assumptions, not merely about participating in today’s passing political drama.  I procrastinated because I could.  So, what with both me and my computer also having recently been struck down with various maladies and interruptions, I’ve only just finished the job.  Sorry about that and all that, but you get what you pay for here.

Anyway, there it is.  I hope you find it interesting.  As I said at the end, I did, very much.  Which is one of the basic reasons I am keeping on with these things.  You never really know how many people will want to listen to such conversations.  But if I do, that’s a good reason to carry on, probably the best.