Brian Micklethwait

Video: The Power of Fiction with Marc Sidwell

I don’t know who wrote this summary at YouTube for the video of Marc Sidwell’s talk, entitled The Power of Fiction, but he or she got it very right: Marc argues that stories have a secret super-power. Properly formed, they can reach new audiences with world-changing ideas, and do so in a uniquely compelling way.…

What we libertarians agree about

Here is the best summary, that I know of, of what libertarians of the kind who read and write for Libertarian Home all agree about. We libertarians all believe in:   The right of all persons to life, liberty and justly acquired property; The voluntary exchange of all goods and services;  Each individual’s liberty to…

Dominic Frisby: Is Bitcoin changing the world?

Bitcoin itself isn’t changing the world, but the technological breakthrough that made it possible, the blockchain, is. The first big point made in Dominic Frisby’s talk concerned the difference between money and cash.  Money can be coins or bank notes, but it can also be bank accounts, air miles, supermarket points, and so on – …

Robert Zdanowski on The Free State Project

Robert began, somewhat surprisingly, by talking about the Schlieffen Plan, his point being that the German General Staff after the First World War included people whose entire job was to criticise and to find the weak spots in all the various plans that other members of the German General Staff were proposing. And for quite a…