Jordan Lee

Libertarian activist based in London

4th July: Freedom Is Worth Fighting For

As the 18th century was drawing to a close it became clear that the values of the radical enlightenment had changed the way people think about the relationship between themselves and their rulers. It is out of this climate that a wave of protest against British rule spread through Britain’s American colonies and gave birth…

Rethinking Austerity

As the general election draws ever closer there have been hyperbolic exchanges between the political parties. Although the actual policy differences between most of them are fairly trivial there is a clear rhetorical split between the conservatives on the right and pretty much every other political party on the left. This semantic divide is most…

Election 2017: Back to Basics?

This year was supposed to be the ‘Brexit election’ with the issue of the EU dominating every campaign leaflet, TV debate and radio interview. Rather surprisingly Brexit has taken a backseat to more routine issues of debate such as the economy and health care. In the run up to this election pollsters and pundits alike…

The Politics of Loveliness

With less than a month to go before the British public decide who they want to lead the country. New election promises have become a staple of our daily news intake. In past elections issues of ‘competence’ and ‘reliability’ dominated the headlines. Yet this time round there seems to be a competition to decide who is…

Reaching 20,000

Given the upcoming snap election I thought it might be appropriate to reflect on the health of the Libertarian movement in the UK. I am of the opinion that Libertarianism, in the long run, stands a good chance of being a dominant system of ethics and political operations if it exerts cultural pressure as opposed…

Book Review: Private Governance by Edward Stringham

I first heard about Ed Stringham’s book quite some time ago and I never really thought about buying it. Good quality works of history written by libertarians are few and far between. However, when I discovered that Private Governance had been published by the Oxford University Press my interest got the better of me. Unless…

Is the Libertarian Moment Finally Over?

The face of popular protest against dreary centre-ground politics has emerged. Just about everybody is in agreement that the face is nationalist and populist. Donald Trumps’ inauguration speech and the executive actions he has taken since becoming president seem to confirm this. Disappointingly these headwinds of popular discontent have very little to do with libertarianism.…

Britain Is Not Fit For Purpose.

Britain desperately needs investment. Several news stories have emerged recently that highlight this important issue. Hospitals It is often said that the NHS is the closest thing the UK has to a national religion. If this is the case then we are in the middle of a deep spiritual emergency. Many hospitals are struggling and…

Am I Alt-Right?

Sometimes an expression appears for something that you never quite knew how to articulate. The ‘Alt-Right’ is the new phrase on every political commentator’s lips. This loose collection of gleefully obtuse and contemptuous keyboard warriors have risen to prominence on the back of Donald Trump’s election campaign, loudly cheering from the digital sidelines. What should…