Simon Gibbs

Simon is a London based IT contractor and the proprietor of Libertarian Home. Working with logic and cause-and-effect each day he was naturally attracted to nerdy libertarianism and later to the benevolent logic of Objectivism. Find him on Google+

Visiting the Trigger 50 protest

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A quick report on a minor bit of activism. We had been notified of the Spiked “Trigger 50” protest in favour of proceeding immediately with formal Brexit negotiations. Not content with simply offering up artwork for someone else’s protest I went along to ensure the presence of the “Liberty for All” message (really, in context, “Brexit for…

Article 50 Protest to Welcome May

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Often sound lefty-libertarians “Spiked” are organising a protest calling on Theresa May to invoke Article 50. Tom Slater, campaign convenor,said “Warm words, and assurances that ‘Brexit means Brexit’, won’t wash.” My own view is that Article 50 need not be triggered especially quickly, as long as it is triggered – but it may be helpful…

A ray of light?

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What does this mean? As the Government reforms public services, we should encourage public sector workers to set up mutuals. Does this mean that responsibilities will shift from government departments to independent bodies? Let’s hope so. I have not yet found anything else to like in Theresa May’s quickly-mooted leadership speech. It could indeed have…

Soliciting opinions on Brexit

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In the run up to the referendum I planned a fairly soft approach to backing the leave option. I took seriously that I should not appear to misrepresent the libertarian grass-roots but I felt personally that leave was the best option. I saw that there was minimal dissent from that view amongst the Libertarian Home…

A smooth exit to the EEA is achievable

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On Thursday 48.1% of the electorate voted Remain, and for open borders with the EU. Of the 51.9% who didn’t 49% voted to ensure “that decisions about the UK should be taken in the UK”. Yet more voted for trade and over concerns about the acquisition of more “members and powers”. You can download the…

Referendum Indoctrination

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I went leafleting last night with my two year old boy. I would get to the gate, hand him a leaflet and walk down the path with him to the door. I would risk my fingers propping open the letterbox and he would slide them in. He loved it. He was Postman Bear and I…

Print your own Vote Out leaflet

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We have concluded all the leaflet printing we are likely to do. There will be no more print runs. We printed 5000 copies – all fully paid for by Meetup attendees and the last of them are being distributed over the next few days on local roads. We were gratified that people wrote in asking…

Tip Jar open

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In the last few months Libertarian Home has been working hard to entertain, facilitate, educate and represent as many libertarians as possible. We held a conference, designed leaflets and shot videos. Some of this was funded by ticket sales but none of it has made a profit. Without the ability to hire help, pay honoraria, and…

The EU is 100% wrong and you know it

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I’m not a technical philosopher. I’m not a politician. I’m a coder. I deal with data and decision making processes and I work in small empowered teams usually in a bottom up organisational culture. The relevant buzzword – for what it’s worth – is “agile”. Things seem to work better in bottom up agile structures.…

A refreshing perspective on bankers

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The last organisation I worked for was a media company. Among a staff packed with lefties were three libertarians, including myself. Now I work for a bank, with far more staff in the building and I know of three libertarians. So, per head, the bank has fewer libertarians than the media company. I find this surprising. Why aren’t…