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 harshly logical Objectivism. Find him on Google+

Compulsory Purchase Order plot on Eastenders

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Trust the BBC to skip over a massive plot opportuntiy that simply doesn’t activate their own particular predjudices. In a recent episode an undertaker talks to a friend about his efforts to overcome the personal impact of a CPO. Despite the fact his undertaker’s premises are subject to a compulsory purchase order, Les [is] cheerful…

Liberty League 2014 gallery

Libertarian Home people in the pub at Liberty League 2014

Here are the best of my photos from Liberty League’s Freedom Forum 2014. You can discuss any individual image on Flickr by clicking through. To share your impressions of #LLFF14 leave a comment below.

Writing competition and some bad news

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This blog has benefited greatly from the warm welcome offered by Anna Quick at the Rose and Crown. The pub is effectively “the local” for anyone of a libertarian disposition regardless of where they live. We meet, we drink, we argue, we learn, we form friendships and even form romances within the walls of that…

Thursday Speaker: Rob Waller

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Rob describes himself as the founder of StatusPeople.com and creator of the Fakers App which assesses Twitter Follower Quality. He is also, of course, a regular at the Rose and Crown and, as an active Libertarian, the founder of the monthly meetup there. Rob’s Faker’s App tells you how many of your Twitter followers are…

Video: The State of the Minimum Wage debate

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Our speaker Sam Bowman gave an energised and thorough review of the arguments over the minimum wage. This was not the first time he had tackled the issue so he came with a lot of detail. Starting with “Econ 101″ the idea that if the minimum price of a good exceeds the market clearing price…

Amazing quote from @y_alibhai

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, a senior journalist for the Independent and Evening Standard, saying what she thinks about Nigel Farage to an obviously sympathetic (to Nigel) journalist in a formal filmed interview: “what has to happen between now and the elections that are coming up is that the media has to be kind of controlled in terms…

Bringing trust to Bitcoin

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It appears Cal Peterson and Thomas Stringer are cooking up a little something interesting.The blurb is light on detail, but awfully specific: eBay-style reviews for Bitcoin Read and write reviews of Bitcoin users to help the community judge who is trustworthy This, presumably, refers to the scheme whereby users on eBay accrue a numerical reputation…

Police want in to congestion cameras

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Apparently unsatisfied with the millions of “reads” they get from number plates already, the police would like access to similar ANPR equipment used by TFL to enforce the congestion charge and low emissions zones. These systems record the times and places your car visits, whether or not you are under suspicion. Here is the email…

“You can’t trust people” says @JohnMcTernan

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City AM is great so frequently that it hardly seems worth linking to – you read it already, right? – but this is great because it exposes the underlying assumptions and arrogance of statist politicians: Former Labour party adviser John McTernan warned the BBC’s Newsnight of the “moral hazard” associated with giving people more freedom.…