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+

The demise of the Backbencher?

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Two weeks have passed since The Backbencher announced it was for sale. Signs of decline had been perceptible for some time, low comment counts, a slow decline in the rate of new postings, the sunny weather marking passage of its student contributors to exam time, graduation, and the careers they have rightfully earned.   The…

My talk on Friday

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Brian has written the following in his regular email to dozens of senior libertarians announcing a talk at his home. I’m quite chuffed that it mentions me: In this month of July, the last Friday comes early, on the 25th. And on the 25th, our speaker will be Simon Gibbs. I recently emailed Simon thus:…

The NHS should not be the only option for the middle class

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Guido is covering punch and counterpunch in a party political puppet show involving Cameron, Harriet Harman and Ed Milliband. Cameron is trying to make Labour look like a silly high-tax party (while not exactly promising to be a sensible low tax one). Harman, perhaps cleverly, seeks to justify progressive taxation and side step the argument…

Mood turns against Obama

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The Financial Times was strongly in favour of Obama and dismissive of the Benghazi embassy controversy. Now their skyline comment placement – in bright colours above the headline – notes a change of mood against him “from hope to cynicism”. The piece itself is defensive from the outset but, or should I say “and”, makes…

In Lambeth a play starring Tom Paine

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“In Lambeth” is a play set on the eve of the Storming of the Bastille in the titular London borough. Thomas Paine flees a mob and finds himself in the garden of intellectual fellow traveller William Blake, who’s arboreally elevated full frontal nudity adds to the drama and serves to highlight the two men’s differing…

ORG action seems to be backfiring

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Guido is carrying an unsourced quote by the Open Rights Group which frankly makes them sound terrible: “The government knows that since the CJEU ruling, there is no legal basis for making internet service providers retain our data so it is using the threat of terrorism as an excuse for getting this law passed. The…

Blogging may be light

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My son James Jai Gibbs was born 24th June at 1708 weighing 3.69kg. Devika was amazing thoughout. I am sure you’ll all want to say hello to James and congratulations etc but since this a political blog let’s do something on a bigger scale. I have already heard of an acquaintance having her child on…

Oh Lord Who Art Wise in x86 Assembler

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Paul Marks takes what he thinks is a diversion away from a discussion about rational ignorance and into the power of individuals: In 2012 any competent computer person would have told Mr Romney that you do NOT use a new voter finding system on election day. It will crash – and even if it does…

Arms in Iraq

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Robert Tyler is keeping an eye on the Middle East for the Backbencher: About this time last year the US, UK and French governments were looking into the possibility of offering support to rebel groups in Syria. I made my opposition very clear on this Blog and many others. My opposition was on the basis…