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+

NHS knew on Friday where Ashya had been taken

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This is the video message dated 30th August in which the father of a child with brain cancer appeals to the authorities to stop chasing him around Europe. Why did he end up a refugee? Because he dared to ask for a different medical treatment for his son, one which might stop his brain being damaged…

Libertarians and Science

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we must be wary of allowing any political ideology to blind us to objective reality. Our individual rights must be balanced against the rights of others Quite what this means nobody knows. Does the Guardian’s David Grimes define a right as something we are entitled to? In which case he intends that some people must…

Private waste recycling is real

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It’s very real. In fact private waste recycling is a daily event for the producers of commercial waste. I have walked past vans owned by various private waste processing firms outside restaurants in London in the early morning, I have photos to prove it. Each van was decorated in the livery of a different company,…

Cameron’s hollow endorsement

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What this cover photo – of Douglas Carswell and Dan Hannan’s “The Plan” – does not show is the clear endorsement David Cameron offered to Carswell ahead of the election. It was printed on the back cover, and related to the earlier pamphlet on which the book was based. The Plan itself consists of some…

Incentivising good content for Libertarian Home

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So you may have noticed a little change around here. The homepage has been redesigned extensively to showcase more clearly what Libertarian Home is for, it’s purpose and goals, and to create certain incentives for the people who contribute. Other pages, including article pages like this one, category, tag and author feeds are lagging behind.…

Gaza has fields

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One of the recurring themes in the complex discussion over the Israeli Palestine conflict, which resumed this week after some peace talks in Egypt, is the issue of whether Hamas is deliberately placing it’s rockets near to civilians in order to protect the launch crew and win a propaganda war by deliberately endangering civilians. This…

Our own space to dance

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Since it’s Friday, a little music and poetry: What follows is a chunk of those lyrics, from just after the middle I think. Put your hands on your hipsBring your knees in tightYeah we do this shit together manNo fists, no fightsWe’re not trying to change the world So people think like usWe just want our own…

The Causes of the Cost of Living Crisis

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The present Cost of Living Crisis isn’t only a tragedy for many, it is the rallying cry of the left who use it to re-label long-standing concerns about “inequality” and to demand unearned legislated pay rises. Ownership of this issue is an electoral battleground. Labour have taken the territory first, UKIP have expressed an intention…

Thursday Speaker: Christian Michel

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Christian Michel is the suave sophisticated and quintessentially French organiser of a monthly philosophy and culture meetup in his London home. He is also a long standing intellectual “leader” of the libertarian movement due to his involvement in the running of Liberalia and ISIL. His papers such as those on justice and value for the…

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…