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+

One of our own has passed on

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It makes me incredibly sad that a young, bright and aspiring libertarian has passed away. The last time we spoke, I mentioned the possibility of her reading some of her fiction at a Libertarian Home meetup. It seemed there was all the time in the world to organise that. Now, the time has gone. Christina…

The “A-kasse” system: voluntary welfare in Denmark

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The Guardian has a strange story looking at the number of Britons claiming unemployment abroad (looking at the bar chart, far fewer than the number of EU migrants claiming here, not that the story tells you that in words). Tacked onto the end of the piece is a section on the Danish system which eliminates all the scope…

Report details per head NHS spending

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A new report by the Public Accounts Committee examined total funding for a area and calculated the amount invested per head based on GP lists. The Telegraph badly misquotes the report but the essence of it is that given a par value of £1400 per head: The committee had found “huge variations” in funding with…

Speech precedes politics

Free Speech = Reason = Progess

There seems to be a belief that society should get together and create a body that decides what is good speech and what is bad speech. Recent noteworthy examples are Leveson, the gagging law and Mehdi Hassan, but I include the private correspendence of colleagues, in particular one or two colleagues of an Islamic persusion.…

#JeSuisCharlie a vigil for Charlie Hebdo

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I went there feeling angry, “how could anyone shoot dead cartoonists for drawing pictures?” and defiant. The newspaper I work for, a job that pays the bills, had spoken out blaming Charlie Hebdo for a lack of common sense. I wanted to distance myself from that and associate myself with prominent English supporters of the…

Change of Venue

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Libertarian meetups have been happening at the Rose and Crown on the first Thursday since at least 2007, to my certain knowledge. I once said that this would never change. I said that because the meeting had become a tradition of the community that was bigger than any one person. I did not feel I…

Back on the walk

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So 2015 starts out a bit bumpy. We are, somewhat predictably, moving pub, and the server that brings you all the best libertarian content here caught an expensive cold and needed to be quickly euthanised and replaced. Now things are running a little more smoothly there is time to do the traditional New Years reflection,…

The fluffy bit at the end of the first movie

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Do you remember the end of The Followship of the Ring? Of course you do. After a long walk – a very long walk, actually – Sean Bean’s character, a human general, makes a play to take the ever-so-tempting Ring of Power from Frodo just as some Orcs arrive looking for the Hobbits. There is…