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+

Alex hits a low near Looe

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Loneliness, the landscape and fatigue have caught up with Alex. The support of his friends and interested people on Facebook brought him out of it, and the help of local people such as those at the Driftwood B&B (click for map): Oh and we’ve also nearly made it to £1000 raised for RNLI!! Thank you…

Alexander Ellis-Roswell’s amazing trek for RNLI

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Alexander Ellis-Roswell, A 21 year old libertarian activist, has embarked on a 6,500 mile trek around the coast of Great Britain in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution – the voluntarily funded emergency service. A service which requires sophisticated hardware, specialist equipment and skills, beachside property and dozens of other things that make this…

Money Creation and Society debate transcript

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Earlier today, the issue of Money was debated in Parliament. You might say money is frequently debated in Parliament, but not quite like this. Steve Baker MP opened the debate thusly: I beg to move, That this House has considered money creation and society. The methods of money production in society today are profoundly corrupting…

Organising activism is hard, we should make it easier

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Through this blog, on a couple of occasions, I have been able to help organise street level activism. Each time, it has been immensely valuable to the project, but it is not easy. When Andy Janes had the idea of opposing the occupation of the London Stock Exchange by OccupyLSX, I helped drum up supporters…

Inequality and Labour Markets with Ben Etheridge

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It has been said that Ed Miliband has grasped the nettle of inequality by reframing the debate around the cost of living crisis meme. For some, this represents a final hope of justice – social justice, that is. Before considering the merits of the case I asked Ben Etheridge what had actually happened with respect…

Lionel Barber openly dismisses his own journalism

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From the Financial Times today, on the occasion of awarding a prize named after his paper (“FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award”) to the book “Capital in the 21st century” by Thomas Piketty: “While not everyone agreed on the policy prescriptions, we recognised the quality of the scholarship,” Mr Barber said on…

Overall taxation of low paid workers

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So I did a little research and found this table: “TABLE 14: Average incomes, taxes and benefits by decile groups of ALL households, 2011/12″ from the ONS. It says a worker earning at the second decile / first quintile earns (including benefits) £15,456. 80% of the population earn more than he does, so he is safely labelled as…

Vice and Taxation with Christopher Snowdon

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It stands to reason that if the purpose of a tax is to help someone – by reengineering their choices, as it is in this case – then the tax should have an effect that is essentially benign. After all what would be the purpose of driving a family to the point of starvation in…

Duncan Stott on Housing and planning

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I put it to Duncan that the incredible cost of housing is down to the planning system and we’re unlikely to get any disagreement on that. Duncan agrees and uses a fantastic analogy with the car market to demonstrate just how overplanned and overcontrolled the system is and how this leads to shortages and spiralling…