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 the benevolent logic of Objectivism. Find him on Google+

Quake struck Nepal, before the quake

We were also offered a place on this planned chopper-ride.

A little over two years ago I was deep in the Himalayas enjoying an adventurous honeymoon. It is emotional to see the place where we landed is now a hub for the collection of the stranded and the dead, rather than trekkers and their supplies. Though, I cannot help but think that life up there…

An “inability to deal with reality”

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“To put it even more simply, with the Milibands of this world, we are dealing with the mentality of a child. Now, I don’t care whether Miliband looks or sounds odd, or is a tosser who knifed his brother in the back, so to speak, although I suppose these things do matter. What, at root,…

How have spoilt ballots been interpreted before?

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After stating my intent to spoil the ballot I got push back from various anarchists. Some said my amusing message would not be read, this is obviously true and not the point – the point is to change the election statistics. Others stated that an elevated spoiled vote count would be interpreted as a desire to do…

We thought we knew about war

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Series two of popular US TV show The 100 finished its UK run this week. The series had a dark, epic, complex plot hiding under the covers of a teen sci-fi drama. The final episode was a corker, disturbing, dramatic and thought-provoking it’s only weakness is that the prelude to season 3 did not look…

Robert Downey Junior in “not a liberal” shocker

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What is it that Krishnan Guru-Murthy really wants to talk about? More importantly, why? Is it really so odd to him that someone successful and popular might be a “not liberal” i.e. not a subscriber to the Guardian/BBC/Channel 4/FT community’s shared ideology? For the record, I would only admire RDJ all the more if he happened…

How I will be voting

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The previous UK election was an EU election. It would have been inconsistent with my desire for a responsible media and a small state to vote other than against the media and against the EU. Let’s be clear about what a UKIP vote was at the previous election: it was a vote against the existence…

Election Night Special

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I’m pleased to be able to tell you that, thanks to a secret army of minions, Libertarian Home on May 7th will come from the venue of an all night gathering in West Brompton. This is a third party commercial event, of which we will be a substantial part. If you want the usual Libertarian…

Audio: Making Change Within Your Lifetime

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This rather noisy recording is from the Fine Line – the dinner and drinks venue for the Liberty League Freedom Forum 2015. Brian Micklethwait, Charlotte Bowyer and Guy Herbert joined myself for a wide ranging chat about how they have do and have done libertarian activism. http://bb8df32ebb1b60e7a7f6-dd84e330d6bc6c322cf4b9415c94c358.r24.cf2.rackcdn.com/making-change.mp3 I think all the participants looked at their…

My Liberty League Picks

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So I am sat in the foyer with a fellow Objectivist looking through the Liberty League schedule. Here are my picks: The Magna Carta keynote: you can’t avoid the keynote, there is nothing else on. I do wonder what this is doing here though apart from ticking a “its an anniversary box”. A constitutional reboot…

Feminist Jazz Hands

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So you’ve all by now heard the story about people at an NUS womens’ conference getting anxious because of all the clapping, and officials asking conference attendees to please do “jazz hands” instead. If you didn’t hear, then here are the tweets that triggered the meme: @nuswomcam please can we ask people to stop clapping but…