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+

Libertarian policies by measurement ommission

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Simon, you are using the words ” measurement omission” in a headline. You had better explain. Ayn Rand made several important philosophical contributions. One of those was the epistemological idea that “concepts”, primary ones at least, are identical with sets of real things. She called them “existents” (things that exist) or “referents” (things referred to…

Video: Consent with Christian Michel

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Christian Michel joined us at the Rose and Crown on August 7th to deal with an important issue. As advertised, the premise of the talk was that consent is considered to be the foundation of proper human interactions, but yet it is not frequenty discussed as a concept in it’s own right. How is consent…

Thursday Speaker: Andy Bolton

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Andy is an outgoing, opinionated and occasionally surreal regular at the Rose and Crown. It is fortunate that he is always interesting to talk to because talking is his usual state of being. He is the only speaker ever to appear at a Libertarian Home event who – when ten minutes over a ten minute…

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…