Richard Carey

The Levellers, falsely so called 2.0 part 1

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Some weeks ago I gave a speech to Libertarian Home on a subject of great interest to me, the Leveller movement from the time of the English Civil Wars and Revolution. For those who attended and for those who watch the video, I hope I managed to impart something of value, although, having watched it…

The Lunchbox Nazis Strike Again!

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A six-year-old boy has been expelled from school and the nursery place of his younger brother has been withdrawn after he turned up with some crack cocaine in his lunchbox. No wait! It wasn’t crack cocaine, it was a packet of mini-cheddars. The story will surprise few parents, who are well aware of the ludicrous…

Does the Bill Roache acquittal mark the turning of the tide?

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Ever since the Jimmy Savile scandal blew up, we have witnessed a parade of yesteryear’s stars being dragged before the courts to face historic charges of sex crimes. The degree to which the police and CPS have been pursuing these cases seems to be in direct inverse ratio to the impunity both bodies granted Savile…

Farage speaks sense on guns; incurs wrath of establishment

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Rare is the British politician prepared to challenge the post-Dunblane gun restrictions, so it is a welcome change that Nigel Farage has criticised the draconian prohibition on all hand-guns brought in by Blair’s Labour administration.  He notes the ludicrous position in which the nation’s medal-winning shooting team have been placed, having to leave the country…

Arrest Blair: Monbiot is right

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I have in the past attacked George Monbiot for his views on economics and other related matters, but I wholly concur with his desire to have Tony Blair arrested, in pursuit of which he is offering plucky citizens a reward for attempting a citizen’s arrest on the man. It is of course true that such…

What should libertarians be doing in 2014?

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It may be just my impression, but the political tides flowing in England at present and for the next few months do not seem particularly conducive to libertarian involvement.  The most important event on the political calendar is the forthcoming European elections, the key element of which will be how well UKIP manages to do. …

News from the Drug War

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Two stories emerging in the last days shed light on the Mexican drug war.  First the mainstream reporting of something already well-known to many; the US government has been backing the Sinaloa Cartel for over a decade, as it has risen to become the most powerful cartel on both sides of the border.  This ties…

The National Secular Society’s Latest Inane Campaign

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Whenever I see a story about the National Secular Society, my usual response is irritation. In order to justify its action, it needs to manufacture some kind of suffering where none exists. What I see is a petty vindictiveness masquerading as injury, together with a zeal reminiscent of Cromwell’s miserable Christmas goose-confiscators. The latest example…