Events

The Libertarian movement is a community of think-tanks, parties, academics, activists and campaign groups. Organised events offer a great opportunity meet like mind people and delve into the philosophical, strategic and legislative issues of the day.

Full Video: The Causes of the Cost of Living Crisis

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The cause of the cost of living crisis in Britain is Government. That is the overwhelming message of our October 23rd panel event. The panel discussed the origins of the meme, the origins of the crisis. We agreed that a decent standard of living is to be earned, not taken from others. On food pricing,…

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…

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…

Chris Mounsey on Energy costs and climate policy

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Chris Mounsey joined us for this section to talk about Energy prices. Chris’ superficially contentious central point – which none of the panelists actually disputed – was that the reason energy prices are high is becuase it is Government policy to increase them. That in order to protect the climate government policy has been to…

What you thought of the Causes of the Cost of Living Crisis debate

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Thanks everyone who came on Thursday. It was a fun, if exhausting experience, hosting an event like this, but I think managed to pull of a great evening. I’m particularly grateful for the speakers who brought their best arguments along for us to hear. All of the speakers delivered their arguments clearly and concisely and demonstrated deep insight in…

Cost of Living Panelist: Kristian Niemietz

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The job of a chairman is a little like that of a goal keeper. You only get remembered when it goes wrong. It nearly went wrong with Kristian. The first time I remember hearing his name was on the programme of Liberty League Freedom Forum where he was chairing a debate on the role of…

Cost of Living Panelist: James Bloodworth

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James Bloodworth, 31, is editor of the progressive evidence led blog site Left Foot Forward, which was founded by Will Straw. Born in Somerset he studied politics at Nottingham Trent and achieved a masters in journalism from City University in London. He has lived in and (as economic circumstances dictated) around London since 2010. James has written…