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.

Thursday Speaker: David Atherton

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David is chairman of Freedom 2 Choose a “lifestyle freedom association” who campaigns for less government interference in our lives. He is known to some as “the smoking bloke” although Tobacco Tactics – a website that describes the hideous machinations of Big Tobacco – has almost nothing substantive, and nothing at all negative – to say…

Brian Micklethwait on Childrens’ Rights

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I found (unearthed?) this video while searching for images of Thursday’s speaker, Brian Micklethwait. What do you think? A bit more on Brian. Brian is insanely well-known around Libertarian circles. Everyone knows he was involved in the Libertarian Alliance during it’s hey day and is responsible for all those LA leaflets and tactical notes that…

Video: Travelling on Russian Borders

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When Michael Jennings as born the world was neatly divided into US led and NATO allied West and a Russian dominated East, behind the Iron Curtain. The separation was obvious and physical – barbed wire was involved – and had consequences – acts as simple as fetching groceries worked very differently on either side. Now,…

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…