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Hayek edges Keynes to victory

Last night’s Hayek vs Keynes debate was a pretty impressive affair. I arrived at the Old Building 15 minutes before kick off and ended up being the last person permitted into the East Building to watch on video link. The long queue of disappointed people behind me had to find alternative entertainment for the evening.…

Murdoch the Indefensible?

There is something troubling about the way this saga has been covered that stretches even to the libertarian blogosphere. Murdoch’s bid to buy BSkyB was a perfectly non-aggressive transaction, yet it was blocked. An application for permission he should not have needed was “deferred” and then abandoned due the pressure of the mob on the State to exercise it’s discretion over a private sale. I wonder if I am alone in noticing that this was wrong; that the State should never have had that discretion in the first place?

NCC agrees SGM agenda outline

I have been passed the following message for publication: Dear member, I hope you forgive me for contacting you all again in this manner, but am writing to you today to let you know that I, as promised, did call an NCC meeting. This meeting had the sole purpose to vote for announcing and then…

Putting theory into practice

The mandate to govern is notionally based on democracy – they have the right to oppress us because we voted for them to do so, by why would people ever vote to leave the relative safety of the UK state? There are, after all, many more statists than libertarians. There is a simple answer. It could happen if the voters in a region could be shown, clearly and unequivocally, that to vote to secede from the UK was indisputably and massively in their personal economic interest.

Party reform round up

The first short-term goal of Libertarian Home was, and for the time being remains, to facilitate discussion of a specific set of proposals put forward by Max Andronichuk and Gavin Webb and Party re-organisation in general. Time has moved along and those articles are falling slowing off of the front page and down into obscurity.…

Breaking up the Party

Just as we cannot paper over the cracks and deny we have differences, we should not reject the values we have to offer one another over differences which do not relate to our purpose. The key, in my view is remaining focused on that purpose while choosing how to organise ourselves. We shouldn’t impose upon or reject one another if it does not support our goals.

The Fear of Freedom

Having libertarian views and living according to libertarian principles are two quite different things. The first is relatively easy, the second, much less so. There are many people who object to others exercising power over them and interfering with how they wish to live their lives, but it is much more difficult to allow others freedom and to refuse to take power over them. Yet, in my view, the latter is as necessary as the former for a libertarian.

Tim Carpenter calls for an SGM

In a message to emailed members, and available online, Tim Carpenter has announced his intention to call an SGM: This meeting is essential, in my view, as the Leader, Chair and Treasurer have resigned without and still refusing to sign over replacements as per Electoral Law, and so these posts should, in my view, be…