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Gauke’s outrageous arrogance

It seems that Joey Jones is perhaps the most sensible (and liberal) member of the political-media elite today. You all know what he was talking about, but before watching the video of him, read what was actually said by Mr Gauke. Guido has the quote: Legitimate use of reliefs, for example taking out a tax-free…

Liberal Celebrates Regulation, Calls It Deregulation

A month ago I honestly had no idea what LIBOR was. When the scandal at Barclay’s broke, I had people asking for my opinion on the matter. When that happened, I did something the left should consider doing now and should probably have been doing since the beginning. Something that may seem completely out of…

Tech: ACTA About To Pass As CETA, SOPA To Pass In Chunks

ACTA had been defeated, 478 to 39, in the European Parliament. This was an astounding victory for internet freedom. As I warned at the time, this was but a single battle in what promises to be a long, drawn out conflict, made necessary by the hands of the entertainment industry. However, over the next few…

Is There Any Point In Having A Constitution?

Well another Supreme Court of the United States judgement – and yet again SCOTUS has used the Constitution for toilet paper. In the 19th century there were a few terrible judgements (Dred Scott, Second Greenback Case….), but mostly the Supreme Court had some respect for the text of the Constitution (the Common Law way of dealing…

First you must reach the intellectuals

“Society’s course will be changed only by a change in ideas. First you must reach the intellectuals, the teachers and writers, with reasoned argument. It will be their influence on society which will prevail, and the politicians will follow.” – F.A. Hayek. This quote has been framed on the wall at the Institute of Economic…

The Open Internet Under Attack

The Internet is special because any two people on the ends of the network can connect, with no central authority in the middle having a say in it. Openess has allowed competition in the ultimate free-market. That marketplace of goods, services and ideas has sparked social, political and economic revolution. Centralised political control would destroy…

A Field Meets a Brick Wall

A few months ago, Tom Burroughes gave an enlightening talk on intellectual property to the assembled Libertarian Home group at the Rose & Crown. If you have not seen that talk, it’s available with an introduction by Simon, here. Whilst Tom’s talk was certainly interesting and managed to catch me completely unaware of one of…

Inevitably I’m bored

There just isn’t anything on the telly! Of course, there is something on the telly, there has been no major disaster of the kind that would stop broadcasters filling the airwaves with something. What I really mean, is that there is nothing of interest to me, and less of it than usual. Everything on TV…