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Conceptual accuracy will not persuade ostriches

Libertarianism is a set of accurate political ideas, and objectivism a set of compatible accurate philosophical ones. Like many I was drawn to both by the fact that they made sense and were consistent. Arguments for libertarianism, and austrian economics in particular, would use day to day examples of individual human decisions that I could…

Open mic review

Thank you to everyone who attended last nights “open mic” event and helped make it a fun evening for everybody. I’d especially like to thank Michael Rudd, Rob Waller, Gavin Webb and Chris Mounsey for each of their talks. Michael Rudd had the challenging task of opening the night on the back of my announcement…

A new libertarian party must hit the ground running

Enthusiasm abounds for Gavin Webb’s initiative to start a new libertarian party here in the UK. So far it is just a mailing list sign up, a register of interested parties, but social media is buzzing with the inevitable and exciting question of the name. A name must work hard for any new enterprise, but…

Video: Intellectual Property: a dilemma for Libertarians

Tom Burroughes walks us through the libertarian, and some wider, arguments for and against the institution of Intellectual Property, including copyright, patents, trademarks design rights and secrets. For anyone without means to enjoy the video, Tom has provided the following summary: Libertarians place great importance on the institution of private property; private property is inseparable…

Barry Goldwater: Champion of the Constitution

Barry M Goldwater: a name that should reverberate in the hearts and minds of liberty-lovers the world over. The self-styled ‘Mr Conservative’, Goldwater was a five term Senator from the South-western state of Arizona, who whilst perhaps most famously went down to a crushing Presidential election defeat to Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964, paved the…

Freedom and Piracy

Some food for thought before the meeting on Thursday. After the non-aggression axiom, the right to own property has always been high on the list of fixations of those of a libertarian instinct. How property is defined, however, has been a matter of much debate, particularly with regard to “intellectual property”. On the one hand,…

That budget then

So, George Osborne has delivered this year’s budget – or, more accurately, confirmed the press leaks of the last few days. Misanthrope Girl is wondering why he even bothered standing up.

Honesty is a virtue that George Monbiot does not possess

Reason, purpose, self-esteem, independence, productivity, justice, integrity and honesty are the key virtues of the objectivist system. They are the primary secondary and tertiary corolaries of Rand’s metaphysical observation that what is real is objectively real, regardless of your opinion. That existence exists, and we aren’t making it up. In contrast, George Monbiot’s mendacious and…

The Challenges of the Abortion Debate

I am of the view that perhaps the greatest challenge a libertarian will face in defining their politics is when faced with the argument on abortion. A debate that has raged on for literally decades, it is perhaps one of the more troubling subjects with which some libertarians will struggle to get to grips. For…