Counter Economics

Counter economics is not just for agorists

The former communications director of the LPUK, Ken Fergusson, writes: I believe the correct libertarian response to democracy (and government) is to ignore it. Ken is not only inconsistent, he is wrong. One should not simply ignore that which is being done to you constantly. Today is Tax Freedom Day, and yet is it nearly…

Your NHS GP is a Libertarian, but doesn’t know it

‘Getting to see you is like trying to get tickets to see a rockstar’ a retired lady observed yesterday in clinic. This was probably the most polite expression of a patient’s frustrations around access to a GP that I’ve heard in my career, and it summed up the plight of UK general practice perfectly. You…

Building Galt’s Gulch

Astonished. That was the overwhelming thought I was left with after listening to a 73 minute podcast between the brash, sexually liberated, libertarian American, ‘King of the Nerds’, Brian Sovryn and a mild mannered, boat loving, free thinking futurist and software engineer from Scotland named David Irvine. The latter has spent the last 8 years…

Could Direct Care shame the NHS into reform?

Direct Care or “Concierge Medicine” is a reformed way to pay for health care that is gaining in popularity in the United States, there is even a SitCom about a Direct Care practitioner in the wealthy Hamptons but this is not only for royalty. This model has the potential to create a new health-care sector…

What are these guys doing?

When I encountered this video randomly, it took me a while to work out what was happening. Pitches? For what? What’s with the folks running around pretending to be chickens and what does all this have to do with psychological experiments?

Project Meshnet

A couple of clicks away from Ven Portman’s call to arms, posted yesterday, is Project Meshnet. When I suggested we needed to help each other learn about distributed computing, this is the kind of thing I had in mind. I like how this video is produced, and I like what it’s selling: One gripe though.…

Politics of Jeff Bezos

When I heard that Jeff Bezos had purchased the Washington post I, like many, thought “hang on, isn’t he one if those libertarian techy types?”, so on Tuesday I posted, to the effect that indeed he might be, and earned myself the a place in the esteemed “Samizdata Quote of The Day” series. It seems…

Seasteaders: ready to make this dream come true if you are

The Seasteader’s strategy of creating new freer countries to provide competition for old authoritarian ones is conceptually powerful but always seemed slightly unlikely. The thought of living in a tiny community at sea means the default position for anyone supportive is it sounds great, but is “not for me”. Nevertheless Patri Friedman has long been…