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The NHS should not be the only option for the middle class

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Guido is covering punch and counterpunch in a party political puppet show involving Cameron, Harriet Harman and Ed Milliband. Cameron is trying to make Labour look like a silly high-tax party (while not exactly promising to be a sensible low tax one). Harman, perhaps cleverly, seeks to justify progressive taxation and side step the argument…

Amazon is one of the best tools we have

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I’m beginning to feel like Amazon is one of the best tools we have for changing the world. Hear me out. I’ve been self-publishing for about a year and watching how the community of Amazon creators work together and function. I’ve been impressed by the way so many writers, editors and designers help each other…

The Kochs say a lot about the Libertarian Movement

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Recently Charles Koch wrote an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. Here one of the worlds most recognised businessmen outlined his vision for a better society. The Koch brothers (David & Charles) and their involvement in politics makes them some of the most controversial figures in contemporary America. For many, the Kochs are the very…

“FREEDOM!” A Modern Manifesto of Liberty

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On the Fourth of July, 2013, a former soldier and Republican congressional candidate filmed himself loading a shotgun on Freedom Plaza, in Washington DC. “We will not be silent. We will not obey. We will not allow our government to destroy our humanity,” he said into the camera as he loaded the weapon with live…

The Levellers, falsely so called 2.0 part 1

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Some weeks ago I gave a speech to Libertarian Home on a subject of great interest to me, the Leveller movement from the time of the English Civil Wars and Revolution. For those who attended and for those who watch the video, I hope I managed to impart something of value, although, having watched it…

Morals and Markets

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There is, of course, more than one path that can lead us to a passion for liberty. The two most well-worn are the moral and the economic. Talk of the ‘spiritual’ and ‘materialism’ can obscure how incredibly close these paths are to one another. Indeed for great stretches they overlap. A morality is a restraint…

Video: Political Marketing on Social Media

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At the start of April I gave a talk on Politics and Social Media  at the Rose and Crown. The aim was to provide some insights and learning to those involved in politics about how best to promote ideas and policies via social media. Over the weeks leading up to the talk I prepared my…

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

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‘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…

The death of the middle-class dream

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To those who find it hard to make ends meet, I’m sure my middle-class worries are insultingly trivial. You’re having a hard time sending your kids to private school? Well, boo hoo. Cry me a river. But it’s all relative. To a Mauritanian peasant, the average British welfare claimant is as rich as Midas, and…