News

Could the FT swing right?

IMG_0077-1.jpg

The Financial Times is a media organisation. As you enter you are greeted by a painting of a shark being eaten by ever larger sharks opposite a drawing of Richard Branson made up like Che Guevara.  Amongst its general staff there are closer links with organisations like the BBC and the Guardian than the Times…

Is Auntie Really On Her Death Bed?

old-bbc-logo

There are few institutions in British society so loved as the BBC. It is surprising then, that culture secretary John Whittingdale has had the audacity to present to parliament a green paper outlining potential changes in the future scale and scope of the BBC. The organisation is undoubtedly the relic of a bygone era, especially…

Greed is good for girls

wpid-article-2514720-0063AE4500000258-876_306x423.jpeg

The least interesting thing in the argument over the “gender pay gap” is the statistical evidence. Mainly because statistics are inherently boring, but also because the relevant statistics here show that the “gender pay gap” does not actually exist, bringing the argument swiftly to an end. People like arguing; and arguments are rarely as boring…

Liberland crisis

liberland-arrests

I have caught a bit of that Liberland bug that is going round. Extreme enthusiasm peppered with sporadic desires to Do Something Helpful. This has, perhaps regrettably, dampened the symptoms somewhat: It seems that Liberland is not yet easily accessible even to young keen healthy activists, those able to outrun police officers in knee high…

Did Richard Overton Preempt Ayn Rand?

West_View_of_Newgate_by_George_Shepherd_(1784-1862)

Here is a part of the shaft of the literary arrow fired by Richard Overton against all tyrants and tyranny, … from the prison of Newgate in 1646: this by nature everyone’s desire aims at and requires; for no man naturally would be befooled of his liberty by his neighbour’s craft or enslaved by his neighbour’s might.…

The Costs of Control

slick-lpuk-website-demo

As a software developer I want to tell you some things about autonomy, so that the story below makes sense. Autonomy is really very important in software development. The reason has absolutely nothing to do with computers and everything to do with economics. If you want a really very clear self-aware and powerful example of…

Freelancers deserve to choose their terms in the marketplace

Head in Hands

I am told Libertarian Home spends too much time on economics and – guilty as charged – have blundered around on Twitter and Reddit for relevant material, as a service to you, dear reader. At the intersection of economics and social freedom I recently came across this story of a corporate fightback against social justice warriors and…

“Oxi”, is and ought

wpid-Greece-600x291.png

In the latest stage of the most drawn out crisis in modern history, 38.31% of Greek voters have chosen to reject austerity. This is wonderful news for free-marketeers who live on social media but not in Greece. Greece can now have its own currency, and adopt a rigorous “hard money” policy. The financial juggling acts…

An option for Greece

greek-beach-ship-Alehins

There is a succinct piece on explaining that Greece has 5, not 2 options before it. I want to put forward a sixth. Before I do that, a summary of the other 5: 1. Greece stays in the Eurozone 2. Greece keeps the euro, but stays outside the eurozone – “The Montenegro Option” 3. A…

Incomprehensible Savagery

dylan-roof

The murder of nine black church goers by Dylan Roof was an act of incomprehensible savagery. Since the event, there has been much discussion, the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina Statehouse and the President has broken out in song. I often feel averse to thinking about events such as these in any…