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Munich: more large scale violence 

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There is an ongoing shooting “rampage” in Munich according to local police and AFP. It is being covered in all media. Video of the shooter has emerged (not for the feint hearted): VIDEO: Unconfirmed footage of the shooter opening fire in #Munich – @engelhardteliaspic.twitter.com/fKHBKp4RZb — Conflict News (@Conflicts) July 22, 2016 The BBC are strenuously…

MPs interfering again

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Iain Wright MP has called the practices of the company Sports Direct “closer to those of a Victorian workhouse”. I looked into what defined a Victorian workhouse and found this helpful  home work guide: Before 1834, poor people were looked after by buying food and clothing from money collected from land owners and other wealthy…

Trident to be renewed

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The Trident nuclear missile system will be renewed after MPs voted in favour with a majority of 355. You can read the MPs debate on Hansard. Razi G gave an objectivist perspective earlier today arguing that nuclear weapons are an essential defence mechanism. Nico Metten took the opposing view condemning the system as unethical and…

Trident must be renewed

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In his speech at an anti-Trident rally in February, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “You don’t achieve peace by planning for war”. Of course the opposite is true, and Corbyn knows it; nothing would make us more vulnerable to an attack than showing that we are unprepared or unwilling to defend ourselves against it. War…

Truck attack kills 84 in Nice

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We read the news from France with sadness. An attack on the people of France on Bastille Day is an attack on liberty, equality and fraternity – values we understand and which are similar to our own. The French authorities are treating the incident, perpetrated by a Franch Tunisian, as an ideological “terror” attack. In…

Article 50 Protest to Welcome May

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Often sound lefty-libertarians “Spiked” are organising a protest calling on Theresa May to invoke Article 50. Tom Slater, campaign convenor,said “Warm words, and assurances that ‘Brexit means Brexit’, won’t wash.” My own view is that Article 50 need not be triggered especially quickly, as long as it is triggered – but it may be helpful…

Libertarians shouldn’t support Gary Johnson

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Voting in elections is never an easy task for an advocate of capitalism. The choices with which we’re confronted consist of slight variations, but even the best choices are terrible; they only become acceptable to us when we take a good look at the alternative. Americans tend to have it a little easier than Brits…

A ray of light?

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What does this mean? As the Government reforms public services, we should encourage public sector workers to set up mutuals. Does this mean that responsibilities will shift from government departments to independent bodies? Let’s hope so. I have not yet found anything else to like in Theresa May’s quickly-mooted leadership speech. It could indeed have…

We’ll probably Remain in the EU

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At the age of 20, my political views already formed, I followed the general election in Israel, the country I called home back then, very closely. Less than a year earlier the second intifada had reached its peak, with suicide bombings becoming a part of everyday life, until operation Defensive Shield set the Palestinian terrorists…

Soliciting opinions on Brexit

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In the run up to the referendum I planned a fairly soft approach to backing the leave option. I took seriously that I should not appear to misrepresent the libertarian grass-roots but I felt personally that leave was the best option. I saw that there was minimal dissent from that view amongst the Libertarian Home…