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Trump vs The World

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In a video message recently posted on Facebook, US President-elect Donald Trump vowed to introduce a rule by which at least 2 old regulations are eliminated for every new regulation introduced. While this may seem like a sound policy, further examination of his pre- and post-election vows show that for every good policy, Mr. Trump…

Places to watch Trump and the Decline of America

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Tonight’s “meetup” is full. I continue to see new RSVPs in various places so I am beginning to mentally rehearse the process of dealing with confusion and over-capacity. It is a little stressful, if I am honest. Let’s be clear about a few things. There are two ways to get registered – the Libertarian Home…

Castro’s Journey

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Fidel Castro was the son of a wealthy sugar plantation and land owner. He was an intellectually gifted, but difficult child who moved into political activity in his youth. He was a member of the anti-communist Partido Ortodoxo which opposed the corrupt government of Cuba. When General Fulgencio Batista seized power in 1952 Castro was…

Keep the Brexit alliance strong

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First of all thank you for letting me come and be here today. I am honoured to be able to address you. More so, because I appreciate that not many of you know me and I do not know many of you. There is a danger I will appear rude and I want you know…

Trump Is Good News For The Establishment

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A lot of commentators see Trump’s election as a victory against the establishment. I question that. Trump in my view is not very anti-establishment. This is just a mask he has put on to fool his supporters. But certainly a lot of the people who voted for him believe that they have just given the…

Democracy Will Win, The People Will Lose

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In our society “democracy” is a universally positive concept. Many people use it synonymously with freedom. Tyranny and democracy do not go together. It is remarkable that this positive image can continue to prevail, despite the fact that most people are ready to admit that there is a lot that is going wrong in politics.…

Trump will win

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The polls are too close. There is probably, with an apology to all Conservatives, a strong shy-Tory effect. The FBI “exoneration” of Hillary is probably nonsense but it happened. I would rather it was Hillary. If Hillary won it would have the benefit of left-wing policies, and their consequences, being blamed on an establishment left-wing…

GOSH a principle!

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I was heartened by this quote from a Great Ormond Street Hospital press release regarding the shameless hostility one of it’s employees expressed on BBC Question Time. I include a line from this news story for context: Angry viewers demanded the woman, said to be a language and speech therapist at the hospital, was sacked…

The Uber verdict

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An employment tribunal ruled that transportation service provider Uber must pay drivers who work with the service as employees, rather than self-employed, as is currently the case. The company is likely to appeal the decision. With around 30,000 drivers and 2 million users in London alone, Uber has completely transformed the private hire vehicle business,…

Identity Politics New And Old

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As Jordan Lee pointed out a few weeks ago, one of the many unfortunate side effects of Donald Trump’s successful bid for the Republican nomination has been the rise of identity politics on the right, so called alt-right movement. From neo-Nazis to people who merely want to express “pride” in their race (a sentiment the…