Libertarian Ideas

Practical action is needed, but action must stem from ideas. If we don’t have the ideas we cannot succeed. So what is libertarianism? What are the challenges and what are the benefits?

Does the Future Belong to SJWs?

On the recommendation of a friend, I have been reading The Descent of Man by the artist, sculptor and transvestite Grayson Perry. My friend said to me “if you want to understand modern feminism read this book.” The book is a mess of internal contradictions. For example, in one chapter, Perry talks about how forced gender…

The Power Problem

The most stinging critique of Anarcho-Capitalism comes from professor Noam Chomsky when he argues that such a social system would be a sick joke. This is because the result would be the consolidation of power into the hands of a few mega-wealthy individuals. These super-rich elites would then be in a position to coerce the…

The Real Meaning of Guy Fawkes Night

Though freedom is not a state of nature but an artefact of civilisation, it did not arise from design. The institutions of freedom, like everything freedom has created, were not established because people foresaw the benefits they would bring. But, once its advantages were recognized, men began to perfect and extend the reign of freedom…

Why Harvey Weinstein is a Threat to Liberty.

Disclaimer: Please note that in this article I do not presume Harvey Weinstein’s innocence or guilt in relation to several allegations of rape that he currently faces. I am going to be perfectly honest, if you asked me a week ago who Harvey Weinstein was I would have said that I didn’t know. Nevertheless, this…

Libertarians’ post-it policies on immigration

Last night’s meetup afforded an opportunity to poll attendees on immigration. I asked everyone to imagine themselves to be writing a manifesto and to state their policy on a post-it note. The goal of this exercise is to generate on-topic talking points for attendees, and is far from rigorous. 13% did not participate and the…

Are Guns The Problem

The news coming out of Las Vegas are truly disturbing. On Sunday night, a 64 old, local man, fired multiple rounds of machine gun fire into a big crowd of a country music festival. As I write this, at least 59 are dead, and 527 have been wounded. Most baffling of all, it seems difficult…

The Character of Capitalism

Ludwig Von Mises was the person who convinced me that a society with a minimal state could actually work. Therefore, I am ashamed to admit that it has taken me a rather long time to finally read his most political book. ‘Liberalism’ affirmed many things that I already believe. Yet, there were some sections of…

Bitcoin – Currency or Bubble?

Bitcoin, the first crypto currency of the world, has come a long way. When I first heard about it, I thought it was a joke. A purely digital currency, really? Since bits are almost free these days, it seemed obvious that the value of such a currency would have to be zero. It took me…

About That German Open Border Policy

I was born and raised in Germany, and I lived there for the first 28 years of my life. That is not to say that I feel particularly German. I have always been an individualist. What ties me to Germany is more family and friends rather than a patriotic feeling about this artificial political construct.…

Book Review: Private Governance by Edward Stringham

I first heard about Ed Stringham’s book quite some time ago and I never really thought about buying it. Good quality works of history written by libertarians are few and far between. However, when I discovered that Private Governance had been published by the Oxford University Press my interest got the better of me. Unless…