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Trump Is Good News For The Establishment

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

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

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 and favours Trump. 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 candidate.…

GOSH a principle!

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

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

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…

A week of Objectivist events 

Low taxes and drug legalisation are not merely uncontroversial positions among free market advocates, they’re pretty much the consensus. What is controversial, and in fact denied by most people, is the notion that such policies, or indeed any political views, are part of the philosophy we hold (whether explicitly or implicitly), and derive from our…

Speaker Profile Gintas Vilkelis 

Dr Gintas Vilkelis has had an interesting career spanning physics, silicon design, psychology and politics. He now sits on the research council of Parliament Street, a think tank affiliated to the Conservative  Party which enjoys a similar online profile to Libertarian Home. He was also on the Board of Advisors of Young Britons for Liberty. I…

Am I Alt-Right?

Sometimes an expression appears for something that you never quite knew how to articulate. The ‘Alt-Right’ is the new phrase on every political commentator’s lips. This loose collection of gleefully obtuse and contemptuous keyboard warriors have risen to prominence on the back of Donald Trump’s election campaign, loudly cheering from the digital sidelines. What should…

The 4 most important points Gary Johnson didn’t get to make

by Luke TerryIn many ways, last night’s Presidential Debate was great television. Both sides delivered as expected: Trump acted like a buffoon and Clinton lied through her teeth. Overall Hilary won by staying quiet and letting Trump ramble on like a drunk uncle at a family BBQ, but Trump did manage to land a couple…