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News, profiles and updates from people and insitutions in the comminity.

The importance of institutions

Michael writes with reference to the strategy workshop, to suggest the following video. The piece argues that creating institutions to support activism and draw people together is key to the effectiveness of principled intellectual activism, particularly where self-interested gains or losses are diffuse, as they are for libertarians. When he posted this I thought that…

Meeting with Nic Coome

The Southwark Drinks were attended last night by Nic Coome, who is registered with the EC as chairman of the Libertarian Party UK. The party is currenlty split with a rump of legally registered officers and the NCC’s appointees claiming the same posts. We’d heard from Tim Carpenter for the NCC as he lives locally, but it was the first time anyone from the rump had come to London to talk to activists.

Putting theory into practice

The mandate to govern is notionally based on democracy – they have the right to oppress us because we voted for them to do so, by why would people ever vote to leave the relative safety of the UK state? There are, after all, many more statists than libertarians. There is a simple answer. It could happen if the voters in a region could be shown, clearly and unequivocally, that to vote to secede from the UK was indisputably and massively in their personal economic interest.

Who is Gavin Webb?

With Gavin getting increasingly involved with the running of the Libertarian Party, standing in Uttoxeter, and in the mire of the Party’s unique challanges, I thought it was about time We heard a bit more about him.

One of the strangest aspects of the Libertarian Party as an activist is that individuals use all pseudonyms online and rarely get together in person, so it’s quite common for activists to know very little about each other, how they earn a living and what got them into politics in the first place.

Gavin Webb to stand for Uttoxeter Town Council

Gavin Webb, former Liberal Democrat and ex-Communications-Director for the UK Libertarian Party has announced he is standing for Uttoxeter Town council. He stands as “the candidate with libertarian principles”. Uttoxeter is a town of 13,039 in Staffordshire. The controversial poll,  allegedly called at the instigation of the Conservatives, takes place on Thursday, 7th July in…