Policy

A Libertarian Party must have a libertarian manifesto. A document explaining what libertarians would do with their five years in power.

Dismantling The Basic Income Proposal

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The basic income is an idea that is being discussed in many countries and political circles at the moment. The idea is to give every citizen of a state a certain amount of money, unconditionally every month. It is in essence a proposal to organize the welfare state differently to make it work better. Understanding…

The Collateral Damage Problem in “Eye in the Sky”

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‘Eye in the Sky’ is the latest Hollywood film dealing with the wars of the American Empire. This one however, is a bit different. Other than the usual military glorification that we have seen in films like “American Sniper” or “Zero Dark Thirty”, the film actually does challenge the audience to deal with the real…

Options for Port Talbot

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Tata Steel (part of Tata Group– an Indian multinational conglomerate) has decided to sell its entire business in the UK, threatening thousands of British jobs. The reason why we’re here is because we just cannot compete with China, causing Tata Steel to lose £1 million a day. According to a recent article by the BBC,…

Why Is Trump So Successful?

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A lot of people seemed to be baffled by the success that a rude dupe like Donald Trump has on the ballot box at the moment. The establishment is fighting tooth and nails to try to stop him from winning. But no matter what they do, the more they fight him the more approval he…

Tyranny Through Transparency

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In the generation of my grandparents, it was almost common sense to have an offshore bank account with some money in it that no government new about. This was not so much to avoid taxes. They grew up in the 1920s and 30s in Germany. They experienced first hand how bad politics can get. They…

What should a liberal health service look like in 2016?

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What should a liberal health service look like in 2016? A recent study may offer a partial answer. The study, which examined the effect of palliative care on patients with incurable cancer found, perhaps unsurprisingly, improvements in patients’ quality of life and reduced instances of depression. Those patients who had been assigned palliative care were…

Syed’s Prescription Won’t Fix His Kinetic Problem

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Syed Kamall, a leading MEP and a recent visitor to this parish, has written an article for Venture Beat. The basic thrust is, amongst other things, that there are not enough programmers. He gives examples of private sector solutions which read as evidence there is a problem, then suggests visa liberalisation. The article is stuffed with words…

The numbers, Finland! What do they mean?

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Finland looks set to scrap its existing welfare system, and bring in a basic income of €800 (£576) a month. And modern, all too modern libertarian hearts are a-flutter because our gods, Milton Friedman and the Adam Smith Institute, are fond of the basic income – or at least something sufficiently similar to the basic…

War Is The Enemy Of Liberty

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Admittedly, I have very little faith in violence as a problem solving tool in general. But I am not a pacifist. I do believe there is a time to fight back. If someone shoots at you, you certainly have every right to shoot back in order to avert the attack. In that sense, I really…