Policy

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

The last patient

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‘Sir we’ve found him!’ Sir Winston Johnston Roxville’s hearing, at the age of 72, was as good as it was at 27, yet the only thing he could think to say at that exact moment was, ‘Pardon?’ ‘The last patient, we’ve found him!’ exclaimed Jenkins, the parliamentary undersecretary for the NHS. Sir Roxville stood from…

Three Reasons Why Neutralism Is The Best Foreign Policy

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One of the attractive features of capitalism is that those in political power will actually do more for their people when they do less. The idea of a centrally planned economy where everything from price to distribution is determined by the government may have noble goals for committing to such a social arrangement but ultimately…

12 libertarian policy statements

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I find myself thinking, once again, in terms of leaflets. In particular I had an idea to produce a postcard with policy statements on the writable side. Check boxes might invite the owner to tick the boxes they agree with and share and compare what they ticked with other people. On the glossy side? Something eye…

The Common Agricultural Policy – a costly protectionist racket

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‘The Common Agricultural Policy forces consumers to pay ‘two or three times more for food than we would pay without the policy’ – Dalia Grybauskaite, EU budget commissioner  “The way to build lasting economic growth [in Africa] is for Europe to end the CAP“ -Sir Digby Jones, former Chairman, CBI. The Common Agricultural Policy is…

Buy one get one free, like it or not: Anarchy and Libertarianism

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Richard Carey wrote a post about anarchy last week in response to a post of mine that was not about anarchy. My views on the possibility of anarchy (along with a corrective to Richard’s fond beliefs about “social contracts”) can be found in Anarchy, and nothing but anarchy, but there are a few criticisms of…

Do not stop being angry: Ashya King and the Parental State

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The sinister interference of the British state into family life grows ever more contemptible. Such notions as an Englishman’s home being his castle, the right to privacy and , yes, the right of a family to freely choose what is best for their child are privileges made of dust that crumble on closer inspection. This…

Too Unlimited: Adventures in constitutional scepticism

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On a trip to the Smithsonian exhibit, Homer Simpson takes the original copy of the US Bill of Rights out of its case and, as you might predict, gets chocolate on it. The security guards present are not amused. Attempting a remedy, Homer licks it off – but he removes a part of the text…

Private waste recycling is real

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It’s very real. In fact private waste recycling is a daily event for the producers of commercial waste. I have walked past vans owned by various private waste processing firms outside restaurants in London in the early morning, I have photos to prove it. Each van was decorated in the livery of a different company,…

An argument for a British Bill of Rights

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A manifesto for freedom, constitutional reform to undo the vandalism of New Labour and the ECHR, a five year plan for the restoration of liberty and justice… it sounds fantastic, but sadly these are the thoughts of a dreamer. Such a proposition is not going to be implemented in this country, for shame. A government…