Theory is one thing, but to build the free friendly and prosperous society we want we need to persuade everybody to leave everyone else alone. It sounds simple, but how do we persuade them to try it?

Amazon is one of the best tools we have

© Carl Malamud

I’m beginning to feel like Amazon is one of the best tools we have for changing the world. Hear me out. I’ve been self-publishing for about a year and watching how the community of Amazon creators work together and function. I’ve been impressed by the way so many writers, editors and designers help each other…

Libertarian World Computer Simulation


I just took a “Libertarian Purity Test” that asked me a long list of yes or no questions, many of which I wanted to say “neither” or “it depends”. Some simple questions were: “Should the Fed be abolished and replaced with free banking and privately-issued money?” (Yes of course) “Should all drugs be legalized for adults?”…

“FREEDOM!” A Modern Manifesto of Liberty


On the Fourth of July, 2013, a former soldier and Republican congressional candidate filmed himself loading a shotgun on Freedom Plaza, in Washington DC. “We will not be silent. We will not obey. We will not allow our government to destroy our humanity,” he said into the camera as he loaded the weapon with live…

Words and things; or, When did MILFs get so young?


I don’t know if it’s a sign that I’m getting old, or if it’s a symptom of the awesome terrifying age of hyper-sexualisation we live in – but, man! MILFs just aren’t what they used to be. It used to be if you were searching for “milfs” on the internet (as opposed to searching for…

Too clever by half?


Do you know many people who are keen on murder? No? How about rape? Do you know many people that are big fans of rape? What about robbery? Assault? Fraud? Anything aggressive? No, me neither. So why aren’t libertarians in the majority? Maybe we’re shooting ourselves in the foot by presenting libertarianism as a theory.…

Politicians, Problems and Politics

© Graeme Maclean

Here’s a popular argument: Politicians nowadays are to a man non-entities, totally unable to capture the public’s imagination. To compensate for this they’re doing lots of trivial, silly things. Unfortunately this is only alienating voters further, and fewer and fewer are bothering to vote at all. What is needed – if our democracy is not…

Selling like bog paper

© Brandon Blinkenberg

Some things, like obscure political monologues, sell a few thousand copies to a reluctant audience. Other, more practical things sell like buggery because people actually want them and use them regularly, like soap or bogpaper. To make libertarianism sell like bogpaper, we need to find a problem that everyone wants solved, be the solution to…

Freedom and The Seven Deadly Sins


If you knew you had half an hour left to live, how would you live it? Would you obey a humiliating command and run naked to your death, as the Nazis commanded their victims do? Let’s get serious for a moment. Think about yourself. Your past. Your family. The choices you’ve made, your fate, your…

The UK as 100 Income Tax Payers


A design agency is hawking around this interesting infographic, visualising the demographics of the UK income tax in percentage terms. It’s really quite something that a mainstream PR company looking to place a tax-themed promotional infographic knows enough about libertarianism that it contacts a libertarian blog, libertarianism is obviously getting noticed. I would take them…

Free lunches

free lunch

Some of the folks on the left don’t realize is that ‘corporatism’, is only possible once you’ve injected government into the economy.