Strategy

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?

Our own space to dance

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Since it’s Friday, a little music and poetry: What follows is a chunk of those lyrics, from just after the middle I think. Put your hands on your hipsBring your knees in tightYeah we do this shit together manNo fists, no fightsWe’re not trying to change the world So people think like usWe just want our own…

Lose weight, get results?

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Hey, you know what’s an incredibly fruitful way of passing the time? Dreaming up various “types of libertarian”. Coincidentally, it just so happens that I’ve recently invented/discovered a distinction that is so pregnant with earth-shattering implications that it may well change the course of human history: “Broadsheet” and “Tabloid” libertarians. Boo-yah! Trust me, you’ll want…

Not just less, more

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The modern world being the way it is, if you’re the sort who’d like to see the size of government decrease (no matter by how much) you’re likely to have heard variations on “If you don’t like it, leave” more times than you can remember. Usually it’s said with not only an air of self-satisfaction,…

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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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…