Libertarian Ideas

Practical action is needed, but action must stem from ideas. If we don’t have the ideas we cannot succeed. So what is libertarianism? What are the challenges and what are the benefits?

In the pursuit of happiness

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The other day the hashtag “I’m hard Left” trended on Twitter, and, as you might expect, it attracted some rather ironic, and amusing, responses. One of the sincere tweets (I don’t recall the author) went something like this: “I’m hard left because I dare to demand fairness and equality for everyone in one of the…

Opportunities in purity

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The designers of Formula 1 motor cars are well-known for being good at the very peculiar job of making the fastest possible car within a set of constraints designed to slow them down. This is because they do not focus upon the constraint but focus instead on finding something they can do to make the…

Did Richard Overton Preempt Ayn Rand?

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Here is a part of the shaft of the literary arrow fired by Richard Overton against all tyrants and tyranny, … from the prison of Newgate in 1646: this by nature everyone’s desire aims at and requires; for no man naturally would be befooled of his liberty by his neighbour’s craft or enslaved by his neighbour’s might.…

Sexual Apartheid In Football

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The following is the transcript of an interview I managed to obtain with one of the leading figures in the world of football. For some reason the mainstream media has neglected to publish it.   KF: Thank you very much for your time. You’re welcome. What would you like to talk about? KF: Well I’d like…

Decisions, decisions…

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A reader asks: “What is a stateless society and how are decisions made in this type of society?” As the asking was done anonymously via the search bar, I don’t know if what follows will be satisfactory, but I hope it is at least somewhat helpful. We can kill two birds with one stone if…

How to get eaten by bears

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In the well-known story, Goldilocks, lost in the woods, happens upon a house. Opening the door she finds three bowls of porridge on the dining table, and, being awfully hungry, sits down to eat. The first bowl of porridge is too hot and the second too cold, but the third bowl is just right. Hunger…

The virtuosity of individualism

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Conventional wisdom dictates that individualism is a destructive force which has enraptured and degraded our society. According to leftist orthodoxy it manifested itself in our culture with Thatcherism and rampant consumerism and has infected the “selfish” millennial generation, the only explanation for their worrying right-wing tendencies. Conventional wisdom is, as is so often the case, quite wrong. I…

Government: a public good and a problem

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Are there goods that only government can produce? The belief that there are is what distinguishes the classical liberal from the market anarchist. The textbook definition of a public good is one that is “non-excludable” and “non-rivalrous”. Non-excludablity means that the good cannot be provided for some without being provided for all. Non-rivalrous means that…

Speech precedes politics

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There seems to be a belief that society should get together and create a body that decides what is good speech and what is bad speech. Recent noteworthy examples are Leveson, the gagging law and Mehdi Hassan, but I include the private correspendence of colleagues, in particular one or two colleagues of an Islamic persusion.…

What society does this (does he –) aim at?

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It is the time-honoured tradition to divide libertarians into two more or less broad camps: one that believes in ‘natural rights’ and one that believes in ‘utils’. But which is better? There’s only one way to find out… Just kidding. Say you didn’t care for either, though, and someone came along and held a gun…