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?

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…

The Panama Papers Tell Us Nothing and We Have No Solutions

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What exactly do the Panama Papers tell us? Nothing, absolutely nothing. There is nothing surprising in the Panama Papers at all. The Guardian have made a good job of the whole shock horror, class war, what about the poor millenials thing, but ultimately there is very little to say. Is anyone surprised that wealthy people…

#Brexit: Can we be Proud of Britain’s History?

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British MP Liam Fox said last week in a speech discussing why Britain should leave the EU that Britain had a proud history that it didn’t have to hide from… “The United Kingdom, is one of the few countries in the European Union that does not need to bury its 20th century history” #scc16 —…

Some Thoughts on Racism

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It seems that calling someone a racist these days is one of the fastest ways to discredit that person’s opinions. That is why, for a lot of people, “playing the race card” is nothing but an ad hominem attack. It is the attempt to beat someone in a debate without actually having arguments. And indeed,…

Stability as a Business Model

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Google is making the news in the UK for an agreement with the government to pay an additional £130 000 000 in taxes that it allegedly owes the state for past business in this country. While the government argues that this is a great deal, the opposition criticizes the arrangement as not nearly going far…

A Libertarian Calculation Problem

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Some orthodox liberal thinking on Nico Metten’s “Heretical Thoughts on Libertarian Philosophy“. Libertarianism should be about liberty. Libertarians should want liberty to be maximised. Liberty is maximised when imposed costs are minimised, although since we live in a world of scarce resources some imposition of costs is unavoidable. Actions are, then, permissible from a libertarian…

The Freedom to Speak about Islam

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I’ve been frustrated recently for having become curious about Islam. Specifically, I have questions which I would like for a Muslim person to answer, but I can’t find anybody discussing such questions. What I find are mostly one way monologues from opposing sides. (in the last week or so, thanks to Trump, US media like…

Heretical Thoughts on Libertarian Philosophy

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There are various theories attempting to explain or justify Libertarianism. There are many important and influential thinkers in this movement, including people like Ayn Rand, Robert Nozick, David Friedman and of course Murray Rothbard. They have developed different schools of thought, each of which was more or less successful in making some converts. But besides…

Equality and Opportunity

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Even as an entirely utilitarian classical liberal it’s possible to, in theory, be worried about economic inequality. If a society is so unequal that we don’t have, nor cannot have, equality of opportunity then this isn’t a society that’s living up to the liberal ideals. We might therefore want to do something about said inequality.…