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?

Sexual Apartheid In Football

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…

The virtuosity of individualism

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…

Speech precedes politics

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 correspondence of colleagues, in particular one or two colleagues who draw their views…

Ayn Rand on Individual Rights

In response to statements referring to rights being based on “magic” or having something to do with faith – this article will try to explain how exactly rights come into fruition. In Ayn Rand’s book, The Virtue of Selfishness, she explains how we epistemologically acquire rights – individual rights. She claims that: ‘Rights’ are a…

Huzzah for the voluntary sector!

Hurrah, civil society is not dead! It warms one’s heart to know that there is still a great deal of compassion and get up and go amongst the British public. Just over six years ago an economic catastrophe of the kind not seen since the 1930’s sent us spiralling into a major recession. We are…

Fear of Immigration is Socialism’s fault

Something set Andy Bolton off on an epic Twitter rant: The persistence of the 'all our problems are due to immigration' meme has blighted our society for generations. EDL/BNP/BF/UKIP are not new. — Andy Bolton (@andybolton) November 13, 2014 Even the rise of the National Front in the 1970s wasn't new: it was an echo…

Libertarian policies by measurement ommission

Simon, you are using the words ” measurement omission” in a headline. You had better explain. Ayn Rand made several important philosophical contributions. One of those was the epistemological idea that “concepts”, primary ones at least, are identical with sets of real things. She called them “existents” (things that exist) or “referents” (things referred to…

Anarchy and the Underpants Gnomes

I have made a number of comments on the thread of fellow writer Rocco’s post “Too Unlimited; Adventures in Constitutional Scepticism”, which, in the bloody ongoing feud between anarchists and minarchists, takes the side of the former. Much of the argument I can accept, as it is certainly the case that a constitutionally-guaranteed right does…