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 Levellers, falsely so called 2.0 part 1

Some weeks ago I gave a speech to Libertarian Home on a subject of great interest to me, the Leveller movement from the time of the English Civil Wars and Revolution. For those who attended and for those who watch the video, I hope I managed to impart something of value, although, having watched it…

Free lunches

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

Audio: The Moral Case for Capitalism with Yaron Brook

Yesterday was a productive day for Libertarian Home topped off nicely with an evening lecture at the LSE by Dr Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Institute (hashtag #LSEcapitalism). As regular readers will know, I regard myself as an Objectivist (though some more dogmatic Objectivists would want to disown me) so this was quite special…

What is a “Just War”?

It seems the British government stands on the verge of yet another foreign military adventure and, as ever, it is accompanied by profuse proclamations of piety and moral imperative. So, I thought it worth considering the old precept of the Just War (Bellum Iustum), as laid out by the theologians of the School of Salamanca…

Non-Aggression Principle and Children

© Michael 1952

Libertarianism is based on a principle that it is not OK for institutions to implement social programs using force (the non-aggression principle). Surely governments are a major source of force against the individual. Steve Davies talked in June about close-knit communities being another one. And there is a third source of force – the family.…

Video: Steve Davies’ History of Individualism

The civil war undermines and blasts apart political and spiritual authority, and a radical movement develops. By 1646 Richard Overton is imprisoned at Newgate from where he fires his Arrow Against All Tyrants, effectively a libertarian pamphlet. Notably it is a property rights respecting right-wing form of individualism.

Honest hardworking Muslims

Most Muslims are good, honest, hard-working, peaceful people. Some sections of the Koran tell you to treat non-believers those who don’t follow its rules as enemies – a small minority act on this and carry out atrocities like the Woolwich murder. But most Muslims ignore the aggressive bits in the Koran and just carry on…

Poynton falling in love with it’s libertarian heart

I stopped by at Dick Puddlecote’s blog today, for no particular reason, and learned about two places I hadn’t heard of. Exhibition Road, here in London is a long street where pedestrians and motorists are encourgaed towards spontaneous order. Worth a visit with a camera methinks. However, the gem of the article was Poynton which…