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Discussion point: Abortion

Last week while at the IEA I somehow wandering into a conversation on abortion and ended up chatting to a a pro-life Christian Libertarian. He asserted confidently that his position (that abortion should be illegal) was the only one consistent with the key ‘do no harm to others’ principle, and that if we are to…

Quote of the Week

More government means less community. The horizontal ties, which bind people to each other, have slowly been replaced with vertical ties, which seek to bind individuals to the state. Society is weakened by this, because the government does a very bad job. And high taxes undermine philanthropic intention, and community action. The sheet vanity of…

Breaking up the Party

Just as we cannot paper over the cracks and deny we have differences, we should not reject the values we have to offer one another over differences which do not relate to our purpose. The key, in my view is remaining focused on that purpose while choosing how to organise ourselves. We shouldn’t impose upon or reject one another if it does not support our goals.

The Fear of Freedom

Having libertarian views and living according to libertarian principles are two quite different things. The first is relatively easy, the second, much less so. There are many people who object to others exercising power over them and interfering with how they wish to live their lives, but it is much more difficult to allow others freedom and to refuse to take power over them. Yet, in my view, the latter is as necessary as the former for a libertarian.

Who is Gavin Webb?

With Gavin getting increasingly involved with the running of the Libertarian Party, standing in Uttoxeter, and in the mire of the Party’s unique challanges, I thought it was about time We heard a bit more about him.

One of the strangest aspects of the Libertarian Party as an activist is that individuals use all pseudonyms online and rarely get together in person, so it’s quite common for activists to know very little about each other, how they earn a living and what got them into politics in the first place.

Tim Carpenter calls for an SGM

In a message to emailed members, and available online, Tim Carpenter has announced his intention to call an SGM: This meeting is essential, in my view, as the Leader, Chair and Treasurer have resigned without and still refusing to sign over replacements as per Electoral Law, and so these posts should, in my view, be…

Gavin Webb to stand for Uttoxeter Town Council

Gavin Webb, former Liberal Democrat and ex-Communications-Director for the UK Libertarian Party has announced he is standing for Uttoxeter Town council. He stands as “the candidate with libertarian principles”. Uttoxeter is a town of 13,039 in Staffordshire. The controversial poll,  allegedly called at the instigation of the Conservatives, takes place on Thursday, 7th July in…

Welcome

For those Libertarians who joined the Libertarian Party, the last few months have been an unpleasant disappointing and sometimes stressful period. We joined to help build the Party up, to help make real changes in the country but instead the Party imploded. Yet, like a dying star, the Party has left a cold hard core behind, the fate of which is little understood, difficult to observe and highly uncertain. This does not mean the heat death of libertarianism.

LPUK SGM Postponed

The planned LPUK Special General Meeting due to take place this weekend has indeed been postponed. The meeting is essential to begin the process of renewal for the Party, but I have been informed that the meeting has been postponed due to technical issues with the invitation email.