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An argument lost

I found this 1913 article about Sir Charles Macara serendipitously when looking for the nearby article about the “suicide” of Emily Davison via Samizdata. It was on the same page of the original Times paper. We know that the “employers” lost the initial argument over National Insurance and organised themselves after the event to fight…

Time to go distributed

This article on TechCrunch, describes the centralisation of computing and data into silos like Facebook, Twitter, GMail etc, and shows how these developments were enablers of PRISM. The article calls for a new Prometheus to bring us the technology to stop this happening, to render centralisation unnecessary. I emplore any computer programmer to please go…

Video: Hacking at Hierarchy

Adriana’s talk offered less in the way of practical solutions than I might have liked and less perhaps than the write-up promised, but this did not diminish a fascinating talk by someone clearly absorbed in her topic. The following write up is based, in order of importance, on her notes which were quite thorough and…

Customers are not top priority for businesses

The Lloyd’s Risk Index for 2013 shows an interesting view for Europe. Respondents of the survey, representing 588 C-suite and board level executives, were asked to rate both the overall risk category and a number of specific risks within each of the overall categories for both their corporate risk priorities and for the degree of…

Why welfare is just not cricket

Tonight is the second part of a BBC series called “Nick and Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits”. I didn’t know about the program in time to see part one, and am probably not alone, so hopefully this post will sever to alert readers to it. It’s on tonight 11th July at 9.00pm. On the…

Video: The life and works of Garet Garrett

Garet Garrett (1878-1954) is a case study in forgotten genius. His work offers a sparkling vision of peace under free markets. Garrett saw peace and freedom as the essential precondition for the real drama of human life that revolves around creation, association, risk, love, courage and the full range of human experiences that transform society…

A stroke of genius from the TPA

I’ve often thought that if time is money, then money is time, and so taxation is a more fundamental type of crime then mere theft. Taxation actually takes away the best of a persons life, so slavery or murder is more like it. Obviously, that is an extreme view (or at least it sounds like…

Monday speaker: Steve Davies, PhD

For some “individualism” is a dirty word, an intellectual excuse for greed; for others it is the intellectual tradition that ended the slave trade and is the key to freedom in our time. Which is it? On Monday Historian Steve Davies will relay the history of this tradition; chart its waxing and waning popularity, and…

Notes from on #ORGCon 2013

The last conversation I had before leaving ORGCon for the day was with Alec Muffet, Adriana Lukas, Glynn Wintle and others about whether ORG was a Liberal Democrat party conspiracy, or was in some way permanently leftist. This is a concern shared with me privately and one which is important enough to gather opinion on.…