Tag Archive for Welfare

We can but dream

At the 2015 election, there is a hung parliament, with the Tories in a minority and desperately needing the five new Libertarian MPs to join them in a coalition.   We’re offered three bills during the fixed five-year term in exchange for taking a coalition whip.  What realistic three bills would you demand?  Go too far,…

Nudge as a transitory measure

Thanks in part to the current controversy over benefit caps there has been a lot of discussion at Libertarian Home about how and whether Welfare fits in with the ideology, and it became clear how varied the views are within the movement. Representing the objectivist corner, I made my position clear that I consider Welfare…

Is Libertarianism Compatible With a Welfare State?

Friedrich Hayek portrait

The short answer to this question is “No”. The long answer to this question – in summary – is “it depends”. It depends on the circumstances in which a welfare state exists, the aims of the welfare state and the success in achieving those aims. Most who are familiar with libertarianism will likely be aware…

How many do they think they are?

New commenter Laogai has penned an excellent comment which is worthy of greater attention. In one post he deftly identifies an interesting contradiction in the minds of left wing commentators and follows by neatly summing up the libertarian approach to welfare. Laogai writes: Charity for the poor can be implemented in at least two ways…

Cait Reilly’s Two Weeks of Forced Labour…

If you don’t know who Cait Reilly is, she is the girl who wants to launch a judicial review into why she was forced to work two unpaid weeks at Pound Land. And today she has written a piece in the Guardian — where else — about her ‘ordeal’… In a routine appointment with my…