Last week was a good week for Libertarian Home, with some really enjoyable real-life events.
Thursday, David MacDonagh joined us to talk about rationality. He argued that there is no such thing as irrationality and argued that what we think of as irrationality is actually mistaken knowledge and mistaken theories in the essentially fluid minds of a species whose beliefs are in state of permanent, though biased, change. A fascinating Q&A expanded to take in free-will and determinism, epistemology, and strategy. I’d like to thank David for an excellent session and promise to get the edited audio online shortly.
Saturday, I was joined by Aidan, Pavel, Michael and Jan at a protest outside the EU’s London headquarters in Smith Square to protest ACTA, CCDP and DEA, or rather the enforced policing of the web by ISPs and online communities, the snooping charter that aims to monitor your Facebook and the extra-judicial process set up for media companies to disconnect your broadband. We distributed about 100 leaflets to activists at the protest and – putting Anonymous to shame – around a busy Parliament Square. The leaflets lambasted these three issues and took in net neutrality (contract regulation targetting internet infrastructure) and the EU’s rotten Cookie Directive which burdens online enterprises with a mandate to add ridiculous health warnings. These are all heavy burdens on one group or another, but taken together threaten the openness of the Internet. It was great to get libertarians on the streets to stand up against these measures and give an alternative perspective.
Andy Janes, recently on holiday, has announced he is taking a longer break from blogging to concentrate on his studies as he pursues a new career. He blogged at Outspoken Rabbit and was this website’s second writer. But Andy also worked behind the scenes to facilitate some of this websites biggest moments. It was Andy that put all the intellectual leg work into the OccupyLSX counter-action and facilitated the insanely popular talk by Tom Borroughes by putting us two together. Good luck to him in his new carreer and hopefully we’ll see him around from time to time.