Thursday Speaker: Jerry Barnett

Jerry Barnett, a is technologist, entrepreneur and veteran left-wing activist. As an operator of adult entertainment sites for many years, he watched the rise of the porn panic, and saw much of the political left collapse into conservatism. He describes himself as an ex lefty “turned liberal globalist due to collapse of liberalism on the left.”

He tweets at @JerryBarnett, @PornPanic and @MoronWatch and has written for the Independent and Huffington Post.

Jerry was already an experience technologist when the web was invented, having worked at Research Services, the London Stock Exchange, Instruction Set, Sequent Computer Systems, and BMC Software. His transitioned into adult website “seemingly inevitably” as it was the most profitable online business at the time. He was first MD of Go Content responsible for “architecture and development of Go Content, a platform for selling digital content to consumers” and “Strictly Broadband, which was an early entrant to the video-on-demand market, offering streaming video on a rental basis” this was a business he shut down in part due to the regulation of the adult sector by the UK Government.

In his own words:

As a participant in adult entertainment, Jerry saw first-hand how the British censorship state, aided by morality campaigners, was trying to regain control of a medium that reduced their power, influence and financial gain. The UK is the most censored society in Europe, but censorship laws designed for a world of cinema, TV and video no longer worked in the digital age, and vested interests were determined to seize back their power.

His book Porn Panic! is now on sale.

Jerry will be speaking at the Two Chairmen this Thursday 2nd February. His talk will be Libertarian Home’s second experiment with live streaming.

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, and the Tories will probably go back to the country for another election and you’ll get nothing.

Here are mine:

 

The Victimless Crime Bill

Actions by individuals can not be crimes where the only persons harmed are the person performing the action or other freely consenting adults. This would have the effect of legalising, among other things, drug taking and supply, prostitution, fighting between consenting parties (although breach of the peace remains), all sexual practices, almost all pornography, voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The Peace Bill

No UK troops to ever be committed to active service or peacekeeping/humanitarian exercises anywhere in the world unless there is independent evidence (composition of suitable committee to be decided) of a direct and immediate threat to UK territory.

The Welfare Reform Bill

Levels of all welfare payments to be frozen with immediate effect and all benefits to be reduced each year by 5% of their present levels, meaning they’ll be gone in 20 years.  The exception is current state pensions which will remain index linked, but those not yet old enough to take a pension will have their future state pensions reduced by 2.5 percentage points for every year they have left between now and retirement.  In exchange, levels of income tax will be reduced (paid for by reducing the welfare bill and armed forces bill) on a sliding scale depending on age.  The younger you are the bigger tax rebate you get, because you’ll be getting no pension from the state at the end.