My Orientation: Guiding Lights and Fellow Travellers

This is not intended as an article, but as a page to link-in from my about me page to update the scant introduction I wrote when I first set up the blog. This is an updated declaration of the various influences that coalesce to form my philosophical-political outlook, for anybody that's interested.   PRIMARY INFLUENCES… Continue reading My Orientation: Guiding Lights and Fellow Travellers

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The Coming Property and Freedom Talks

The Property and Freedom annual meet occurred just a few days ago. A page on the Property and Freedom website from December 2016 boasts an intriguing line-up, reproduced below, although I have no idea if this reflects the final list of those that addressed the conference. Keep an eye out on the Property and Freedom… Continue reading The Coming Property and Freedom Talks

When Does Tradition Become Tyranny? (Isaac Morehouse)

To harmonise the creative and exploratory virtues of unbounded liberty with the wisdom and resilience of tradition is the task of every great libertarian thinker. In his essay Beyond Conservatism: Reclaiming the Radical Roots of Libertarianism, Keith Preston offers some sobering thoughts on the subject: "There are numerous areas of life where people live by… Continue reading When Does Tradition Become Tyranny? (Isaac Morehouse)

Bakunin Speaks! Power Corrupts the Best

Bakunin offers his thoughts on the thorny problems of power, government and democracy. Written in 1867, retrieved from The Anarchist Library. "The State is nothing else but this domination and exploitation regularised and systemised. We shall attempt to demonstrate it by examining the consequence of the government of the masses of the people by a… Continue reading Bakunin Speaks! Power Corrupts the Best

Interview with Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw is an independent writer and researcher that I became aware of through an address he gave to the Libertarian Alliance titled 'The Libertarian Moment.' He has his own blog, The Libertarian Ideal ('for secession, decentralism, mutualism and organic tradition'), through which he espouses his unique and varied philosophical, political and economic views. Chris… Continue reading Interview with Chris Shaw

Religious Agitation and the Limits of Principled Libertarianism

I'm not a very “principled” person. I am in the sense that my actions are guided by a number of principles defined loosely and amorphously, but I'm not dogmatic, I don't subscribe to Kant's categorical imperative, I'm not a utopian or an idealist. I'm a realist and a pragmatist before I'm even a libertarian. I… Continue reading Religious Agitation and the Limits of Principled Libertarianism

Mises Elucidates the Marxian Philosophy

"The essence of the Marxian philosophy is this: We are right because we are the spokesmen of the rising proletarian class. Discursive reasoning cannot invalidate our teachings, for they are inspired by the supreme power that determines the destiny of mankind. Our adversaries are wrong because they lack the intuition that guides our minds. It… Continue reading Mises Elucidates the Marxian Philosophy

Sean Gabb: British Politics for Americans

Sean Gabb has begun writing a weekly digest on contemporary British politics from a libertarian perspective for Mises UK. Because their readership is mostly American, the first instalment is an introduction to the current state of politics in the UK for Americans and other foreign readers. Looking forward to following this series as it develops.… Continue reading Sean Gabb: British Politics for Americans

Varieties of Libertarianism

Today I'd like to share a post from a blog that I follow, The Ecumenical Libertarian. Consider giving the blog a look and a follow, the author posts a lot of interesting, well-written material on a variety of libertarian issues. "A lot of people like to call themselves libertarians. It was actually kind of trendy… Continue reading Varieties of Libertarianism

Libertarianism and Broadscale Collaboration

One of the most attractive things about the libertarian "movement," besides the obvious core values of liberty and individualism themselves, is the willingness to eschew dogma in favour of working in tandem with others that are also pursuing personal liberty, even when their personal end goals are radically different from our own. As I've been… Continue reading Libertarianism and Broadscale Collaboration